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February 2013 Events

Where to Go and What To Do in Portland, February 2013


Updated January 14, 2013

February is looking like a fantastic time to stick around Portland. The always popular Portland International Film Festival and Portland Jazz Festival brings amazing films and performances, respectively, to town. And it seems like no matter the season, there are always fantastic wine events happening -- two of the February wine functions add in great food. Zwickelmania will make the beer lovers happy too.

Let's not forget Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day. We've devoted an entire separate Events Page to February 14th, and the related events before and after. It's going to be a busy month!

1/24 - 2/3
Fertile Ground Festival
What: Dubbed "a city-wide new works arts festival," Fertile Ground brings new light to local artworks. The 10-day festival features theater, dance, visual arts projects and more.
Throughout Portland
When: See website
Website: fertilegroundpdx.org

The Canadian Tenors with the Oregon Symphony
Canada's "national treasure" has appeared on Oprah, at the NBA All-Star Game and at the Vancouver Olympics. Now they join the Oregon Symphony once again for a one-night performance in Portland.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

2/1 - 2/2
Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
What: The name tells most of the story -- tons of seafood and over 50 wineries pouring will make it a great weekend. There will also be plenty of live music to accompany you along your eating and drinking way.
Oregon Convention Center
When: Friday, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, Noon-10 p.m.

Lewis Black -- The Rant is Due Tour

What: Lewis Black brings his unique flavor of rant-filled comedy to Portland. Now's your chance to see the Grammy- and Emmy-winning comedian in action.
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Website: pcpa.com

2/3 and every Sunday
Portland Poetry Slam
Eight poets do battle, no holds barred, every Sunday.
7:30 p.m.
Where: Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave
Website: facebook.com/portlandpoetryslam

The Moth Mainstage in Portland

What: The fantastic true-storytelling-based show returns to Portland. The Peabody-winning radio show of the same name has been a hit on NPR for several years; come experience these storytelling performances for yourself.
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Website: pcpa.com


What: The acclaimed grunge band hits Portland for the first time in over a decade.
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Website: pcpa.com

2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 (Every Wednesday)
Sack Lunch Concerts at the Old Church

What: Free concerts every Wednesday at noon -- typically classical music
Where: The Old Church -- a public events and performance space in Portland's West End -- at 1422 SW 11th Avenue
Website: theoldchurch.org

First Thursday in the Pearl, NW, SW, Old Town
What: Enjoy art gallery openings throughout the Pearl District and surrounding neighborhoods on the first Thursday of every month.
Where: Pearl District, Portland
Website: firstthursdayportland.com

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.
When: Daily
Website: nwfilm.org/festivals/piff

Polar Plunge Portland at Broughton Beach

What: Take the cold water plunge and show winter who's boss. And it's Portland, so as if that weren't enough, there's a costume contest too. Portland is just one of the five Oregon locations hosting February Plunge Oregon events.
Broughton Beach, NE Portland
When: On site check-in: 8:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.; Costume contest: 10:15a.m.; Opening ceremonies & Polar Plunge 11:00 a.m.
Website: polar.visionsiteclients.com

Portland Mardi Gras Ball 2013

What: Mardi Gras is, traditionally, the last chance to fatten up and let loose before Lent. These days, for most, it's an excuse for a party. Mysti Krewe of Nimbus brings its third annual Mardi Gras festival to Portland. Zydeco, Cajun and other Louisiana music will get things rolling, with bands such as Atomic Gumbo and the Too Loose Cajun Band leading the way.
Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside
When: 7:00 p.m.
Price: $25 advance , $30 day of show
Website: portlandmardigras.com

Hillsdale Main Street's Wine About Winter
What: Hillsdale's first festival devoted to wine and food pairing features more than 25 local wineries as well as musical performances.
Where: Hillsdale Business District
When: VIP early entry 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Regular entry 2:30 p..m.-6:30 p.m.

9th Annual Valentine Fanconi Anemia Run/Walk 5K/8K/12K
Run/walk to fight and fundriase for Fanconi anemia, a "a life threatening disease that leads to bone marrow failure and cancers in children and young adults."
Where: Downtown Portland
When: 8:00 a.m.
Website: valentinerunportland.com

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
Website: pcpa.com


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.
Website: oregonbeer.org/zwickelmania

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
Website: pdxjazz.com

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
Website: haggmud.com

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