28 Must-See Shows and Events in Portland in Fall 2022


So many artistic events, so little time. As you begin to mark your fall calendars, allow us to chime in — here are the concerts, screenings, book launches, gallery shows, plays, and other arts events you definitely won’t want to miss.


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra will be out in full force (get it?) to perform John Williams’ iconic score live on everyone’s favorite ewok vehicle. September 16-18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

PDX Salvage Film Festival

Portland nonprofit Bridges to Change presents its first-ever film festival, highlighting titles on addiction, homelessness and mental health. September 29, Hall of the Revolution

HP Lovecraft Film Festival

The annual creeps show returns, stuffing the screen with cosmic horrors and the lobby of the Hollywood Theater with costumed superfans. The jury has yet to determine, organizers say, whether admission will depend on proof of vax or a sacrifice to Nyarlathotep. October 7-9, Hollywood Theater

Portland Film Festival

By midsummer, focus groups were whittling down more than 3,000 submissions to this nonprofit film festival. Find out who made the cut in October. From October 10 to 22, locations to be determined

Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s always the season to catch the Clinton Street Weekly rocky horror screening, but the vibes and crowds always ramp up around Halloween, culminating in a massive Halloweekend spectacle. Every Saturday, Clinton Street Theater


Brian Michael Bendis

Portland’s comic king, co-creator of Miles Morales, Peabody and Eisner Award winner Jessica Jones and Naomi, comes to Powell’s on ththe back of Phenomena, his new fantasy adventure series created with André Lima Araújo. It follows a group of lost orphans who embark on a quest in a magical world. September 13, Powell’s City of Books

Abdulrazak Gurnah

The 2021 Nobel laureate and acclaimed novelist born in Tanzania Heaven and afterlifehis exploration of East Africans colonized by Germany in the early 20th century takes the stage of Schnitz. September 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Tales of a Seventh Grade Lizard Boy

Local cartoonist and illustrator Jonathan Hill follows his critically acclaimed graphic novel Odessa with Tales of a Seventh Grade Lizard Boy (September 27, Walker Books), the story of a kid who struggles to fit in at middle school — which isn’t surprising, considering he’s secretly a lizard.

Portland Book Festival

After two years of slipping dates – in 2020 the festival offered a virtual two-week spread, while last year it shrunk to five days – the one-day, tight and ultra- condensed, is back entirely in person. Local—Mat Johnson, Fonda Lee, Colin Meloy, Lidia Yuknavitch among them—national and international atthors and readers will once again gather at the Portland Art Museum and its surroundings to turn the page galore. November 15, blocks from South Park

Garrett Hongo and Richard Tillinghast

Two distinguished poets – a Pulitzer slash Oregon Book Awar finalistd winner and a time Guggenheim Fellow-unite like a rhyming couplet to Mother Foucault, this deliciously musty, analog store of literary gems. November 10, Mother Foucault Bookstore


lose your mind Fest

The Dandy Warhols headline the eighth edition of this rambling festival, which will spill over to old and new venues on the Central Eastside: Bunk Bar, Vitalidad, the Get Down and Lollipop Shoppe. September 1-3, various locations

The shins

Just over 20 years later Oh, inverted worldJames Mercer’s tireless indie rock project will play two concerts in the Portland living room. September 15-16, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Sudan Archives

Brittney Parks is one hell of a violinist, and she’s also some of the most captivating pop music on the market as Sudan Archives – music worth picking up on her cozy date at the end of September in Portland. September 29, Mississippi Studios

Ice Cube, Ja Rule and Warren G.

An NWA founder, Fyre Fest co-conspirator, and G-Funk pioneer enter an arena show. So do you, if you know what’s going on. October 1, Moda Center

Ringo Star

If we wrote the words “Former Beatle Ringo Starr released two EPs last year, one of which included a cover of ‘Rock Around the Clock'”, would you believe us? We’re not sure we believe each other. But here we are facing Ringo’s Schnitz date to support those same EPs. October 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Carly Rae Jepsen

Every tastemaker’s favorite pop star will make up for a canceled April 2020 gig (RIP) by hitting Old Town with Empress Of late October, new tracks from the fifth LP The loneliest moment in tow. October 23, Roseland Theater


The spelling is sparkling, baroque The spinning wheel was one of the most underrated records of 2021, and you can see the artist live in all his glory during Halloweekend. October 28, Theater of Stars

Gabriel Kahane & Oregon Symphony

The Symphony will take up the audacity of Beethoven Heroic Symphony and Gabriel Kahane, the organization’s creative director, will perform a song cycle titled The right to be forgotten on our obsession with digital efficiency. November 5-7, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Time-Based Art Festival

It’s not strictly a dance festival, but the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual performance is always jam-packed with weird, wonderful, and bodily projects. September 8-18, various locations

Pearl Dive Live

In 2021, BodyVox asked non-dancers (including local drag legend Poison Waters and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening) to generate dance pieces for a video project called Pearl Dive. In October, the company will present them live in its Slabtown space. October 6–8 and 13–15, BodyVox

Dream of a summer night

To open the season, OBT will stage its former artistic director Christopher Stowell’s interpretation of this classic Shakespearean comedy alongside a new work by Christopher Bruce titled silence and an eight-minute Tchaikovsky marathon pas de deux. From October 8 to 15, Auditorium Keller

Dallas Black Dance Theater

Presented by White Bird, the Texas-based contemporary dance company – Dallas’ oldest – will perform a multi-piece program at Portland State University’s performance hall, including the acclaimed recent commission like water. October 20-22, Lincoln Hall


Front x Four

Sixteen works by 16 artists fill the Pearl District’s storage room for a multi-generational exhibit on “stability and support.” Until September 24

In my little corner

Willie Little’s solo show at Oregon Contemporary takes its title from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and explores growing up gay near rural Little Washington, North Carolina. Until October 2

Heat wave

Trippy, psychedelic textiles are the name of Sarah Wertzberger’s game, showcased in this Holding Contemporary exhibition. Have you ever wished weaving evoked a contact with the divine? It’s your lucky month. From September 10 to October 23

fay jones

The Seattle painter and muralist, whose playful and colorful work appears in that city’s opera, is heading to PDX for a solo exhibition at the Russo Lee Gallery in Nob Hill. October 6 to 29

Die Beach

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will show this photomontage of 4,200 canvases spanning German history from the Weimar Republic to World War II for the first time since its creator, Harley Gaber, took her own life in 2011 . From October 12 to January 22

The art of food

Food, 100 ways, as rendered by everyone from Hockney to Holzer to Warhol at Portland State University’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art throughout the season. Until December 3


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