Portland events calendar for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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January 2017
January 2017

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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Late New Year’s party

January 1, 2017

0.1 mile west

Celebrate people who have to work on New Year’s Eve at the New Year’s Day Party, featuring live music and dancing at Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom.

New Year’s dance party

January 1, 2017

0.3 miles north

Vote for Dancing (formerly InspireTruth) is a “playful New Year’s Eve celebration that can inspire us to reach for depth and transform ourselves and our world” at Roseland Theater for age 21+. All ages are welcome on Jan. 1 at The Breathe Building. (Dec. 31 sold out.)

ZooLights

January 1, 2017

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. 24 & 25.

Christmas in the Garden

January 1, 2017

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 500,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. See schedule. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Holiday art fair & show

January 4, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.3 miles north

Holiday Rawk features artists selling their wares, DJ music, and performing artists, musicians, and fashion designers presenting their talents on the main stage at the Roseland Theater for age 21+. (This event was moved from Dec. 15 to Jan. 4 due to bad weather.)

Free art evening

January 5, 2017 (5 to 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

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

Kids’ night

January 6, 2017 (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.

Festival of curiosities

January 7 - 8, 2017

0.6 miles SE

Curious Gallery features exhibits, presentations, hands-on workshops, and special programming for lovers of taxidermy, natural wonders, and strange treasures (wunderkammer) at the Crowne Plaza.

Old-fashioned music

January 11 - 15, 2017

0.4 miles west

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

Boat show

January 11 - 15, 2017

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.

Bourbon & bacon

January 14, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

1.2 miles SE

Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon and Bacon Fest at OMSI for age 21+.

Reptile show

January 14, 2017

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.

Bridal show

January 14 - 15, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Portland Bridal Show is billed as the state’s largest. It features fashion shows and wedding-service exhibitors at the Oregon Convention Center.

Folk music festival

January 14 - 15, 2017

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.

No pants day

January 15, 2017 (2 to 9 p.m.)

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.

MLK breakfast

January 16, 2017 (8:30 to 10:30 a.m.)

0.1 miles south

Expect a keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Hilton Hotel.

Japanese New Year

January 19, 2017 (5:30 to 8:30 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.

Dog party

January 22, 2017 (2 to 4 p.m.)

1.3 miles SE

Learn some fitness moves you and your dog can do together and get samples and coupons at the $15 Winter Doggy Fitness Class at Training for Warriors PDX to support rescue dogs. Leashed dogs welcome.

Chocolate & wine festival

January 22, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Sample local and international chocolates and wine, and see chocolate presentations at ChocolateFest in the Oregon Convention Center.

Righteous concert

January 22, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Local musicians sing to support civil rights at Songs for Freedom & Justice at the Alberta Rose Theatre.

Dog show

January 22, 2017

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 22 - 29, 2017

Portland locations

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

Film & music festival

January 22 - Feb. 5, 2017

Downtown Portland locations

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

Contemporary dance

January 24 - 25, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

The 10 British male dancers of BalletBoyz “display great physicality and lyricism in an evening that takes a powerful look at life and death” at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Discount tickets $10.

Jazz festival

January 26 - 28, 2017

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.

Chamber music

January 26 - 29, 2017

Portland locations

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

Auto show

January 26 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles NE

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

Art, food, and drink

January 27 - 28, 2017

46 miles south

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

Homeowners’ show

January 27 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Meet vendors of home products and services, see exhibits, and drink beer at Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Cat show

January 27 - 29, 2017

7 miles NE

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

A play about Emily Dickinson

January 27 & 29, 2017

7.6 miles south

Set in her Amherst home, The Belle of Amherst tells the story of reclusive poet Emily Dickinson through her words, poetry, diaries, and letters in Milwaukie. Discount tickets $10.

Friday dance party

January 27 - Feb. 24, 2017

0.5 mile NW

Giant music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack in Lola’s Room or McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Discount tickets $6 for two people.

Doll and teddy bear show

January 28, 2017

13.8 miles SE

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

Winter run

January 28, 2017

14 miles east

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

Model train show

January 28 - 29, 2017

7 miles north

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

Antiques show

January 28 - 29, 2017

16 miles west

Shop for antiques and collectibles at Portland’s Rain of Glass at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

Chinese New Year

January 28 - Feb. 6, 2017

0.5 mile north

Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural scenes, and kids’ activities, plus lantern viewing beginning the evening of Feb. 7 at Lan Su Chinese Garden. See schedule.

Japanese New Year

January 29, 2017

0.5 miles south

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