Ahhh… September. Back-to-school season meets pumpkin spice lattes. You might have mixed feelings about both, but it’s definitely the season of change. We transition from summer to fall, trading in our flip-flops for rain boots. Here’s some things to look forward to while you wonder what to wear.
All month long — FREE!
A true Portland tradition, Swift Watch is back for 2022! Set up a sunset picnic on the fields of Chapman Elementary in NW Portland, and catch a glimpse of the Vaux’s Swifts (that’s a type of bird, just to clarify!) doing the most amazing migration — into the chimney of the school! Thousands of birds form a spectacular funnel, while an amazed crowd marvels below. It’s free, it’s awesome, it’s worth putting on your list! Also, it’s worth noting: be a good person and stay mindful of the neighborhood. Do not expect to find parking (transit abounds) and please clean up after yourself when you leave.
Oregon Convention Center
Celebrating its tenth year, Rose City Comic Con is the go-to event for all things pop culture. Meet the artists behind your favorite comics or anime art, dress as your favorite character, or just enjoy the crowds. Older kids will enjoy the scene and younger attendees can have a blast at Rose City Junior, with tons of activities packed into the weekend-long event!
September 10-11 – FREE!
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
The dragon boat races are back after a two-year hiatus. Enjoy this Portland tradition from the waterfront park. The thrilling dragon boat races happen at timed intervals throughout the weekend. Visit the website for more details about this uniquely Portland experience.
1pm – 7pm
Yes, it’s Oktoberfest in September. Just roll with it! Get cozy in your lederhosen and dance the polka while enjoying some German ale. Believe it or not, it’s a kid-friendly event, so warn them ahead of time that there may be some wild attire involved. Live music, brats, and warm pretzels await!
Times and locations vary
Held each year on the fourth Saturday of September, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s biggest volunteer effort that takes place in a single day. Celebrate the nature around us and how we can best preserve it at multiple events around the region. Participating parks in our region are Crater Lake National Park and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
Alpaca farms open their doors to visitors for FREE on the last weekend of September, falling this year September 24-25. Meet the alpacas, learn about raising them, and enjoy family fun! Specifics available at the participating farms’ websites.