Portland events, festivals, things to do – February 2018

February 2018
best events in Portland

Classical music festival

February 1 - 2, 2018 (begins Jan. 20)

0.5 miles SW

The inaugural Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival features concerts by seven talented artists at The Old Church Concert Hall.

Illuminated art

February 1 - 3, 2018

1.2 miles SE

See dozens of illuminated artworks plus performance artists on the waterfront outside OMSI during Portland Winter Light Festival. Come wearing lights! Free.

Seafood & wine festival

February 2 - 3, 2018

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.

African film festival

February 2 - March 3, 2018

Portland locations

See movies from Africa during Cascade Festival of African Films at Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College Cascade Campus. Free.

Doggie craft fair

February 3, 2018

6 miles south

Puplandia Valentine’s Shopping Extravaganza has 50 vendors selling art, soaps, toys, dog treats, baked goods, and calendars plus music by Danny/Girl and a puppy kissing booth at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion. Free.

Hawaiian event

February 3, 2018

7.5 miles SW

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

Winter run

February 3, 2018

14 miles east

Worst Day of the Year Run is a 5K winter run/walk that begins at McMenamins Edgefield and has a costume contest, plus an indoor lunch at the finish line.

Daddy daughter dance

February 3, 2018 (6 to 8 p.m.)

17.5 miles SW

Semi-formal Princess Promenade includes dancing, music, snacks, face painting, and adult princesses at Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Wine & chocolate

February 3 - 4 and 10 - 11, 2018

3.9 miles SE

Taste 5 truffles from Rose City Sweets paired with 5 wines at the Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Hip Chicks Do Wine.

Fishing, hunting, camping show

February 7 - 11, 2018

7 miles north

Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show offers seminars, vendors, and a kids’ trout pond at Portland Expo Center.

Tango festival

February 7 - 12, 2018

2 miles NE

ValenTango includes classes at all levels plus many opportunities to dance at the Double Tree by Hilton.

Sausage and beer fest

February 9 - 10, 2018

38 miles south

Wurstfest is a celebration of handmade sausage, local and German beer, and German music in Mt. Angel Festhalle, with an artisan market, a kids’ area, and a 5K/10K Wurst Run. Kids to age 21 free with parent.

Mardi Gras Ball

February 10, 2018

0.4 miles west

Portland Mardi Gras Ball is a Louisiana-style costume ball with beads, baubles, king cake, and dancing to live Cajun and zydeco music at the Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom.

Valentine’s Day storytellers

February 10, 2018 (8 p.m.)

3.6 miles NE

Kiss & Tell offers wine, chocolate, and stories of love and romance woven together in a funny, sexy, and intimate evening of story theater for age 21+ at Portland Story Theater.

Muddy run

February 10, 2018

14 miles south

My Muddy Valentine 5K features fun obstacles, mud, music, food, beverages (beer, cider, Mimosas, and root beer) at Lee Farms. Bring ID if you are age 21+.

Winter bike ride

February 11, 2018

14 miles east

Worst Day of the Year Ride is a winter bicycle ride of 15 or 42 miles that includes warm treats. Begins at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub and requires a helmet.

Salsa dance

February 13, 2018 (8 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Beginners are welcome at the Salsa Social, which has a lesson at 8 p.m. and dancing at 8:30 p.m. at The Secret Society for age 21+.

Mardi Gras Parade

February 13, 2018 (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

3 miles north

You’re welcome to wear a costume and join the family friendly Portland Mardi Gras Parade on Mississippi Avenue, plus the after-party at Ecliptic Brewing. Free.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2018

Greater Portland area

OpenTable lists restaurants in the Portland area that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day at the winery

February 14, 2018 (5 to 9:30 p.m.)

57 miles SW

Murder in the Cellar is a catered dinner with wine and a mystery show at Eola Hills Wine Cellars, west of Salem. Wearing a speakeasy costume is optional.

Jazz festival

February 15 - 25, 2018

Portland locations

Portland Jazz Festival features 100 performances by local acts and jazz legends.

Film festival

February 15 - March 1, 2018

Portland locations

See 140 international shorts and feature films, meet visiting artists, and attend the opening night party at NW Film Center’s annual Portland International Film Festival (PIFF).

Brazilian party

February 16, 2018 (9 p.m.)

1.2 miles east

Brazilian Carnaval is a Brazilian ball with a samba band, dancers, and a DJ at BossaNova Ballroom for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 16 - 17, 2018

4.7 miles NE

Adults tell stories about their lives by sharing embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentine Show at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Truffle festival

February 16 - 18, 2018 (begins Jan. 25)

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

Rock festival & beer festival

February 16 - 18, 2018

0.5 miles NW

Sabertooth Micro Fest features rock and psychedelic music at Crystal Ballroom, plus free beer tasting Sat. until 9:30 p.m. in Ringlers Pub on the main floor.

Musical: Legally Blonde

February 16 - 25, 2018

10 miles south

Based on the hit movie with Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde is an upbeat song-and-dance tale performed by a mix of experienced and young actors in Milwaukie.

Discount tickets $7.50.

Chinese New Year

February 16 - March 4, 2018

0.5 mile north

Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural scenes, and kids’ activities, plus lantern viewing at Lan Su Chinese Garden. See schedule.

Aerial dance show

February 16 - March 4, 2018

2.3 miles NE

A-WOL Dance Collective presents its spring show featuring aerial dance in an industrial warehouse at 513 NE Schuyler Street. Drinks and snacks for sale.

Murder mystery

February 16 - March 11, 2018

8.3 miles SW

Based on a book by Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is a whodunit involving strangers trapped in a quaint boarding house during a snowstorm, in Beaverton.

Discount tickets $16 to $20.

Prohibition Party

February 17, 2018

2.5 miles east

Wear a 1930s costume to Prohibition Party for vintage food, drink, and dancing to live flapper songs, cocktail party classics, and bootlegger folk music at Circa 33.

Tea party

February 17, 2018 (1 p.m.)

14.3 miles NE

Enjoy tea, scones, sandwiches, and desserts at the Valentine’s High Tea in Fairview to benefit the historical society. Gloves, hats, and children are welcome.

Family festival

February 17 - 18, 2018

7 miles north

KidFest has an entertainment stage, sports demos, inflatables, games, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, food exhibits, and vendors at Portland Expo Center.

Muddy trail run

February 17 - 18, 2018

37 miles west

Hagg Lake Mud Run is a 50K (31 miles) on Saturday and a 25K (15.5 miles) on Sunday around the lake, with awards and a meal afterward.

Brewery day

February 17 & 24, 2018

Oregon locations

Breweries throughout Oregon offer tours, samples, and specials for Zwickelmania. No sandals. Free.
  • Feb. 17 - Portland area
  • Feb. 24 - Oregon (except Portland area)

Beatles tribute

February 21, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Witness its amazing technical expertise, unique artistry, and signature use of live music when Mark Morris Dance Group performs Pepperland set to an original score inspired by the Beatles at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Home and garden show

February 22 - 25, 2018

7 miles north

The Portland Spring Home & Garden Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, dining-room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants.

Jazz festival - Seaside

February 22 - 25, 2018

78 miles NW

Seaside Jazz Festival presents ragtime, Dixieland, swing, and traditional jazz at five venues in Seaside.

Seafood festival

February 22 - 25, 2018

137 miles SW

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival offers food, wine, and crafts for sale. Buy tickets online. Bring age 21 ID.

Beer & spirits festival

February 24, 2018 (12 to 8 p.m.)

2.5 miles north

Sample ideal pairings of beer from 19 local breweries and spirits from 19 Oregon distilleries at Brewstillery Festival at StormBreaker Brewing. No dogs.

Polar Plunge

February 24, 2018

12 miles NE

Watch pledgers run into the frigid waters of the Columbia River for charity at Polar Plunge on Broughton Beach, preceded by a costume contest.

Eagles, hawks, falcons

February 24, 2018

12.2 miles NW

Pay $10 cash per car at Kruger’s Farm Market to take the Raptor Road Trip on Sauvie Island with four stops for guided bird viewing, live raptors up close, hawk ID displays, and even free drinks & doughnuts in the morning. Bring binoculars but no pets.