Portland Seafood & Wine Festival • February 1–2
The 14th Annual Portland Seafood & Wine Festival is February 1–2. The festival pairs some of Oregon’s best wines from over 65 wineries with fresh coastal seafood and culinary delights. This year, the festival falls during Dungeness Crab season, so expect to see a lot of fresh crab! 175 exhibitors in 90,000 square feet of space with entertainment, lots of fresh Oregon seafood and wine, craft beers, cider, and distilled spirits. The event is at the Oregon Convention Center, and you can find out more at their Web site.
Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden• February 5–19
The Lan Su Chinese Garden offers extended hours from February 5–19 for the Chinese New Year. You’ll find lion dances, cultural performances, calligraphy, martial arts, and family-friendly craft activities celebrating the Year of the Pig. Lan Su is the result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, the sister city in China’s Jiangsu province that’s famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens. Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from Suzhou and is one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. This is the best time to visit the garden! They also have a tea house and a garden shop.
Portland Winter Light Festival • February 7–9
The 4th Annual Portland Winter Light Festival is a city-wide event showcasing illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout our city. See dozens of illuminated artworks plus performance artists on the waterfront outside OMSI during the Festival. Come wearing lights! Free.
Portland Psychedelic • through March 17
This exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society features over 100 objects recently donated by Peter Glazer, with one of the largest collections of local poster and handbill art. The collection features posters, handbills, autographs, and other memorabilia representing bands including The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Buffalo Springfield, as they visited Portland during the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the music and visual design that dominated the countercultural scene in Portland in the 1960s. Find out more about the exhibit on the OHS Web site. Portland Psychedelic costs $5, but it’s free for members, county residents, and youths 18 and under.
42nd Portland International Film Festival • Mar 7–21
Drawing an audience of 38,000, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 140 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences annually. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare. Festival passes are $350, and Student passes are $150. Find out more on the festival Web site.