3 Fall Cultural Festivals that Aren't Oktoberfest

Tango lessons, pierogis, pottery exhibits, and more.

By Alli Weseman September 20, 2019

The Portland Polish Festival.


It’s mid-September in Portland, and you know what that means: Oktoberfest. If that’s your jam, you have plenty of opportunities to celebrate, from Stammtisch’s German cookout to Oaks Park’s annual wiener dog race.

If you're looking to branch out a bit from brats and Bavarian brews, the fall is home to plenty of other food-heavy cultural festivals—here are three worth checking out.

Portland Polish Festival

Sept 21–22, 11am–6pm, 3900 N Interstate Ave, FREE 

The 26th annual Portland Polish Festival is an all-ages event that invites people to experience authentic Polish food, watch fencing, and compete in a polka competition. Food includes traditional fried potato pancakes and pierogi ruskies (cheese and potato dumplings), and, for adults 21 and over, an Okocim pale lager straight from Poland.

Portland Greek Festival

Oct 4-6, 10am–10pm Fri–Sat, 11am–8pm Sun, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral FREE

The 67th annual Portland Greek festival takes place over three days and features a tour of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Friday and Saturday with services on Sunday. There will be traditional Greek dancing and, for the first time, the Hellenic-American cultural center will display an exhibit called Vases and Verses that gives “a view into the world of ancient Greek pottery, drama and poetry.” Plenty of baklava and loukoumades (fried dough) should leave you wanting more.

Portland Argentinian Festival

Oct 5, 12-8pm, District East, $5

The first annual Portland Argentinian Festival is a one-day celebration of Argentinian culture. The event will feature eight straight hours of entertainment, including folklore show and tango lessons, and activies like Truco, a popular South American card game. If you’re looking for something to work off all the empanadas and Argentinian barbecue, the fest's also offering Zumba and soccer.

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