It’s February! The month we dedicate to Black History and a little thing called L-O-V-E. In the hopes of getting into a mood of celebration and appreciation this month, we’ve picked out a selection of Portland events just for you!
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
📅 Nov. 15, 2022 – Apr. 9, 2023 | 📍 OMSI | 💵 $24 – $30
Come celebrate Marvel’s 80-year history with an exhibition that takes you on a journey to the universe of the characters that we know and love. Discover behind-the-scenes stories from the creators themselves. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features a long list of interesting artifacts, interactive displays and life-size statues of Marvel’s iconic Super Heroes. Never-before-seen props and costumes from Marvel movies and series will be on display as well.
You can also enjoy OMSI’s four science labs as your ticket includes access to OMSI’s Turbine Hall, reimagined Science Playground, and Natural Sciences Hall.
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
|Jan. 31 – Feb. 5||9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 7 – Feb. 12||9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 14 – Feb. 17||9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
Portland Winter Light Festival
📅 Feb. 3-11, 2023 | 📍 City Wide | 💵 Free
Get entranced with the Instagram-worthy light displays at the Portland Winter Light Festival. The pop-up light installations will be scattered across the city and can be viewed at no charge! More chances of viewing these light art when you drive along the North, Northeast, Downtown and Southeast Portland areas. Check out the Portland Winter Light Festival website for a map of the installation locations.
Biamp Portland Jazz Festival
📅 Feb. 16-25, 2023 | 📍 Various Venues | 💵 Cost Varies
The Biamp Portland Jazz Festival celebrates Black History Month with some jazz music. A series of concerts and events will be held for over two weeks this month. Watch the live performances of up-and-coming and legendary Jazz musicians. Here’s a list of performers for the Biamp Portland Jazz Festival:
- Hubert Laws
- Dave Holland
- Bill Frisell plus Hiatus Kaiyote
- Charlie Musselwhite and Curtis Salgado
- Angélique Kidjo, 5-time Grammy winner
- Storm Large
- Jon Cleary with funk-fusion export Dumpstaphunk
- .. and many more!
NW Black Comedy Festival
📅 Feb. 16-19, 2023 | 📍 Curious Comedy Theater | 💵 Cost Varies
The NW Black Comedy Festival is back with eleven showcases, two live podcasts, and over sixty Black comics from around the world to bring you hours of fun and laughter. This event was awarded in 2020 by The New Your Times as one of The Best Black History Month Events in the country.
Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
Portland Mardi Gras Parade
📅 Feb. 21, 2023 | 📍 Mississippi Avenue | 💵 Free
Watch out for Portland’s family-friendly Mardi Gras Parade along Mississippi Avenue. Everyone is invited to dress up and dance along! Some lucky participants may even get a chance to receive a signature mini-umbrella from hosts Krewe. Food and beverage specials will be available all day at Mississippi Avenue and even after the parade. Who knew Portland had its own Mardi Gras parade?
The parade starts at Victoria Bar and proceeds down Mississippi Avenue to Cook St. near Ecliptic Brewing (source: http://www.travelportland.com)