Portland events January 2019. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events January 2019


January 1 - 5, 2019
(begins Nov. 21)
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 Nov. 22, 27, 28, and Dec. 24, 25.

Free art museum (evening)

January 3, 2019
0.3 miles SW
Visit the Portland Art Museum on Free Days the first Thursday of every month, including this evening.

Fan festival

January 5 - 6, 2019
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 deal $9.50

Zombie convention

January 5 - 6, 2019
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 deal $9.50

Discount museum day

January 6, 2019
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.

Boat show

January 9 - 13, 2019
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 12, 2019
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.

No pants day

January 13, 2019
(2 to 9 p.m.)
0.6 miles NE
No Pants Max Ride mimics the annual “No Pants Subway Ride” in New York, but it takes place on the Max with an after party.

Old-fashioned music

January 16 - 20, 2019
0.4 miles west
Hear traditional Appalachian-style string-band music at Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, mostly at the Tiffany Center.

Dog show

January 16 - 20, 2019
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.

Bull riding

January 19, 2019
(7 p.m.)
1.4 miles NE
Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at the Moda Center.

Jazz festival

January 24 - 26, 2019
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.

Folk music festival

January 25 - 27, 2019
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.

Short musicals

January 24 - 27, 2019
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.

Auto show

January 24 - 27, 2019
(preview Jan. 23)
1.5 miles NE
See new, classic, exotic, and eco-friendly vehicles at the Portland International Auto Show at the Oregon Convention Center.

Fertile Ground art festival

January 24 - Feb. 3, 2019
Portland locations
Fertile Ground is a citywide festival of new works in theater, music, dance, comedy, film, and visual art.

Truffle festival

January 24 - Feb. 17, 2019
Eugene & McMinnville
Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival. Some events sell out, buy Sept. 1+.
  • Jan. 24 - 27 in Eugene
  • Feb. 15 - 17 in McMinnville

Art, food, and drink

January 25 - 26, 2019
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 25 - 27, 2019
7.1 miles north
Watch top cats compete at the International Cat Show at Portland Expo Center.

Coffee beer tasting

January 26, 2019
(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.

Doll and teddy bear show

January 26, 2019
13.8 miles SE
Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Clackamas. Repeats in Aug.

Model train show

January 26 - 27, 2019
7 miles north
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at Portland Expo Center.

Japanese New Year

January 27, 2019
0.5 miles south
Mochitsuki has entertainment, hands-on activities, ikebana, calligraphy, games, rice pounding, mochi, and Japanese foods at Portland State University.

Watch artists draw

January 30, 2019
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.

Chamber music

January 2019
Portland locations
Hear a variety of music at the Winter Festival of Chamber Music Northwest. Repeats in June.

Film & music festival

January 2019
Downtown Portland locations
Reel Music Festival screens new films and timeless classics with a music theme at Portland Art Museum.

Bourbon & bacon

January 2019
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+.

Fun beer contest

January 2019
multiple locations
Pay $12 for a flight of 12 IPAs (two ounces each) at the IPA Challenge and try to match them to a list of 12 Oregon breweries to win prizes at Hawthorne Hophouse and 15th Avenue Hophouse. Beer list.
*Goes until 10 p.m. on Thurs., Fri., Sat.

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