2/7 - 2/23
36th Portland International Film Festival
What: Oregon's biggest film festival returns for its 36th year with daily events, parties and -- of course -- films galore! International and local films will screen -- over 125 features, shorts and documentaries.
Where: PIFF tickets go on sale the end of January, and screenings will take place throughout the city.
Portland Center for the Performing Arts Free Noontime Showcase: Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner
What: Pianist/composer Sally Harmon joins bass player Frank Gruner for romantic music to get you in the mood pre-Valentine's Day. And what's more romantic than free? Bring your lunch and enjoy a midday performance. It's an all-age-appropriate show.
Where: Antoinette Hatfield Hall, Portland Center for the Performing Arts
What:The Oregon Brewers Guild hosts a free statewide event to promote Oregon's amazing beers. Get in on tours of Oregon Breweries, chat with the brewers and -- you guessed it -- taste their creations. There are free shuttle buses and other brewery-specific events. Check the Zwickelmania website for more info. And, in case you were curious, a zwickel is a device brewers use to sample beer as it matures.
Where: All over Portland and Oregon -- there's a staggering number of breweries involved
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
2/15 - 2/24
2013 U.S. Bank 10th Anniversary Portland Jazz Festival
What: Portland's biggest jazz festival will bring acts such as the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Garrett and Ravi Coltrane. There are also many free events.
Where: Throughout Portland
2/16 - 2/17
Hagg Lake Mud Run
What: Two trail runs around Hagg Lake in Forest Grove -- a 25k on Saturday, February 16 and a burly 50k on Sunday, February 17. There are also a series of training runs scheduled.
Where: Sain Creek Picnic Area of Hagg Lake in Forest Grove