Just when you thought September was a busy month for Central European events comes a packed October. Enjoy these wonderful events! Event copy and images are from the local media and event organizers. As usual, the list will be updated as I learn of additional events.
Czech/Slovak Republics: Hospoda, 10/2
- Tuesday, September 2, 6:00 p.m.–close
- McTarnahans Taproom, 2730 NW 31st, Portland
The monthly gathering of Portland’s Czech and Slovak community. Guests welcome.
The Balkans: Kafana Klub, 10/2
- Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. (7 p.m. dance lesson, 8 p.m. live music)
- Al Forno Ferruzza, 2738 NE Alberta St., Portland, Oregon
- $3-$5 cover
Join us for the unbeatable combination of live Balkan music and great Italian food. See you there!
Serbia/Bosnia: Krebsic Orkestar, 10/5
- Friday, October 5, 8:30 p.m. doors, 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. show
- Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR
- $7 per person or $10 for two; 21+ only
- Event page
Come shake the last bits of summer off and welcome fall with your favorite Balkan Gypsy brass band (two sets) and world-beat DJ. Come and drink, sit, listen, dance, and enjoy!
Greece: 61st Annual Greek Festival, 10/5-10/7
- Friday, October 5 and Saturday 6, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 7, noon–8:00 p.m.
- Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St., Portland
- Event page
The Greek Festival remains a wonderful opportunity for us to share annually with over 15,000 guests from the Portland Metropolitan area our beautiful Greek Orthodox faith, our cherished cultural traditions, food, music, and dance. The event also features cooking demonstrations, imported crafts and gifts from Greece, a deli with gourmet imports, a children’s corner, a raffle, and your favorite Greek fare.
Bulgaria: Kabile, 10/9
- Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
- Podkrepa Hall, 2116 North Killingsworth St., Portland
- $10 at the door; potluck party
One of Bulgaria’s premier wedding bands has reunited after many years,recording a CD of traditional Bulgarian dance music and planning another U.S. tour scheduled for Fall 2012. This multi-talented group of musicians from Thrace, in southern Bulgaria, played together for nearly 20 years until two key members emigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Kabile was formed in 1978 and became one of the most popular bands in Thrace. Based in the city of Yambol, the group took its name from the village of Kabile, where they performed one of their earliest gigs. The group specialized in performing native music on traditional village instruments.
The Balkans: DJ Joro-Boro, 10/13
- Saturday, October 13, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., Portland
- $5, over 21
- Event page
Bulgarian transplant DJ Joro-Boro is a special guest at ATLAS Dance Party, Holocene’s longest-running dance party, inaugurated in November of 2003 and still going hard. Hosted six times a year byresident DJs Anjali, E3 and The Incredible Kid, ATLAS is a one-of-a-kind post-national bass party that unleashes dancefloor mayhem from across the globe. Joro-Boro plays and promotes etnoteck, glitch-folk and post-national bass – the dirty local side of globalization force-fed back into a party without borders detonating the conglomerated mono-culture.
Czech Republic: Geisslers Hofcomoedianten, 10/15-10/18
- October 15–October 18, 7:30 p.m.
- Portland State University (10/16 & 10/17 – The Miser) and Lewis & Clark College (10/15 – The Miser, 10/18 – Stilts Trilogy)
- Tour poster with dates and locations
“Czech Baroque Meets the New World,” the Geisslers Hofcomoedianten‘s first ever U.S. tour, with dates in NYC, DC, California, and Ashland and Portland, Oregon.
Eclectic: Vagabond Opera and Chervona, 10/31
- Wednesday, October 31, 8:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
- Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
- Event page
10-year Anniversary Halloween Extravaganza. That’s right, Vagabond Opera is turning the big Ten-O so we’re having a HUGE show on Halloween! Featuring Chervona and Dum Spiro Spero with Flip Cassidy and the Junkyard Gospel.