Portland. This charming northwestern city punches well above its weight, boasting beautiful and varied scenery, famously independent and unique neighborhoods, and innovation all in a city that’s yet to break 4 million. If you’ve chosen Portland as your autumn destination, you won’t be disappointed, with so much happening here year-round. Read on for some of our favorite festivals and events here around Rose City.
Rose City Comic-Con
Among all the interests represented by the residents of Portland, all things pop culture are anything but forgotten here at Rose City Comic Con, the place to be for all things ‘geek’. Gaming, technology, comic books, cinema, television, and cosplay are all dialed up to eleven here at Rose City Comic Con, where fans, communities, creators, and celebrities come together in an event dedicated entirely to their craft. Visitors can participate in a gaming tournament, shop exclusive merchandise and issues, interact with fan communities, or attend a signing and Q&A session with their favorite actor/author/director.
The popularity of Rose City Comic Con has exploded in recent years, bringing some seriously big names to the event, including appearances by Wil Wheaton, Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal, Peter Capaldi, William Shatner, Felicia Day, Val Kilmer, Michael Rooker, David Tennant and so many more! Embrace all things ‘geek’ and pop culture and immerse yourself in Rose City Comic Con!
With famous faces such as Umpqua and Tillamook taking the country by storm, The Wedge is a one-of-a-kind (and tasty) event that celebrates all things Cheese! Dairies and cheesemakers big and small compete for the hearts and stomachs of attendees each year in this delicious and charming farmers market festival. Aside from the cheeses, numerous local breweries and restaurants also come out to fill out a mouthwatering roster. All foodies and visitors with a large appetite should keep an eye out for this event.
In line with Portland’s famously green and health-conscious image, VegFest is another culinary specialty of the Rose City, a festival dedicated to vegetarian foods and vegetarian living. Here, visitors can try out the inventions of vegetarian cuisine and explore the vegan and vegetarian lifestyles of the Portland area. Bring the group to VegFest for the more health-conscious party, and chow down on options that are distinctly Portland.
Portland Book Festival
All bookworms ahoy! The Portland Book Festival is a must for fans of all things paperback, where book clubs, authors, and editors come together in the Portland Art Museum to celebrate all things book. Grab a signed copy from a favorite author, participate in a question panel among the public, meet up with other literature fans or even participate in writing workshops! This is a great option for all ages and readers of all interests, and also includes admission to the Portland Art Museum, a two-for-one, if you will. Bring the party to the Portland Book Festival for a laid-back and memorable experience.
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