Events

Friday, December 15

APEX: Dawn Cerny

Dawn Cerny’s works are at once formal and reductive while existing in a realm of the playful and ridiculous. The Seattle artist’s newest sculptures and works...

Portland Art Museum  
Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA

Famous for such stop-action animated feature films as Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Coraline (2009), LAIKA is at the center of...

Portland Art Museum  
CCNA: Interwoven Radiance

The Portland Art Museum’s Center for Contemporary Native Art takes a deep dive into the weaving practice of the Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers of the...

Portland Art Museum  
Chabad of Oregon Menorah Lighting

For the 34th year, Chabad of Oregon will hold a public menorah lighting in Director Park.

Director Park  
Christmas Revels

Christmas Revels returns for the 2017 holiday season with "Nordic Lights," a celebration of winter soltice. The production brings together the music, dance...

St. Mary’s Academy Theater  
Christmas Ship Parade

Christmas Ship owners are getting ready to set sail along the Columbia and Willamette rivers for their 63rd year as residents make plans to watch the...

multiple  
Christmas in the Garden

Enter a charming winter wonderland and find yourself surrounded by 600,000 twinkling lights, live music, artisan vendors, ice skating, snowless tubing and...

The Oregon Garden  
Craftsmanship and Wit

This fall, the Museum will celebrate the legacy of Carol (1932–2015) and Seymour Haber (1929–2012), longtime friends of and donors to the Portland Art...

Portland Art Museum  
Eat, Drink & Be Merry ... But Leave the Driving to Us

Guests of La Bastide Bed & Breakfast can escape the holiday rush with an all-inclusive winery tour (maximum of six guests) including tasting at three...

La Bastide Bed & Breakfast  
Gingerbread Adventures

Run, run as fast as you can to Gingerbread Adventures, an exhibit that takes a sweet and smart look at the science behind a favorite holiday...

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), Auditorium  
Holiday Shorts and Songs

A live-action mash-up of holiday toons, presented by Coho Productions. Directed by Philip Cuomo, with musical accompaniment by Eric Nordin. Featuring...

CoHo Theatre  
Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems

Should you always believe what you see? Can you really trust your senses? Is anything as it seems? The Illusion exhibit offers insight into the human mind by...

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)  
In the Beginning

Long before co-founding Aperture magazine or establishing the groundbreaking photography program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, renowned modernist...

Portland Art Museum  
Kingdom Animalia

Furry, fierce, majestic or sublime, animals have been featured in the graphic arts since the advent of printmaking. Mammals, fish, reptiles and birds act as...

Portland Art Museum  
Miracle of a Million Lights

For the month of December, Victorian Belle is known as,​“The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house and...

Victorian Belle  
Multnomah Village & Hillsdale Golden Ticket

Golden Ticket is a hyperlocal shopping program in the Southwest Portland neighborhoods of Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. At participating businesses, when...

Multnomah Village and Hillsdale neighborhoods  
Nine Free Days at the Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden will offer a free admission for each donation of a non-perishable food item, from Saturday, December 9 through Sunday, December 17,...

Lan Su Chinese Garden  
PDX Pop-Up Shops

PDX Pop-Up Shops return Nov. 16–Dec. 24, 2017, housing local designers and artists in vacant storefronts in downtown Portland. Located inside Pioneer Place...

Pioneer Place  
Rachel Davis: Book of Days

For the past year, Rachel Davis has kept a visual diary of 5-by-5 inch (13-by-13 cm) watercolors, based on her thoughts about the current political situation...

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art  
A Very Portland Christmas

Enjoy the wonders of the season at Pittock Mansion’s annual holiday display, a Portland tradition for over 50 years. This year, experience the iconic places,...

Pittock Mansion  
Meier & Frank Santaland

Generations of Oregonians have fond memories of the downtown Portland Meier & Frank department store’s Santaland. A ride on the iconic Monorail and a chance...

Oregon Historical Society  
Nine Free Days

Receive free admission with a donation of two non-perishable food items to benefit the Oregon Food Bank, December 9-17, 2017 at Lan Su Chinese Garden....

Lan Su Chinese Garden  
Parting Shots: Images of Portland, 1938-1942

Parting Shots examines nationally renowned 20th-century photographer Minor White, focusing on some of his earliest work when he was in Portland between...

Architectural Heritage Center  
Picturing Oregon

In conjunction with the Museum’s 125th anniversary, Picturing Oregon offers an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the importance of place and to...

Portland Art Museum  
Pioneering Eastside Coffee Roasters Tour

On the east side of the Willamette River, nestled among converted warehouses and quirky neighborhoods, you’ll find the pioneering micro-roasters that sparked...

Portland Roasting - The Cupping Room  
Rodrigo Valenzuela

This exhibition in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art features two videos by Rodrigo Valenzuela (born 1982 in Chile, lives and works in Los...

Portland Art Museum  
The Wyeths: Three Generations

Drawing from the Bank of America Collection, The Wyeths: Three Generations provides a revealing survey of works by N.C. Wyeth, one of America’s finest...

Portland Art Museum  
Tim Loh & Gavin McClure

Lan Su Chinese Garden hosts several artists each year, from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, to show work in the pavilions of the garden. This December in...

Lan Su Chinese Garden  
What Was He Thinking? Jan Balet:  Watercolors and Lithographs

This is the debut U.S. exhibition of the works of German-born artist Jan Balet, whose delightfully humorous and personal perceptions of human relationships...

ArtReach Gallery at First Congregational Church  
Arts Council of Lake Oswego Holiday Marketplace

Join the Arts Council of Lake Oswego for an all-media holiday marketplace that showcases work including fine art, wood, ceramics, jewelry, glass, handmade...

510 Museum & ARTspace  
Gingham | Ensō

Gingham | Ensō places recent paintings by Wisconsin artist Michelle Grabner with wall-hanging sculptures by Portland artist Anne Crumpacker. Starting in the...

Upfor Gallery  
King’s Mouth: Wayne Coyne

Wayne Coyne is perhaps best known as the frontman and songwriter for the experimental band the Flaming Lips. His talents span several genres, however,...

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)  
The Train to Christmas Town - Mount Hood Railroad

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with the whole family aboard The Mount Hood Railroad’s The Train to Christmas Town! Based on the beloved children’s book of the...

Mount Hood Railroad  
Cloud of Petals

New York-based artist Sarah Meyohas presents Cloud of Petals, an ongoing investigation of the impermanence of our digital culture. It is the culmination of a...

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center  
I Am This: Art by Oregon Jewish Artists

The Oregon Jewish Museum has taken over the sunny corner once occupied by the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The exhibit “I Am This: Art by Oregon Jewish...

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education  
Lorna Simpson from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer

This exhibition is showing alongside Sylwia Kowalczyk's Lethe (continued). Exhibit on display December 7–31, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception:...

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts  
Star Wars Wine Experience

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . It is a period of great thirst. Rebel wine enthusiasts, striking from a hidden base, have won their first...

Pairings Portland  
Sylwia Kowalczyk  - Lethe

Exhibit on display from November 2–December 31, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception: November 2, 6-9 p.m. Artist talk with Sylwia Kowalczyk Saturday,...

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts  
A Nutcracker Tea

Presented by Northwest Dance Theatre (NWDT), this family-friendly abridged version of Marius Petipa's Nutcracker Ballet, with music by Pyotr Ilyich...

Portland Community College Sylvania Campus - Performing Arts Center  
Forktown Food Tours Division Street - Southeast Eats

Forktown Food Tours calls Division Street THE hottest neighborhood in Portland! Take a walk with Forktown through this booming neighborhood's creative food...

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Brewvana Tour de Funk

Brewvana Tour de Funk shows off some of the newest and most interesting beers currently available on the market, while also showcasing the classics. The tour...

Brewvana Brewery Tours  
Christmas in Dairyville Storybook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy

Get your family in the holiday spirit with a stroll down Storybook Lane. Alpenrose Dairy and the Cadonau family, along with the 4-H Discovery Farm at...

Alpenrose Dairy  
Distillery Tour

Experience the sights and sounds of a working craft distillery in the heart of Portland. Tours are offered daily, showcasing the process of making Westward...

House Spirits Distillery  
$5 After 5

Every Friday evening, the Portland Art Museum invites you to play with them—to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive...

Portland Art Museum  
Robbie Laws: An Uplifting Voice During Harsh Times

Robbie Laws is one of the most decorated and in-demand blues guitarists in the Pacific Northwest. As a Hall of Fame member, Robbie has been honored with 21...

Zarz On First  
The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world....

The Grotto  
Winter Wonderland

Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, the 24rd annual Winter Wonderland, will grab your...

Portland International Raceway  
ZooLights

ZooLights 5pm

Each year, the Oregon Zoo and its animals celebrate the holiday by covering the Zoo in thousands of brilliant lights in amazing, animal-themed displays....

Oregon Zoo  
Chasing Ebenezer & Bo Baskoro Christmas Benefit Concert

Chasing Ebenezer, Bo Baskoro and Rock and Roll Chili Pit are teaming up for a Christmas concert to support Living Water International in building a well in a...

Rock and Roll Chili Pit  
Peacock Lane

Each house in this quaint Southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful...

Peacock Lane  
A Christmas Carol

Portland Playhouse produced a straightforward, traditional account of the Dickens’ tale (with music) of Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge a few years ago. It has...

Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center  
An Evening with The Nutcracker

Join up for a magical holiday tradition for family and friends of all ages. This year marks the 22nd anniversary production of East County's timeless and...

Mt. Hood Community College Theater  
Andina Live Music

During the week, musicians play intimate solo sessions and on Friday and Saturday nights, a duo or full band play lively rhythms that evoke the spirit of...

Andina Restaurant  
BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour

The Old Town Historic District in downtown Portland, Oregon is filled with beautiful old buildings and cobblestone streets. Lively with drinking...

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub  
Bombshell

Bombshell 7pm

Presented by the Northwest Film Center. Under the leadership of the tragic figure Irving Thalberg, by 1933 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the house of Hollywood...

NW Film Center/Whitsell Auditorium  
FROGZ

FROGZ 7pm

By Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad. FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with...

Imago Theatre  
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous

John Mulaney is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, "Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In...

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall  
Malka Hanukkah Series Night One

The upcoming restaurant Malka, formerly of Carte Blanche, is hosting a Hanukkah-themed dinner series in two nights. The first night will be Friday, December...

Crema  
NW Natural Holidays with the Trail Band

One of Portland's most beloved seasonal concerts, Holidays with the Trail Band is a great way to kick off the holiday spirit with friends, family and...

Aladdin Theater  
The Nutcracker

Now in its 20th season, Columbia Dance brings its most joyous holiday gift with its wonder-filled production of the The Nutcracker. Dancers from the School...

Royal Durst Theater  
A Christmas Carol The Musical

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an...

Brunish Theatre  
A Christmas Memory paired with Winter Song

An autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood, A Christmas Memory is a tiny gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable...

Portland Center Stage at the Armory  
An Act Of God

An Act Of God 7:30pm

The One with the first and last word on everything has finally arrived to set the record straight. After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God...

Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza  
Beauty and the Beast

Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Le Fou, Lumiere, and friends as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Disney classic as they embark on a grand journey...

Newmark Theatre  
Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol

Artistic director Scott Palmer imagined what Dickens must have gone through one wild night as he tried to assemble the story he would call “A Christmas...

Vault Theater  
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

Many of us know and love The Nutcracker, but had to miss last year’s show due to inclement weather. Oregon Ballet Theater is providing Portlanders the chance...

Keller Auditorium  
Marisol

Marisol 7:30pm

By José Rivera Directed by Victor Mack Angelic warfare, mental illness and a postmodern world take center stage in Jose Rivera’s magical, disturbing and...

Shoebox Theater  
Michael Allen Harrison's Christmas At The Old Church

A special heart-warming holiday concert series featuring Michael and his musical family, including the fabulous vocals of Julianne Johnson and many...

The Old Church  
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Directed by Benjamin Tissell By Barbara Robinson The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked...

Lakewood Center for the Arts  
The Humans by Stephen Karam

A Tony winner for best play and a Pulitzer finalist in 2016, Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” arrives for the holidays. The tense family drama is set at...

Artists Repertory Theatre  
The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens

For sheer hijinks, grab a seat at “Twist Your Dickens.” Originally created by the Chicago comedy improv group Second City, Portland Center Stage’s version of...

Portland Center Stage at the Armory  
Your Holiday Hit Parade

Presented by Broadway Rose Theatre Company. Enjoy holiday hits of yesteryear alongside contemporary charmers in this tuneful new revue created by Portland’s...

Broadway Rose New Stage  
Charlie Hunter Trio

With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the...

Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar  
It's a Tony Starlight Christmas

Remember the classic holiday TV shows of your childhood, when entertainers like Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and others sang songs and spread the holiday cheer...

Tony Starlight Showroom  
The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers is a folk quartet founded in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, consisting of Andrew and Brad Barr (of The Slip (2)), Sarah Pagé and Andres Vial.

Wonder Ballroom  
BADBADBADNOTGOOD

BADBADBADNOTGOOD is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They...

Revolution Hall  
Christopher Willits

Ambient electronic and guitar pioneer Christopher Willits will perform his new album Horizon through a multi-speaker spatial audio system that surrounds the...

Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge  
Video Dance Attack Holiday Party

Come celebrate the holidays with Video Dance Attack! The Crystal Ballroom will be decked out with holiday decor and they'll be spinning classic holiday...

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom  

Friday, December 15

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