Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  February 9-11, 2024

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PORTLAND:  

DUMPLING WEEK
Every February, Portland celebrates its love for dough-wrapped delights with Dumpling Week, a citywide celebration featuring inventive dumpling creations that you won’t find anywhere (or anytime) else. Participating restaurants will serve up special dumplings unavailable on their regular menus for dining in, take-out and/or delivery.


BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL NW
For the past eighteen years, World Stage Theatre has been educating communities about the rich tapestry of the African Diaspora through the arts. As the innovators of Black History Festival NW, the organization is elated about this year’s theme. From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement to Hip Hop and Afrofuturism, African Americans have been using art as a way to not only tell stories but use their platform to uplift the culture, shine a light on and challenge environmental issues.  


PORTLAND NIGHT MARKET
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators. With almost 200 hundred makers, the Night Market offers food carts, drinks, clothing, lifestyle goods, home goods, body care and art.


MARDI GRAS BALL
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has listed Portland’s annual Mardi Gras Ball as one of the top five most authentic Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States outside Louisiana. And it’s no surprise given the event’s origins – produced since 2010 by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus – a NOLA-style social club founded by Louisiana expatriates that now counts more than 100 members in Portland. 


VANCOUVER:   

FAMILY VALENTINE’S BALL

Treat your child to a memorable evening of music and dancing at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum for the Family Valentine’s Ball. This is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the love of their birth, adopted or chosen family in a fun, welcoming environment.


VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
The Vancouver Farmer’s Market is Southwest Washington’s #1 visitor attraction and home to more than 100 vendors. You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. 


THE COAST: 

BACK TO THE 80’S PARTY

Looking for something to do in Seaside Saturday February 10th? It’s a Back to the 80’s Party! Come to the Times Theatre to help raise money for the Seaside High School Class of 2024’s Grad Night Party. Raffles, costume contest and the best 80’s music.

 
BOARD GAME NIGHT
Join us on Fridays at PC Pour Wine Bar for Board Game Night. Bring your own or use one of our games.  Food and Drink Specials are available and popcorn is free!  


CENTRAL OREGON:

UNIÓN MEZCAL POP-UP

Unión Mezcal will be popping up at Bar Rio in downtown Bend with a build-your-own Hot Toddy Bar. Order your choice of mezcal from the bar, then head to the bar cart for teas, house-made syrups, garnishes, Mexican hot chocolate mix-ins, and more.

 
HEART ON FOR LAUGHTER
Bits N Skits Productions presents; Heart on for Laughter – Valentines Day Edition. Bring your funny Valentine and enjoy an evening of laughs as talented local comedians perform sketches! A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to The Children’s Heart Fund of Central Oregon, an ongoing nonprofit program in place to assist families who have children with heart conditions and who may benefit from additional support navigating the complex world of specialize medical treatment and recovery.



POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/DISNEY+

YOUR PLACE OR MINE
When best friends and total opposites Debbie and Peter swap homes for a week, they get a peek into each other’s lives that could open the door to love. (Netflix)


THE NOTEBOOK
A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.(Hulu) 


LADY AND THE TRAMP
In this heartwarming romantic adventure, a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, Lady, an overachieving, pampered American Cocker Spaniel house dog and Tramp, a tough but lovable, fast-talking stray, embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. (Disney+)

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