The winter chill does not keep us Portlandians from getting out! After all, Oregon is a year-round destination and you can fantastic trip to Portland any time of the year.
There is always something to do in this area, check these helpful resources to plan your trip
- www.travelportland.com @travelportland
- www.traveloregon.com @traveloregon
- www.downtownportland.org @inDowntownPDX
- www.oregonswashingtoncounty.com @WCVA
Here are just a few events The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport staff recommends checking out during your stay:
Downtown Tigard Night Out - Friday, January 18, 2013: Downtown Tigard merchants are hosting specials on local shopping, tastings, unique dining, music, classes and more! Mark your calendar for the 3rd Friday of each month from 4 to 9 p.m. for Downtown Tigard Night Out.
ChocolateFest - January 18-20, 2013: Chocolate lovers and chocolatiers come together at the Oregon Convention Center. All proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3) non profit the World Forestry Center.
Fertile Ground Festival – January 24 – February 3, 2013: Presented by Portland Area Theatre Alliance, this10-day arts festival aspires to increase the appreciation for Portland’s lush creative culture. The event showcases play premieres, art installations and events, all created by local artists. Follow their events on Facebook
Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden – February 10-24, 2013: Celebrate the Year of the Snake at this family friendly event spanning over a 2 week period. Highlights include a lantern-viewing ceremony, lion dances, children’s activities, martial arts and cultural and historical demonstrations.
Lan Su Chinese Garden on Facebook
Portland Jazz Festival – February 15-24, 2013: A multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event. Follow them in Twitter and Facebook
Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival – February 1& 2, 2013: This winter event is a celebration of all things Oregon, but most specifically our wonderful Oregon seafood and wines. The 2 day festival features Fresh Oregon Seafood, Wines from 50 Oregon Wineries and Live Music. Follow them in Facebook
The 36th Portland International Film Festival -February 7-23, 2013: The biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences each February. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare. Follow them in Facebook and Twitter
Theatre-goers and music lovers staying at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport may be interested to know about the The Broadway Rose Theatre Company. The theatre, located just minutes from our hotel, is the only professional musical theater company in Washington County. The theatre combines nationally and locally recognized professionals with high quality production values to bring performances that rival national Broadway tours. A local favorite, The Broadway Rose Theatre was selected as the 2009 “Business of the Year” by the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.
The next production, Winter Wonderettes, The New ’60s Christmas Musical Created by Roger Bean, opens November 19 and will run through December 20. Gal-pal singing group The Marvelous Wonderettes have been invited to perform at the 1968 holiday party for Harpers Hardware Store. Beauty queen Cindy Lou, wise-crackin’ gum chewin’ Suzy, shy gal Missy, and scrappy Betty Jean create a rockin’ lively mix of 50s and 60s holiday hits and standards. But when Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, with the support of some great familiar and not-so-familiar holiday gems, to rectify their holiday party without the jolly big guy in red. The result is a marvelous show that will have you dancing in the aisles and celebrating in Winter Wonderettes style.
For ticket information, visit www.broadwayrose.com.
Photo Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer