PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 1, 2018
Time to dress up, dance and have fun! Enjoy an awesome band, three DJs, four individually themed party rooms, 17 bars, food, party favors and a video countdown on three dance floors.
NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA
An amazing 4-hour show filled with improv, sketch, aerial acts and stand up. Appetizers and dessert all night long with a champagne toast at midnight.
An exclusive night of intrigue at Portland’s largest philanthropic New Years Eve Gala. Dress in your finest black tie and evening grown attire for a night you’ll never forget. Complementary signature cocktail and hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course gourmet dinner, complimentary wine at your table, followed by Billboard Charting artist Patrick Lamb & original blues brother Curtis Salgado.
NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE PORTLAND
Come uncover the mystique of Bollywood & revel in carefree playfulness at the last Jai Ho! party of 2017 in Portland. Two dance floors, 5 top class DJs, 4 mesmerizing performers under one roof to dance you into 2018.
GET LOUD AT THE LIBRARY
Come dance the night away with DJ and event host Doc Titus from Party Doctor and enjoy delicious food and drinks from locally owned Uptown Market. Entertainment also includes mini golf, ping pong, games, and a midnight balloon drop in the library’s grand staircase. While the party is intended for adults, all ages are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Beaverton Library Foundation in support of the library’s Summer Reading and other programs.
LIGHTS ON PEACOCK LANE
Through SUN – Houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Through SAT – A Playhouse tradition, therefore it’s unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love. Hopeful, musical, and above all fun.
Through January 7 – Walk through dazzling displays of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through SAT – Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.
CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through SUN – A charming European-inspired event featuring ice skating, snowless tubing, an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, fire pits, live music and more!
Through January 1 – This holiday musical is perfect for the whole family and will keep your toes tapping until the stroke of midnight.
LIGHTING OF MADDOX WOODS
Through SUN – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.
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
SILVER & BLACK BASH: NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE
SAT – Ring in 2018 with an evening of live music, dancing, light refreshments, party favors and beer and wine.
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.
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