Hello, February. This weekend starts with one foot securely still in Winter AND it’s bringing us closer to spring. Whether you’re looking to celebrate winter with a lights festival or 5K run, or wishing for spring with a Hawaiian dance festival, we’ve got options for you!
Portland Winter Light Festival Weekend, Feb 1st-3rd
The Portland Winter Light Festival is inspired by light festivals around the globe, and it aims to counteract the city’s tendency to hibernate during the winter. The festival brightens our winter skyline and brings warmth to the outdoors with dazzling displays of light, color, and imagination. As a result, you’ll be able to see dozens of illuminated artworks plus performance artists. Their events will be in all four quadrants of Portland all weekend long, so pick your favorite neighborhood spot and go!
The Portland Winter Light Festival is interactive, family-friendly, and designed to inspire adults and kids alike. Combining art and technology, people of all ages will find something to capture their spirit and fill their minds with imagination and wonder. Plus, it’s free!
Hōʻike- Feb 3rd
Looking for some more sunshine in your life? Imagine you are in Hawaii and you’re helping to support KIAKO by enjoying Hōʻike! This event has live music, Polynesian dancing, and a silent auction at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus. Evening show includes a Luau dinner starting 4 p.m. They also have a matinee performance at 1pm. Monies raised from Ho’ike support Hula Scholarships, supports Ho’omoana Summer Camp and Kanikapila (monthly community gatherings).
FYI– KIAKO is an acronym for“Ka’ana ‘Ike A Ka ‘Ohana”, which is Hawaiian for “Sharing Knowledge Through Families”. Their mission is to Cultivate Hawaiian arts, language, and heritage in the Pacific Northwest.
Worst Day of the Year Run – Feb 3rd
Worst Day of the Year Run is a 5K winter run/walk that begins at McMenamins Edgefield. This fun event is featuring a costume contest, plus an (indoor) lunch at the finish line. What’s with the name? February 8th was the coldest and wettest date in Oregon’s history. Fair enough!
Puplandia Craft Show – Feb 3rd
Puplandia Valentine’s Shopping Extravaganza has 50 vendors selling art, soaps, toys, dog treats, baked goods, and calendars plus a silent auction and a puppy kissing booth! Just in time for Valentine’s Day and supporting Puplandia Dog Rescue. This is on Saturday from 11am-3pm at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, and it’s free!