5 things to do in Portland today: Saturday, January 25

Jan 24 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.

The Lil Smokies

What: Drawing on the energy of a rock band and the Laurel Canyon songwriting of the ‘70s, The Lil Smokies are reimagining their approach to roots music on Tornillo, named for the remote Texas town where the album was recorded. Produced by Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses), Tornillo is the band’s third studio album.

Formed in Missoula, Montana, The Lil Smokies have built a national following through constant touring. They have performed at Red Rocks, LOCKN’, High Sierra, Telluride, Bourbon & Beyond and more.

When: January 25, 2020
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here

Rhett Miller

What: Rhett Miller is a heartfelt, Dallas-based American songwriter and Old 97’s frontman who’ll blow your socks away.

When: January 25, 2020
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here

Red Gala PDX 

What: This year’s gala benefits the wonderful girls and boys of the Shadow Project, which serves and benefits 1,600 children in local school districts with disabilities and learning challenges.

Hosted at the iconic Doug Fir Lounge basement, the event will include two special guest DJs and dancing until the morning hours.
When: January 25, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm to 1 am
Where: 830 East Burnside Street, Portland 
Admission: $35. Buy tickets here

Tualatin Winter Brew Festival 2020

What: If you are a connoisseur of craft beer, northwest ciders, and wine, mark your calendar for the last Saturday in January, because this is an event you don’t want to miss! Featuring seasonal and specialty offerings from 20+ local brewers, cider houses and vineyards, plus great food from local restaurants and a full line-up of live entertainment, the stage is set for a fun event and all for a good cause.

When: January 25, 2020
Time: Noon to 9 pm
Where: 19475 Southwest 118th Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon
Admission: $25. 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 25, 2020
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: 2671 Northwest Vaughn Street, Portland
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here