Portland events calendar for February 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, Valentine's Day shows & events, weekend fairs, free kids' activities in Portland, Oregon.

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February 2015

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in February 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Chamber music

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 27)

Portland locations

Hear a variety of music at the Winter Festival of Chamber Music Northwest. Repeats in June.

Fertile Ground art festival

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 22)

Portland locations

Fertile Ground is a citywide festival of new works in theater, music, dance, comedy, film, and visual art.

Choral concert

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 31)

3.4 miles NE

Far from Home is folk and classical choral music from many countries performed by ViVoce, a women’s a capella ensemble, at St Michael & All Angels Church. Discount tickets.

Comic play

February 1 - 8, 2015 (begins Jan. 10)

0.5 miles NW

Winner of the Tony Award for best play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a zany farce that includes themes and characters from Chekhov at Gerding Theatre. Discount tickets.

Modern comedy

February 1 - 15, 2015 (begins Jan. 29)

0.5 miles west

Jean’s life changes forever when she picks up a ringing cell phone on a cafe table in the poetic fantasy about life and love: Dead Man's Cell Phone onstage at Artists Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets Feb. 11.

Irish play

February 1 - 15, 2015 (begins Jan. 9)

9 miles south

As an American discovers an Irish village’s charms, she starts to enjoy life again in The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock in Lake Oswego. Discount tickets in Jan.

Sex farce

February 1 - March 8, 2015 (begins Jan. 24)

0.5 miles NW

An Egyptian couple invites an American into their bedroom in Threesome, with hilariously awkward results that soon give way to secrets and tensions at Ellyn Bye Studio for ages 17+. Discount tickets.

Fishing, hunting, camping show

February 4 - 8, 2015

7 miles north

Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show offers seminars and vendors at Portland Expo Center.

Auto show

February 5 - 8, 2015

1.5 miles NE

See new, classic, exotic, and eco-friendly vehicles at the Portland International Auto Show at the Oregon Convention Center.

Film festival

February 5 - 21, 2015

Portland locations

See 140 international shorts and feature films, meet visiting artists, and attend the opening night party at NW Film Center’s annual Portland International Film Festival (PIFF).

Homeowners’ show

February 6 - 8, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Meet vendors of home products and services, see exhibits, and drink beer at Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Puppet show

February 6 - 15, 2015

1.3 miles east

Zen Shorts tells the story of a wise panda using 30 puppets, video projections, songs, and puppeteers in black robes at Imago Theatre. Discount tickets.

Love Letters

February 6 - 22, 2015

Newburg & Portland

Two actors read 50 years of Love Letters onstage.

African film festival

February 6 - March 8, 2015

Portland locations

See movies from Africa during Cascade Festival of African Films at Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College Cascade Campus. Free.

Hawaiian event

February 7, 2015

7.5 miles SW

Hōʻike includes a Hawaiian dinner, live music, Polynesian dancing, and a silent auction at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus.

Astoria Timber Festival

February 7, 2015

87 miles NW

See logging competitions like axe throwing, choker setting, logrolling, chain sawing, and spar-pole climbing at Astoria Timber Festival, which includes a breakfast, crafts, exhibits, and food booths. Free.

Short films

February 7 - 20, 2015

0.5 miles SW

See 8 different programs of short films on 8 days during Short Cuts at the Portland Art Museum.

Winter bike ride

February 8, 2015

14 miles east

Worst Day of the Year Ride is a winter bicycle ride of 15 or 46 miles that includes warm treats. Begins at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub and requires a helmet.

Sausage and beer fest

February 13 - 14, 2015

38 miles south

Wurstfest is a celebration of handmade sausage, local and German beer, and German music in Mt. Angel Festhalle, which includes a Fasching celebration and costume contest Fri. evening, and a 5K/10K Sat.
February 2015

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2015

Greater Portland area

OpenTable lists restaurants in the Portland area that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Hear the Motown legend perform his hits at Valentine’s Day with Smokey Robinson in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Valentine’s Day dance & show

February 14, 2015

1.2 miles east

Valentine’s Day Dance For Romance includes live music and a stage show (belly dancing, burlesque, acrobatics, poetry) at Bossanova Ballroom, plus optional classes (dance, yoga, cuddling) nearby.

Mardi Gras Ball

February 14, 2015

2.1 miles NE

Portland Mardi Gras Ball is a Louisiana-style costume ball with beads, baubles, king cake, and dancing to live Cajun and zydeco music at the Wonder Ballroom.

Valentine’s Day storytellers

February 14, 2015 (8 p.m.)

3.5 miles north

Kiss & Tell offers wine, chocolate, and stories of love and romance woven together in a funny, sexy, and intimate evening of story theater at Alberta Abbey. Discount tickets.

Doll and teddy bear show

February 14, 2015

10 miles north

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Kliever Memorial Armory. Repeats in Sept.

Valentine’s Day at the winery

February 14, 2015

57 miles SW

Romance in the Cellar is a romantic feast with wine at Eola Hills Wine Cellars, which is west of Salem.

Zwickelmania brewery tour

February 14, 2015

Oregon locations

Breweries all over Oregon offer tours, samples, and specials for Zwickelmania on President’s Day weekend. No sandals. Free.

Monster trucks

February 14 - 15, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at Monster Jam in the Rose Quarter. Discount tickets.

Valentines run

February 14 - 15, 2015

14 miles south

My Muddy Valentine 5K features fun obstacles, mud, beer, brunch, mimosas, and music at Lee Farms.

Family festival

February 14 - 15, 2015

16 miles west

Northwest Family & Kids Festival has games, music, arts & crafts, sports, reptiles, face painting, bounce houses, and food at Washington County Fair Complex. Discount coupon to print.

Muddy trail run

February 14 - 15, 2015

37 miles west

Hagg Lake Mud Run is a 50K (31 miles) on Saturday and a 25K (15.5 miles) on Sunday around the lake. Awards and meal after the run. No dogs.

Wine & chocolate weekend

February 14 - 16, 2015

100 miles east

Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend pairs chocolate with wine at 20 Columbia Gorge Wineries.

State beer competition

February 16 - 22, 2015

5 miles NE

Taste 12 unmarked beers from the western states (California, Oregon, and Washington) and vote for your favorite at Beer Brawl at Concordia Ale House.

Jazz festival

February 17 - March 1, 2015

Portland locations

Portland Jazz Festival features 80 performances by local acts and jazz legends, and many are free.

Tango festival

February 18 - 23, 2015

2 miles NE

ValenTango includes classes at all levels plus many opportunities to dance at the Double Tree by Hilton.

Home and garden show

February 19 - 22, 2015

7 miles north

The Portland Spring Home & Garden Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, dining-room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants.

Seafood festival

February 19 - 22, 2015

137 miles SW

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival offers food, wine, and crafts for sale. Buy ticket online. Bring age 21 ID.

Chinese New Year

February 19 - March 5, 2015

0.5 mile north

Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural scenes, kids’ activities, and lantern viewing at Lan Su Chinese Garden. See schedule.

Musical about show business

February 19 - March 8, 2015

0.3 miles SW

Third grader Tina will do anything to get the lead role in the school play in witty and satirical Ruthless! The Musical at Brunish Theatre. Discount tickets.

Acoustic guitar

February 20, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel flies in from Australia to play astonishing acoustic guitar at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Discount tickets.

Dark beer festival

February 20, 2015 (4 to 10 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

A ticket to Black Out Beer Fest includes 8 tastes of beer from local brewers, plus live music at Sidebar.

Family basketball show

February 20 - 21, 2015

Portland & Eugene

The famous Harlem Globetrotters entertain with ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots and comedy in Eugene Feb. 20 and Moda Center Feb. 21.

Jazz festival - Seaside

February 20 - 22, 2015

78 miles NW

Seaside Jazz Festival presents ragtime, Dixieland, swing, and traditional jazz at five venues in Seaside.

Raw beer festival

February 21, 2015

1 mile east

Firkin Fest pours 40 Oregon beers that are unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature, with cheese, chocolates, meats, and snacks at Green Dragon Bistro.

Chinese fair

February 21, 2015 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

1.5 miles NE

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair 2015 - Year of the Sheep includes folk dance, instrumental music, Kung Fu and martial arts, a puppet show, and Chinese food at Oregon Convention Center.

Clam chowder tasting

February 21, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Chowder Challenge has live music, a beer garden, pub food, and a tray of chowder samples to buy and vote for your favorite at Fifth Quadrant. Kids OK.

Creole cook off

February 21, 2015

87 miles SW

Buy restaurant samples, and vote for your favorite at Jambalaya Cook-Off in Lincoln City. Free entry.

Family drama

February 21 - March 22, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Other Desert Cities is about a family the NY Times called “balanced on a razor’s edge of affection and aggression” at Gerding Theater. Discount tickets.

Sinister show

February 24, 2015

0.4 miles north

A Goth and Horror Themed Variety Show features “devious dance, sinister songs, and dark drag” by Screamvina at Embers Avenue for ages 21+. Free.

Scrapbook convention

February 27 - 28, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention at Oregon Convention Center.

Garden show

February 27 - March 1, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Visit showcase gardens, watch cooking classes, and wander among 300 exhibitors at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show at Oregon Convention Center.

Beer & spirits festival

February 28, 2015

2.5 miles north

Sample ideal pairings of beer from 18 local breweries and spirits from 12 Oregon distilleries at the inaugural Brewstillery Fest at StormBreaker Brewing.

Comic Book Swap

February 28, 2015

3.6 miles east

Browse comic books, toys, cards, buttons, and VHS at the Comic Book Swap at Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Polar Plunge

February 28, 2015

12 miles NE

Watch pledgers run into the frigid waters of the Columbia River for charity at Polar Plunge on Broughton Beach, preceded by a costume contest.

Art walk

February 28 - March 1, 2015

2 to 4 miles SE

SE Area ARTWalk is a self-guided tour to artists’ studios, home workspaces, galleries, and businesses in Southeast Portland. Free.

Cinderella ballet

February 28 - March 7, 2015

0.6 miles south

Oregon Ballet Theatre performs the magical and romantic fairy tale Cinderella at Keller Auditorium. Discount tickets.
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February 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.davis@events12.com