Get 2018 off to a great start and attend one of these fun events in the Portland, Vancouver, and Spokane areas! Take a look at our calendar for updated event dates and times. Happy New Year!
January Events in Oregon & Washington
Resolution Run – January 7
The perfect way to start 2018? The Resolution Run in Battle Ground! Many people make resolutions to be healthier in the New Year, why not act on it by signing up for the 5K or 10K? If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take part in the Polar Bear Slide. You’ll slide down a chilly slip n’ slide and then plunge into a hot tub to warm back up. The Resolution Run is great for the whole family and includes a 1K Cub Run for kids and fun after party for all participants.
Bookapalooza 2018 – January 11-13
Support the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation at their first used book sale of the year. Bookapalooza 2018 has over 20,000 used books for sale, with prices ranging from an affordable $0.50-$1.00. Books of all varieties and genres will be for sale and all proceeds benefit the library foundation and special programs like the annual Summer Reading Program.
Reel Music Festival – January 12-30
The 35th Annual Reel Music Festival celebrates the connection of music and image with an inspirational film festival. Both new and old films span several music genres, serving as inspiration for cinema and music fans. Catch showings of over 15 films throughout the festival at Whitwell Auditorium and other venues around Portland.
Rose City Classic – January 17-21
The Rose City Classic is one of the largest dog show series in the United States, representing over 185 breeds. The Classic is fun for the whole family and includes exciting agility, obedience, and rally trials. The best days for spectators to attend are Thursday through Sunday, during the all-breed shows, where families can see the largest variety of dogs and watch trials for agility and obedience.
Portland Mini Musical Festival – January 18-21
See six brand new 15-minute musicals from local writers and composers at Portland’s Mini Musical Festival. The festival packs a whole lot of originality, fun, and love of musical theater into six short performances. This is a great night out for those who couldn’t get tickets to see Hamilton! Get your tickets now – this popular festival sold out quickly last year.
Clark College Jazz Festival – January 25-27
The internationally-renowned Clark College Jazz Festival has been a staple event in Southwest Washington for over 50 years. The competitive festival attracts over 60 jazz ensembles from local middle and high schools. Starting this year, the festival is offering two middle school divisions. Support the festival by catching performances for just $5 per day.
Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival – January 25, 27, 28
Presented by the Spokane Area Jewish Family Services, the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival screens diverse and thought-provoking films about Jewish culture and identity. Catch the three-day film festival at Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Center.
Oregon Truffle Festival – January 25-February 18
The Oregon Truffle Festival is the Northwest’s premier truffle celebration. Throughout the festival, truffle fans can experience multiple course truffle dinners prepared by James Beard award-winning chefs, purchase and taste some of the finest artisanal truffle products the Northwest has to offer, and join an exciting hunt with truffle dogs at The Joriad on January 15th. Experience the festival in Eugene from January 26-28th and in Yamhill Valley from February 16-18th.
First Taste Oregon – January 26-27
First Taste Oregon has a little something for everyone: Oregon wines, craft beer, hard cider, spirits, food, art, local music, unique shopping, and more. This event provides the perfect opportunity to unwind after the rush of the holiday season. You’re sure to find something new and delicious to love at First Taste Oregon.
Japanese New Year Celebration (Mochitsuki) – January 28
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the 22nd Annual Japanese New Year Celebration of Mochitsuki. Head to Portland State University to experience authentic Japanese culture with traditional music, performances, food, and much more.
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