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 in January 2016 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, 2016

0.5 miles SW

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

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.

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+.

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.

Folk music festival

January 16, 2016

172 miles SE

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

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.

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.

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.
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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.

Free art evening

January 22, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

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

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

Old-fashioned music

January 2016 (undated)

0.4 miles west

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

Model train show

January 2016 (undated)

7 miles north

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

Chamber music

January 2016 (undated)

Portland locations

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

MLK celebration

January 2016 (undated)

10 miles south

A Lake Oswego Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features a reenactment of the civil rights leader, a vocalist, and a gospel choir at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego.

MLK tribute

January 2016 (undated)

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.
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January 2016 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.