Revel in everything that is unique, and well, very Portland, about Portland. You don’t need to tune in to Portlandia. Just stop and look around. Need proof that Portland is the true capital of Beardland? The Crystal Ballroom is home to the West Coast Beard and Mustaches Championships this weekend. And that’s just one of many family-friendly events at McMenamins locations this weekend, from Opera to Go! to Hotel Oregon’s Free Cake…I mean Birthday… Celebration. And The Year of the Dragon may not officially begin until Jan 23, but parties are already popping up around P-town. Get ready to “Put a Dragon on it” at Child’s Play, with activities like face painting and paper fan making.


Portland Opera to Go: Hansel and Gretel (pictured)
Join us for this lively 50-minute, English-language adaptation of the 1890s classic fairytale opera, Hansel and Gretel. This colorful, accessible production is just right to introduce kids and adults to the world of opera. Sun. 12:00 pm. Grand Lodge Hotel. Forest Grove. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hotel Oregon’s Birthday Party
Come out to this historic wine country hotel in McMinnville for food specials inspired by the original 1905 hotel menu (including Swiss-baked eggs and chicken pot pie), free housemade birthday cake, a special whiskey event, tastings of McMenamins ales, wines, spirits and coffees, live music and more. Sat. 11:00 am. Music begins at 5:00 pm. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

West side

West Coast Beard and Mustache Championships
The West Coast Beard & Mustache Championships returns to the historic Crystal Ballroom, Bring the whole family down, as this truly is a family affair! Sat. 2:30 pm (doors). $9.50 advance, $12 day of show (kids 6 & under free). All ages. Event details.

Chinese New Year at Child’s Play
Get a jump on your Year of the Dragon Celebration. Turn yourself into a dragon or any other creature with face painting, make a paper fan (with a dragon on it, of course), test your chopstick skills, and more. Sat. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Magic School Bus Live
After 25 years of scientific adventures, the Magic School Bus makes its first-ever landing in Portland! The Frizz and her class circle the globe, from Antarctica to the equator, learning about global warming. In classic School Bus style, they start with the big picture, and then take a closer look at the reasons the world is getting warmer. Jan 22 – Feb 15. Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm. $21.25 – $36.50 (adults)
$17.50 – $32.25 (children). Event details.

East side

Black Wagon Valentine’s Mini Photo Sessions
In 10 minutes you’ll have a fantastic photo of your child from photographer Posy Quarterman—and greeting cards—that you can treasure and share. Sat. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Black Wagon. $65 (includes 10-minute session, 25 printed Valentines with envelopes, and 1 digital file). Event details.

-Cheyenne Terbrueggen