Weekend Event Guide: Blazers Bike Night, costumed ‘cross, cemeteries, and haunted places

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A weekend of cyclocross racing like no other: The Crusade heads to Bend!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Looks like we’ll have a nice and dry Halloween weekend. And that’s great because for some reason there are a lot of spooky-themed rides to enjoy!

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

If you’re not headed to Bend for the cyclocross racing like a few thousand other Portlanders, don’t miss the Crosstoberfest down in Lake Oswego on Saturday. There’s also a fun alleycat and Blazers Bike Night if that’s more your style. Then on Sunday we’ve got three scary rides to choose from. See the selections below and remember to check the full calendar for events not listed here.

Trick or treat!

Friday, October 27th

Breakfast on the Bridges Halloween Edition – 7:00 to 9:00 am on Steel, Hawthorne and Tilikum
Come for the free coffee and snacks, stay for the friends and conversation. Watch for the big gorilla on the Steel Bridge. Be nice and it’ll give you a banana!
More info here.

Filmed by Bike Volunteer Party – 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Baerlic Brewing (2235 SE 11th Ave)
If you’ve ever helped out with Portland’s best film fest, or if you’re curious about doing so, roll over to Baerlic for a fun party. You’ll also get a sneak peek at FBB’s 2018 slate. More info here.

We love cool event posters.

Saturday, October 28th

Luscher Farms Crosstober Fest (GPCM #7) – All day at Luscher Farm (125 Rosemont Rd)
Gotta love it when a city government (Lake Oswego) is the sponsor for a cyclocross race. You won’t want to miss Crosstoberfest whether your race, spectate, or both! There will be costuming, a vendor villege, and of course a fun and muddy course on Luscher Farm. More info here.

Cyclocross Crusade #5 – All day at Deschutes Brewing in Bend (901 SW Simpson Ave)
It’s the annual Halloween-themed ‘cross bash in Bend. Special this year will be a benefit party for Oregon Adaptive Sports, and there will even be a race for people who use adaptive bikes. And don’t forget the Islabikes Kids Cross event that happens both days.More info here.

Biking About Architecture – Hollywood/Irvington – 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Join ride leader (and residential architecture buff) Jenny Fosmire for an easy tour of historic mansions and bungalows. She’ll point out cool stuff you probably miss when you bike buy — like cat-slip rooves, a modern log cabing, and more. More info here.

Q & A with Grant Petersen of Rivendell – 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Rivelo (401 SE Caruthers)
“Got a question for Grant? Ask him yourself!” Petersen is the founder of Rivendell and he’s not afraid to answer your questions about bikes, cameras, fly fishing, Bob Dylan, or whatever. More info here.

Scaredy Cat Alleycat – 3:00 pm at Lone Fir Cemetery (SE 23rd and Morrison)
Roll out to the spooky Lone Fir Cemetery for this combination alleycat, scavenger hunt and costume contest. Proceeds benefit the Trans Resistance Project. Bring $5 for entry. More info here.

Trail Blazers Bike Night – 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Moda Center
Annual Bike Night at the Moda Center is a way to support the Blazers and show people how easy and fun it is to ride to the game. This event is co-hosted by the Community Cycling Center. More info here.


Sunday, October 29th

Cyclocross Crusade #6 – All day at Deschutes Brewing in Bend (901 SW Simpson Ave)
Second of a back-to-back race weekend, this is the big day for costumes. You will be judged (and heckled) and prizes will be given for the best ones. And did we mention the course in Bend is super fun! More info here.

Portland Monster Ride – 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Holladay Park in The Lloyd
The Portland Society is hosting this first annual ride where they promise, “Wild things with wild fangs, tendrils, spikes, and more.” More info here.

East Portland Cemeteries 1:30 pm at Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center
Join urban historian Shawn Granton for this tour of lesser-known cemeteries in east Portland. Expect a 10 mile route of five cemeteries along the 205 corridor. Ends at a food and beverage establishment. More info here.

Puddlecycle Halloween Ride – 5:45 to 8:45 pm, meet under the viaduct at 499 SE Caruthers St.
This ride will start with a viewing of the classic “Halloween is Grinch Night” followed by a ride to the Davis Graveyward, a super-spooky haunted house in southeast Portland. Most of the six-mile route is on the Springwater path. More info here.

This is just a sampling of the great rides this weekend. See the full list here.

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— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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todd boulanger
todd boulanger
6 years ago

For anyone who has not heard Grant Petersen (Rivendell) speak then I would highly recommend this event as a treat. Plus the Rivelo folks are also very good hosts.

Middle of the Road Guy
Middle of the Road Guy
6 years ago

Will David S Pumpkins be there?

Eric Porter
Eric Porter
6 years ago

I’m not bringing the suit this year, sooo 2016…

6 years ago

Thank you so much for including information about the adaptive bike race in Bend on Saturday. We are excited to have them racing on the cyclocross course! The race starts at 5:00!