Founded in 2000, Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to education, preservation and restoration efforts for the cemetery. With its first burial dating back to 1846, Lone Fir is the oldest cemetery in the Portland area and the largest of 14 historic cemeteries managed by Metro regional government. Through fundraising events, monument repair workshops, clean-up days and historic tours, Friends of Lone Fir strives to raise dollars and awareness to overcome the inevitable deterioration that many of America’s oldest cemeteries face. Metro still coordinates burials nearly every week in the cemetery, and Friends of Lone Fir seeks to honor the deceased and their survivors through encouraging community involvement in this treasured greenspace. Lone Fir Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named one of the top 10 cemeteries in the world to visit by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.


Halloween Tour of Untimely Departures

October 31
Time: 5:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.

Our much-loved holiday tradition is back! Groups of guests are escorted on one of two candle-lit routes and meet ghosts at their graves who describe the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures. Tours depart every eight minutes throughout the evening and are approximately 45 minutes long. Dress appropriately for the Portland October weather and be prepared for dark, uneven ground. Event proceeds are used for preservation efforts at Lone Fir Cemetery.

Warning: This tour features mature topics.

Ticket Information

Pre-Event Online Sales: Tickets go on sale through Tickets West at 10 am on September 2nd . Choose the hour of the tour you want and arrive early. Prices:

  • General = $10 (reduced)
  • Youth (12 & under) / Senior (60+) = $5


Walk-In Sales: Last tour will leave promptly at 9:00 pm. Prices:

  • General = $15
  • Youth (12 & under) / Senior (60+) = $5

Volunteer Opportunities

We need lots of help to create this event! Volunteer to be a ghost, tour guide, tour tail, ghoul, greeter, pumpkin carver (prior to the event), or logistics crew member. Click here to review the volunteer opportunities and responsibilities.

Other Information

  • No pets or alcohol are allowed in the cemetery
  • Entrance on SE 26th (between Stark and Morrison Streets)
  • TriMet riders use Line 15


Contact us at or 503.224.9200


A Grave Affair – A Benefit Dinner 

Bottler's Tomb


A true story about- Two brothers – Who were:

  • Masons
  • Firefighters
  • German American’s
  • Oregon Pioneers

And their impact on

  • Oregon’s beer brewing history
  • A forgotten tomb…

 Join the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery and learn who has won the honor to have their beer named

 “Boettler Bier”

Nov. 15th, 6:30 pmGerman American Society of Portland

Registration Details
Registration Deadline: 4 November