Around Oregon | January 2016


written by Bronte Dod | photo courtesy of Portland Reel Music Festival

Portland | Reel Music Festival

Produced by the NWFilm Center, the Reel Music Festival blends music, cinema and history. Throughout the festival, screenings of classic films with an emphasis on music will take place at the Portland Art Museum. The festival promises opportunities to experience music—from classic jazz and blues to rock and punk—with movies in a new way.

January 15 – February 5 |


 Coast | Winter Music Festival

For two days, the Winter Music Festival in Florence will bring twelve contemporary folk, bluegrass and Americana bands to the coast. Headlining the event are the folk band The Shook Twins from Portland and solo folk artist Jonathan Edwards. An artisan fair featuring local, handcrafted work is free to attend. Day-passes start at $12.50, or you can buy a $45 pass for the entire weekend.

January 16-17 |


 Willamette Valley | Oregon Truffle Festival

Now in its eleventh year, the annual Oregon Truffle Festival is a fantastic culinary event in the Pacific Northwest. Attendees not only have the opportunity to taste culinary dishes made with truffles by renowned chefs, but also to practice the best techniques in foraging for wild truffles in the Willamette Valley—known as one of the best places in the world for finding truffles. Tickets can be purchased for individual events or dinners.

January 16-17 |

Eastern Oregon | Eagle Cap Extreme 

Joseph isn’t always teeming with mushers, but every January, sled dog teams head to the northeastern corner of the state for the Eagle Cap Extreme. The 200-mile, twelve-dog race starts from Fergi Ski Area in Joseph, where the public can watch for free. From there, racers sled through the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and into the belly of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. It is the only Yukon Quest and Iditarod qualifier in the state of Oregon. If qualifying isn’t the goal, there are two options for shorter races, as well as a twenty-mile junior race for kids between ages 14 and 17.

January 20-23 |

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