January in Portland brings some of the city’s favorite events and activities. Explore the city’s arts and culture scenes, sip on seasonal cocktails and hit the slopes on Mount Hood. Scroll down to see our top picks of things to do, see and experience in Portland, or search the full events calendar to look at everything on offer.
Know Before You Go
As of June 30, 2021, COVID restrictions have been lifted in Portland and the state of Oregon. While events are now allowed, some events may still be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check the event website for the most up-to-date information.
Portland Old Time Music Gathering
Since 1999, the Portland Old Time Music Gathering has celebrated traditional, Appalachian-style string-band music by showcasing some of the country’s best artists with several days of concerts, community jam sessions and dancing opportunities.
Fertile Ground Festival
Founded in 2009, Fertile Ground is focused on showcasing Portland’s newest art. The 10-day, citywide festival showcases theater premieres, vibrant art installations, pop-up events and even in-progress projects — all of which are created by local artists.
Reel Music Festival
For more than 30 years, the Reel Music Film Festival has presented movies about music and musicians of every genre and era. Spanning several weeks, the Northwest Film Center festival often features live appearances by musicians and filmmakers.
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at Portland's Fertile Ground Festival.
Portland hosts its own Japanese Mochitsuki Festival, Vietnamese Tet Festival and multiple Chinese New Year events.
Portland hosts more than 20 film festivals every year. Here's an overview of some of the city's top cinematic events.
Winter Walks in Portland
Trade muddy trails for winter walks along the smooth, paved walkways of Portland's parks, then treat yourself to a warm mug of coffee or tea.
Winter Hikes in and Near Portland
Oregon’s great outdoors offers excellent adventures all year-round. Here are six Portland-area paths perfect for all-weather adventures.
Winter Sports on Mount Hood
Just a 90-minute drive from downtown, Mount Hood sits right in the city’s backyard and makes for a heck of a winter playground.
Where to Eat on Mount Hood
Don’t hit the slopes on an empty stomach! This guide dishes on where to fuel up for the day, lunch mid-mountain and relax with pizza and pints après-ski.
Snowshoeing on Mount Hood
Snowshoeing is a peaceful way to enjoy Mount Hood with friends and minimal gear and expense.
Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum is central to the city's cultural district, housing a large and wide-ranging collection of artworks.
Oregon Historical Society
The Oregon Historical Society collection includes thousands of historic artifacts (including the “Portland Penny"), permanent and rotating exhibits and an extensive research library.
Brew ‘N’ View – Movie Theaters That Serve Beer
Portland’s beloved “brew ‘n’ view” movie theaters run the gamut from funky to swanky, serving up all manner of drinks, food and films.
Quiet Places Made for Reading
Pick up a winning read at one of Portland’s many independent bookstores and curl up in a cozy corner of one of these eight local coffee shops.
Powell’s City of Books
Covering an entire city block, Powell's is a landmark, a great bookstore and a microcosm of the city itself.
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