Free Events in Portland: October 19–21, 2012

October 17th, 2012

Note: Admission is free for the following events, but you might be charged for activities or food and drink.

Events are sorted by start time.

All weekend

Apple Tasting Festival (Portland): More than 50 varieties of apples and pears to taste, live music, kids activities, and more. Portland Nursery (5050 SE Stark, Portland). Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

THE PROJECTS, Festival of Experimental Comics and Narrative Arts (Portland): Three days of workshops, exhibitions, panels, performances, projections and collaborative projects. IPRC, 1001 SE Division, Portland.

Walktober: A few free walking events this weekend, and several others through the end of the month.

Davis Graveyard: Each October, the Davis’s transform their yard into a realistic, haunted graveyard. Get the full experience (sound, fog, ghost effects, and animations) every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 2 from dusk to 11:00 pm (10:00 pm on Sunday). Get the lite version (lights only) every Monday through Thursday from dusk to 10:00 pm. 8703 SE 43rd Ave in Milwaukie.

Friday, October 19

Gabrielle Bell talks about “The Voyeurs,” a memoir of five years in her life as a cartoonist, diarist, and filmmaker. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 7:30 pm.

Saturday, October 20

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta (Tualatin): Watch folks race across Tualatin Lake in giant carved-out pumpkins. 8325 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Races begin at 2:00 pm.

Beaverton City Library Family Resource Fair: Nonprofit organizations that serve Beaverton-area families host tables with activities and small treats for children. 12375 SW Fifth St, Beaverton, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Happy Valley Harvest Fest: Tractor-pulled wagon rides, live music, kids activities, farm animals and more. Happy Valley Park, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Oregon Maritime Museum Free Day: Families of up to 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 14 enjoy free admission to the main exhibit space. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Washington County Artists Open Studios: Take a self-guided tour of the private studios of Washington County artists and galleries. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Spooky Science (Portland): An interactive show for children aged 5 to 12, featuring scientific Halloween surprises. Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland), 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm.

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne Celebrates 20 Years: In-store offers, kids activities, a photography exhibit, and giveaways. 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Barely Boo (Portland): A show for children, featuring ghostly, but funny, stories and songs. Rockwood Library (17917 SE Stark St, Portland), 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm.

Duct Tape Wallets: Learn how to turn a roll of duct tape into a wallet. Targeted to teens. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Bob Rabbit on Mr. Man’s Farm: An interactive show for kids that mixes classic folksongs and stories with original music and puppetry. Gresham Library (385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham), 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.

Sunday, October 21

Washington County Artists Open Studios: Take a self-guided tour of the private studios of Washington County artists and galleries. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

“The Shark Riddle” Movie Screening (Portland): Join Portland-based wildlife filmmakers Laura Sams and Robert Sams for a screening of their children’s film “The Shark Riddle.” Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave, Portland), 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Homemade Noodles (Portland): Make noodles to take home. Targeted to teens. Holgate Library (7905 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland), 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

People of the Drum (Portland): Portland Taiko and others will perform at Charles Jordan Community Center (9009 N. Foss Ave, Portland), 3:30 pm.

“Found in Translation” (Portland): Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzsche talk about their book, which reveals the surprising and complex ways that translation shapes the world around us. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 7:30 pm.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (Portland): Watch it at the Bagdad Theater & Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland. 9:00 pm doors; 10:00 pm airtime. Ages 21+.

More free events

For more free and low-cost events, check Portland on the Cheap,  PDX Pipeline, Dave Knows Portland, and the Oregonian.

For kids events, check UrbanMamas and PDX Kids Calendar.

For free concerts, see Concert Co-op.

And please check out your local library!

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