Portland events calendar for January 2016. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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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.

Late New Year’s party

January 1, 2016 (8 p.m.)

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.


January 1 - 3, 2016 (also Dec.)

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 - 3, 2016 (schedule)

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 400,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Discount museum day

January 3, 2016

1 mile SE

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

Free art evening

January 7, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

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

Kids’ night

January 8, 2016

3.2 miles SW

The First Friday Night of each month everyone gets free admission to the Portland Children’s Museum. This month it’s the second Friday due to New Year’s.

Bourbon & bacon

January 9, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

1.2 miles SE

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

Festival of curiosities

January 9 - 10, 2016

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.

No pants day

January 10, 2016 (2 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.

Old-fashioned music

January 13 - 17, 2016

0.4 miles west

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

Boat show

January 13 - 17, 2016

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.

Japanese New Year

January 14, 2016 (5:30 p.m.)

1 mile north

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

Film & music festival

January 15 - Feb. 5, 2016

Downtown Portland locations

Reel Music is a festival of films with a music theme at the Portland Art Museum.

Bridal show

January 16 - 17, 2016

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.

Model train show

January 16 - 17, 2016

7 miles north

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

Folk music festival

January 16 - 17, 2016

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 18, 2016

0.1 miles south

Activist Charles Bonner is the keynote speaker at the $90 Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Hilton Hotel.

MLK week

January 19 - 28, 2016

48 miles south

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

Dog show

January 20 - 24, 2016

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.

Fertile Ground art festival

January 21 - 31, 2016

Portland locations

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

Art, food, and drink

January 22 - 23, 2016

46 miles south

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

Chocolate & wine festival

January 22 - 24, 2016

1.5 miles NE

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

Homeowners’ show

January 22 - 24, 2016

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.

Quilt Show

January 22 - 24, 2016

43 miles south

See 100 colorful quilts, attend workshops and demonstrations, meet vendors, and have lunch at Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Truffle festival

January 22 - 24 and 29 - 31, 2016

Portland & Eugene

Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival, in Portland Jan. 22 to 24 and in Eugene Jan. 29 to 31. Some events sell out.

Salsa dancing

January 23, 2016

0.1 mile west

Salsa Nights PDX features a dance lesson, dancing to a 10-piece salsa band, and prizes at Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom.

Chamber music

January 27 - Feb. 1, 2016

Portland locations

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

Jazz festival

January 28 - 30, 2016

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.

Auto show

January 28 - 31, 2016

1.5 miles NE

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

Cat show

January 29 - 31, 2016

7 miles NE

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

Hawaiian event

January 30, 2016 (afternoon & evening)

7.5 miles SW

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

Doll and teddy bear show

January 30, 2016

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 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

87 miles SW

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

Antiques show

January 30 - 31, 2016

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 31, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

0.6 miles SW

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