Portland events calendar for January 2015. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, 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

0.5 miles SW

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

ZooLights

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.

Kids’ night

January 2, 2015

3.2 miles SW

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

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.

Storytelling

January 10, 2015

1.8 miles east

Hear four members of Portland Storytellers’ Guild perform at Turning the Page at Hipbone Studio.

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.

No pants day

January 11, 2015

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.

Golden Globes party

January 11, 2015

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+.

Japanese New Year

January 14, 2015

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 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

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.

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

MLK breakfast

January 19, 2015

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 19 - 26, 2015

48 miles south

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

MLK tribute

January 21, 2015

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.

MLK film

January 21 - 29, 2015

Portland area

Selma [sound] is the powerful story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the struggle for civil rights. Schedule.

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.

Brass concert

January 23, 2015

0.3 miles south

Spanish Brass is an acclaimed quintet from Spain playing an eclectic mix of pop, classical, and Latin music at Winningstad Theatre.

Free art day

January 23, 2015

0.4 miles SW

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

Adventure story

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.

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 & wine festival

January 23 - 25, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Sample local and international chocolates and wine, 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.

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.

Comic play

January 27 - Feb. 8, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Winner of the Tony Award for best play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a zany farce that includes themes and characters from Chekhov at Gerding Theatre. Discount tickets.

Sex farce

January 27 - March 8, 2015

0.5 miles NW

An Egyptian couple invites an American into their bedroom in Threesome, with hilariously awkward results that soon give way to secrets and tensions at Gerding Theater for ages 17+. Discount tickets.

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.

Modern comedy

January 29 - Feb. 15, 2015

0.5 miles west

Jean’s life changes forever when she picks up a ringing cell phone on a cafe table in the poetic fantasy about life and love: Dead Man's Cell Phone onstage at Artists Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets Feb. 11.

Irish play

January 29 - Feb. 15, 2015

9 miles south

As an American discovers an Irish village’s charms, she starts to enjoy life again in The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock in Lake Oswego.

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 winter run that includes warm treats and silly costumes, beginning at McMenamins Edgefield. (Run twice to make a 10K.)

Choral concert

January 31 - Feb. 1, 2015

3.4 miles NE

Far from Home is folk and classical choral music from many countries performed by ViVoce, a women’s a capella ensemble, at St Michael & All Angels Church.
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January 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.davis@events12.com