15 things to do in Portland this weekend: January 17 to 19

Jan 17 2020, 5:23 pm

Rose City is one of the most happening places in the world. No matter what day of the week it is, there is a plethora of exciting actives taking place. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all that you can do this upcoming weekend, we’ve made your life a whole lot easier with this list.

Check out these 15 fun events taking place from January 17 to 19.

You won’t be disappointed.

Friday, January 17


What: Enjoy a night of dancing to dubstep and EDM by DJs Doctor P, and Cookie Monsta, at one of the hottest clubs in Portland, 45 east.

When: January 17
Time: Doors open at 10 pm
Where: 315 SE 3rd Avenue, Portland
Admission: Tickets start at $20. Buy them here

Todd Barry – 2020 Stadium Tour

What: You won’t regret spending an evening with Todd Barry, this hilarious stand-up comedian who has even appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Late Night With Seth Meyers.

When: January 17
Time: 9 pm to 11:59 pm
Where: 3017 SE Milwaukee Avenue, Portland 
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here

Radio Silence Stout Party

What: This special event, taking place at Great Notion NW, will include delicious favorite GNB stouts along with some amazing ones from Other Half, Omnipollo, Fremont, Horus, Brujos, 8Bit, Weldwerks, and Mikerphone. All stouts, all night!

When: January 17
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: 2444 Northwest 28th Avenue, Portland
Admission: $15. Buy tickets here

Chris Farren

What: Immensely catchy and tight LA outsider pop wizard with new LP, ‘Born Hot’, will charm you with pure pop catharsis.

When: January 17
Time: Events starts at 8 pm
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $12. Buy tickets here

What: Chadwick Stokes is an accomplished musician and songwriter who grew up on a small farm outside of Boston. A songwriter since early adolescence, his many projects have woven together music, art, history, and activism.

From Dispatch, which he started in his early 20s; to his politically driven band, State Radio; to his nascent solo project, Chadwick Stokes and the Pintos, Chad has committed himself to using music as a vehicle for social and political change.

When: January 17
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: 830 E. Burnside Street, Portland
Admission: $25. Buy tickets here

Saturday, January 18

What: Big Head Todd and the Monsters are not that big on anniversaries, so there won’t be any big hoopla over the fact that the band is officially crossing the three-decade mark this year. Thirty years would seem like something to commemorate, especially with the same core lineup, an achievement few other name-brand bands can boast of.

Yet right now they’re less about celebrating stability than volatility, in the form of their eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’, which makes good on its forward-facing title with what might be the brashest rock and roll of their career. The old world can’t rest on any laurels, and neither will they.

When: January 18
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: 1300 SE Stark StreetPortland
Admission: $38. Buy tickets here

What: The influential student music org celebrates dark synths and punk rock

When: January 18
Time: Doors open at 11:30 am
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $12. Buy tickets here

Onesie Bar Crawl – Portland

What: It’s time to bring out your giraffe onesie from the closet, and head out to town with your friends for the bar-hopping experience of a lifetime.

When: January 18
Time: 4 to 11:59 pm
Where: 105 Northwest 3rd Avenue, Portland 
$25. Buy tickets here

What: Aaron Powell is better known by his lo-fi singer-songwriter moniker Fog Lake where he creates music that’s been described as “a complex collage of nebulous angst and heartfelt nostalgia.”

When: January 18
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $12. Buy tickets here

Tour and Tasting Freeland Spirits

What: Freeland Spirits is one of very few women-owned and run distilleries in history. Come for a Tour and Tasting and treat yourself to a unique gin and whiskey experience.

When: January 18
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: 2671 Northwest Vaughn Street, Portland
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here

Sunday, January 19


What: To celebrate the November 8, 2019 release of Sound the Bells, her groundbreaking live record with the Minnesota Orchestra, Dessa will present a limited run of special performances. For these events, she’ll combine elements of her touring show (backed by a live band, MONAKR) with orchestral arrangements performed by a string quartet. The evening will combine literary hip hop, infectious pop compositions, virtuosic musicianship, and live storytelling.

When: January 19
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland
Admission: $18. Buy tickets here

 Ramen + Whisky Fest presented by Fubonn

What: Six of Portland’s best ramen chefs will battle it out to bring you the best ramen taster paired with a whisky cocktail.

When: January 19
Time: Times vary.
Where: 101 North Weidler Street, Portland Oregon
Admission: Buy tickets here

School of Rock Showcase: Fleetwood Mac & Black Sabbath

What: Smooth, and heavy 70s music is just what you’ll find you need on a Sunday evening.

When: January 19
Time: Doors open at 11:30 am
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $12. Buy tickers here

Patrick Watson

What: An evening infused with music, and fun featuring Barr Brothers.

When: January 19
Time: Doors open at 7:30 pm
Where: 128 NE Russell Street, Portland
Admission: $20. Register here

Stumptown Game Summit 2020

What: Stumptown Game Summit is a new-to-Portland event focused on social, open board gaming in Portland.

When: January 19
Time: 8 am to 9 pm
Where: 909 North Hayden Island Drive, Portland 
Admission: $28. Buy tickets here

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