The New Year is off to a great start and Portland intends to keep it going with a lineup of incredible weekend events. Spend your weekend helping your community by stocking the food bank, feed your kiddos minds with science activities at the Water Center or head to a bull riding event. There’s something on the deck for every type of Portlandia family. Read on to find out what the weekend has in store for you.

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Attend FVRL Foundation Bookapalooza ’18!
You don’t want to miss FVRL Foundation Bookapalooza ’18! Held at Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, this used-book sale is sure to have everything your young readers are dying to get their hands on! There’s tons of free parking and thousands of books! Help recycle—please bring your own box or bag! Fri. Event Details.

Attend the January Second Saturday at the Water Center: Be a Scientist!
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a scientist? Inquisitive young minds can explore different fields of science through hands-on activities. Join for this interactive afternoon of science fun at the Water Resources Education Center. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Sat. Event Details.


Attend Portland Art Museum for $5 After 5 p.m.
Every Friday evening, you are invited to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive, and more social experience. Admission is just $5 after 5 p.m. Fri. Event Details.

Watch Bull Riding
The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your seat excitement to the Moda Center on January 13. For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling 8-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Velocity Tour one of the most exciting live sporting events to see. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Enjoy An Evening with BEHCA to benefit FIDGETECH
Catch an evening of live jazz, appetizers, craft beer, wine, and a raffle/auction…all for a good cause! You will enjoy live music by the Jonathan Chaze Jazz Trio, the BEHCA: book launch, live app demo, author Q&A, and FIDGETECH: Overview and hear about latest program offerings. Sat. Event Details.

Stock the Oregon Food Bank
Help keep our neighbors fed by repacking and sorting donated food with the Oregon Food Bank. Volunteering with kids at the food bank helps connect them with a deeper understanding of food insecurity, and how we can come together as a community to feed each other. Because no one should have to go to school on an empty stomach, or struggle to sleep at night without having had a nutritious meal. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out the Portland Metro Reptile Expo
See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at Portland Metro Reptile Expo, with educational tables and vendors at the Holiday Inn on Columbia Boulevard. Sat. Event Details.

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors in the Oregon Convention Center. Your little hero’s dreams are about to come true. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Check Out the Portland Old Time Music Gathering
Hear traditional Appalachian-style string-band music at Portland Old-Time Music Gathering.The Portland Oregon Old-Time Music Gathering is a grassroots volunteer-run festival that aims to celebrate and enrich the community of traditional old-time Appalachian style stringband musicians. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Salvage Building Materials with the ReBuilding Center
Teens will love this hands-on experience! Instead of demolishing old structures and sending waste to landfill, the ReBuilding Center deploys their DeConstruction crew to mindfully take apart structures piece by piece, salvaging about 85% of the parts! Older kids and parents can volunteer to pull nails and process salvaged lumber, which then gets used to make tiny homes for the houseless and other projects. Wear closed-toed shoes, grubby clothes, and dress in layers (it can get cold!). Work gloves and safety glasses are provided. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Potluck in the Park
Free, hot meals aren’t always as easy as “Hey Mom, what’s for dinner?” Potluck in the Park has been serving a free hot meal to anyone in need since 1991. Meet up with an incredible team of volunteers to serve 400-800 Portlanders at Waterfront Park, beneath the Hawthorne Bridge. This is a great opportunity for older kids to have an immediate impact within the Portland community, and to establish a lifelong habit of helping others. Sun. Event Details.


Hit the Winter Music Festival
Winter Music Festival features a whole lot more than music. You will enjoy performances, jam sessions, a pie-baking contest and sale, and an artisan fair with two dozen vendors in Florence. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

How does your family like to spend weekends in January. Share your favorite Portland events in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti