Here are some of our favorite February events in Portland. Scroll down for more picks or search the events calendar to see everything on offer.
Portland International Film Festival
Presented 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.
Founded in 1997, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.
Every February, the One Moto Show draws thousands of bikers and enthusiasts to Portland to celebrate all things motorcycle.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens, this exhibition explores the overwhelming power of nature and the epic cycles of volcanic destruction and regeneration with stunning photographs, paintings and drawings of the mountain from 1845 to the present day. Curated by Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of…
OMSI offers a Guided Tech Tour on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. This special tour guided by an actual submarine veteran is for those who would like to learn more about the technical workings of the Blueback. The maximum tour size is eight people, so plan ahead and reserve your spot. Tech…
The first comprehensive retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists, Art and Race Matters traces the work of Robert Colescott (1925-2009), who established his career in Portland with the support of gallery owner and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer, then made his mark in the 1970s with a series of deconstructed art-historical masterpieces that…
The Portland Jazz Festival returns every February with a stellar series of concerts and events celebrating Black History Month.
Laura Fritz combines an immersive installation and video-based work for her contribution to the APEX exhibition series. Working closely with the architectural space that APEX inhabits, Fritz has created a site-specific installation that responds to various points of corners, walls and the floor, taking signals from furniture that allude to tables, cabinets or other ergonomic…