Portland events calendar for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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January 2017
January 2017

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

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Discount tickets marked green are from trusted sellers (Goldstar, Groupon, and LivingSocial).

Late New Year’s party

January 1, 2017

0.1 mile west

Celebrate people who have to work on New Year’s Eve at the New Year’s Day Party, featuring live music and dancing at Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom.

New Year’s dance party

January 1, 2017 (begins Dec. 30)

0.3 miles north

Vote for Dancing (formerly InspireTruth) is a “playful New Year’s Eve celebration that can inspire us to reach for depth and transform ourselves and our world” at Roseland Theater for age 21+. All ages on Jan. 1.


January 1, 2017 (begins Nov. 25)

3 miles west

ZooLights uses 1.5 million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Christmas in the Garden

January 1, 2017 (begins Nov. 25)

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 500,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. See schedule. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Free art evening

January 5, 2017

0.4 miles SW

Visit the Portland Art Museum on Free Days the first Thursday of every month, including this evening.

Kids’ night

January 6, 2017

3.2 miles SW

The First Friday Night of each month everyone gets free admission to the Portland Children’s Museum.

Festival of curiosities

January 7 - 8, 2017

0.6 miles SE

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

No pants day

January 8, 2017 (2 to 9 p.m.)

0.6 miles NE

The No Pants Subway Ride - Portland mimics the New York version held the same day, but it takes place on the Max with an after party. See website for details.

Discount museum day

January 8, 2017

1 mile SE

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

Old-fashioned music

January 11 - 15, 2017

0.4 miles west

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

Boat show

January 11 - 15, 2017

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.

Film & music festival

January 13 - Feb. 5, 2017

Downtown Portland locations

Reel Music Festival screens films with a music theme at the Portland Art Museum.

Bourbon & bacon

January 14, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

1.2 miles SE

Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon and Bacon Fest at OMSI for age 21+.

Bridal show

January 14 - 15, 2017

1.5 miles NE

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

Folk music festival

January 14 - 15, 2017

172 miles SE

Winter Music Festival features performances, jam sessions, a pie-baking contest and sale, and an artisan fair with three dozen vendors in Florence.

MLK breakfast

January 16, 2017 (8:30 to 10:30 a.m.)

0.1 miles south

Expect a keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, which was at the Hilton Hotel in 2015.

Dog show

January 18 - 22, 2017

7 miles north

Rose City Classic is a large dog show at Portland Expo Center. Spectators will find the all-breed shows Thursday to Sunday the most interesting.

Japanese New Year

January 19, 2017

2.4 miles NW

Japanese New Year Celebration (Shinnenkai) includes New Year’s foods (osechi), sushi, dessert, beer and sake, and traditional music at Montgomery Park.

Fertile Ground art festival

January 19 - 29, 2017

Portland locations

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

Chocolate & wine festival

January 20 - 22, 2017

1.5 miles NE

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

Truffle festival

January 20 - 29, 2017

Portland & Eugene

Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival, in Portland Jan. 20 to 22 and in Eugene Jan. 26 to 29. Some events will sell out.

Jazz festival

January 26 - 28, 2017

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.

Chamber music

January 26 - 29, 2017

Portland locations

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

Auto show

January 26 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles NE

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

Art, food, and drink

January 27 - 28, 2017

46 miles south

Enjoy local art, beer, food, music, spirits, and wine at First Taste Oregon at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Homeowners’ show

January 27 - 29, 2017

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.

Cat show

January 27 - 29, 2017

7 miles NE

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

Doll and teddy bear show

January 28, 2017

13.8 miles SE

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Clackamas. Repeats in Aug.

Creole cook off

January 28, 2017

87 miles SW

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

Model train show

January 28 - 29, 2017

7 miles north

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

Antiques show

January 28 - 29, 2017

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 29, 2017

0.5 miles south

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

MLK week

January 2017 (undated)

48 miles south

Attend speeches, talks, and films about civil rights during Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Willamette University in Salem.
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