Portland events calendar for January 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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January 2015

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in January 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.

New Year’s Day event

January 1, 2015 (12 to 8 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

New Year’s Day has dance, live music, workshops, yoga, and brunch for sale at Portland Art Museum.


January 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Nov. 28)

3 miles west

ZooLights uses a million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Dec. 10, 24, and 25.

Discount museum day

January 4, 2015

1 mile SE

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers $2 Days at OMSI the first Sunday of every month, including today.

Boat show

January 7 - 11, 2015

7 miles north

See the latest sailboats, sport boats, fishing boats, personal watercraft, and boating accessories at the Portland Boat Show at Portland Expo Center.

Festival of curiosities

January 10 - 11, 2015

1.6 miles NE

Curious Gallery features exhibits, presentations, hands-on workshops, and special programming for lovers of taxidermy, natural wonders, and strange treasures (wunderkammer) at Crowne Plaza.

Old-fashioned music

January 14 - 18, 2015

0.4 miles west

Hear traditional Appalachian-style string-band music at Old Time Music Gathering at the Tiffany Center.

Dog show

January 14 - 18, 2015

7 miles north

Rose City Classic is a large dog show for more than 175 breeds at Portland Expo Center.

Truffle festival

January 15 - 18 and 23 - 25, 2015

Portland & Eugene

Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival, in Portland the first weekend and then in Eugene the second weekend. Sold out last year.

MLK celebration

January 16, 2015 (7 p.m.)

10 miles south

Martin and Music features a reenactment of the civil rights leader, a vocalist, and a gospel choir at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego.

Bridal show

January 17 - 18, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Portland Bridal Show is billed as the state’s largest. It features fashion shows and dozens of wedding-service exhibitors at the Oregon Convention Center.
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Folk music festival

January 17 - 18, 2015

172 miles SE

Florence Winter Folk Festival features top acts, kids’ concerts, a pie contest and sale, and small artisan fair in Florence.

MLK tribute

January 21, 2015 (6 p.m.)

0.8 miles south

Famous activist Angela Davis speaks about Living the Legacy: The Meaning of Freedom in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King at Portland State University.

Fertile Ground art festival

January 22 - Feb. 1, 2015

Portland locations

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

Free art day

January 23, 2015 (5 to 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

Visit the Portland Art Museum free of charge on the fourth Friday of every month, including today.

Storytelling adventure

January 23 - 24, 2015

4 miles NE

Hear the dramatic story of The Essex, a sailing ship rammed and sunk by a whale, which inspired Melville to write Moby Dick at Alberta Abbey. Discount tickets.

Art, food, and drink

January 23 - 24, 2015

46 miles south

Enjoy local art, beer, food, music, spirits, and wine at First Taste Oregon (formerly Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Fest) at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Chocolate festival

January 23 - 25, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Sample local and international chocolates and see chocolate presentations at ChocolateFest in the Oregon Convention Center.

Comic book convention

January 23 - 25, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Wizard World Portland Comic Con is about comic books, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at the Oregon Convention Center. Discount tickets.

Cat show

January 23 - 25, 2015

7 miles NE

Watch top cats compete at the International Cat Show at the Holiday Inn on Columbia Blvd.

Quilt Show

January 23 - 25, 2015

43 miles south

See hundreds of colorful quilts, attend workshops and demonstrations, meet vendors, and have lunch at Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Model train show

January 24 - 25, 2015

7 miles north

The Great Train Expo features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at Portland Expo Center.

Antiques show

January 24 - 25, 2015

16 miles west

Shop for antiques and collectibles at Portland’s Rain of Glass at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

Japanese New Year

January 25, 2015

0.6 miles SW

Mochitsuki has entertainment, hands-on activities, ikebana, calligraphy, games, rice pounding, mochi, and Japanese foods at Portland State University.

Chamber music

January 27 - Feb. 1, 2015

Portland locations

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

Jazz festival

January 29 - 31, 2015

10 miles north

Middle and high-school instrumental jazz ensembles compete at Clark College Jazz Festival each day, and you can hear the three best each evening.

Seafood & wine festival

January 30 - 31, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Portland Seafood & Wine Festival brings Dungeness crab, oysters, local wine, live music, and a kids’ sand sculpture area to Oregon Convention Center.

Winter run

January 31, 2015

14 miles east

Worst Day of the Year Run is a 5K to 10K winter run that includes warm treats and silly costumes. Begins at McMenamins Edgefield.
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January 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.cook@events12.com