5 things to do in Portland today: Saturday, January 18

Jan 17 2020, 5:00 am

Portland always has a ton of fun events taking place around the city, no matter what day of the week it is. If your weekend is looking a little empty, check out these five fun activities happening today.

What: Big Head Todd and the Monsters are not that big on anniversaries, so there won’t be any 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.

But right now they’re less about celebrating stability and more about celebrating 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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
Time: 4 to 11:59 pm
Where: 105 Northwest 3rd Avenue, Portland 
Admission: 
$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, 2020
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, 2020
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: 2671 Northwest Vaughn Street, Portland
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here