You can look at this time of year as the dark and dreary season, or as the season of festivities! Portland is bringing on the cheer with tons of celebratory events. There’s a rain festival (positive spin!), opportunities to say, “Hi” to Santa, and even a show or two to attend! Read on to find out where the fun can be found this weekend!

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SE Portland

See The Music Man
Journey Theater presents a youth production of the six time Tony Award winning musical classic: The Music Man! Don’t miss this opportunity for next level live theater with your kiddos. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Head to JunkQueens Show Country Christmas
Junk Queens Country Christmas Show Replaces the annual Holiday Gift Fair at the Clark County Fairgrounds.This Show is a true holiday experience for the whole family. The Junk Queens Country Christmas Show will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else. Repurposed, Recycled, Reused, art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more makes this a gift buyers delight. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Check Out Kumoricon 2019
Altonimbus Entertainment is proud to announce that your favorite convention is returning for another year in Portland, Oregon! Celebrating its 16th anniversary of showcasing anime and Japanese culture, Kumoricon is ready for its biggest year yet! Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Don’t Miss Photos With Santa
‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season, look no further—there’s photos with Santa! Want to avoid the line? Simply reserve your place today with a FastPass! Create magical memories, make the holidays special, and take care of those wish lists—all in one place. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Attend Thankful for Friends & Family Crafting
This Saturday is all about showing the ones you love how thankful you are for them! Bring your friends, bring your family, bring them all to this 2-for-1 crafting special. You and your guest each get to make a craft for the price of one! Sat. Event Details.

Tillamook

Head to the Meet and Greet With Diego Chara
Want to meet MLS All-Star Diego Chara? Head to the Tillamook Creamery for a special fan meet and greet. Fans can meet Diego and his family, get his autograph and will have the chance to win a Timbers prize pack. All attendees will receive a players card, as well as have the opportunity to purchase exclusive merch, including scarves, pennants, soccer balls and hats. Fans can also bring their own Timbers swag for autographs. Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Rain Festival
Rain has come to the Tillamook State Forest, turning trickling streams into roaring rapids – but are you ready to go with the flow? Head to the Tillamook Forest Center and plunge into the world of surging rivers, spawning salmon, and the inner workings of watersheds to celebrate the ways in which rain transforms our forests. Sat. Event Details.

Vancouver

Experience the 2019 Annual Train Show
Check out the many scenes from downtown Portland, Or. and on through the Columbia River Gorge. Sights such as Crown Point and Multnomah Falls on the Oregon side, and the towns of Wishram and Lyle on the Washington side. You may even see a hot air balloon floating over the landscape or a dinosaur. Look out for Bigfoot! Tickets are sold on the days of the event at the club. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Oregon City

WatchTwin Moons Rising
This tale brings together spirited Faeries, not so evil Witches, the majestic Ravakwan Temple and many more fantastical characters all for the purpose of fighting “Global Color Change” and regaining their freedom from the colorless curse! The audience will marvel at the exquisite costumes, spectacular dance productions, and a variety of music which keeps energy and interest high for the whole family. The cast features over 50 talented children from the metro area between the ages of five and eighteen. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

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