Calling all Lord of the Ringers! Celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday at McMenamins Kennedy School this weekend.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer and poet who is best known for creating the magical world of Middle-earth. Through his world building in the novel The Hobbit and book series The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien brings to life some of our most beloved fantasy characters, including Gandalf the Grey, Frodo Baggins, and, my favorite, the unassuming Eowyn who, *spoiler alert* slays the Witch-King.
Kennedy School is bringing together fellow Tolkienists for a special day of fun and fanfare. The author’s official birthday is January 3. The event is taking place this Saturday.
Celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday at Kennedy School
On Saturday, January 8, head to the Northeast Portland’s historic school for a party fit for hobbits, elves and wizards alike.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday celebration features live music, movies, food and drink specials, and a stamp for McMenamins passport holders.
Costumes are welcome and encouraged. I attended this event a few years ago and it was so fun to see everyone dressed in their best LOTR cosplay.
Watch the Trilogy
The Kennedy School Theater is showing all three Lord of the Rings movies on Saturday. The theater will be at 50% capacity so tickets are limited.
If you buy tickets to all three movies, you’ll be able to save your seat so you can leave between movies to pick up food, drinks or go on a mini adventure down the halls of Kennedy School.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids. I have included the $1 processing fee for online ticket purchases in this price.
Here are the showtimes for the triology:
The Fellowship of the Ring
Showtime: 11 a.m.
The Two Towers
Showtime: 2:45 p.m.
The Return of the King
Showtime: 6:45 p.m.
Listen to Live Music
Complementary to the epic journey in LOTR, Cedar Teeth banded together around a campfire. The melodies of the rustic Pacific Northwest pop band and thoughtful lyrics of songs by special guest Chris Couch of World’s Finest will top off the ending with music and merriment.
Live music will be playing from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday.
Visiting McMenamins Kennedy School for the event is free and open to all ages. Movie tickets, food and drinks are available for purchase.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday celebration is taking place Saturday, January 8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kennedy School is located at 5736 NE 33rd Ave. in Portland.
For more information about J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday celebration and to purchase movie tickets, visit the McMenamins Kennedy School web page.
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