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Your Guide to October 2022 Events in Portland

Panic! At The Disco, West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, and More Top Picks
October 3, 2022
It's go, go gourd time at the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. (West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta)
It goes without saying that October is dominated by Halloween events—Portland takes the season of ghouls and gourds very seriously—but it's also filled with concerts, major author appearances, festivals, food & drink events, and tons more. As we do every month, we've compiled the biggest events you need to know about in every genre, from Panic! At The Disco to Little Shop of Horrors and from Snack Fest to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.

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Amy Schumer: Whore Tour Add to a List
Aside from her weird reputation for insensitivity, Amy Schumer has certainly made her mark on comedy over the last few years, winning several Emmy awards for Inside Amy Schumer and hosting this year's kerfuffle-filled Oscars. She'll land in Portland with more wisecracks, hopefully keeping the racism at bay.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Oct 6-7)

Tinder Live! With Lane Moore Add to a List
Comedian and former Cosmo sex and relationships editor Lane Moore will head back to Portland to tackle the Rose City dating scene. Audiences swipe along on a projected Tinder screen, and if they vote "yes" on a profile, Moore shoots the lucky someone a message. If it sounds like a recipe for disaster and utter hilarity, you're right—Tinder Live! with Lane Moore has been praised by The New York Times, VICE, NPR, and The Washington Post.
Polaris Hall, Humboldt (Sat Oct 15)

Lewis Black: Off the Rails Add to a List
What's under Lewis Black's skin this time? Every dad's favorite ranter will point fingers and name names in Portland this October, bringing more of the satirical skewering and brutal brilliance for which he's known and loved.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Fri Oct 21)

Megan Stalter Add to a List
Hacks star and LA-based comedian Megan Stalter will stop by Aladdin Theater with a witty style that Harper's Bazaar once described as “a soothing comedy balm for a scathing grease fire of a year.” (That quote is from 2020, but doesn't "grease fire" kind of describe every year nowadays?) Check out the surreal oasis that is Stalter's sense of humor at this show.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Thurs Oct 27)

Mark Normand Add to a List
Punchy powerhouse Mark Normand knows comedy is all in a hard day's work—he's appeared on Conan seven times with rapid-fire jokes, and counts Jerry Seinfeld among his fans. The New Orleans native will stop by Portland to chat about the important stuff, like White Claw and being broke.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Fri Oct 28)

Melissa Villaseñor: Whoops… Tour! Add to a List
Melissa Villaseñor, the first-ever Latina cast member of Saturday Night Live and killer impressionist (even Seinfeld cracks up at her celeb interpretations), She'll head to Portland in advance of the publication of her creative self-help book, so if you go to her show, you might hear the most spot-on Dolly Parton impression ever while also feeling great about yourself. Win-win!
Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District (Mon Oct 31)


Fall on the Farm Add to a List
Topaz Farm is busting out all of the autumnal and pastoral vibes for its annual celebration of the fall harvest. On weekends this year, the farm is reducing crowds by instituting a $20-per-vehicle entrance fee (weekdays remain free), which will grant access to sunflower mazes in early October, a ParaNorman-themed corn maze designed by Laika Studios, hayrides and a hay pyramind, pumpkin patches, and more.
Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island (Oct 1-31)

The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch Add to a List
Have a corntastic day navigating immaculately cut pathways through corn stalks at Portland's eight-acre corn maze. This year's theme is "Cinnamon and Sugar"—warm up with the "easy" section of the maze before tackling the more challenging section, and don't forget your boots!
The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island (Oct 1-31)

Spirit of Halloweentown Add to a List
You'll find it impossible not to get into the spooky spirit at St. Helens' annual tribute to Halloween. Leaning into the fact that the movies Halloweentown and Twilight were partially filmed there (Halloweentown cast members, plus Ashley Greene and Peter Facinelli of Twilight fame, will make appearances this year), the city transforms into a themed attraction complete with a giant pumpkin, circus performers, a haunted house, and more.
St. Helens (Oct 1-31)

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta Add to a List
Watching costumed people paddle in giant hollowed-out gourds might not have been on your bingo card this fall, but it's been a local October tradition since 2004. In addition to the races on the Tualatin Commons lake, a two-day slate of festivities includes a costume contest, face painting, the 5K Regatta Run, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, and a giant vegetable weigh-off at Stickmen Brewery.
Tualatin Lake at the Commons, Tualatin (Oct 15-16)

Hocus Pocus Halloween Bash starring Ginger Minj Add to a List
Everyone's favorite glamour toad will hop on stage for this Halloween spooktacular. Ginger Minj (who also appears in Disney+'s newly released Hocus Pocus 2) will bring the glitz and glam for this original script and musical tribute to the Hocus Pocus story, written by comedy queen Mr Ms Adrien and costumed by Gidget Galore. Slap on your own Halloween duds for a chance to win a prize!
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Tues Oct 18)

Fright Night: A Halloween Circus Add to a List
If your ideal Halloween celebration includes an aerial circus act, well, you're in luck: this evening of impressive flips and spins pays tribute to classic horror movies. Set within a long-gone video rental spot, Night Flight Aerial’s Fright Night: A Halloween Circus follows a store employee as he battles dreadful flicks come to life.
PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, South Park Blocks (Oct 27-30)

The 5th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl Add to a List
Don your most ghoulish costume and shamble like a zombie from watering hole to watering hole at this creepy-crawly bar crawl. A $1000 grand prize will be awarded for the best costume, and you'll get to take advantage of beverages and shots, exclusive food and drink specials, professional photographers, after-parties, a custom Halloween badge, and more.
Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown (Sat Oct 29)

Killer Pumpkin Fest Add to a List
Get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin beers, storytelling, costume contests, axe throwing, and even pumpkin smashing at this free and all-ages event. Sales benefit UKANDU, a volunteer-driven nonprofit whose mission is to "bring joy, hope, and connection to communities impacted by childhood and adolescent cancer."
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, Buckman (Sat Oct 29)

Carla Rossi’s Hell House Halloween Add to a List
Gather 'round, It Girls—Carla Rossi's Hell House Halloween will be the spooky destination for Halloween gooping and gagging this month. Set within a less-hateful version of an evangelical Hell House, Portland's premier drag clown will host the evening of installations, performances, and moody tunes from DJ Orographiche. The party is also a mutual aid fundraiser, so you can get weird for a good cause.
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (Sat Oct 29)

Hocus Pocus in Concert Add to a List
Follow the spellbinding adventures of three badass witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who want to suck out children’s souls as the Oregon Symphony provides a live score to one of the most beloved Halloween films of all time.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Oct 29-31)

Harryween! - Harry Styles Halloween Dance Night Add to a List
If you ask me, Harry Styles is worth every bit of hype and admiration he receives. While the title “Harryween” is inadvisable, Harry Styles stans should definitely be aware of this seemingly epic dance party going down at Holocene, on the night before Halloween. Presented by What the Dance, attendees will celebrate the release of Styles’ sparkling May solo album, Harry’s House, as they dance the night away to melodious, soul-inspired singles like “Watermelon Sugar High,” and “As It Was,” and other danceable album stand-outs like “Music For a Sushi Restaurant,” “Late Night Talking,” “Cinema,” and hopefully an uptempo remix to “Little Freak,” in which Styles appropriately sings “Did you dress up for Halloween?/ I spilled beer on your friend, I’m not sorry/ A golf swing and a trampoline/ Maybe we’ll do this again.” Costumes are encouraged, and proof of vaccination (or negative COVID test) is required for entry. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
Holocene, Buckman (Sun Oct 30)


PDX Design Festival Add to a List
This newfangled festival brings together design experts and enthusiasts for exhibitions, performances, and keynote lectures with Joe Carolino, chief creative officer at Thesis agency, and Julie Andrews, vice president and managing director at R/GA Portland. The week of design-centered offerings includes workshops on scent design, zine-making, habit-forming, and more, plus parties and happy hours, networking opportunities, and a panel talk featuring artist-turned-author Lisa Congdon.
Various locations (Oct 3-8)

26th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival Add to a List
Milagro's celebration of Día de los Muertos will include an original performance and a lobby altar display. Their theme this year is "bridging divides," so the cultural organization is working to build connections through the biggest divide of all: death! The performance promises to be a silly-yet-macabre dramatic comedy; they'll also offer altar-building activities, an "altar bike tour," and more throughout the month.
Milagro Theatre, Buckman (Oct 13-Nov 6)

Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap Returns Add to a List
Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap returns this year to a new location that's surprisingly generating a lot of comics-related buzz: the Lloyd Center. While they're no longer headquartered at the Eagles Lodge, the beloved crate-digging bonanza retains its low-fi charm with weirdo ephemera, hard-to-find VHS, classic comics, and dog-eared paperbacks.
Lloyd Center, Lloyd District (Sat Oct 22)


6th Annual Portland Dance Film Fest Add to a List
Spotlighting somatic performances from all over the planet, this year's Portland Dance Film Festival will include 29 picks from 12 countries. Each screening program includes a curated blend of thoughtful films—attendees can catch movement-based flicks from Portland's own 82nd Avenue, Egypt, China, Poland, and beyond.
Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks (Fri Oct 7)

27th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Add to a List
Returning to an in-person format, the 27th annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival will hit all three of the Hollywood's screens with a Re-Animator double feature, the Pacific Northwest premiere of supernatural Sundance darling Something in The Dirt, and more. Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs will appear at the festival all weekend, and attendees will find vendors on site with delightfully macabre goodies.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Oct 7-9)

Trailermania Monsters Edition on 16mm Add to a List
Self-described film geek Greg Hamilton and guest archivist Stuart McPherran lead the way on another exploration of rare 16mm movie trailers and television spots, this time with a focus on ultra-creepy classic horror and science fiction. Spanning the '30s through the '60s, the Trailermania collection includes everything from big-name flicks to forgotten B-movie bombs from the great beyond.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (Sun Oct 9)

Portland Latin American Film Festival Add to a List
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and support Latin cinema at the Portland Latin American Film Festival, which will feature flicks from ten countries on select dates through December. PDXLAFF continues this month with screenings of Utama, a Bolivian drama that won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year, and Home Is Somewhere Else, an animated documentary spotlighting the lives of immigrant youth and their undocumented families.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Oct 12 & 23)

Portland Film Festival Add to a List
With both virtual options and in-person screenings at Lloyd Center this year, the Portland Film Festival (and its crabby mascots, Shelly and Louise) will continue to celebrate independent cinema with a diverse lineup of films. Attendees can catch justice-minded flicks on mental health, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more, plus eerie flicks like Mother Superior and Double Blind (just in time for Halloween!) and short 'n' sweet films for kiddos like Moley.
Lloyd Center and Virtual (Oct 12-22)

Three the Band Way! Add to a List
Wyrd War strikes again with this triple feature of outrageous '80s horror. The night of screenings kicks off with Troll (keep a look out for Sonny Bono and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a minor role!), followed by '84 anthology freak fest The Dungeonmaster and gross-out body horror From Beyond. Composer Richard Band, the musical brainiac behind the score of all three films (and dozens of other horror and fantasy flicks) will be in attendance, too.  
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Sat Oct 15)

Fin de Cinema: Agnes Varda’s La Pointe Courte with Live Score by EMA and Kathy Foster Add to a List
As part of the ongoing Fin de Cinema live film score series curated by Holocene's Gina Altamura, this screening of Agnès Varda's first feature film, La Pointe Courte, was co-organized by POW Film Fest and the Portland artists behind the grassroots project Agnès Varda Forever. Local musicians Kathy Foster and EMA will perform an original score to accompany the screening of Varda's self-funded masterwork, which marked the start of the French New Wave movement.
Holocene, Buckman (Sun Oct 23)


Portland Wing Week 2022 Add to a List
What, dear reader, was the greatest week of your life? Think back on that moment. Treasure its beautiful memory. Then THROW IT IN THE TRASH, because the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week is about to make every other week you’ve ever experienced look like GARBAGE. That’s right: From Monday, October 3 to Sunday, October 9, the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week returns—with 27 one-of-a-kind chicken wings available at some of Portland’s favorite bars and restaurants! Even better? Each order of wings will only cost you a mere $6!
Various locations (Oct 3-9)

Cider and Fall Harvest Experience Add to a List
Local sightseeing tour agency The Good Vibes Tour will transport you to two local cideries for an afternoon of tasting and food. From there, you'll be conveyed to a local farm, where you'll have the opportunity to pick and hand-press apples and take home a jug of your very own fresh cider. Other festivities include campfires, hot dogs, s'mores, cornhole, and music.
Portland Cider Co., Beaverton (Oct 8 & 22)

Snack Fest Add to a List
The people who brought you the Portland Night Market have turned their eyes towards the very serious business of snacking, and Snack Fest is the result: a weekend's worth of local vendors dedicating their time and energy to sharing bite-sized deliciousness in a wide variety of forms and flavors.
Alder Block, Central Eastside (Oct 14-15)

Schilling Cider Maker's Dinner Add to a List
Welcome the beginning of decorative gourd season (and National Cider Month) with a four-course gluten-free feast prepared by Top Chef contestant Sara Hauman. The night will feature dishes such as apple-fennel-leek bisque, poached albacore tuna, chestnut crepe, and cider-braised pork belly, all paired with beverages from Schilling Hard Cider. All proceeds will benefit Feeding America's mission to end hunger in America.
Shine Distillery & Grill, Boise (Sat Oct 15)

Bauman's Cider Festival Add to a List
Avail yourself of apple-based libations from some of the Northwest's top local cideries at Bauman's sixth annual cider festival.
Bauman's Farm and Garden, Gervais (Sat Oct 29)


In This Moment Add to a List
Looking like a Lady Gaga-fronted Rob Zombie side project, In This Moment concoct metal out of blues traditions, operatic drama, and straight-up sludge. Their seventh full-­length album, Mother, combines both covers and original songs, with unique renditions of Queen's "We Will Rock You" (featuring Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen) and Mazzy Star's "Into Dust."
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Tues Oct 4)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Add to a List
Aussie rock sensations King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, whom Mercury contributor Chris Sutton described as combining "Thee Oh Sees' aggressively raw work ethic with the Flaming Lips' visionary shape-shifting," will take the stage just ahead of releasing their 21st (!) studio album, Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava. 
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Tues Oct 4)

Tortoise Add to a List
Long ago in 2016, Mercury writer Robert Ham wrote: "How does a band survive more than 20 years without a scratch on them or their discography? With Tortoise, some of that is due to the fact that its six members remain busy outside the fold: Guitarist Jeff Parker resides in LA, where his career as a jazz player thrives, and bassist Doug McCombs records on his own as Brokeback and with his other longtime band Eleventh Dream Day, to give but two examples. This allows everyone involved individual space and time to find new creative influences to bring back to the band. Once the sextet is together at last, the results are explosive and thrilling." The band will stop by on their brief US tour with local support from noise rock outfit Smokey Kingdom.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Tues Oct 4)

The Afghan Whigs Add to a List
Beloved alt-rock outfit The Afghan Whigs will hit the stage shortly after the release of their first album in five years, How Do You Burn?, which Pitchfork described as boasting "mixtape-like eclecticism, communal bonhomie, and psychedelic texture that feel untethered to the Whigs’ past playbooks." They will be joined by Canadian psych-rock band Pink Mountaintops.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Wed Oct 5)

Heaven 17 Add to a List
British new wave legends Heaven 17 will jam out while you sing along to their classics like "Save It For Later" and "Mirror In the Bathroom." Considering that keyboardists Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh formed the group after leaving '80s synth-pop band The Human League, you may even hear their megahit "Don't You Want Me."
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Wed Oct 5)

Florence + The Machine with Japanese Breakfast Add to a List
On their latest album, Dance Fever, ethereal pop heavies Florence + the Machine pull inspiration from eclectic sources such as 1973's The Wicker Man, the pre-Raphaelite sisterhood, choreomania, and alt-folk artists like Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. They will be joined by beloved alt-pop band Japanese Breakfast, supporting their critically acclaimed third album, Jubilee.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Fri Oct 7)

Keb' Mo' Add to a List
Five-time Grammy-winning blues artist Keb' Mo'—whose '60s upbringing serves his contemporary protest songs well—will be joined by Oregon State University rock historian Bob Santelli for an interview followed by a live performance. 
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton (Fri Oct 7)

Lake Street Dive Add to a List
Boston-based pop group Lake Street Dive will bring their dance party-ready tunes, rooted in R&B, blues, and jazz, to the Edgefield lawn in support of their latest release, Obviously, which explores themes of climate change and womanhood.
Edgefield, Troutdale (Fri Oct 7)

The 2nd Annual George Harrison Celebration Add to a List
Local recording studio SonicbutterPDX presents the second annual George Harrison Celebration concert honoring the underrated Beatle with two evenings of his era-defining tunes played by a who's who of talent from Portland's music scene. Night one will honor the 50th anniversary of the legendary Concert for Bangladesh while night two will pay tribute to his landmark album All Things Must Pass. 
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Oct 7-8)

15th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Concert Add to a List
The 15th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame ceremony, concert, and auction honors those who have significantly influenced the world of music from here in Oregon. Don't miss performances from influential surf band Satan's Pilgrims and Scott McCaughey's pop-rock project Minus 5—proceeds from the auction will go to OMHOF's music education program
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Sat Oct 8)

Portland Piano International: The Solo Piano Series Add to a List
This month, Portland Piano International will kick off its solo piano series with a performance from renowned Russian American pianist (and guest curator for the series) Vladimir Feltsman Add to a List . Each performance will include unique material, including works from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, and Chopin.
PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, South Park Blocks (Oct 8-9)

Bridge City Block Party: Diplo Add to a List
DJ heavyweight Diplo will continue this outdoor music series with dance-pop tunes from his new self-titled album, which features appearances from Miguel, Leon Bridges, Busta Rhymes, Lil Yachty, and more. Arrive in time to catch opening DJ sets from selectors Major League DJz, Francis Mercier, Sidestep, and Eddie Pitzul. 
Bridge City Block Party, Central Eastside (Sun Oct 9)

Scorpions: Rock Believer World Tour Add to a List
Leather-clad hard rock relics Scorpions have been consistently releasing albums and touring the world for over fifty years. They will take off on their Rock Believer tour supporting their nineteenth studio album of the same name, while surely sprinkling in crowd pleasing classics like "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Wind of Change."
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sun Oct 9)

A Day To Remember: Just Some More Shows Add to a List
Florida-based quartet A Day to Remember are known for their cathartic pop-punk and metalcore songs that have soundtracked Hot Topic stores for over a decade. The music video for their hit song "All I Want" remains a true time capsule of 2011 with appearances from scene kings like Pete Wentz, Andrew W.K., Bring Me the Horizon, and more. Catch the band supporting their latest release, You're Welcome, after opening sets from emo heavies The Used, post-hardcore outfit Movements, and fellow Florida pop-punk band Magnolia Park. 
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Mon Oct 10)

Atmosphere: Party Over Here Tour Add to a List
Beloved hip-hop duo Atmosphere, headed by rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant, will swing through Portland with their unique (and damn near revolutionary to those who first heard them in the early '00s) style in support of their latest full-length, WORD? Fellow rhymers Blimes and Gab will get the silky tunes flowing alongside Plain Ole Bill.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Mon Oct 10)

Metric: The Doomscroller Tour Add to a List
Indie sleaze is back, didn’t you hear? The quartet fronted by mezzo-soprano Emily Haines is coming to town just in time with their synth-infused sound that defined 2000s indie rock. Sing along to throwbacks like "Black Sheep" and "Help I'm Alive" along with new material from their latest album, Formentera. Alt-rock duo Secret Machines will open.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Tues Oct 11)

Sheer Mag Add to a List
Philly indie rock band Sheer Mag got together in bedroom in 2014, but their goal has always been “sheer magnitude,” which is also what led to their name. Informed by ’70s classic rock and punk, the group is fronted by stunning powerhouse singer Tina Halladay, and has been heralded by critics as one of the most exciting and badass bands of the last decade. Want verification? Just take a listen to their catchy and soulful 2021 single, “Crushed Velvet.” While the band hasn’t released a project since 2019’s excellent 10-track sophomore album, Distant Call, the band’s upcoming tour stop at Mississippi Studios might provide a chance to hear album highlights like “Keep Runnin,” and “Steel Sharpens Steel,” and hopefully also get a taste of what they’ve been working on since. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Tues Oct 11)

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Add to a List
Here's your chance to see a real-life Beatle live! Legendary drummer Ringo Starr will treat Portlanders to a well-rounded set of Beatles songs, original solo tunes, and other crowd pleasing covers. He will welcome endless amounts of peace and love, but please don't give him any fan mail.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Southwest Portland (Wed Oct 12)

Earth with Iceage Add to a List
Over the past three decades, Pacific Northwest drone metal pioneers Earth have been creating a weighty hum uniquely their own. Their ever-shifting lineup has, over the years, included luminaries like Slim Moon, Joe Preston, Karl Blau, Lori Goldston, and even (for one recording session) Kurt Cobain. While their ’90s Sub Pop releases are modern doom reference points, for the past decade they've hit their stride with a sound like a southern rock 45 played at 33—heavy and anthemic, murmuring and lush. Onstage, they transcend genres, musical lineages, and even their own past. The result is hypnotic and beyond words. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Thurs Oct 13)

serpentwithfeet: Deacon's Tour Add to a List
Fresh off a collaboration with Bjork for her Cornucopia tour, serpentwithfeet will bring his otherworldly tenderness to the stage in support of his 2021 album, Deacon. The album is a passionate study in love, particularly Black queer love, which flourishes with his soaring vocals, '90s-influenced melodies, romantic lyricism, and experimental production.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Thurs Oct 13)

Panic! At The Disco: Viva Las Vengeance Tour Add to a List
Once a pop-punk quartet that soundtracked many teenage Myspace profiles, Panic! At The Disco is now the theatrical pop solo project of founding frontman Brendon Urie. He will stop by Portland on his Viva Las Vengeance tour to support his latest album of the same name. As Mercury writer Jenni Moore once wrote, "come for the older hits, but stay to hear Urie’s soaring vocals on his jazz-influenced new material." Or, come for the openers! Welsh pop star Marina (FKA Marina and the Diamonds) will start off the night alongside singer-songwriter Jake Wesley Rogers.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sat Oct 15)

Wolf Alice Add to a List
London-based rockers Wolf Alice effortlessly transition from a serene and subtle sound one moment to a raucous cacophony the next. Their three albums to date, My Love is Cool, Visions of a Life, and Blue Weekend, are all Mercury Prize nominees and have been critically lauded, with Pitchfork calling Blue Weekend, "pristine and emotionally extravagant."
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Sat Oct 15)

Revolution: The Music of The Beatles – A Symphonic Experience Add to a List
The Oregon Symphony (with a little help from their friend, conductor Jeff Tyzik) will pay tribute to the fab four with a symphonic journey through The Beatles' iconic catalog, including hits like "Ticket to Ride" and "Hey, Jude," transcribed from the original Abbey Road master recordings. Plus, rare and unseen photos of the band will accompany the music for a fully immersive experience.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Oct 15-16)

Alex G Add to a List
Back in 2019, former Stranger writer Andrew Grospe wrote: "A prolific young songwriter builds a following on Bandcamp and indie-rock “fame” swiftly follows. That’s more or less the trajectory of Alex G, 26-year-old Domino signee Alex Giannascoli, who’s put out records at a frightening rate since his teens. His story recalls that of Car Seat Headrest, the local KEXP darling and favorite of rock fans who want to party like it’s 1987. Giannascoli’s music is also a throwback, sure—it’s hard not to be when we’re talking dudes with guitars in 2019—but his doglegged song structures, offbeat production choices, and reticence to explain the meaning of his often elliptical lyrics make his work come off as a personal document instead of an homage." He will stop by with tracks from his new album, God Save the Animals, alongside indie rock artist Barrie.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Mon Oct 17)

Ichiko Aoba Add to a List
The word "ethereal" tends to be overused when describing music. That being said, Ichiko Aoba's 2020 album, Windswept Adan, is actually ethereal. The Japanese singer-songwriter finds a sweet spot between folk, jazz, and classical music, employing swirling strings, ocean waves, windchimes, and delicate vocals to tell the story of a fictional expedition through the East China Sea. She will support the album alongside piano-centric indie pop artist Charlie Martin. 
Polaris Hall, Humboldt (Tues Oct 18)

The Who Hits Back! 2022 Tour Add to a List
One of the Big 4 original British Invasion groups whose back catalog has withstood the test of time, the Who return for perhaps the last time to give die-hard fans a stadium-sized wallop. They’ll be rooting on singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Pete Townshend, whose best songs—“Instant Party,” “My Generation,” “Can’t Explain,” “The Ox” (written with John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Nicky Hopkins), “Run Run Run,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Eminence Front,” etc.—swagger with more bravado than most from their peak era (mid ’60s–early ’70s) and country (England). For sheer sonic power and lyrical prowess, the Who are hard to beat. STRANGER WRITER DAVE SEGAL
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Thurs Oct 20)

King Princess with Dora Jar Add to a List
Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist King Princess will bring her silky vocals and pop beats to town just after the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album, Hold On Baby, which features song titles like "I Hate Myself, I Want To Party" and "Sex Shop." Bedroom pop artist Dora Jar will start the night with tracks off of her new EP, Comfortably In Pain.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Sat Oct 22)

Plains Add to a List
Plains is the brand new partnership between indie-folk troubadours Katie Crutchfield (of Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson, who have embraced their Southern roots on their upcoming collaborative country album, I Walked With You A Ways. They will take the stage just days after its release alongside indie-rock artist MJ Lenderman.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sat Oct 22)

Ural Thomas and the Pain Add to a List
In June, the eponymous Portland-based group Ural Thomas and the Pain—fronted by local soul and funk icon Ural Thomas—released an excellent third studio album, Dancing Dimensions, via British independent label Bella Union. Following up 2018’s The Right Time and 2016’s self-titled project. Dancing Dimensions is full of ’70s reminiscent soul music and smooth as honey from start to finish. In October, a super alluring show at Mississippi Studios gives us a chance to catch highlights from the album live, like the titular opening track, the deeply divine “Heaven,” “Do You Remember The Times We Had?” “Hung Up On My Dream,” and “Promises.” PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Sat Oct 22)

Zac Brown Band: Out In The Middle Tour Add to a List
Zac Brown and his multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning country rock band bring the Out In The Middle tour to Moda Center for a performance featuring favorites from their discography along with recent material from their album, The Comeback, to keep things spicy.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sat Oct 22)

Carly Rae Jepsen: The So Nice Tour Add to a List
Carly Rae Jepsen is so much more than her Top 40 hit "Call Me Maybe." Just listen to her critically acclaimed album Emotions, which NPR called a "modern touchstone," to see what we're talking about. She will grace Portlanders two nights in a row on her So Nice tour, supporting her upcoming album, The Loneliest Time, which takes inspiration from '80s pop, '70s folk, funk, and disco.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Oct 23-24)

L7: "Bricks Are Heavy" 30-Year Anniversary Add to a List
Pacific Northwesterners like to claim L7 as one of their own, squeezing them into the narrative of grunge and riot grrrl, despite their Los Angeles origins and early-mid '80s formation (which arguably pre-dates both of the aforementioned movements). Their roots in hard rock, blues, and sludge metal also set them apart from other bands of the era. Catch the group as they reunite once again to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic album Bricks Are Heavy. They will be joined by San Antonio-based punk band Fea.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Mon Oct 24)

Karol G: Strip Love Tour Add to a List
Renowned Latin trap star Karol G brings her Strip Love tour to Portland in support of her third album, KG0516, which features appearances from Ludacris, Ozuna, Anuel AA, J Balvin, and more. Rising DJ Agudelo 888 will get the party started. 
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Thurs Oct 27)

Spellling Add to a List
Experimental pop sorceress Spellling's enchanting tunes are perfectly represented by her noted favorite albums, including Minnie Riperton's Come to My Garden, Kraftwerk's Computer World, and Iggy Pop's The Idiot. Her music is a perfect potion of orchestral pop whimsy, electronic experimentation, and punk freedom. She will perform songs from her critically acclaimed 2021 album, The Turning Wheel, after an opening set from art pop project Spacemoth.
Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Fri Oct 28)

Lee Fields: The Sentimental Fool Tour Add to a List
Sexagenarian soul/funk singer Lee Fields is an American treasure. In 1969 he released his first single “Bewildered/Tell Her I Love Her,” and the man is still pumping out bangers—the most recent of which are on 2019’s It Rains Love. The soul veteran has worked with countless legendary artists—from B.B. King to Kool and the Gang—but the younger cats appreciate Fields’ work as well; Travis Scott’s mega hit “Antidote,” for instance, samples Lee Fields and the Expressions’ “All I Need” from 2014’s Emma Jean. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Sat Oct 29)


The Hombres Add to a List
Lured in by the titillating view from their construction site, a trio of Latino workers head to a yoga studio, and their macho mentality is put to the test by a gay instructor. Fans of male bonding and New Jersey will dig The Hombres, a hilarious, yet nuanced play by Tony Meneses.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Oct 5-9)

Parsons Dance Add to a List
Hailing from NYC, the renowned Parsons Dance troupe will bring more fiery, funky energy to the stage in this athletic musical dance program (where you can expect to see classic Parsons work like “Caught” and “The Envelope”).
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Oct 6-8)

Pearl Dive Live Add to a List
Blending movement and unexpected incorporation of ideas across mediums, Pearl Dive Live will translate themed episodes of Pearl Dive Project live on stage. The project involves a wide range of collaborators, including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, drag diva Poison Waters, thought-provoking writer Yiyun Li, and others.
BodyVox Dance Center, Northwest Portland (Oct 6-15)

The Lost Boys Live Add to a List
The Lost Boys Live celebrates their 10th anniversary this year, and the beloved parody show will hit the stage again with its original cast (including Mercury Editor-in-Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey) to poke more fun at a certain '80s teenage vampire flick. Expect blood, big hair, and some killer tunes, too.
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Oct 7-29)

Little Shop of Horrors Add to a List
Fans of carnivorous plants, aliens, and doo-wop will appreciate this sci-fi musical frolic, wherein a seemingly benign new plant at a flower shop develops an unfortunate fondness for human blood. Howard Ashman's Little Shop of Horrors is a Broadway classic with wide appeal, set to a swinging Motown soundtrack and possessing an unexpectedly pointed capitalist critique.
Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks (Oct 7-30)

Midsummer Night's Dream Add to a List
Oregon Ballet Theatre will offer a joyful, magic-tinged program for fall. Each performance will begin with a premiere of Christopher Bruce's light-hearted circus tale Hush, followed by George Balanchine’s highly technical eight-minute sparkler Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Then, they'll head to the forest for​ some prank-heavy, fairy-tinged comedy with Christopher Stowell’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set to Mendelssohn’s cherished score performed by the OBT Orchestra.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Oct 8-16)

the ripple, the wave that carried me home Add to a List
Award-winning playwright Christina Anderson's poetic, immersive work the ripple, the wave that carried me home follows a woman whose return to her hometown brings up complicated memories related to segregation, integration, and political justice.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Oct 8-30)

Fucking A Add to a List
When an abortion provider plans to buy her incarcerated son's freedom, a complicated quest unfolds. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, a MacArthur Genius Award recipient and the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, pens this blend of tragic, vengeance-driven story and song.
Shaking the Tree Studio, Hosford-Abernethy (Oct 8-Nov 5)

Terrible, Thanks For Asking Add to a List
The question "How are you?" has lost its power in modern society—typically, our impulse is to respond positively, never revealing what's really bubblin' under the surface. So, what's the point of asking at all? What might we ask, or respond, instead? How might we operate more honestly on this fruitcake of a planet?! Well, that's where author Nora McInerny comes in. On her award-winning narrative podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, folks are encouraged to share their actual life experiences, and it gets real; The New York Times calls it "a gift."
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Mon Oct 10)

Bolero+ Add to a List
Kicking off Northwest Dance Project's 19th year, this performance includes a Chekhov-inspired world premiere by founding artistic director Sarah Slipper, the spellbinding Ensemble for Somnambulists by Italian choreographer Luca Veggetti, and Bolero, which was "rescued from the graveyard of pop culture banality" by award-winning resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem.
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Oct 14-15)

To Kill a Mockingbird Add to a List
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and required reading at schools everywhere, was translated into a record-shattering play by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin in 2018 (it's the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history, according to Deadline). See what the fuss is about at this performance of the complex coming-of-age tale.  
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Oct 18-23)


Powell's Books Presents Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan Add to a List
Jodi Picoult's work is often categorized as "chick lit," or something your mom might like, but you'd be wise to give the 28-time bestselling novelist, Harvard grad, and Wonder Woman writer's work a second glance—Picoult's family sagas tend to have underpinnings of social commentary and deep moral dilemmas. Alongside her bestselling co-writer Jennifer Finney Boylan, Picoult will present their new novel, Mad Honey. Expect an unannounced special guest, too.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Mon Oct 10)

VOICES Lecture Series Add to a List
Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, VOICES Lectures continues to share the stories of fascinating women this fall and winter, kicking off with a talk from Marlee Matlin on October 12. Matlin, the youngest-ever winner of Best Actress at the Academy Awards, also recently starred alongside other deaf actors in the three-time Academy Award-winning CODA. She's also an inspirational speaker and activist, advocating for diversity, acceptance, and freedom from judgment. 
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Wed Oct 12)

Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Nabil Ayers, Aubrey Gordon, Margo Cilker, and Chris Mejia Add to a List
Live Wire's latest season continues with this evening of honest, hilarious conversation between lauded music writer Nabil Ayers, What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fatauthor and podcaster Aubrey Gordon, and funny festival favorite Chris Mejia, supplemented by musical vibes from singer-songwriter Margot Cilker.
Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia (Thurs Oct 13)

Terry Brooks Add to a List
Terry Brooks, 23-time New York Times bestseller and leading voice in epic fantasy fiction, will head to Powell's for the release of the second book in Viridian Deep, his fresh fantastical series. Daughter of Darkness follows a girl's journey through a newly discovered magical world, complete with goblin prisons, fae, and shrouded secrets.
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton (Fri Oct 14)

Doris Kearns Goodwin Add to a List
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln formed the basis of Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln, will visit Portland with a new lecture on the far-reaching impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and her time working with President Lyndon B. Johnson. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Tues Oct 18)

Pete Souza Add to a List
As the White House photographer during the Obama administration, Pete Souza saw his fair share of the Oval Office—he created nearly two million photographs over the course of Obama's eight-year term. In The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency, Souza shares a unique insider's perspective on democracy, depicting everyone from national security staffers to the White House groundskeeper. He'll present his rare photos and share stories from the book at this talk.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Tues Oct 18)

Amber Tamblyn in conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch, Dr. Mindy Nettifee, and Dr. Nicole Apelian Add to a List
Edited by actress-turned-activist Amber Tamblyn, the new anthology Listening in the Dark is a who's who of powerful women's voices; it includes essays by US Poet Laureate Ada Limón, America Ferrera, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Amy Poehler, Samantha Irby, Jia Tolentino, Jessica Valenti, and others, each sharing the varied ways in which they follow their gut. Digging into the complex topic of women's intuition, which is often ignored, cast aside, and demeaned, the writers wonder how their innate instincts might be reclaimed. Tamblyn will be joined in conversation by Listening in the Dark contributors Lidia Yuknavitch, Dr. Mindy Nettifee, and Dr. Nicole Apelian.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Tues Oct 25)

An Evening with Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil Add to a List
Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, has since developed an obsession with all things epicurean—he travels the globe to foodie-fave locations like Mexico City and Marrakesh for Netflix's Somebody Feed Phil, gobbling up whatever gourmet nosh he finds along the way. Rosenthal will celebrate the release of Somebody Feed Phil the Book: Untold Stories, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Favorite Recipes: A Cookbook, sharing the deets on the tome's never-before-heard stories and viewer-fave recipes.
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Wed Oct 26)

Pop-Up Magazine: Love Stories Add to a List
Blending film, music, comedy, and more, Pop-Up Magazine is a "live magazine," designed to engage audiences through multimedia storytelling from top journalists and performers. This fall "issue" will include a talk with Chanel Miller, whose bestselling memoir Know My Name detailed her experience of sexual assault at the hands of Brock Turner. Other guests include writer and actor Ryan O'Connell, comedian Pamela Rae Schuller, radio producer Rachael Cusick, and filmmaker Nadav Kurtz.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed Oct 26)


Along these lines Add to a List
Artists Julia Bradshaw, Ron Linn, and John Whitten will present time-intensive new works focused on landscape in Along these lines. The show critiques "the authority of the grid," looking closely at maps and other gridded divisions imposed throughout history to consider how land is impacted by the sociopolitical sphere.
Well Well, Kenton (Oct 1-30)

Jeremy Okai Davis: A Good Sport Add to a List
Jeremy Okai Davis's new collection of figurative paintings shines a light on the experiences of Black Americans in traditional sportsmanship roles within the rigid confines of athleticism and academia. Davis's derby jockeys, basketball players, and other subjects contain a rare emotional depth, due in part to the large size of the works—several of the paintings exhibited in A Good Sport are the largest the artist has ever created.
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District (Oct 4-29)

Emma Gerigscott: For The Love of Duck Add to a List
Emma Gerigscott, whose previous paintings often focused on four-legged friends, takes a dip into a duck pond for this solo exhibition. For The Love of Duck also includes playful textile works made from hand-dyed linen and fabric paint.
Froelick Gallery, Pearl District (Oct 11-Nov 26)

Sitka Art Invitational Add to a List
Bringing together over 100 artists inspired by Pacific Northwest nature, the Sitka Art Invitational offers a scenic forest of works across mediums, with sales split evenly between the artist and the Sitka Center For Art & Ecology. 
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (Oct 14-16)

Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire Add to a List
Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson will transform the Portland Art Museum's exterior facade with a fiery combination of text, photography, and suspended glass panels, forming a bridge between the museum’s contemporary and Native American art collections. They Come From Fire, which coincides with Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe Add to a List , was created with help from Indigenous, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists to celebrate Portland’s Indigenous history and contemporary culture. 
Portland Art Museum, Southwest Portland (Oct 15-Feb 26)

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