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

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Portland events January 2019


January 1 - 5, 2019
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.

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.

Favorite classical music

January 5 - 6, 2019
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.

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.

Japanese New Year

January 17, 2019 (6 to 9 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.

Beer history + tasting

January 17, 2019 (7 to 9 p.m.)
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.

Run for beer

January 19, 2019 (6 to 8 p.m.)
multiple locations each month
The untimed 5K Fun Run is on sidewalks and park trails, followed by a free beer and live entertainment.

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.

MLK Day in Newberg

January 21, 2019 (6 p.m.)
25.6 miles SW
A Message of Hope features a guest speaker plus spoken word, musical, vocal, and dance performances at Chehalem Cultural Center, followed by a reception and resource fair. Free.

Japanese animation festival

January 21 - 27, 2019
1.2 miles SE
Watch 18 films made by Japan’s most celebrated studio during Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective at OMSI.

Murder mystery

January 23, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
9.2 miles south
Made famous by the Alfred Hitchcok film, Dial M for Murder is a bone-chilling thriller about a marriage gone wrong, performed live at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego.

Ticket deal $17

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.

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.

Film & music festival

January 24 - Feb. 16, 2019
Downtown Portland locations
Reel Music Festival screens new films and timeless classics with a music theme at Portland Art Museum.

Truffle festival

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

Comedy improv

January 25, 2019 (8 p.m.)
1.2 miles NW
ComedySportz is “a fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great for the whole family” and incorporates audience suggestions.

Ticket deal $11

Hawaiian music

January 25, 2019 (8 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
Hear Grammy Award winner Kalani Pe'a sing contemporary Hawaiian music at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Ticket deal $18

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.

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.

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.

Latin dance party

January 26, 2019 (9:30 p.m.)
1.8 miles NE
Dance away those winter blues at the Salsa Latin Fusion Party at EastBurn Public House.

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.

Thrift store crawl

January 26, 2019
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 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.

Smart comedy

January 30 - March 3, 2019
0.5 miles west
Continuing where the original left off, A Doll’s House: Part 2 follows Nora after she leaves her husband and children to pursue the life of an author, winning rave reviews for its humor, at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $15 to $30

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