The holidays have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to. Plan the weekend carefully and you can catch the last of the festive fun with zoo lights, and thens start the new year off right with a swap a swim and some live music. Read on to find out more.

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SE Portland

Check out ZooZoo
Premiering this Holiday season in Imago’s acclaimed production of ZooZoo will be “The Magic Cloth”- A new work created by Imago and designed by Michael Curry co-designer of puppets and masks for Disney’s Broadway production of “The Lion King.” Fri. Event Details.

Catch Tallulah’s Daddy
Tallulah’s Daddy plays fun, energetic, interactive acoustic music for kids and families! This event is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per child. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

See the Last of the ZooLights
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of more than a million and a half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.  In addition to visiting elephants, mountain goats and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Hit the Swap
Out with the old and in with the new! Bring items (clothes, books, housewares, children’s toys, small electronics, and small furniture) you no longer want/need to swap with others. Please make sure items are clean and giftable.  Never been to a swap? Here’s how it works. For each item you bring, you get to take one item. It’s free to participate. And everything is free.  This event is free and open to the public. All leftovers will be donated to charity at the end of the event. Sat. Event Details.

Join the Jedi Nights in the Pool
The force is strong at Conestoga, so strong that you can watch a full marathon of one of the most iconic film sagas ever in the pool. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Fill Up at the Blackstreet Bakery Popup on Mississippi
Blackstreet is a black-led non-profit vegan bakery popup. The mission is to honor the history of Mississippi Ave. as a major part of PDX’s black community, and to expand economic opportunities for black folks in baking. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Head to Fandom PDX 2019
Fandom PDX® (formerly Newcon PDX/Anime PDX) is Portland, Oregon’s hotel based pop culture convention celebrating cosplay, video games, anime, tabletop gaming, comics, and “all things geek”. The event features an Exhibitor’s Hall, Artist Alley, celebrity guests, video game rooms, CCG/RPG/tabletop gaming, panels, workshops, and much more. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out The Not-So-Secret Family Show

The Not-So-Secret Family Show features the Pointed Man Band and Mo Phillips at The Secret Society. Get ready to groove and move with your favorite little dancers! Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Attend the Caz NW Family Open Mic
Join the first Caz NW family open mic and art sharing spectacular! Open to past and future Caz NW campers, along with their friends of all ages and skill levels. Music, poetry, dance, storytelling…anything is welcome. The stage is yours! There will be musicians available for collaboration and the talented cartoonist Ryan Alexander-Tanner to help with the visual arts area. Sun. Event Details.


—Annette Benedetti