Inexpensive Events for All
Portland winters are long, dark and rainy. Bring a little light, music and culture into the drizzly season at these Portland winter festivals. All of the festivals below are either free or inexpensive to attend. Find one that sparks your interest.
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Jan. 10-27 | $7
OMSI will be celebrating Japan’s animation motion pictures with some of the great films from Studio Ghibli. Tickets per show are $7 adults and $6 kids.
Jan. 18 – Feb. 16 | $10
This film fest features the latest in music film from intimate portraits to career-spanning celebrations. Tickets are $10 per show. See the full line up.
Feb. 1-March 2 | FREE
In celebration of Black History Month, Portland Community College is hosting the 29th African Film Festival. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.
Feb. 5-19 | $10
It’s the Year of the Pig! Learn about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su Garden’s two-week celebration. General admission tickets are $10, and family ticketing (two adults, two kids) is $28.
Feb. 7-9 | FREE
The 4th annual Portland Winter Light Festival is a citywide art display featuring illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and kinetic fire sculptures throughout the city. The family friendly event is FREE to the public.
Feb. 23 | $12
The 4th Annual Bow Wow Film Festival offers a delightful evening out to celebrate our beloved canine companions and all the richness they bring to our lives. Doors open at the Clinton Theater at 6 p.m.
March 1-3 | $5
Take a short drive to Mount Angel for the annual German sausage festival filled with food, drinks and fun. Tickets are $5 for adults 21+ and FREE for those under 21+ accompanied by an adult.
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