Things to do this week: Gem and Mineral Show, Hop Fest, and Portland Film Festival


This week’s event list has a few longtime favorites, including the Portland Film Fest and the return of the Gem and Mineral Show to Washington County. We also have an outdoor dance performance and indoor stand-up comedy. And, believe it or not, it’s Halloween season! Most haunts, pumpkin fields, and other Harvest Festival events begin the first weekend in October. (See our full Halloween guide for more details.)

See exhibits of rocks, gems, jewelry and minerals at the Gem and Mineral Show in Hillsboro this weekend. Oregon file photo. LC – Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Portland Regional Gem & Minerals Show

The 40th Gem and Mineral Show welcomes fans with displays of fossils, rocks, gems, tools, jewelry and more. Visitors can browse dealer displays and watch demonstrations and exhibitions. The children’s corner offers hands-on activities, games and prizes.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Wingspan Event Center at Westside Commons (formerly known as Washington County Fairgrounds), 801 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro; $ 7, 12 and under free with a paying adult;

Hood River Hop Festival

Hood River’s PFriem family brewers will be attending the Hood River Hops Fest this weekend. Oregon file photo. LC- Oregonian

Hood River Hop Festival

This full-day outdoor festival brings together over 40 breweries from across the Pacific Northwest as brewers launch their fresh, seasonal hop beers. Sample some of the best the region has to offer. Live bands play all day. Minors admitted until 6 p.m.

noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, in downtown Hood River in the Columbia parking lot between Fifth and Seventh Streets at Cascade Avenue; tasting packages $ 20 in advance, $ 30 at the door includes five tasting tokens;

Best A&E bets

“To the Waves” directed by Michael Varrati will be screened during the Lovecraft Film Festival at the Hollywood Theater.Image courtesy of HP Lovecraft Film Festival

HP Lovecraft Film Festival

Kick off the Halloween season with the 26th screening of the film festival that celebrates the American writer of weird, science, fantasy and horror fiction. The festival is showing more than 50 short films and will include the Pacific Northwest premiere of HP Lovecraft’s “Witch House” by Bobby Easley, and the Oregon premiere of Kevin Pontuti’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, an adaptation of a story by Charlotte Gilman Perkins. The festival will be presented live from October 1-3 and available to stream from October 8-10. Live screenings will feature visiting filmmakers, Q&A with special guests, panel discussions, author readings and other events.

In-person events 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, October 1-3, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd .; tickets $ 25 to $ 35 or $ 70 for a full weekend pass. Streaming pass from $ 35 to $ 40 for a day or $ 75 for a full festival pass, including all Q&A events and panel discussions;

Woman in colorful dress dancing in a park pond

Heidi Duckler Dance presents “Perennial” an outdoor dance performance

“Perennial” dance show

Portland-based dance company Heidi Duckler Dance Northwest presents a live performance in the Rose Garden at Peninsula Park. The event features company dancers including Heidi Duckler, Conrad Kaczor, Barbara Lima, Javan Mngrezzo and Himerria Wortham. The music was composed by Crystal Quartez and sound artist Yaara. The artwork explores shared experiences over time and the feeling of waking up from hibernation.

5 p.m. Saturday, October 2, Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way; RSVP is required for this free event;

Stand-up comedy in Bossanova

Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately and other comedy shows veteran Mo Mandel delivers a daring stand-up set that doesn’t shy away from any of today’s searing issues. In fact, they plan to snap those pimples all night long. The forerunners are veteran Portland comedian Jake Silberman and promising youngster Robby Sherman.

8 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St .; $ 15;

Portland Film Festival

The annual Portland Film Festival goes all virtual for 2021 and features the world premiere of ‘Women is Losers’ along with 250 other independent film screenings with stories featuring women, people with disabilities, and Asian, black, and Asian voices. Indigenous and LGBTQ. Screening offerings also include director talks, networking events, and educational workshops and panels.

The festival begins Wednesday October 6 and continues on request until November 8; Comcast’s Xfinity customers with Xfinity X1 or Xfinity Flex will have free access to a collection of live movies and events, others can see streaming options at; prices range from $ 10 for a movie to $ 100 for an all access pass.

Halloween 2021

Topaz Farm 2021 corn maze.

And – are you ready for Halloween? We are. Check out our list of haunts, pumpkins, corn mazes, family activities, and fall festivals:

– If you have any live or virtual events that you would like to see highlighted on or in The Oregonian’s weekly print A&E section, please email your submissions to [email protected] at least three weeks before the start of your event. Digital images or links to videos are helpful.

– Rosemarie Stein, [email protected]


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