Looking for a new place to see music and other performances on a budget? The Old Historic Church in Portland's West End offers up music performances including classical, folk and world music -- often for less than $10. Every Wednesday at noon there's also the excellent Free Sack Lunch performances at the Old Church.
Read more about the Old Church, the Free Sack Lunch performances and more in our full coverage.
Photo via the Old Historic Church.
St Patrick's Day is almost upon us, and Portlanders have a ton of options for how to celebrate. We've compiled a listing of some of the top events in and around Portland -- ranging from a fun golf tournament to pub crawls, the incredibly popular Shamrock Run to a four-day music, dancing, eating and drinking festival.
See our complete listing of Portland's 2014 St Patrick's Day festivities, wear green and enjoy the holiday!
Photo of St Patrick's Day via WikiMedia.
Portland Dining Month moves from June to March for 2014, and over 100 restaurants will be offering a $29 fixed price menu all month long. Have a restaurant you keep hearing about, but you couldn't justify the expense? Well, now's your chance to book your seats.
Read more about Portland Dining Month in our full write-up, which includes a complete listing of competing restaurants and information about vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well.
Photo courtesy Portland Dining Month.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' show, Venice: the Golden Age of Art and Music, is on tour and will be in residence at the Portland Art Museum from February 15th through May 11th, 2014. Both art and music were enmeshed with daily life during the city's heyday, and the show explores how artists and composers influenced one another, and how the arts were inextricably tied to the city's pulse.
Read more about the show in our full write-up here.
Photo: Venice in the Golden Age. Photo courtesy Portland Art Museum.
Although you may look out the window right now and think otherwise, bicycle racing season is right around the corner in and around Portland.
The Jack Frost time trial event that skirts the edge of Vancouver Lake, in Vancouver, Washington, will once again get things rolling at the end of February, closely followed by the Dirty Circles series of road races in Woodland, Washington. Things really heat up at the end of March with the Gorge Roubaix weekend of road races in The Dalles, Oregon. The Gorge Roubaix mixes tarmac with gravel road surfaces for a true test of a rider's mettle, and it proved to be a favorite among racers in 2013.
Read more about these races and the Portland bicycle racing scene in our coverage, here: Early Season 2014 Bicycle Races in and around Portland.
Photo: The early breakaway in the 2013 Gorge Roubaix Elite men's race. ŠIan Marshall / Castelli Cycling
Smash Putt combines an art show, mini-golf, mechanized high-tech obstacles, golf ball cannons and a warehouse party. The event runs on weekends and coinciding with First Thursdays from January 31st through March 30th, 2014, on 140 NW 4th Avenue in Old Town Portland.
Tickets are $10 and coincide with a specific time slot. Order them in advance online, although a limited number will be available at the door.
Read more about the event: Smash Putt, The "Mega Miniature Golf Apocalypse," Comes to Portland.
Whether you're a casual beer drinker or a true connoisseur, Zwickelmania offers an opportunity to tour many of Oregon's breweries, sample new and unique beer offerings and talk with some top-notch brewers about their craft.
The sixth annual Zwickelmania takes place on February 15th -- the day after Valentine's Day and during the Presidents Day long weekend. Various shuttle bus routes will link several breweries around the Portland area, and many of the breweries have special tastings in store.
Read more about Zwickelmania -- and learn what the heck a zwickel is -- in our full coverage of the Sixth Annual Zwickelmania.
Photo: Brandy Grobart of Ambacht Brewing is only too happy to talk beers. ŠJoshua Liberles
More than 40 craft distilleries, craft breweries and wineries will be slinging drinks at the first annual Thirst Fest on February 7th and 8th, 2014. The event, which benefits the Cascade Aids Project, caters towards members and friends of the LGBTQ community.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door of the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison Street.
For more info, read our full write-up on Thirst Fest 2014.
Winter Whale Watching Week, which stretches from December 26th through December 31st, 2013, is in full swing. Gray whales are migrating from Alaska to their winter home in Baja California, Mexico, and approximately 18,000 in total will pass by Oregon's coast -- many of them during this week.
There are 24 whale watching sites in Oregon with volunteers on hand every day during Whale Watching Week to answer questions and help with whale spotting. There's also a Spring Whale Watching Week every year, typically in late March, when the whales make their return trip.
The Whale Watching Weeks are particularly good times to hit the coast and spot some whales, but whale watching is a year-round activity in Oregon. See our write up on Whale Watching Week for more info.
Photo: Up close with a gray whale off of the Oregon coast. Via flickr by OVCA.
There are plenty of New Year's Eve activities going on to ring in 2014 -- whether you want to party down club-style, get down with Cuban salsa, listen to great Portland musicians in a "super group," see some comedy or go for a run.
See the hits in our New Year's Eve Events listings.
Photo: New Year's Eve in Portland. Via flickr by Todd Moritz.