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.

Best events for 12 months

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

Miles are from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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.

New Year’s dance party

January 1, 2018 (begins Dec. 31)

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.

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.


January 5 - 7, 2018 (begins Nov. 24)

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, and Jan. 1-4.

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 Portland 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.

Folk music festival

January 11 - 14, 2018

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.

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.

Fan festival

January 13 - 14, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest & Walking Dead Convetion celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors in the Oregon Convention Center.

Discount tickets $24 to $114.

Dog show

January 17 - 21, 2018

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 18 - 28, 2018

Portland locations

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

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 25 - 28, 2018

1.5 miles NE

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

Truffle festival

January 25 - Feb. 18, 2018

Eugene & McMinnville

Hear speakers and enjoy fine dining at the Oregon Truffle Festival.
  • Jan. 25 to 28 - Eugene area
  • Feb. 16 to 18 - McMinnville area

Art, food, and drink

January 26 - 27, 2018

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 26 - 28, 2018

7 miles NE

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

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.

Antiques show

January 27 - 28, 2018

7 miles north

Shop for antiques and collectibles at Portland’s Rain of Glass at Portland Meadows. Event name may change.

Model train show

January 27 - 28, 2018

7 miles north

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

Japanese New Year

January 28, 2018

0.5 miles south

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

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.

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.

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.
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