February is a full month and we’ve got a lot of cultural celebrations happening throughout the city, not to mention Valentines Day this week. Check out our Valentine’s Guide, Black History Month Guide and the Lunar New Year Calendar. So much to see and do!
Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Gardens in SW PDX. Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!
Portland Parks Ladybug Walk in North PDX. Walks introduce children to plants, creeks, insects, birds, and animals. All walks are geared for children ages 2-6 and last about an hour. Read our review here.
Hidden History of Albina Walking Tour in North PDX. This tour celebrates and commemorates pieces of Portland’s black history in the Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland. This tour provides a great opportunity for visitors, and residents alike to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina, to the city Vanport and beyond.
Valentine’s Day Big Band Concert in NE PDX. Please join Hollywood Senior Center and Elders in Action for a Valentine’s Day Big Band Concert. Live music from Providence Big Band! Plus, there will be a swing dance lesson/demonstration at 5:30 pm on the new dance floor.
Speaking with Kids: Compassion & Cooperation in SE PDX. Designed for parents that want to have more ease within the day to day interactions with their kids. Parents learn how to model communication skills necessary for raising emotionally and socially fit kids. This workshop offers a basic understanding of how and why the way we communicate can often encourage unwanted behavior from our children. Preregistration is required.
KidFest! NW’s and SportFest NW in North PDX. Come experience an amazing weekends focusing on an active ad healthy family lifestyle and raising kids successfully. Non-stop entertainment, interactive exhibits for kids, teens and parents, family fun zones, special show pricing on local products and services designed to enrich your life!
African Song and Dance in St. Johns. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning the richness of West African culture through song and dance. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. The whole audience gets involved in simple dance steps, call and response, greetings and phrases, and rhythm drumming.
Preschool Sensory Storytime in SE PDX. This preschool storytime is especially welcoming for children on the spectrum and families who are looking for a smaller, more adaptive library experience.
Portland Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Dragon Dance in NW PDX. Usher in the Year of the Dog in Downtown Portland. Drummers, dancing lions, and a 100-foot dragon will parade from Chinatown, through downtown Portland, and up to the Oregon Historical Society for an afternoon of performances and festivities.
Music & Movement in Gresham. Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning.
Sunday, February 18
农历新年 / Tết Nguyên Đán / Lunar New Year in SW PDX. The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join in the fun to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and light refreshments.
Jean and the Wonderful Idea Machine in SE PDX. Jean is a young girl who believes she could invent something that would change worried thoughts to wonderful ideas.This world-premiere musical event is about believing in your dreams and making them come true.
There’s a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer in NW PDX. The boy and the Nightmare are adaptations of Japanese bunraku puppets and our nationally acclaimed ‘Jabberwocky’ is performed with three dimensional shadow puppets created from kitchen utensils. The play addresses childhood fears in ways that will elicit both wonder and giggles.
World at Our Door: Music from Portland’s Immigrant Communities in SE PDX. Embrace the beautiful sounds that are finding their way to Multnomah County through a vibrant immigrant community. Be introduced to new and emerging musicians: Iraqi Ronny Hermiz, Somali Dino Mumun and Bhutanese Santi Rai. Come prepared to boogie!
Chitra in NW PDX. Chitra tells the story of a warrior princess who struggles to stay true to herself while balancing her responsibility to her people with the call of true love. Featuring epic martial arts sequences and a wide range of dance style. Read our review here.
Looking for even more ideas? Check out our full calendar here.