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Portland Seafood and Wine Festival


There’s so much to blog about in Portland, yet so little time. I have intentions to post about something other than an event, and wouldn’t you know it? Another great event to mention. The Ninth Annual Portland Seafood and Wine Festival!

Seafood and wine are two of the greatest things ever invented/discovered. Even though they get an “acquired taste” bad rap, most people out there would be broken versions of themselves without seafood and wine. They’re the emotional equivalent to Popeye’s spinach. Well, at least wine is. But seeing as this lands right in the middle of Dungeness Crab season, the seafood might lift your spirits a bit too.

This is a family friendly event with face painting and balloon artists for the kids. Or, depending on how much wine is had, they could be for the adults too.

So what should you look forward to? More than 50 Oregon Wineries; $2 off admission with a Fred Meyer Rewards Card; wine sampling starting at $.50; collectable wine glasses for the first 300 people through the gates each day; it all benefits The Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society; there’s live music; and there’s VineIP (VIP) packages available.

The Details:

It’s at the Oregon Convention Center.

It’s Friday, January 31st, from 2pm to 10pm; and Saturday, February 1st from 12pm to 10pm.

It’s $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and kids 16 and under. Five and under are free. And don’t forget, it’s $2 dollars off with a Fred Meyers Card.



Stumptown Events


There are two important things to get done here. First, is to introduce you to Stumptown Events if you haven’t already been. Second, is to tell you about their next event, which will be a part of the Portland Wizard World Comic Con.

There isn’t a lot of background information on Stumptown Events, but I suppose that’s not really important. They do use their events to benefit local charities. They’re finishing their website right now, and they’ll be able to provide you with more of the “About” stuff if that’s what you’re after. What’s important for you to know, is that their Facebook page is a great place to find really awesome things to do that tend to end in the words, “con” and “crawl.”

They’ve been responsible for Portland’s SantaCon and the Superhero Pub-Crawl, and are planning FantasyCon, BunnyCon, and LepreCon—the last sounding like a mutation of some illness that appears to be Leprosy on first inspection. These events are a blast, and there are always a lot of awesome Portlanders to meet.

Their next event will be FantasyCon. This event will be Saturday, January 25th at 5:30pm, and is the pub-crawl and official after party to the Portland Wizard World Comic Con.

The WWCC is January 24th-26th (check their site for times). You’ll need tickets, so get on it. Stan Lee, William Shatner, and Bruce Campbell will be there. I’m not sure what else you’d need to know, other than Stan Lee is going to be there.

If you’re looking for something nerdy in all the best ways, go check out WWCC. And for other fun events in Portland, go “like” the Stumptown Events Facebook page.

Portland Jazz Festival


This might seem a bit early, but the Portland Jazz Festival is something worth planning ahead for. That’s right, the 11th annual Portland Jazz Festival is right around the corner; February 20th through March 2nd. The Portland Jazz Festival is put on by PDX Jazz—a non-profit cultural arts organization founded in 2003 in partnership with Travel Portland.

The event is hosted at multiple venues throughout the Pearl District and Portland. There will be dozens of jazz musicians and shows from some of the best artists alive. It’s absolutely worth checking out. For more information, go HERE.

The tickets are sold by show, so it might be a good idea to take some time this next month and figure out which shows you’d like to see. There is a special package for members of PDX Jazz.

Also, the Mark Spencer Hotel is doing a special for the festival. You can check that out HERE if you have any friends coming into town for it.

This is one of the big annual events in Portland, so don’t let it pass you by. Spend some time with one of American’s greatest indigenous art forms.