Portland Celebrates the Arts

December 29, 2015 (Updated January 1, 2018)

With falling temperatures outside, winter bring us indoors and heats up our creative lives. It’s a great time to explore the arts with annual festivals celebrating music, film and live performances of all stripes. Spend some time in Portland this winter at one of these fabulous wintertime festivals.

The PDX Jazz Festival celebrates jazz music with performances from internationally acclaimed musicians and talented locals.

The world-famous PDX Jazz Festival takes center stage, February 20 – March 3, 2019, in a celebration of Black History Month. This year’s highlights include New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott, Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective, Farnell Newton tribute to Donald Byrd, Eli Degibri tribute to Hank Mobley and more than a week of performances in honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th anniversary.

The 42nd annual Portland International Film Festival showcases more than 125 international shorts and feature films from March 7 – 21, 2019 at Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum. In addition to film screenings, the festival includes special events, visiting artists and gatherings. Screenings take place at theaters around town. Previous festival winners include narrative feature “Conducta” from Cuba and documentary “Sunshine Superman” from the U.S. Check the website for a list of films.

The Portland International Film Festival showcases more than 125 international shorts and feature films at Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum.
The Reel Music Festival celebrates music through film, like “The Amazing Nina Simone.”
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The Fertile Ground Festival spotlights new work in the arts at venues around the city from January 24 – February 3, 2019. This fringe festival highlights the city’s finest local artists and performers in live theater, dance, comedy, visual art and film. The festival includes workshops, dance performances, readings and multiple world premieres, all produced by Portland-based artists.

The Reel Music Festival celebrates music through film in all genres from jazz and blues to folk, rock and classical. Previous festivals have highlighted diverse musical greats like the late Elliot Smith, bluegrass legends the Carter Family and hip hop star Nas. Don’t miss special director talks, live music and screenings. Typically held at the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, the Reel Music Festival 2019 dates will be announced in late December.

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Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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