The Holiday Ale Festival
For the 23rd straight year, Pioneer Courthouse Square gets tented, heated, and filled with over 50 specialty winter ales from some of the best brewers in the country. Come down spread some holiday cheer while indulging in an array of delicious Belgians, barleywines, stouts, and sours you won't find at the supermarket, and capitalize on the opportunity to talk to the geniuses responsible for making all these delicious suds, too. (Nov 28-Dec 2, Wed-Sun 11 am, Pioneer Courthouse Square, $35)


OMSI Stargazer Dinner
OMSI and the Hoxton team up to host a stargazing dinner and cocktail party, with experts and telescopes on hand to help you get a closer look and better understanding of our expansive night skies. (Fri Nov 2, 7 pm, The Hoxton, free w/ rsvp)

Chanterelles and Ales
Five (!) different pairings of beer and mushroom await you. And if you're like "beer and mushroom isn't a pairing I'd ever really thought of before," good news: A quality collection of local brewers and chefs are here to show you just how good that particular combo can be. (Sat Nov 3, 3:30 pm, Solera Brewery, $50)

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest
Enjoy life presents this two-day food festival focused solely on all the improvements, advancements, and delicious successful experiments that gluten-free cooking has achieved in recent history. If you're looking to go gluten-free, if you're looking to make those dishes even better, then you'll want to visit the close-to-90 gluten-free vendors on hand. (Nov 3-4, Sat-Sun 10 am, Portland Expo Center)

IPAs for Eyes
A fundraiser for the Casey Outreach Program, in partnership with OHSU's Casey Eye Institute. Taste some delicious IPAs, and stroll through the Institute's mobile ophthalmology unit, before possibly winning a raffle drawing including prizes like autographed CJ McCollum kicks, winery tours, free beer, and more. (Sun Nov 4, 11 am, Ecliptic Brewing, free)

Gorge Wine Weekend
Wine lovers, winemakers, winegrowers, and chefs come together to bask in the beauty of the Columbia Gorge and celebrate the completion of this year's harvest. Take part in a Friday Night Soirée, a Sunday Morning Sparkling Brunch, and a range of other fun activities hosted by wineries including Cathedral Ridge, Idiot’s Grace, Hawkins Cellars, Waving Tree, Maryhill, Mt. Hood, Syncline, and more. (Nov 9-11, Fri-Sun, Various Locations, $45-75)

The 29th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Hundreds of exhibitors pack Hall C of the Convention Center in the hopes your holiday shopping will be done in a way that can't be replicated by simply hitting a mall or clicking your fingers off on Amazon. You certainly won't be able to enjoy gourmet foods, chocolates, desserts, sauces, pastas, and more, at least not like the ones available over the course of this weekend. (Nov 9-11, Fri-Sun 10 am, Oregon Convention Center)

Cascadian Beer Fest
The inaugural installment of the Cascadian Beer Fest comes to Vancouver's Hopworks Urban Brewery, with a dozen breweries from up and down the Cascadian Region serving up an array of special beers inspired by Cascadia and brewed with ingredients from the region. Admission includes a HUB Chalice and 5 drink tickets for 8oz pours. Additional tickets can be purchased for $3 each. (Sat Nov 10, 4 pm, Hopworks Urban Brewery Vancouver, $20)

Bend Ale Festival
Bend is like Aspen, and Aspen is where the beer flows like wine, and for one day in November, that's how it flows in Bend, too. If you haven't been to Bend in awhile, this ale festival is a great excuse to rectify that situation, with over 20 participating breweries offering up 40 delicious beers, as well as live music, fire pits, good food, and more. (Sat Nov 10, 11 am, Northwest Crossing, $20)

The Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Festival
The annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival transforms St. Jack, with notable winemakers bringing their best versions of Nouveau to the restaurant, and they get paired with culinary miracles via some of the city's best chefs. Proceeds benefit Pueblo Unido.(Thurs Nov 15, 6 pm, St. Jack, $55)

Pressing Matters: Proper Cider & Real Ale Festival
What separates this cider & ale fest from other Northwest cider & ale fests? This one's proper. Proper in this case means adhering to the fermentational traditions of England and France. It also means delicious, with 12 ciders and five ales available for sampling. Entertainment provided by the Bridgetown Morris Men. (Sat Nov 17, 1 pm, Cider Riot, $30-35)

The Pint is Right: North 45's 12th Anniversary Party
North 45 says happy birthday to itself in the form of a game show party, complete with a prize wheel getting spun every hour while attendees enjoy celebratory cupcakes, complimentary champagne, and discounts on pints, as well as an opportunity to drink specially concocted game show-themed cocktails. (Sat Nov 17, 6 pm, North 45)

Dark Days
Sample an array of dark Belgian beers as part of a one-day tasting event at the Abbey Bar and Bottle Shop. (Sat Nov 17, noon, The Abbey Bar & Bottle Shop, free)

Thanksgiving Dinner with Besaw's
The Portland dining experience that's been around for 100 years is pretty well known for their Valentine's menus, but if you're not feeling like cooking for Thanksgiving, they've got a feast all prepped for you there, too. Executive Chef Dustin Clark has two separate dinners all ready to go, one for to-go purposes, and another if you'd rather dine-in. (Thanksgiving, noon, Besaw's)

La Fête du Macaron
A celebration of the French Macaron, filling the Pix pastry case with a wide variety of flavors. Also includes a contest to get your flavor carried at Pix past the celebration, and something called the "cupcake stomp," which seems like an abomination (why the hell would you want to destroy a perfeclty good cupcake) but is supposedly "messy but fun." (Sat Nov 24, 2 pm, Pix/Bar Vivant)

The Great Pumpkin Belmont Beer Crawl
Elysian Brewing has a reputation for knowing how to make magic with a pumpkin in a way no other brewery can, and they're celebrating this year's offerings at a Belmont-based beer crawl, hitting five different bars with eight pumpkin beers to sample, ending at Circa 33 for a speakeasy party. Rock a costume and you might win yourself some prizes, too. (Sun Nov 25, 7 pm, Circa 33, free)