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
(begins Nov. 29)
8 miles north
Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. No studded tires or tire chains.

Christmas at Pittock Mansion

January 1 - 5, 2020
(begins Nov. 25)
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
(begins Nov. 29)
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
(begins Nov. 29)
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. 2, 3, 9, 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.

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.

Old-fashioned music

January 15 - 19, 2020
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 15 - 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.

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.

MLK Day in Newberg

January 20, 2020
25.6 miles SW
A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features a guest speaker plus spoken word, musical, vocal, and dance performances at Chehalem Cultural Center, followed by a reception and resource fair. 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.

Truffle festival

January 23 - 26, 2020
Eugene & McMinnville
Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival. Some events sell out.

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.

Comic book convention

January 24 - 26, 2020
1.5 miles NE
Wizard World Portland Comic Con 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 two dozen vendors in Florence.

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.

Coffee beer tasting

January 25, 2020
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.

Chinese fair

January 25, 2020
1.5 miles NE
Chinese New Year Cultural Fair includes folk dance, instrumental music, martial arts, and Chinese food at Oregon Convention Center.

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.

Cat show

January 25 - 26, 2020
7.1 miles north
Watch top cats compete at the International Cat Show at Portland Expo Center.

Chinese New Year

January 25 - Feb. 8, 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.

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.

Watch artists draw

January 29, 2020
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.

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.

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.

Favorite classical music

January 2020
0.2 miles SW
Favorite Light Classics is “a light-hearted tour of classical music’s most popular hits, including Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the “William Tell” Overture, and select movements from Beethoven’s beloved symphonies” performed by the Oregon Symphony at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

No pants day

January 2020
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.

Beer history + tasting

January 2020
8.7 miles north
History on Tap features a trivia quiz, a Q&A segment, a talk about the former Lucky Lager Brewery, and a selection of local beer at the historic Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA.

Doll and teddy bear show

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

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