History and culture are part of what makes Portland so great! And this weekend really showcases the unique blend of diversity here! With everything happening this weekend from sporting events to cultural celebrations, there’s a lot of community building to tap into this week.
Hockey Game: Feb. 4th
Portland International Auto Show: Feb. 2nd-5th
The Portland International Auto Show is the largest Northwest-based auto show Produced by the MPNCDA and held at the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland International Auto Show is the largest automotive event in the region. Each year, attendees can preview the latest vehicles and automotive technology in a family-friendly environment with 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs, and power sports vehicles from more than 35 manufacturers, along with many other family-friendly attractions.
Cascade Festival of African Films: Feb. 4th-March
The Cascade Festival of African Films shows us Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future. Although the films cannot represent an entire continent, we hope to encourage American viewers to become interested in and study African cultures. Films in this festival represent a range of different countries, cultures, and lifestyles, as well as settings from pre-colonial, modern times, rural, and urban spaces. This festival is in celebration of Black History Month at Portland Community College and is free and open to the public!
Chinese New Year Celebration: Feb. 3rd-5th
Visit Lan Su Chinese Garden to experience the most colorful and joyous Chinese festival during the garden’s 16-day Lunar New Year celebration. By the Lunar Calendar, the Lunar New Year celebration of the Year of the Rabbit begins on Jan. 21, 2023, and ends on Feb. 5, 2023. The festival features cultural performances, festival decorations, craft activities, audio tours, Year of the Rabbit Scavenger Hunts and much more. Lan Su welcomes the community to join in for a lion dance performance at the garden’s Entrance Plaza to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. This is a community event and is FREE for the public. In addition, the first 500 garden visitors of the day will receive a hong bao or traditional lucky red envelope at entry.
Portland Winter Lights Festival: Feb. 3rd-11th
For a few nights each year, the Portland Winter Light Festival transforms the City of Roses into a city of lights. Designed to bring light to the wintry darkness, this free festival returns every winter season with imaginative works that combine light and technology to create interactive experiences. Portland Winter Light returns over two weeks, Feb. 3–11, 2023, in a pop-up-like format where light art installations appear throughout the city instead of in a centralized location. The new format and expanded timeline will give visitors more space and time to view installations, minimize crowding, and allow for physical distancing. Visit the Portland Winter Light Festival’s website for maps of installation locations.