Portland events, festivals, things to do – January 2018

January 2018
best events in Portland

Free art museum (evening)

January 4, 2018 (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.

Free children’s museum (evening)

January 5, 2018 (4 to 8 p.m.)

3.2 miles SW

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


January 5 - 7, 2018

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.

No pants day

January 7, 2018 (2 to 9 p.m.)

0.6 miles NE

The No Pants Subway Ride - Portland mimics the similar New York event, but it takes place on the Max with an after party. See website for details.

Discount museum day

January 7, 2018

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.

Old-fashioned music

January 10 - 14, 2018

0.4 miles west

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

Boat show

January 10 - 14, 2018

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 12 - 14, 2018

172 miles SE

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

Bourbon & bacon

January 13, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

1.2 miles SE

Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon and Bacon Fest, when you also can explore science at OMSI when it is only open to adults age 21+.

Bull riding

January 13, 2018 (7 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at the Moda Center.

Reptile show

January 13, 2018

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. Repeats in Aug.

Fan festival

January 13 - 14, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors in the Oregon Convention Center. Ticket includes entry to Walker Stalker Con.

Zombie convention

January 13 - 14, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Zombie lovers are welcome to wear costumes to Walker Stalker Con, which promises celebrities, panel discussions, vendors, and artists in the Oregon Convention Center. Ticket includes entry to Heroes & Villains Fan Fest.

A film about civil-rights pioneer

January 15, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Register for a free ticket to see Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, which tells the story of black writer, filmmaker, and activist Lorraine Hansberry, with the director answering questions at Portland Art Museum.

MLK breakfast

January 15, 2018 (8:30 to 10:30 a.m.)

7.7 miles north

Hear a keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at Red Lion Hotel on the River.

Classical concert

January 18, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Carpe Diem String Quartet plays Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” plus the Spanish version “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas” at Winningstad Theatre.

Japanese New Year

January 18, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)

2.4 miles NW

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

Short musicals

January 19 - 21, 2018

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.

Dog show

January 19 - 21, 2018

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.

Fertile Ground art festival

January 19 - 28, 2018

Portland locations

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

Film & music festival

January 19 - 30, 2018

Downtown Portland locations

Reel Music Festival screens new films and timeless classics with a music theme at Portland Art Museum.

Jazz festival

January 25 - 27, 2018

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.

Auto show

January 25 - 28, 2018

1.5 miles NE

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

Truffle festival

January 25 - Feb. 18, 2018

Eugene & McMinnville

Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival.
  • Jan. 25 to 28 - Eugene area
  • Feb. 16 to 18 - McMinnville area

Art, food, and drink

January 26 - 27, 2018

46 miles south

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

Cat show

January 26 - 28, 2018

7 miles NE

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

Doll and teddy bear show

January 27, 2018

13.8 miles SE

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Clackamas. Repeats in Aug.

Antiques show

January 27 - 28, 2018

7 miles north

Shop for antiques and collectibles at the Vintage Marketplace [formerly called Portland’s Rain of Glass] at Portland Meadows.

Model train show

January 27 - 28, 2018

7 miles north

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

Japanese New Year

January 28, 2018

0.5 miles south

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