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25 Fun Things To Do In Oregon This Winter

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Fall was hanging on for awhile but winter is officially here. 

While winter is not everyone's favorite time of year, there is no better way to make it go by quickly than by getting out and taking part in some great winter activities. 

Of course there are the basic winter events like skiing and tubing, but how about trying new things like curling or dog sledding? 

To help make the winter go by fast, GoLocal has identified 25 Things to do in Oregon this Winter. 

See the 25 Things to do in Oregon This Winter Slideshow Below.


Related Slideshow: 25 Fun Things To Do In Portland This Winter

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Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is coming to Portland. The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park will be at the Keller Auditorium until January 24.

The Broadway smash features book, music, and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

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Reel Music Festival

The latest edition of the annual Reel Music Festival kicked off on Friday at the Northwest Film Center. It is the 33rd annual edition of the Festival, and organizers were on the hunt for fresh and new works for the classic event.

From timely classics to new and edgy performers, this celebration of sound, music and image will have something for everyone.Whether your passion is jazz, blues, rock, soul, opera, classical, avant-garde—or anything in between—you’ll find something to discover and inspire you in this eclectic mix of the familiar and unknown.

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Beer and Chocolate Fest

Is there any more tempting combination than beer and chocolate? We didn't think so either.

Indulge your taste buds at the Artisinful! Beer and Chocolate Festival hosted by Culmination Brewing Company. You'll get to taste and sample some well-paired sweets and ales. It's the perfect chance to taste-test your options before buying that special someone a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day.

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Catch a Concert

Portland is widely appreciated for the continuous stream of quality bands bubbling up through its ever-rising sea of music venues. But as we all know, shows can be hit or miss. And every once in a while, you need a good, solid hit.

Doug Fir Lounge itself is one of Portland's more exciting venues for live music. Its crisply tuned acoustics and smallish (around 300-) capacity make it both intimate and--when a band like this comes to the stage--thriving with raucous energy. So shake off your winter blues, grab a pint of some strong Northwest brew, and get your clappin' hands ready. One day, you may very well say, "Hey--I saw those guys before they were world-famous. In Portland. At the Doug Fir!"

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Int'l Film Festival

The Northwest Film Center will be busy this winter, hosting the Portland International Film Festival beginning on February 11.

Drawing an audience of 38,000, the Portland International Film Festival is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 140 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences each February. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare.

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Try Curling

Pick up a new sport this winter, like curling.

The Evergreen Curling Club will make sure you are ready for Olympic gold. They offer beginners' classes so you can learn to curl like a pro, and recreational leagues to show off your new skills.

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See the Trailblazers

If we believed the NBA's marketing team, we'd tell you that pro basketball games are "where amazing happens."

While we may not go quite that far, we can tell you this—you won't be disappointed by an evening at the Moda Center with Coach Terry Stotts' gang. While some of the stars may have left, you can still get a glimpse of hometown hero Damian Lillard.

You don't have to spend top-flight cash for top-flight athletics either. Via ticket reselling site SeatGeek, you can grab tickets for an upcoming game against the Atlanta Hawks and the Sacramento Kings for less than $15 per ticket.

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Check Out Some Art

Art can get a bad reputation. It can be the arena of snobs and elitists, making you feel inferior if you don't have the latest art craze hanging on your wall or haven't heard of the new hot artist in town.

To get yourself caught up, check out the Portland Art Museum. The Museum offers dozens of great exhibitions. Where else can you find nature paintings from the Paul G. Allen family collection just steps away from Spanish colonial paintings?

You won't need to break the bank for this education, either. Admission to the museum, which is open daily from 10 AM to 8PM , starts at $20. You can also find ways to reduce your admission cost with special promotions and discounts on their website.

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Find Fertile Ground

Every winter, the newest performance art pieces find their way to the surface for the first time at the Fertile Ground Festival.

Fertile Ground 2016 is an 11-day arts festival that will be held January 21 through January 31 in Portland, Oregon. This city-wide festival is focused on new work in the Arts. It will feature world premiere projects, staged readings, developing works and a myriad of other arts events from the Portland creative community.

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Spontaneous Combusting-Up

Every Sunday in January, The Brody Theater in downtown Portland hosts Diabolical Experiments, a fast-paced improvisational jam session featuring some of Portland's hottest comics alongside Brody Theater veterans.

For the measly price of 7 bucks and your short attention span, you can scratch that itchy funny-bone, laughing away the last of Saturday night's hangover. On your way to the show make a point to stop by what many long-time Portlanders considers the hands-down, finest cheap sushi joint in the city, Sushi Ichiban--right next door to The Brody theater.

Diabolical Experiments runs Sundays in January at The Brody Theater, 16 Northwest Broadway. Show at 7:00 p.m., doors at 6:30. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Laugh Laboratory

Nothing chases out the post-holiday blues better than a good laugh, or twenty. If you need a healthy dose of nature's best medicine, Portland abounds with comedic fare, ranging from the snackworthy (and free!) open mic night at Curious Comedy Theater to premium entrees like Adam Sandler at the Schnitz.

But if you're like most Portlanders, you want something in the middle--reasonably-priced but far from mediocre. Enter Helium Comedy Club, Ptown's 2010 entry into the city's comedy scene. In addition to drawing big-name stars like Dave Chapelle and others.

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Children's Museum

Need to get the kids out of the house, but need to save money to feed them too? Bring them to the Portland Children's Museum.

The Children's Museum offers plenty of fascinating exhibits to keep your little ones entertained. Learn about sound with the Blue Man Group, get your hands dirty in the clay studio, or learn how to make trash into art in the garage.

The museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and admission starts at  $10.75, but free admission is offered on select days. Check out the Children's Museum website for more information.

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A Classic Romance

With courtship turned on its head by the online dating world, it may be tempting to think that chivalry is dead. Can't Portland men just step up and asak a girl on a date, for a change? But lest you give up on romantic fantasies so easily, Oregon Ballet Theater comes to the rescue.

There are just 6 performances of the classic Romeo and Juliet, beginning Saturday, February 27, so when the inevitable highs and lows of Valentine's Day settle down to a mild memory, reinvigorate your sense of romance and fantasy by treating yourself to OBT's unparalleled poise and technical acumen.

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Check out the Winterhawks

Watch Portland's best hockey players strap on the skates and battle for glory at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the home of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.

Just because it's minor league hockey doesn't mean you won't see some big-league action. With a long history of producing top-notch NHL talent, you're all but guaranteed to see some future hockey stars out there on the ice.

You can get your tickets as little as $17. Check out the Winterhawks website to get your  tickets today.

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Ski Mt. Hood

Oregon's Mt. Hood attracts skiers and snowboarders from across the country. It's one the largest peaks in the United States, and it offers some of the best downhill terrain in the lower 48.

Mt. Hood Meadows is open every day from 9 AM to 4 PM seven days a week, and stays open until 9 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are also plenty of special events planned for this winter, including Winterhawk Weekend.

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Museum of Science

Want to make yourself a little smarter, and have fun while doing it? Try the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The world-renowned museum offers plenty of attractions to keep visitors on their toes. With five halls chock-full of 200 interactive exhibits and seven labs to learn some science first-hand, there is no shortage of ways to stay busy here.

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PDX Jazz Festival

Experience jazz this February at the PDX Jazz Festival, sponsored by PDX Jazz, non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to curating jazz and fostering the growth of musical offerings in the Pacific Northwest.

The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians.

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Hit the Ice

What could be better than some ice skating? A few laps around the frozen oval at the Lloyd Center and you'll be skating like Wayne Gretzky or Scott Hamilton.

The Lloyd Center Ice Rink is currently in it's final season before a major renovation. Make sure to get there before Sunday, January 17 to get a glimpse of the classic rink before it is remodeled. You can also get your shopping done before or after your session.

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Shakespeare Festival

Pay tribute to the most famous playwright to every live, William Shakespeare. Each year, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival pays tribute to the Bard by performing his works.

This year’s plays will feature performances of Twelfth Night, Hamlet and much, much more. Performances are not far away either, with the festival kicking off in February.

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Try Yoga

Is your New Year's resolution to become more flexible? Well then, it may be high time that you took up yoga.

The People's Yoga in Portland offers plenty of low-cost classes to yoga beginners and experts alike. Learn the basics with their introduction classics, or brush up on your technique with more advanced sessions.

Memberships are available for less than $8 a class. Don't have the time to become a full member just yet? No problem. Drop in classes start at just $10.

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See a Flick

Everyone loves catching a great movie in the theaters, but no one likes paying those hefty theater prices. Why spend all that money when you watch almost any movie for free from the comfort of your own home?

Well, Portland's Living Room Theatre has the answer for all the cinema junkies out there. Tickets top out at $10 per seat, and the Living Room offers discounts to students, seniors, teachers and more.

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Go Dogsledding

Mush! Mush!  Embrace the call of the wind and head to Mt. Bachelor for some dog sled rides.

Tours are pulled by athletic, majestic and well-trained sled dogs. Advance registration is required, and holiday periods sell out quickly.

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Brewstillery Festival

The Second Annual Brewstillery Festival has something for every alcohol enthusiast out there, no matter whether you prefer beer or something little stronger.

Breweries and Distilleries teaming up to create the perfect pairings. Each pairing will consist of a 4oz beer pour and a 1/4 oz spirit taste. Only like beer? Then just drink beer. But organizers recommend you go for the pairings.

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Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome in the year of the Monkey.

The Chinese New Year Cultural Fair, organized by the Portland Chinese Times and Portland Art & Cultural Center, is the largest celebration. Each year, the fair is held at the Oregon Convention Center on the weekend closest to the first day of Chinese New Year.

Lan Su Chinese Garden also hosts two weeks of Chinese New Year celebrations, including lion dances and cultural performances and demonstrations.

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Seafood and Wine Festival

Sip some of Oregon’s best wines while indulging in all the fresh coastal seafood and culinary delights at the 11th Annual Portland Seafood & Wine Festival.

This Portland Tradition falls right in the middle of Dungeness Crab season, and is great for the whole family.


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