A new year means new opportunities, and this weekend is a perfect example of “anything is possible.” You can try your hand at improv, meet superheroes, gather scientific data and appreciate world history all in three days – Wow!
January 4th – ComedySportz
Go check out the Rose City’s most rowdy night of amusement with ComedySportz, which is a fast and funny improv comedy competition (say that five times fast!) The competition has been a huge hit in Portland for more than 20 years. Have fun watching two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot. A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a fierce pace. The audience is always a part of this interactive show, and willing volunteers sometimes even wind up on stage! Tickets are only $7.50 too, so there’s no reason not to go.
January 5 – 6th – Heroes & Villains Fan Fest
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest flies into the Oregon Convention Center this weekend, giving you the opportunity to personally meet your favorite heroes. You’ll come face to face with stars from Arrow, Flash and The Punisher while getting the behind-the-scenes intel on the TV shows you live for, straight from the creators and cast. Plus, you can participate in obstacles, try your hand at games of skill and maybe even gain a superpower or two. By the end of the two-day immersive Heroes & Villains experience, lucky fans might even encounter their favorite actor in the wild. Past guests have unexpectedly had an archery session with Green Arrow or gotten Diggle to text their dad. Plus, your ticket also includes same-day admission to the Walker Stalker Con, featuring even more stars and swag from The Walking Dead.
January 5th – Volunteer Bird Count
Want to do something truly incredible this weekend? You can be a part of the world’s longest-running wildlife census, which contributes invaluable data to bird population research. For the 119th year, the National Audubon Society is organizing its annual Christmas Bird Count. You’ll join thousands of bird-loving volunteers to participate in counts across the Western Hemisphere. The data collected by participants continues to contribute to one of only two large existing pools of information notifying ornithologists and conservation biologists about what conservation action is required to protect birds and the places they need. Not only will you get to see tons of amazing birds, you’ll get to contribute to the development of strategies for protecting birds and their habitat in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Each individual count takes place in a 15-mile-wide circle and is led by a compiler responsible for organizing volunteers and submitting observations to Audubon. Sing up today!
January 6th – Discount Museum Day
The Portland area has quite the museum scene. But when you are taking your whole family for a museum outing, things can get a bit expensive. That’s why OMSI has $2 admission on the first Sunday of every month. You ca explore the museum and all permanent exhibits for just $2 per person and Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person.
* Special Mention – Learn to Ski and Ride
In celebration of winter sports, Toyota is offering Saturday “learn to ride nights“, where you can learn to ski for just $15! Sessions don’t start until January 26th, but with a deal this good, tickets might go fast! Get your tickets today and we’ll have more information to share in the coming weeks.