Events

Thursday, December 20

 Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns

Using rare and seldom-seen objects like Chinese opera costumes as well as theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media and interactive visitor...

Portland Chinatown Museum  
A Gifted Offering

This event features a selection of gems from Eutectic Gallery's 2018 exhibitions alongside a preview of its 2019 lineup and discounted treasures in The Back...

Eutectic Gallery  
APEX: Avantika Bawa

APEX presents a new body of work by Portland-based artist Avantika Bawa. Looking at a singular Portland architectural structure, she presents her ongoing...

Portland Art Museum  
Alumbrados: Winter Lights at the Mercado

The "Alumbrados" is a traditional feature in many cities in Colombia and other parts of Latinoamérica. The streets are filled up with lighted sculptures and...

Portland Mercado  
CCNA: Not Fragile

Though often associated with delicacy, glass is forged through intense and violent forces—a meteorite impacting the earth, a nuclear bomb detonating or a...

Portland Art Museum  
Christmas Ships Parade

Christmas Ship owners set sail along the Columbia and Willamette rivers for their 64th year of entertaining observers with colorful flotillas during the...

Willamette and Columbia rivers  
Christmas Sips:  A Wine Country Holiday Escape

Escape from the hectic holidays with lodging at a local B&B, gourmet two-course breakfasts and romantic tours of three wineries. The all-inclusive holiday...

Red Hills of Dundee  
Cinnamon Bear Cruise

Be the guests of honor on this two-hour cruise. Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertain you with storytelling, music and magic....

Portland Spirit Cruises  
Football Viewing Party

Watch your favorite NFL and college football teams play at Rock Bottom Brewery (RBB). Every Thursday - Monday, RBB is offering food and drink discounts for...

Rock Bottom Brewery  
Fresh Paint: Andrea de la Vega and Damian Dawahare

"The Fresh Paint program is a partnership between Open Signal and RACC that invites a series of artists to create colorful, temporary murals on the prominent...

Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center  
In Transit

Curated by Peggy Sue Amison, this group exhibition features the works of George Awde, Daniel Castro Garcia, Gohar Dashti, Tanya Habjouqa and Stefanie Zofia...

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts  
Lloyd Local Holiday Pop-Ups

This holiday season, Lloyd Center is hosting a variety of locally owned businesses as pop-ups in the mall, offering more diverse and unique shopping...

Lloyd Center  
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  
My People's Market Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Welcome to My People's Market Holiday Pop-Up Shop! This year we have united over 30 multicultural brands to create the first holiday pop-up shop in Portland...

Lloyd Center  
PDX Pop-Up Shops

PDX Pop-Up Shops return Nov. 15–Dec. 24, 2018, housing local designers and artists in vacant storefronts in downtown Portland. With three locations —inside...

Pioneer Place  
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  
Poetic Imagination: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles

Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses...

Portland Art Museum  
Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

With the refrain “let my people go!,” American Jews launched one of the most successful human rights campaigns in the 20th century. Ordinary citizens took on...

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education  
The American Future: Abigail DeVille

"DeVille brings her monumental, vibrant assemblage work to PICA for an installation that's meant to serve as a “model for reflection.” Comprised of foraged...

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)  
The Discovery of King Tut

The Discovery of King Tut takes visitors on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition into the history of ancient Egypt to experience the treasures of Tutankhamun and...

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)  
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  
The Shape of the Land: Topographical Painting and Maps in Late Joseon Korea

This special installation in the Museum’s Korean Gallery is inspired by one of the most important Korean works in our collection: a large folding screen...

Portland Art Museum  
We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments

The Portland Art Museum welcomes a dynamic, artist-led experiment that will transform the fourth floor of the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art...

Portland Art Museum  
Winter Wonderland

Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, the 25rd annual Winter Wonderland will grab your...

Portland International Raceway  
Celebrating Porsche 911

55 years after its debut, the Porsche 911’s design silhouette hasn’t changed much. It may have more safety features, more bells and whistles and much more...

World of Speed  
Gingerbread Adventures

A festive event for all ages, Gingerbread Adventures is holiday fun for the entire family. Featuring hands-on activities, science demos, festive decorations...

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)  
A Pittock Mansion Christmas: Hobbies and Pastimes

On view November 19-December 31, 2019. From opera to knitting to beekeeping, this year’s Pittock Mansion Christmas will highlight some familiar and...

Pittock Mansion  
Art at Lan Su

Lan Su hosts artists each year from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, to show work in the pavilions of the garden. From classical Chinese styles to...

Lan Su Chinese Garden  
It's Santa Photo Time

Santa will be onsite at Woodburn Premium Outlets to take holiday photos with children. Register to reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa.

Woodburn Premium Outlets  
Manga Hokusai Manga

"In December, Portland's famous Japanese Garden will be the only location in the US featuring this show of manga woodblock prints from one of the most famous...

Portland Japanese Garden  
Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

“I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.” — Henryk Ross Together, Memory Unearthed at the Portland Art...

Portland Art Museum  
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Smithsonian's Sara Roby Foundation Collection

"This is a blockbuster of a show featuring a who's-who of post-World War II American representational painting. Big names like Edward Hopper, Louise...

Portland Art Museum  
Pearl District's Specialty Coffee Tour

Discover some of Portland’s most celebrated micro-roasters and specialty cafes in the upscale Pearl District and Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District....

La Perlita (inside the Eco-Trust Building)  
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  
Create Cool Holiday 3D Art Ages 6+

The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Student ages 6+ will bring their imagination to life by creating cool holiday art...

Microsoft Store - Pioneer Place  
Diving Santa

Watch Diving Santa hang out with the resident harbor seals. Santa takes a festive holiday dive in Steller Cove, joining popular zoo resident harbor seals...

Oregon Zoo  
Festival of the Last Minute

No time to check everyone off your “nice” list? No problem! ‘Tis the season for the Festival of the Last Minute! A welcome holiday tradition, Portland...

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park  
Friends Market at Hello! Good Morning!

Join Hello! Good Morning! and Egg Press for a delightful and uncommon holiday pop-up shop filled with letterpress cards, gifts from all over the world plus...

Hello! Good Morning!  
Holiday Marketplace

Join the Arts Council of Lake Oswego for the second annual hand-selected, all-media Holiday Marketplace. This exhibition showcases work including fine art,...

ARTspace  
The Last Journey of the Jews of Lodz

In conjunction with Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, at the Portland Art Museum. Together the two exhibitions will offer an...

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Main Gallery  
The Real Voyage Of Discovery: Molly Vidor

This December, PDX Contemporary Art presents a selection of richly textured oil paintings by Portland native Molly Vidor. The exhibit's full title is: "The...

PDX Contemporary Art  
A Christmas Memory & Winter Song

"Truman Capote’s autobiographical short A Christmas Memory — recollections from his poor, Southern boyhood — is vivid and touching, but a tad slight for a...

Portland Center Stage at The Armory, The Ellyn Bye Studio  
Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins 12pm, 4:30pm

"Winds in the east, mist coming in, like somethin’ brewin’ and bout to begin..." The beloved flying nanny returns to the Northwest Children Theater (NWCT)...

Northwest Children's Theater and School  
Twist Your Dickens

Twist Your Dickens 12pm, 7:30pm

"The Christmas holiday marks arguably the most impactful event in the history of Western Civilization. But that’s no reason to take it seriously! Go the...

Portland Center Stage at The Armory  
Village Lights

Towns throughout Tillamook County, from Manzanita to Neskowin, illuminate the night with themed lighting displays.

Various locations  
Brewvana's Pacific Northwest is Best Tour

It’s hard to beat the Pacific Northwest when it comes to beer. This tour will introduce you to the ingredients, history and culture that makes the craft beer...

Southeast Growler Guys  
Create Magical Moments with Photos

Discover how to create magical videos including mixed reality and 3D using Photos, one of the exciting new apps included with Windows 10. With Photos, it is...

Microsoft Store - Pioneer Place  
Long Pose Figure Drawing Session

Come draw from a live model at a studio in Southeast Portland. This pose restarts the first Thursday every month.

High Low Art Space  
Portland Art Museum Public Tour: Modern and Contemporary Art

Explore the museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Portland Art Museum  
Downtown Portland Food & Drink Tour

Join Portland's oldest food tour company Forktown on a stroll through Portland's vibrant downtown. Tours make six delicious stops to eat and drink, with...

Exact meeting location confirmed at time of ticket purchase  
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

"The city’s largest dance company never fails to schedule this fever dream of a holiday ballet, and its gifted dancers never fail to bring it to life. The...

Keller Auditorium  
Holiday Tea

Join your friends, relatives and Pix for a formal (but fun!) holiday tea. From December 16 through the New Year, Pix is offering daily tea services at 2 and...

Pix Patisserie  
Hour of Code: Wayfinding with Moana

The new Disney Hour of Code tutorial uses a visual programming language using blocks where students simply drag and drop visual blocks to write code. Visual...

Microsoft Store - Pioneer Place  
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  
ZooZoo

ZooZoo 3pm

"Imago’s durably delightful mask-and-puppet creations live up to the all-too-often-hollow promise of “fun for the whole family.” Joining the Imago family of...

Imago Theatre  
Miracle at Bacchus Bar

Bacchus Bar at Kimpton Hotel Vintage will transform into a retro-inspired winter wonderland with the pop-up of Miracle, the beloved Christmas-themed bar....

Hotel Vintage Portland  
Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins 4:30pm

"Winds in the east, mist coming in, like somethin’ brewin’ and bout to begin..." The beloved flying nanny returns to the Northwest Children Theater (NWCT)...

Northwest Children's Theater and School  
Brewvana: Discover PFriem Tour

Discover pFriem Family Brewers, Great American Beer Festival's 2018 Mid-Sized Brewing Company of the Year. Tour includes: pFriem-hosted drive out to Hood...

Loyal Legion  
Christmas in the Garden

Enter a charming winter wonderland and find yourself surrounded by live music, artisan vendors, ice skating, snowless tubing and plenty of holiday cheer. New...

Oregon Garden  
The Polar Express

Watch snowflakes float down the giant screen and feel the train rumble via 30,000 watts of digital surround sound when The Polar Express arrives at OMSI’s...

Empirical Theater at OMSI  
ZooLights

ZooLights 5pm

Walk through Oregon Zoo’s magical winter wonderland. It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter...

Oregon Zoo  
Art Museum Meditation Tour

Enjoy a slow looking tour experience and object-focused meditation. This public tour invites people to relax, rejuvenate, energize and be calm. Using focused...

Portland Art Museum  
Artist Talk: Hannah Piper Burns

As a multimedia artist, Hannah Piper Burns creates projects spanning video, performance, installation, text and interactivity. Her work has been shown widely...

Portland Art Museum  
The Earth Will Not Abide

"Using diverse approaches and methods, this group exhibition investigates “the rapid transformations in land use, biological diversity, and social...

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)  
What's It Worth To You? Figure Drawing Session

Come draw from a live model at a studio in Southeast Portland. This session features short poses from two-20 minutes long.

High Low Art Space  
How Does the Cookie Crumble? Gingerbread Workshop

Recent scientific “discoveries” have uncovered a revolutionary new building material that could change how we prepare for earthquakes – gingerbread! Come to...

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), Auditorium  
A Christmas Carol

"A decorated tree in the living room. Some colorfully wrapped presents. Maybe a Midnight Mass. But other than that, what characterizes the winter holidays...

Portland Playhouse  
Aaron Meyer 18th Annual Holiday Concert Series

Violinst Aaron Meyer and his Rock Orchestra will have your spirits soaring with a new twist on holiday favorites. If you like Transiberian Orchestra, you...

First Congregational Church  
Aaron Meyer Holiday Concerts

Celebrate the season with concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer and experience one of the Northwest's most exciting holiday traditions. The Aaron Meyer Band...

First Congregational Church  
BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour

Uncover Portland’s dark side on this spine-tingling walking tour and hear firsthand accounts of paranormal encounters – all while sampling six local...

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub  
Christmas Ships

The Christmas Ships Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Bows of green with some ribbon were tied along the rails, and it...

Columbia & Willamette Rivers  
Die Hard: The Parody Musical

Last year’s smash sold out hit is back—just in time for the holiday season. The Funhouse Lounge is thrilled to bring back last year’s hilarious parody...

Funhouse Lounge  
Last Call Trivia

Come play some fun and challenging free bar trivia, every Thursday.

Rivershore Bar  
A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical,...

Brunish Theatre  
A Christmas Memory & Winter Song

"Truman Capote’s autobiographical short A Christmas Memory — recollections from his poor, Southern boyhood — is vivid and touching, but a tad slight for a...

Portland Center Stage at The Armory, The Ellyn Bye Studio  
BLP Magazine's Double Trouble Launch Event

The launch of a high-fashion, creative arts magazine plus the launch of an intimate subscription box label equals: Double Trouble, a mix of class and glamour...

Six West Lounge  
Bell, Book and Candle

Usher in the holidays with a classic romantic comedy filled with magic, charm and just a little touch of witchcraft. John Van Druten’s 1950 play inspired the...

Vault Theater & Event Space  
Christmas Revels: Highland Voyage

The Portland Revels presents Highland Voyage: A Scottish Celebration of the Winter Solstice. Highland Voyage is the story of three fools on a quest to put...

Newmark Theatre  
Everybody

Everybody 7:30pm

"Everybody dies, but nobody knows for certain when it will be their time. For the brilliant Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s update of the 15th-century morality play...

Artists Repertory Theatre  
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

"The city’s largest dance company never fails to schedule this fever dream of a holiday ballet, and its gifted dancers never fail to bring it to life. The...

Keller Auditorium  
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

"The story of George Bailey and his life in small-town Bedford Falls gets a slight twist here, presented as in audio-oriented radio-play style — complete...

Artists Repertory Theatre  
John

John 7:30pm

"If you believe in ghosts, what place in America is more likely to be haunted than Gettysburg? This is where Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker sets...

CoHo Theatre  
Live Wire w/ Caitlin Kunkel, Chris Garcia and more

The latest installment of Portland's own nationally syndicated radio show features appearances from satirist Caitlin Kunkel, comedian Chris Garcia and more....

Alberta Rose Theatre  
Twist Your Dickens

"The Christmas holiday marks arguably the most impactful event in the history of Western Civilization. But that’s no reason to take it seriously! Go the...

Portland Center Stage at The Armory  
Vampire Tapestry

Street Scenes presents Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas. Stephen King called it “Scary, entertaining, suspenseful…” Focusing on the Nebula...

Chapel Theatre  
Amine

Amine 8pm

Adam Aminé Daniel is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his commercial debut single "Caroline," which peaked at number 11 on the...

Roseland Theater  
Free Trivia Night

Come out and play some free Last Call Trivia with your friends.

Ringo's Bar & Grill  
Mama Bird Recording Co.'s Second Annual Winter Wassail

On the eve of the winter solstice, join Portland record label Mama Bird Recording Co. in celebrating the warmth and fellowship necessary to get us through...

Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar  
San Holo

San Holo 8:30pm

Sander van Dijck, better known by his stage name San Holo, is a Dutch DJ, musician, record producer and composer from Zoetermeer. He gained international...

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom  
Tents

Tents 9pm

Tents isn't here to solve all the troubles that surround our daily lives. Hell, they’re pretty sure no one is ever going to figure it all out. But that...

Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge  

Thursday, December 20

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