January 16-20, Portland Expo Center. The Rose City Classic Series of Dog Shows is one of the largest and most popular dog events in the United States. It spans 5 days, starting with Individual Breeds and Group (all Terrier breeds, e.g.), and specialty shows, followed by 4 days of all-breed dog shows representing more than 185 individual breeds. It features top notch performance and companion events such as agility, obedience, Rally®, Canine Good Citizen and even the new AKC event, Trick Dogs. The show is great for the whole family, and tickets cost $10 for adults or $20 per family (up to 5 people).
January 17, Montgomery Park. Join the Japan-America Society of Oregon for their traditional Japanese New Year’s Celebration including Osechi, sushi, dessert, beer and sake, traditional music, Japanese calligraphy, fukubukuro, kimono and more. Celebrate the Year of the boar for $55 (member price) or $70 (non-member price).
January 24-26, Clark College, Vancouver. The Clark College Jazz Festival attracts over 60 middle and high school instrumental jazz ensembles for the three day competitive festival. During the day, groups perform to an esteemed panel of adjudicators made up of renowned jazz educators and performers for the privilege of returning to perform in the evening finals competition where they will be ranked for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. On the final evening of the festival, one band from the entire festival is selected to receive the coveted Sweepstakes Trophy, a tradition which has been passed down since 1963.
January 24-27, Oregon Convention Center. The Portland International Auto Show is the largest auto show in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 480,000 square feet of exhibit space you will find over 600 vehicles from 35 manufacturers, the latest in car design and technology plus exotics from around the world. Get behind the wheel in one of the many Ride & Drives, watch live custom car builds, explore the latest advancements in electric vehicles and autonomous technology that will be here before we know it. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children.
January 25-26, Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. First Taste is an event of epic proportion featuring the best in Oregon Wines, Craft Breweries, Hard Ciders, Spirits, Delectable Eats and a one of a kind shopping experience. The event offers live music both days in 2 locations throughout the event, featuring local music from talented artists from all over the state of Oregon. First Taste Oregon offers a little something for everyone including luxurious art work from some of the states most renowned artists. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing wine tasting experience or a sampling of something a bit more extravagant, First Taste has something to offer all who attend! General admission tickets are only $10!
January 26, The Goose Hollow Inn. The Northwest’s two favorite brews are in the spotlight again for the 6th NW Coffee Beer Invitational. Twenty talented brewers and beverage makers were asked to create freshly-made beer with locally-roasted coffee. With the emphasis on flavors, and an abv of 7% or less, this event promises inspired combinations. Entires will be judged and the winners will be announced during the festival.
The menu at the Goose Hollow Inn will include some special savories to compliment the brews and they will have live music in the outdoor heated tent. Tickets available at the door only. $20 admission includes a festival glass and 10 taster tickets.