Healthy Events

Have a Healthy, Happy October with These Local Wellness Events

Taste 60 varieties of apples, dozens of fermented foods, and hundreds of vegan treats this month—or ride handmade bikes and run across town in full Halloween garb.

By Tuck Woodstock October 5, 2016

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Run the spookiest race of your life at Portland's annual Run Like Hell.

Image: Parker Knight

9th Handmade Bike and Beer Festival
What: Geek out over Portland’s two favorite pastimes at this annual collaboration between the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association and the Oregon Brewers Guild, which pairs local craft brews with renown builders of bike frames and parts. Scope out the beer list here.
Where: The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St.
When: Friday, October 7, 5–9 p.m. and Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
How much: $10 entry; $20 includes glass and 10 drink tickets. Buy tickets here.

Apple Tasting
What: Now in it 29th year (!), Portland Nursery’s annual apple tasting event has become something of a holiday for local fruit lovers, featuring free samples of up to 60 varieties of apples. Once you’ve identified your favorite flavors, stock up at dozens of bins brimming with 99¢/lb fruit, then enjoy live music, family activities (think pumpkin painting), and more autumnal treats of all kinds.
Where: Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St.
When: Friday–Sunday, October 7–9 and 14–16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
How much: Free! More info here.

Best Friend 1st Anniversary Party
What: Celebrate the first anniversary of this health-conscious food cart with all sorts of delicious vegan treats—Dreamboat Coconut push-pops, Rawdacious cheesecake, and snacks by Bliss House—as well as live music, a haiku station, and a “build your own fruit monster” table for the kiddos.
Where: Best Friend Juice Cart, 1121 SE Division St.
When: Friday, October 21, 2–6 p.m.
How much: Free! 

Humans of Color Yoga
What: Stretch, learn, and connect with other people of color at this new biweekly event series hosted by People’s Co-op. In addition to mindful movement and breathing, the class will include time for folks to introduce themselves, create community, and address issues faced by Portlanders of color.
Where: People’s Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st Ave
When: Saturday, October 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
How much: Free! More info here.

Portland VegFest
What: Snack on hundreds of animal-free foods—we’re talking cookies, ice cream, burgers, and bacon—at one of the country’s premier vegan festivals, which also features speakers, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and a children’s area.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr Blvd
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 22–23, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
How much: $9. Buy tickets here.

Run Like Hell
What: Don your best sweat-proof Halloween costume and run a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon with thousands of other ghouls, goblins, and Trump impersonators. Expect entertainment every two miles, including a “musical mile” boasting bands on ever block, and a post-race party complete with costume contest.
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square
When: Sunday, October 23, 7–11 a.m.
How much: $39-109 (varies by race and registration date.) Register here.

 Yoga + Beer at Labrewatory
What: “Detox and retox” at this popular Portland event series. Yoga instructor Mikki Trowbridge will lead participants through a 75-minute all-levels yoga flow before adjourning to the tasting room for pints of experimental brews.
Where: The Labrewatory, 670 N Russell St.
When: Monday, October 24, 6–7:15 p.m.
How much: $20 includes class and your first pint! Register here

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7th Portland Fermentation Festival
What: Sample dozens of fermented foods at the seventh incarnation of the city’s OG ferment fete, which fills an Ecotrust conference room with all kinds of local kraut, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, mead, miso, and much more. Gut health nuts can catch an expert panel by Portland’s Nat West (Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider), Dan Barber (Picklopolis), Mat Choi (Choi’s Kimchi Co.), Claudia Lucero (Urban Cheesecraft) and Tara Whitsitt (Fermentation on Wheels).
Where: Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave
When: Thursday, October 27, 6–9:30 p.m.
How much: $10 tasting session; $20 tasting plus expert panel. Buy tickets here.

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