February events

Portland warms up winter with these exciting events.

Portland Jazz FestivalCharles McPherson and the Randy Porter Trio at the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival

February event highlights

Here’s a selection of February events in Portland. For more, search the events calendar.

Portland International Film Festival

Held by the Northwest Film Center, the Portland International Film Festival is the granddaddy of Portland’s 20-plus annual film festivals, filling two weeks with 100 local premieres from around the globe.

Portland Jazz Festival

Celebrating both the jazz genre and Black History Month, the Portland Jazz Festival is packed with more than 150 concerts, including performances by major international artists and scores of free gigs showcasing local talent.

Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

The two-week Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden includes lion dances, children’s activities, martial arts and cultural and historical demonstrations. The festivities, held during the lunar new year (usually late January/early February), culminate with a traditional lantern-viewing ceremony.

Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival

Scheduled smack dab in the middle of the Dungeness crab season, this upscale festival celebrates both the bounty harvested from the Pacific Ocean and the state’s vineyards. More than 130,000 square feet (3,962 square meters) at the Oregon Convention Center allows plenty of room for Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival-goers to wander while enjoying great food, wine and live music.


Going into its 21st year, Portland’s legendary dance event, ValenTango, is the largest and longest running tango festival in North America. Filled with thrilling milongas, live orchestras, DJ’d music and world-class instruction from some of tango’s best professional dancers, this event offers ample opportunities for people of all abilities to hone their tango skills in a fun, welcoming environment.


Beer lovers rejoice! Zwickelmania returns for its 10th year on President’s Day Weekend and the following weekend. Breweries, big and small, will open their doors to casual and hardcore beer fans. All participating breweries offer events like meet-the-brewer, beer tastings, brewery tours and food and beer pairings.

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