Portland events January 2020. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events January 2020

Drive-through light show

January 1 - 4, 2020
8 miles north
Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. Special nights for walking dogs. No studded tires or tire chains.

Christmas at Pittock Mansion

January 1 - 5, 2020
2.9 miles east
Walk through Pittock Mansion during A Pittock Mansion Christmas, when it’s decorated for the holidays by professional designers and volunteers, and musicians play holiday music in the music room. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


January 1 - 5, 2020
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. 25.

Christmas in the Garden

January 1 - 5, 2020
43 miles south
Christmas in the Garden offers 1 million lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. A “fun pass” adds ice skating and snowless tubing. Buy tickets online to avoid sell outs. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Free art museum (evening)

January 2, 2020 (5 to 8 p.m.)
0.3 miles SW
Visit the Portland Art Museum on Free Days the first Thursday of every month, including this evening.

Discount museum day

January 5, 2020
1 mile SE
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers $2 Days at OMSI the first Sunday of the month. Add $5 for an optional submarine tour or planetarium show.

Japanese New Year

January 5, 2020
2.4 miles west
Celebrate O-Shogatsu with a lion dance, a tea ceremony, a Koto harp concert, a taste of Mochitsuki (pounded rice cake), a poetry game, and an ink-wash brush drawing session at Portland Japanese Garden.

Boat show

January 8 - 12, 2020
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.

Reptile show

January 11, 2020
10 miles NE
See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at Portland Metro Reptile Expo, with educational tables and vendors at the Holiday Inn on Columbia Boulevard. Held in January and August.

Japanese New Year

January 15, 2020 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.7 miles north
Japanese New Year Celebration (Shinnenkai) includes New Year’s foods (osechi), sushi, dessert, beer, sake, and traditional music at Ecotrust.

Old-fashioned music

January 17 - 19, 2020
multiple locations
Hear traditional Appalachian-style string-band music during Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, mostly at Tiffany Center.

Dog show

January 17 - 19, 2020
7 miles north
Rose City Classic is a large dog show at Portland Expo Center. Spectators will find the all-breed shows that are held Thursday to Sunday the most interesting.

Japanese animated films

January 17 - 27, 2020
1.2 miles SE
Watch 18 “of the world’s most beloved animated movies” during Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective at OMSI.

Run for beer

January 18, 2020 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)
location varies each month
The untimed 5K Fun Run is on sidewalks and park trails, followed by a free beer and live entertainment. This event repeats monthly, except December. [The Jan. 18 event is an open house not a run.]

Bull riding

January 18, 2020 (7 p.m.)
1.4 miles NE
Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at the Moda Center.

Beer festival

January 18, 2020 (12 to 8 p.m.)
7.5 miles NW
Try 18 winter ales with food for sale at the St. Johns Winter Beer Fest at StormBreaker Brewing, 8409 N Lombard Street in St. Johns.

Doll & teddy bear show

January 18, 2020
9.9 miles NE
Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Held in January & September.

Ramen + Whisky

January 19, 2020 (12 & 3 p.m.)
1.4 miles NE
Seven Portland chefs compete to bring you “the best ramen taster paired with a Japanese whisky cocktail” during Willamette Week’s Ramen + Whisky at Leftbank Annex.

MLK Day in Newberg

January 20, 2020 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
25.6 miles SW
A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features a guest speaker plus music and dance performances at Chehalem Cultural Center, followed by a choice of breakout sessions including children’s activities. [ASL + traducción e interpretación al español.] Free.

Jazz festival

January 23 - 25, 2020
10 miles north
Middle and high-school instrumental jazz ensembles compete at Clark College Jazz Festival each day, and you can hear the three semi-finalists each evening. The public pays $5, except children under age 12 are free.

Truffle festival

January 23 - Feb. 16, 2020
Eugene & Newburg
Hear speakers, shop a marketplace, and enjoy fine dining during Oregon Truffle Festival. Events sell out.
  • Jan 23 to 26 - Eugene
  • Feb. 14 to 16 - Newberg

Working-class drama

January 24, 2020 (7:30 p.m.)
1.6 miles NE
Factory workers gather in a local bar to share laughs, hopes, and cold beer in Sweat, but when a recession and a lockout loom, lifelong friends are pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat at Imago Theatre.

Discount tickets

Art, food, and drink

January 24 - 25, 2020
46 miles south
First Taste Oregon features local art, beer, food, music, spirits, and wine at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Pop culture convention

January 24 - 26, 2020
1.5 miles NE
Wizard World Portland is about comic books, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at the Oregon Convention Center.

Folk music festival

January 24 - 26, 2020
172 miles SE
Winter Music Festival features performances, jam sessions, a pie-baking contest and sale, and an artisan fair with 20 vendors (Sat. & Sun.) in Florence.

Comedy improv

January 24 & 31, 2020 (8 p.m.)
1.2 miles NW
ComedySportz is “a fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great for the whole family” and incorporates audience suggestions.

Discount tickets

Film & music festival

January 24 - Feb. 16, 2020
Downtown Portland locations
Reel Music Festival screens new films and timeless classics with a music theme at Portland Art Museum.

Chinese New Year parade

January 25, 2020 (11:30 a.m.)
0.6 miles north
The Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade begins at 315 NW Davis Street and ends at the Oregon Historical Society where there is free admission plus 1 p.m. dance performances. Free.

Coffee beer tasting

January 25, 2020 (12 to 7 p.m.)
0.9 miles west
Pay at the door to taste a melding of beer and coffee from 20 breweries at NW Coffee Beer Invitational, with live music and food in a tent at Goose Hollow Inn.

Thrift store crawl

January 25, 2020
multiple locations
Wear something creative and join the Goodwill Hunting Thrift Crawl looking for fabulous finds in eight thrift stores, with a potluck brunch tailgate party, a costume exchange, and an awards dinner, beginning in Hillsboro and making stops in Beaverton and Tigard.

Model train show

January 25 - 26, 2020
7 miles north
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at Portland Expo Center.

Chinese New Year

January 25 - Feb. 9, 2020
0.5 mile north
Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural performances, and children’s activities at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Schedule.

Japanese New Year

January 26, 2020
0.5 miles south
Mochitsuki has entertainment, hands-on activities, ikebana, calligraphy, games, rice pounding, mochi, and Japanese foods at Portland State University in the Viking Pavilion.

World-class cirque show

January 26, 2020 (7 p.m.)
0.6 miles south
Filled with trampolines, juggling, live music, a playful sense of humor, and stunning stage design, Blizzard is a winter-themed spectacle performed by Flip Fabrique at Keller Auditorium.

Discount tickets $40 to $48

Thrilling theater

January 26 - Feb. 16, 2020
9.2 miles south
Based on the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark is a psychological game of cat and mouse that will keep you on the edge of your seat at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego.

Discount tickets

Watch artists draw

January 29, 2020 (7 to 10 p.m.)
1.1 miles east
Watch 6 to 10 local artists and illustrators as they draw for two hours and then sell the sketches for low prices during Ink & Drink at Dig a Pony. Half of the sales price goes to charity.

Adult party at OMSI

January 29, 2020 (6 p.m.)
1.2 miles SE
Explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight, and drink beer or wine while learning about robots, tornados, and fossils at OMSI After Dark for age 21+. This event repeats many times per year.

Short musicals

January 30 - Feb. 2, 2020
0.2 miles south
Portland Mini Musical Festival presents six different musicals that run about 15 minutes each, written by Portland writers at Brunish Theatre.

Fertile Ground art festival

January 30 - Feb. 9, 2020
Portland locations
Fertile Ground is a citywide festival of new works in theater, music, dance, comedy, film, and visual art.

Abba musical

January 30 - Feb. 16, 2020
0.3 miles SW
Set at a Greek wedding and full of Abba songs, Mamma Mia! is a rousing musical about a young bride in search of her true father, at Winningstad Theatre.

Discount tickets

Seafood & wine festival

January 31 - Feb. 1, 2020
1.5 miles NE
Portland Seafood & Wine Festival features “fresh Oregon seafood and wine, craft beer, cider, and distilled spirits” plus 175 exhibitors and kids’ activities in the Oregon Convention Center.

African film festival

January 31 - Feb. 29, 2020
Portland locations
See movies from Africa during Cascade Festival of African Films at Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College Cascade Campus. Free.

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