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.

New Year’s Day event

January 1, 2016

0.5 miles SW

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


Jan. 1 - 3, 2016 (begins Nov. 27)

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.

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.

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.

Golden Globes party

January 10, 2016

1.1 miles NE

Dress up for the red-carpet Golden Globes Viewing Party of this year’s Hollywood awards show, with drink specials at Rontoms. Free for age 21+.

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.

Film & music festival

January 15 - Feb. 8, 2016

Downtown Portland locations

Reel Music is a festival of films with a music theme at Portland Art Museum and Mission Theater.

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 dozens of 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

1.5 miles NE

Rev. Benjamin Chavis, former assistant to Dr. King, is the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at Oregon Convention Center. Cost is $90.

Blues benefit

January 18, 2016

13 miles south

The 20/20 Celebration of Sight & Sound includes dinner, dancing, three live blues acts, and an auction at Pioneer Community Center in Oregon City.

MLK week

January 18 - 25, 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 for more than 175 breeds at Portland Expo Center.

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 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.

Truffle festival

January 22 - 24 and 29 - 31, 2016

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.

Chamber music

January 26 - Feb. 2, 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 28 - 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 (11 a.m.)

7.5 miles SW

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

Creole cook off

January 30, 2016

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

0.6 miles SW

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

No pants day

January 2016 (undated)

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.

Japanese New Year

January 2016 (undated)

3 miles west

Japanese New Year Celebration (Shinnenkai) includes hors d’oeuvres, soup with rice cake, mochi pounding, sake, and Taiko drums at the World Forestry Center.
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