Life in Portland Blog

Monthly Picks | October 2016

October 7th-9th | Hollywood Theater
Lovecraft fans will appreciate this annual festival promoting literary horror and weird tales. The event will include a live radio play performance of “Dagon: War of Worlds” with live voice actors, music, and sound effects, as well as cinematic adaptations by professional and amateur filmmakers alike. There will be lively panel discussions of Lovecraftian film and literature, author readings, and the most comprehensive bazaar of Lovecraft and Cthulhu collectibles and merchandise you’ve ever seen. 

October 14th-15th | Various Portland Park Locations
Join friends and neighbors for a two day, citywide event to build up and beautify over 50 of Portland’s parks. Help plant 10,000 crocus bulbs at Peninsula Park, rake shrub beds and spread mulch at Laurelhurst Park, remove invasive species with the Mt. Tabor Park Weed Warriors, or help build and maintain Mt. Tabor’s beautiful hiking, biking, and running trails. Find a project that excites you or join volunteers at your favorite park to give back to Portland’s beloved parks. 

October 21st-23rd | Oregon Convention Center
You’ll have the opportunity to play hundreds of retro arcade and console games at this annual event celebrating the historic contribution video games have made to popular culture. Speakers and panel discussions will feature artists, programmers, and game experts discussing everything from mastering the claw machine to the impact classic games have had on current game design. A game-making workshop will introduce you to the tools and skills you need to make your own games. The expo will also feature video game tournaments and a live concert.

October 29th, 3:00 PM | Irving Park
Every October people and zombies around the world join together to dance “Thriller” in honor of the creative genius of Michael Jackson. If you don’t have the moves down, don’t worry. You can learn the dance at organized practice sessions every Friday and Sunday throughout the month at Fremont UMC.   If you can’t make it to a practice session check out the instructional videos on YouTube by user INESSENS, the founder of the event. Get ready to be a part of a thrilling dance mob!