February is the time when the Portland winter slump sets in, and Saturday night could more likely mean a cup of cocoa and Netflix than a cross-state adventure. Still, Oregonians are fighting the gloominess with mountain hikes, traditional Chinese New Year celebrations (happy Year of the Tiger!), and the ever-present craft beer bacchanalia.
Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden
February 1–15, 239 NW Everett St, included with garden admission fee
Kick off the Chinese New Year at the Lan Su Chinese Garden for the biggest Lunar New Year celebration in the Pacific Northwest. February 1 marks the beginning of the Year of the Tiger. On the morning of the 1st, a traditional lion dance performance will be held outside the garden’s entrance, welcoming all to usher in the new year. The rest of the celebration through February 15 will feature a variety of cultural demonstrations: martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese brush painting, Chinese seal carving—and even a chopstick or “kuaizi” challenge.
Cultural Demonstrations & Performances at Portland Japanese Garden
February 2–12, 611 SW Kingston Ave, included with garden admission fee
Nestled in the scenic hills west of downtown is one of the most beautiful and authentic Japanese gardens in the world outside of Japan. The Portland Japanese Garden’s lush greenery, meandering streams, and intimate walkways provide both a peaceful escape from city life, and a reflection of Japanese history. Throughout February, the garden will be hosting a variety of cultural demonstrations such as ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, as well as traditional tea ceremonies, a bonsai presentation, and performances featuring instruments like the koto harp and the shinobue flute.
The Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Festival
February 18–20, 13300 US Highway 20, Sisters, single-day passes start at $40, weekend pass $90, VIP entry $125
You might think of the Suttle Lodge, off US 20 near Sisters at the western edge of Suttle Lake, as a sunny summer destination, but its snowy-season attractions include proximity to Hoodoo Ski Area and, since 2020, a Winter Beer Festival. Last year’s was virtual, but this Presidents Day Weekend it’s back in person for a Bavarian-inspired outdoor fest, with the Lodge’s cabins turned into mini-pubs serving drinks from 28 regional breweries and cideries. On the grounds in between, you’ll find fire pits, grills stacked with pretzels and brats, and local musicians.
February 18–20, Klamath Falls, $15–150
The Klamath Basin Audubon Society is hosting three days of birding field trips, workshops, and presentations from conversationists and wildlife photographers in and around Klamath Falls in this Southern Oregon watershed. Catch glimpses of over 130 species, including hawks, owls, raptors, and the largest gathering of wintering bald eagles in the continental US.
February 18–20, Deschutes County Expo Center, $10–17
Family-friendly entertainment abounds at the Oregon Winter Festival in Central Oregon, with local arts vendors, live music, and, of course, lots of food and drinks. Grab a cup of hot cocoa (or frothy local beer if you’re over 21) and take a gander by one of the event’s many ice, fire, and light shows.
Though February, 14040 OR-35, Mt Hood Meadows, $25
For all the skiing and snowboarding-challenged, there’s still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the snow this winter. Bundle up and shuffle through the snow-dappled trails of Mount Hood on a guided snowshoe tour, ending in two cascading, icy waterfalls.