Portland events calendar for January 2018. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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January 2018
January 2018

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.

Late New Year’s party

January 1, 2018

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.

Free art evening

January 4, 2018

0.3 miles SW

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

Kids’ night

January 5, 2018

3.2 miles SW

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

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, including today.

Old-fashioned music

January 10 - 14, 2018

0.4 miles west

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

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.

MLK breakfast

January 15, 2018

0.1 miles south

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

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 best each evening.

Auto show

January 26 - 29, 2018

1.5 miles NE

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

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.

Fertile Ground art festival

January 2018 (undated)

Portland locations

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

Film & music festival

January 2018 (undated)

Downtown Portland locations

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

Truffle festival

January 2018 (undated)

Portland & Eugene

Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival, in Portland Jan. 20 to 22 and in Eugene Jan. 26 to 29. Many events sell out.

Chinese New Year

January 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles south

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

Festival of curiosities

January 2018 (undated)

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.

No pants day

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Bourbon & bacon

January 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles SE

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

Dog party

January 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

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

Homeowners’ show

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Japanese New Year

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Righteous concert

January 2018 (undated)

4.7 miles NE

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

Cat show

January 2018 (undated)

7 miles NE

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

Dog show

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Model train show

January 2018 (undated)

7 miles north

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

Winter run

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Antiques show

January 2018 (undated)

16 miles west

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

Art, food, and drink

January 2018 (undated)

46 miles south

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

Folk music festival

January 2018 (undated)

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.


January 2018 (undated)

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.

New Year’s dance party

January 2018 (undated)

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.
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