PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
JANUARY 26-28, 2018
INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW
FRI-SUN – See dozens of breeds, judging, and one amazing event. There will be rescue cats and kittens available for adoption from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and Community Cat Coalition. There will also be a large variety of vendors, who will be offering cat items for sale, not found in local stores, including teasers, cat nip toys, fluffy blankets, cat trees and jewelry.
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
THURS-SUN – Experience the newest automotive technology in the market today plus get a glimpse into what is coming in the future.
GREAT TRAIN SHOW
SAT-SUN – Featuring hundreds of tables of trains, accessories, scale models and collectible toys for sale as well as huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, free seminars and educational opportunities, and much more.
SUN – Portland’s annual Japanese New Year celebration, entertainment, hands-on activities, ikebana, calligraphy, games, rice pounding, mochi, and Japanese foods.
SAT-SUN – A wonderful array of treasures for you and your home.
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
Through February 2 – Featuring concerts by seven talented artists at The Old Church Concert Hall.
DOLL & TEDDY BEAR SHOW
SAT – Something for everyone, including more antique and vintage vendors than ever. The finest exhibitors in the West fill the room with dolls, bears, miniatures, supplies, wigs, clothes books and accessories from antique to modern.
REEL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Through January 30 – Whether your passion is jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world, classical—or anything between—we hope you find something to discover and inspire in this eclectic mix of films that celebrate great artists, sound, and image, and connect music and culture. Various locations around Portland.
FERTILE GROUND ARTS FESTIVAL
THURS through January 28 – Discover compelling indoor landscapes of many hues and disciplines cultivated in Fertile Ground. This 11-day sampling illuminates the verdant and abundant acts of creation that bubble and catalyze yearlong in Portland.
STRANGER THAN FICTION
Through SUN – Various short pieces performed by a multi-generational cast, combining circus arts, narrative, dance, and physical theater. (Part of the 2018 Fertile Ground Festival)
80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK
Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!
PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY
EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.
FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!
DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.
URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH – Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.
ALL MONTH – Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.
GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.
HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.
GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.
PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
RACE FOR WARMTH
SUN – Join the Race for Warmth to support Operation Warm Heart, a Clark Public Utilities customer-funded program to help limited-income families in crisis situations who need help paying their electric bills.
VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: MUSICAL JOURNEY
SAT – Featuring two beloved symphonies, each representing a “spiritual and emotional” journey for the composer.
CLARK COUNTY COLLEGE JAZZ FESTIVAL
THURS-SAT – Presenting three full days of exhilarating big band jazz. Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles for middle schools and A through AAAA division high schools.
LANTERN TOUR: AN EVENING AT THE FORT
SAT – A wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company fort at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a park ranger through the reconstructed fort’s Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor’s House, Kitchen, and Bake House.
SAT – MIT players assure audiences they are prepared to launch into 2018 with a whole new barrel of laughs in downtown Vancouver. In a world where folks are never sure what life will launch at them next, it’s refreshing to know that MIT is always family friendly! It’s safe to bring the kids and Grandparents!
OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE
SAT – Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Please Stand By
· Maze Runner: The Death Cure
· The Neighbor
· American Folk
· The Clapper
· The Misguided
· Like Me
· Kickboxer: Retaliation
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