January 2014

Coming to Portland soon?

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This Guy Likes Beer

This Guy Likes Beer

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Through March 31
Visit Portland and get cool stuff
Book on TravelPortland.com and get free stuff!
Book on TravelPortland.com and get free stuff!

Book a trip to Portland this winter and get this great stuff at no cost:

  • A double scoop of seasonal ice cream in a waffle cone at Salt & Straw.
  • A fillable mini-growler at Laurelwood or Breakside. (Beer not included.)
  • A free Danner “Portland” T-shirt.

Here’s how to get your free stuff:

  1. Make a hotel reservation here between Jan. 6 and March 31, 2014, for travel during the same period.
  2. In your confirmation e-mail, you’ll receive a code for the Chinook Book app giving you access to the three gifts.
  3. During your visit to Portland, use the Chinook Book app to collect your goodies, plus discounts at more than 60 Portland stores, restaurants and attractions.
  4. Let Portland’s seasonal food, craft beers and design scene brighten your winter!

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Through March 31
Ride the Portland Express
The Portland Express at Seattle's King Street Station.
The Portland Express at Seattle's King Street Station.
All aboard the Portland Express — an Amtrak Cascades train car that welcomes you to Portland the minute you step on board.

Grab a Pendleton-upholstered seat and immerse yourself in Portland amid the custom wallpaper, yarn-bombed table legs and designs from beloved local vendors.

Starting this week, visitors who take the Amtrak Cascades line between Eugene and Vancouver, B.C., will have the chance to ride the Portland Express. The special car will be in service through March.

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Through Jan. 21
Crystal Ballroom’s 100 Nights
Colin Meloy closes out the Crystal Ballroom's centennial.
Colin Meloy closes out the Crystal Ballroom's centennial.
The history of the world has a soundtrack, and over the last 100 years those tunes have ranged from ragtime jazz to indie rock. The styles may vary, but one thing is constant: They’ve all been played at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. Currently celebrating its centennial, the historic dance hall with its famous “floating” dance floor is busier than ever with 100 Nights, a celebratory concert series running every night through Jan. 21, 2014.

With Punk Rock Mondays rocking every week and a trio of nights with Grateful Dead cover band the Garcia Birthday Band (Jan. 15-17), the ballroom continues to show its range as everyone’s favorite place to party. The party concludes on Jan. 21, when The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy strums indie folk versions of his favorite songs in an all-ages show.

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Jan. 23 – Feb. 2
Fertile Ground Festival
Photo Jason Traeger.
ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s) curated by Scott Rogers. Photo Jason Traeger.
Early birds, script-chasers, workshop-watchers and culture vultures already know: The 11-day Fertile Ground Festival (Jan. 23 – Feb. 2, 2014) is where you go to see Portland’s newest performance works first.

As you might imagine, that means there’s a lot to see. 2013 featured 100 new works; 2014 boasts more than 70. The lineup is varied and abundant, packed with theater and dance, but offering flourishes of comedy and musical theater, too. There’s way more to see than one person can manage, and stumbling into something on your own that turns out to be fabulous is part of the fun. Still, we have a few suggestions to help you on your way. The website has all the information you’ll need.

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Jan. 24-26
ChocolateFest
Sample truffles like these from Portland's Alma Chocolate at ChocolateFest.
Sample truffles like these from Portland's Alma Chocolate at ChocolateFest.
Mouthwatering, decadent chocolate deserves to be celebrated, and that's where Portland's annual ChocolateFest (Jan. 24-26, 2014) comes in.

This cocoa celebration fills the Oregon Convention Center with three days of activities and tastings, featuring more than 60 vendors. Portland’s chocolate scene is well represented by the likes of Pearl Chocolate from the beloved Pearl Bakery, bean-to-bar offerings from Woodblock Chocolate and truffles and treats from Jaciva’s. Out-of-towners include San Francisco’s Scharffen Berger and, from Massachusetts, organic, stone-ground Taza Chocolate.

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Feb. 1 – May 4
Tony Hawk | Rad Science at OMSI
Tony Hawk | Rad Science makes physics fun.
Tony Hawk | Rad Science makes physics fun.
Portland’s Burnside Skatepark will have competition for the hottest skate spot in town when Tony Hawk | Rad Science rolls into Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) from Feb. 1 to May 4, 2014.

A killer combo of 25 interactive experiences, the exhibit gives classroom physics a spin that is fun whether you ride or watch. Exploring the design side of boarding, the History Bowl covers prototype decks from the birth of skating in 1962 to some of the most tricked-out rides around today, while Newton’s Pool, an empty swimming pool built inside the museum, shows how the laws of motion and abandoned backyard amusements gave birth to the now-popular sport.

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Feb. 20 – March 2
Portland Jazz Festival
Charles McPherson and the Randy Porter Trio at the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival
Charles McPherson and the Randy Porter Trio at the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival.

The Portland Jazz Festival (Feb. 20 – March 2, 2014) celebrates Black History Month with a series of concerts and events presented over two weeks every February.

Headliners at the festival’s 11th incarnation include:

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Event highlights