The arrival of February heralds some of Portland’s favorite annual activities, including a celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival and one of the world’s largest tango festivals (just to name a few). Scroll down for more February picks, or search the events calendar to see everything on offer.
Portland 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 Portland Seafood and Wine Festival-goers to wander while enjoying great food, wine and live music.
Portland Jazz Festival
Celebrating both the jazz genre and Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is packed with more than 150 concerts, including performances by major international artists and scores of free gigs showcasing local talent.
Cascade Festival of African Films
Billed as the longest-running nonprofit African film festival in America, Portland’s free Cascade Festival of African Films has celebrated African achievements and hopes for the future since 1991. The month-long film festival shares stories of Africa as told by Africans. Hosted by the Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus, the festival also includes staged theatrical readings, talk-backs with the films’ creators, an African marketplace and a social hour with food and live music every Saturday.
Founded in 1997, Portland’s legendary dance event, Valen Tango, 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.
Chinese New Year
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.
Beer lovers rejoice! Zwickelmania returns returns every February, getting breweries, big and small, to 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.
Tango in Portland
The City of Roses boasts one of the best tango communities outside of Buenos Aires, with dances and lessons available almost every night.
Black History Month in Portland
Every February, Americans of all races and backgrounds celebrate Black History Month. Celebrate with these Portland events.
Fertile Ground Festival
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at Portland's Fertile Ground Festival.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
One Moto Show Brings Motorcycle Fans to Portland
Every February, the One Moto Show draws thousands of bikers and enthusiasts to Portland to celebrate all things motorcycle.
Black History Festival NW is an all-ages celebration of culture and heritage showcasing Black artists, businesses, organizations, and leaders through arts, education and advocacy, utilizing Black History Month to celebrate the African Diaspora, bridge gaps, amplify truth, unity and hope in the Pacific Northwest. See the festival website for a full lineup of events.
A free popular Portland event for 29 years, this year’s film festival features five weeks of more than 30 feature, documentary and short films by established and emerging African directors from 18 countries. The Cascade Festival of African Films shows us Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for…
The Portland Jazz Festival returns every February with a stellar series of concerts and events celebrating Black History Month.
The longest-running and most successful golf show on the West Coast returns to the Oregon Convention Center. The Portland Golf Show features the lowest prices of the year on name-brand clubs and equipment from the industry’s leading manufacturers in the Fiddler’s Green Golf Shop, a free driving range lined with manufacturer’s reps showing off the…
Head to the Oregon Convention Center for the annual Bricks Cascade event, Portland’s premier public LEGO event. See creations from hundreds of builders from the Pacific Northwest and around the world in this two-day event. Talk to the creators of these amazing creations, then leave your own builds on the Wall of Creation. Race your…
Join Reed College in celebrating its third annual Black Arts Festival! Family-friendly, free and open to all, this festival offers a full concert experience with performances by: BbymuthaMaarquiiZsa ZsaBnickFather FannieHouse of OliverThese musical performances are accompanied by a BIPoC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) Community Marketplace, featuring local vendors and food and drink purveyors,…
“I’d never thought I looked different from the other kids at school, even though most of them were Caucasian. But when I went to school the day after Pearl Harbor, I realized I did look different. My hair was black, my skin was darker and my eyes were almond-shaped. My face was the face of…
Becky with the Good Jokes returns to the Funhouse Lounge stage! Spectacular comedians. Runner-Up for Best Comedy Event in the Willamette Week’s ‘Best of Portland’, Becky with the Good Jokes is a one-in-a-million comedy show which cannot be described in words, you just have to experience it. Doors open at 9:30pm, show starts at 10pm….