Life in Portland Blog

January 2014 Picks


January is the month of new beginnings, and our resolution for 2014 is to enjoy the vibrant and unique events on offer in our beautiful city. Though it's not time to bust out the camping gear quite yet, there's still plenty of adventures to be had, indoors and out...perhaps even your quest for a new home? If so, call us: we'd love to take this journey with you!

Winter Scotch Dinner
Jan. 4th, 7PM | McMenamins Grand Lodge
Join fellow spirits imbibers to discuss, sniff, and sample a variety of scotches paired with hearty courses. Writer, editor, and speaker Stuart Ramsay is the host, fresh off his gig editing The Definitive World Guide to Whiskey.

Colin Meloy with John Roderick
Jan. 21st, 7PM | Crystal Ballroom
Frontman for Happy Cactus, Tarkio, and the Decemberists, Portland royalty Colin Meloy performs at the much-anticipated grand finale of Crystal Ballrooms "100 Nights" birthday centennial.

Jan. 24th-26th | Oregon Convention Center
ChocolateFest features some of the finest chocolate products on offer in the Pacific NW, from macaroons to mole. It also doubles as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization, World Forestry Center.

27th Annual Neighborhood Fix-It Fair
Jan. 25th, 9:30AM-3PM | Rosa Parks Elementary School
This free event offers extensive workshops from numerous community partners, with experts on hand to advise on water & energy savings, personal health & healthcare, food & nutrition, local resources, recycling & yard care, lead testing, and other simple and effective ways to save money at home. Professional childcare and lunch provided!

Chinese New Year
Jan. 31st | Lan Su Chinese Garden
One of the most popular and exciting things to do in Portland, the Chinese New Year festival at Lan Su is a joyous two-week celebration held in the captivating Chinese Garden, and features lion dances, glowing lanterns, cultural activities, and much more.