Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 17-19, 2023

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PORTLAND:  

PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL
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.


FAN EXPO
With nearly 1 million fans and counting, Fan Expo attracts pop culture enthusiasts, locally and internationally, to come together to celebrate all things fandom.


OREGON SYMPHONY
What happens when a group of kids comes across a map leading to One-Eyed Willy’s pirate treasure? Relive the ’80s in this Oregon Symphony cult classic, produced by Steven Spielberg and filmed in Astoria. Goonies never say die! 


PDX JAZZ
The Biamp Portland Jazz Festival is a two-week multi-venue celebration of jazz, ‘live’ concerts and education events, presented each February in Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, the Biamp Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to evolving America’s indigenous art form, featuring recognized jazz masters and rising jazz stars, alongside local jazz heroes.


PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW
The Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show and Sport Fishing Boat Show is the largest sportsmen’s show west of the Mississippi and undoubtedly the region’s most anticipated annual event for outdoor adventurers and sportsmen of all ages.


THE GREAT PORTLAND BEER FEST
The Pine Street Market is excited to host The Great Portland Beer Festival, featuring over 30 breweries from the Portland Metro area. Join us for a celebration of all things beer. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event, we hope to see you there! 


TROPICAL VALENTINES PARTY
Tropical enters its 25th and final year and kicks off celebrations in Portland this weekend. Get your ticket and come enjoy awesome music and dancing! Tropical is a nonprofit event that spends generously on talent and production. Over the last 24 years, they have donated over $32,000 to charity, and they can’t wait to see what they’ll be able to add for their 25th and final year!


INDIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Join us to celebrate Indian Culture! Featuring artist interviews and art displayed of transgender Indian mural group The Aravani Project and D.A.M. (Determined Art Movement) of India, traditional Indian dance performances, ancient Indian architecture presentations, cooking demos, and more!


VANCOUVER:   

AC/DC TRIBUTE
Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC Tribute is the PNW’s best tribute to the Australian legends, bringing the anthemic riffs, shouts, and antics to the stage with pure passion. Hail hail to the good times, ‘cause rock has got the right of way when Shoot To Thrill gets on stage!


STAR TREK HAPPY HOUR
Greetings everyone, the Star Trek Happy Hour gathering for February, will be at Tap Union Free house. Meet us in the upstairs area where there are plenty of tables and chairs, where we can be around like-minded folks and discuss Star Trek and other nerdy interests. And enjoy Tap Union’s food and drink menu if you would like to.


THE COAST: 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Bay City Art Center is holding a Pancake Breakfast, a legendary community event you don’t want to miss! This is a great opportunity to check out the February artists of the month, connect with your community, and show your support for the arts. 


GAME DAYS AT GARIBALDI LIBRARY
Join us this Saturday at the Garibaldi Library for Game Day! We’ll have board games, cards, and more! Try your hand at an old favorite, or learn to play something new. 


CENTRAL OREGON:

OREGON WINTERFEST
Check out the largest Winterfest in the NW.  Experience the magic of winter at this fantastic festival.  Be mesmerized by the Central Oregon Light Exhibit, look on as carvers transform blocks of ice into works of art, warm up to the fire pit sculptors.  There will be tons of live entertainment, ski and snowboard events, kids’ events, a polar marketplace, and fantastic food.  


BEND A CAPELLA FESTIVAL
Bend A Cappella Festival is back! The Tower resumes the Northwest’s only festival focusing on masterclasses, performances, and raising voices in camaraderie with fellow vocalists.


BEND FOODIES MEET & GREET
Come taste and talk at the Bend Foodies Meet & Greet. This is a community of Central Oregon Foodies who share their passion for food & drink from restaurant and food cart experiences, cooking and sharing recipes, kitchen tools, asking for recommendations, to anything related to food experiences. 

POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/DISNEY+

THAT 90’S SHOW
The shy and nerdy Leia meets her rebellious next-door neighbor, Gwen, who introduces Leia to her rambunctious group of friends. Craving an adventure, Leia convinces her parents to allow her to spend the summer in Point Place with Red and Kitty. That ’90s Show is made for fans of That ’70s Show. However, it’s charming enough to generate new fans looking for a sweet, funny sitcom. (Netflix)


DIFFICULT PEOPLE
The very definition of a cult show, Difficult People ran for three seasons as one of Hulu’s original shows from 2015 to 2017. Created by comedian Julie Klausner and co-starring Billy Eichner, the show is a dark comedy about two struggling comedians who only know one person they can stand: each other. Sharply written and beguilingly performed by its two leads, Difficult People earned most of its critical appreciation just as its run on Hulu was ending. Now is the perfect time to go back and see what you may have missed. (Hulu) 


BOY MEETS WORLD
Whether you watched it or not, you couldn’t be a ‘90s kid and not know about Boy Meets World. The series, launched in 1993 and running for seven seasons, followed the exploits of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) as he navigates life, friendship, love, family, and the transition from middle school to high school, college and beyond. (Disney+)

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