A Look at October

Ok, so the blog I posted about summer not being over has become a sad specter of our near past. Fall is here and there’s nothing holding it back. But with it brings some pretty good stuff. Here’s an idea of some things to do.

Blazers are back – The preseason opener is this Monday, October 7th, at 7pm against the LA Clippers.

There’s the Corn Maize on Sauvie Island – After fifteen seasons more than 500,000 people have visited the Corn Maize. It’s a solid family activity.

Wordstock – This weekend, the 3rd through the 6th, is Portland’s literary festival. See dozens of readings by local, regional, and national writers. This year’s fest opener includes Oprah’s 2.0 book club vanguards: Ayana Mathis and Cheryl Strayed.

Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Located at NW Portland’s Cinema 21, this annual film festival features documentary, short, and feature films. Filmgoers are given a look into the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from around the world.

Haunted houses! – Portland is home to some big names in haunted houses. These include, Fright Town, Scream Portland, 13th Door (Beaverton), and Fear Asylum (Milwaukie).

Portland Open Studios – This two-weekend event is a great way to see behind the scenes—if you will—in the art world. At this event artists invite people into their studios to watch and learn what the creators are doing.

Portland Marathon – Always a big deal. Since 1972 this marathon has consistently been ranked as one of the best national races. With 72 performers, this marathon also features more live entertainment than any other marathon.

I’ll be sure a keep you updated with more great events, but for the time being, don’t be bummed about summer; there will be more, and this winter is going to be great.

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