Plus: 'Casablanca' in Concert with your crush on Valentine's Day.
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One more time for old time’s sake
A kitchen stage is set up in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square for Feast, a food festival that started in 2012. An audience watches to people behind the counter cooking something.
Feast started in 2012, satisfying the appetite for everything foodie with dinners, demonstrations, talks, parties, and more. | Photo by Mack Male via Wikimedia Commons
You never stop thinking about the ones that got away...

We’re talking about the events that have been canceled over the years, of course. Don’t get us wrong, we are still incredibly fortunate to have community gatherings like the Portland Winter Light Festival and the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby — each a tradition that makes living here so special.

But it’s hard not to reminisce about Feast, the culinary celebration that helped solidify Portland’s place at the table as a premier foodie destination, ultimately falling victim to the financial pressures of the pandemic.

Men in suits wearing chicken hats run down a street during the Portland Urban Iditarod.

Costumed participants would push shopping carts and make their friends be sled dogs for the Portland Urban Iditarod.


Photo by Erin via Wikimedia Commons

Even farther back — who remembers the Portland Urban Iditarod? Author Chuck Palahniuk wrote of a sing-a-long to celebrate poet Emily Dickinson’s birthday in his book “Fugitives and Refugees.” Quirky is our status quo.

Perhaps it’s because festivals and other yearly occasions, large and small, are such vital fabric to our city’s tapestry that when one is no more, its absence is felt so acutely.

Indulge us in our flight of nostalgia by answering this question. If you could bring back an event or festival from Portland’s past — what would you choose? Let us know and we may use your response in a future article.

And if you’re looking for something to do in the present, check out our events page.
Monday, Feb. 12
  • A Voice of the People Series: Akwaeke Emezi | Monday, Feb. 12 | 7 p.m. | Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland | $15 | Hear from the multidisciplinary artist and New York Times bestselling author whose work is “rooted in Black spirit, embodiment, legacy, and memory.”
  • It’s Gonna Be Okay | Monday, Feb. 12 | 8 p.m. | EastBurn, 1800 E. Burnside St., Portland | Free | Everyone take a deep breath, and exhale with a laugh at this weekly comedy showcase featuring top talent from Portland and nationwide.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Oregon Wine Symposium 2024 | Tuesday, Feb. 13-Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 8 a.m. | Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland | $40-$325 | Members of the wine industry are invited to connect with exhibitors ranging from label creatives to tank manufacturers on the trade show floor.
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves | Tuesday, Feb. 13 + Thursday, Feb. 15 | 7 p.m. | Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Portland | $6+ | This lupine hoops team is in town for two matchups this week and tickets are cheap, so let’s pack the Moda Center — howl ‘bout it?
  • Portland Mardi Gras Parade | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 7 p.m. | North Mississippi Avenue, between Humboldt Street + Cook Street, Portland | Free | Put on your favorite beads and get ready to dance in the streets during this family-friendly event hosted by Mysti Krewe of Nimbus.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner Show | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown, 319 SW Pine St., Portland | $71.95 | Was it a crime of passion, committed by someone at your very table? Watch the hilarious investigation unfold as you enjoy a three-course meal.
  • “Casablanca” in Concert | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $39-$75 | Come see one of Hollywood’s most romantic tales on the big screen alongside a live score courtesy of the Oregon Symphony.
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News Notes
  • Assembly Brewing Pizza Annex is now open and serving up saucy Detroit-style squares in the Alberta Arts District. The all-ages space speaks to the neighborhood’s creative spirit, its walls adorned with pieces by Theodore Holdt (who painted the original location’s murals). (Eater Portland)
  • Bob Moore, the founder and face of whole grain foods brand Bob’s Red Mill, died over the weekend at 94. The Milwaukie-based company started in 1978 serving the Portland area; now its 200+ products are sold in 70 countries. Details on a celebration of Moore’s life are in the works. (KGW)
  • Newly digitized photos from the 1860s and 1870s are shining light on the lives of Oregon’s earliest Black residents. The Oregon Historical Society’s collections include images of Allen Flowers, who arrived in Portland after jumping off an ill-fated steamship, and his family’s farm on the slopes of Mount Scott. (OPB)
  • What you see as mistakes in the wash are just the forte of Bleached By Josh, the upcycled clothing company whose limited edition Rip City Made collection featured during Saturday’s Trail Blazers game. If you missed it, you can catch Joshua Manus’ designs online or at markets around Portland. (KOIN)
  • Northeast 28th Avenue’s new bar Too Soon is a shake on New York City’s signature cocktail creativity (thankfully, Tom Cruise is nowhere to be seen). Bartenders Adam Robinson and Nick Flower, of Deadshot and Teardrop Lounge, respectively, have curated a catalog of 1,000 drinks, accumulated over their careers, for you to explore. (Eater Portland)
  • We heard your feedback to our poll about the Oregon Zoo’s priorities, should its new bond proposal be passed by voters in May. All told, 63 of you said enclosure upgrades were most important, followed by conservation efforts (13 responses) and community outreach (2 responses). Emergency climate resiliency was one of six “other” submissions.
  • Wedding bands, names of former partners, mustache fingers — these are all tattoos that removal expert Sarah Inloes has helped clients erase from their bodies at her studio Take It Off. The time-consuming, expensive process involves speeding up the body’s natural efforts to chip away at subcutaneous pigments. (Portland Monthly)
  • Literary Arts recently announced the finalists for the 2024 Oregon Book Awards. Winners will be announced live at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on April 8, hosted by Kwame Alexander. You’re invited to an evening honoring our state’s most accomplished writers in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers, and graphic literature.*
  • Discover a brighter financial future with Money Pickle, your gateway to personalized financial advice. Connect with vetted financial advisors, handpicked to provide fiduciary guidance that directly aligns with your goals for investments, retirement, and beyond. Schedule your complimentary video consultation.*
✍️ Our readers’ hobbies
A person wearing several rings and cozy clothes knits using a yellow ochre yarn while sitting on a futon. There are string lights draped around them.
Knitting, sewing, and quilting were popular answers. | Photo by Caroline Feelgood
When we shared some ideas for hobbies to pick up in Portland, we also asked our readers what they do for enjoyment in their free time. Turns out, they’re a skilled bunch. Here are some of their responses.

Build your brain

“Take French classes at the Alliance Française de Portland

“Taking no credit classes at PCC”

“Puzzles at home”

Stay active

"Paddle dragon boats with a local club (year-round, not just during the Rose Festival)”

Mazama Mountaineering Center

“Play early music at Community Music Center
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