PORTLAND, Ore —
Well, another Halloween has come and gone and November is officially here, but don't let queen Mariah Carey fool you into thinking we can bring out our Christmas trees yet — we have to get through Thanksgiving first.
Although commonly skipped throughout the years, this weekend brings somewhat "Thanksgiving" themed events like the Verboot Sausage Festival for example — we also have Lizzo in town, a Black podcast festival, the Portland Book Festival and more in store.
Lizzo: The Special Tour
When: Nov. 4
Where: Moda Center, 1 North Center Court Street, Portland
What's going on: Now it was "About Damn Time" Lizzo made her way to the Pacific Northwest. The 3X Grammy award-winning artist is set to perform at the Moda Center on Friday with special guest Latto, as part of her "The Special Tour" that kicked off in September. The tour is in support of her fourth studio album "Special" and this is "The Sign" for you to grab your "Grrrls" and head to the Moda Center Friday to sing along with Lizzo. If the Friday rain has you staying home, a second show was added for Nov. 10.
Educating for the Seventh Generation
When: Nov. 4
Where: Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver
What's going on: November is Native American Heritage Month and Clark College is gearing up for their 10th annual celebration of indigenous cultures. Come and experience a powwow that includes music, dance, food, vendors, honoring veterans and the announcement of the Dreamcatcher Scholarship. This celebration is free and open to the community.
Hometown Throwdown 2022
When: Nov. 4-6
Where: Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 Southeast Oaks Park Way, Portland
What's going on: Portland's premiere roller derby tournament is back this weekend since 2019. The derby is set to feature RCR's World Champion Wheels of Justice and Axles of Annihilation and more. Single day tickets are available or if you're a die hard fan, weekend tournament passes are available too.
PDX Black Podcast Fest
When: Nov. 4-6
Where: Alberta Abbey, 126 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland
What's going in: If you're trying to stay indoors and out of the rain this podcast festival might be for you. The Numberz Podcast Network is hosting a free 3 day live podcast festival with live commentary. Experience live DJ's and vendors throughout the weekend. Come hear voices from the Black community as they take on topics ranging from mental health to education.
Verboort Sausage Festival
When: Nov. 5
Where: 4317 Northwest Visitation Road, Forest Grove
What's going on: A sausage party! If you're a fan of tradition, sausage and sauerkraut then this community dinner is for you. For the past 88 years families that have lived in Verboort come together to serve up sausage, sauerkraut and applesauce. Bulk sausage is available to purchased but is known to sell out quickly. Also get a breathtaking view of Giant Sequoia Redwood trees, brought as seeds from California after the Gold Rush of 1849.
The Portland Book Festival
When: Nov. 5
Where: Portland Art Museum, 1219 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland
What's going on: Calling all bibliophiles, the Portland Book Festival makes its return this weekend. It is set to feature author discussions, pop-up readings, writing workshops for youth and adults, kids' story times, an extensive book fair, local food trucks and more. Actress Selma Blair is set to discuss her memoir "Mean Baby" in one of the two Portland Book Festival events at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
An Evening with Greensky Bluegrass
When: Nov. 5-6
Where: McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, 1332 West Burnside Street, Portland
What's going on: If you're looking to jam out, this concert might be for you. The Greensky Bluegrass will be in town for two nights. Known for their dazzling live performances and relentless touring schedule, these two show nights are predicted to sell out. Don't miss your chance to experience these five musicians that make up Greensky Bluegrass.
The Office (Holiday Episodes) Trivia
When: Nov. 6
Where: Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer + Kitchen, 14021 Northeast Glisan Street, Portland
What's going on: If you find yourself almost always quoting The Office, then why not be part of a trivia about it and win some cash prizes. Join other enthusiasts of the show for a night full of fun. The trivia night is focused on holiday episodes of The Office. Make sure you to do your homework and show up early.