What to Do in Oregon in January

If your 2023 resolution is to get out and see more of your home state, we’ve got some ideas for how you can achieve that each month of the new year in our 12 Oregon Adventures for 2023. But we get it – one. a month at a time. Start January with a First Day hike in one of our many state parks, then maybe try some beers in Bend, check out some sled dog racing in the Wallowa Mountains, and more.

First Day Hikes

Sunday, January 1, various Oregon State Parks, free
If you want to start the new year with a hike, you’re in luck: not only are First Day Hikes guided at several Oregon State Parks, all 25 parks that require a permit have free parking. usually. Currently, Oregon State Parks lists more than 20 First Day Hikes—and other activities like snowshoeing and horseback riding—on its calendar of events, including guided, ranger-led tours at Silver Falls, Smith Rock, Tumalo, Fort Stevens, Cottonwood Canyon, and others.

USASA Central Oregon Tournament Series

January 7, 14, 15, 21 & 28, Mount Bachelor, free for spectators
Watch the next generation of snowboarders and freeskiers take to the slopes in this youth competition series hosted by Mount Bachelor and Woodward freestyle parks. Entrants will compete in snowboard/ski cross, slopestyle, halfpipe, and rail jam events throughout January and February. Watch emerging talent throw down their best tricks to qualify for national events put on by the United States Snowboard and Freeski Association.

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High Gravity Beer Festival at St Francis Old School

1–8 pm Saturday, January 14, 700 NW Bond St, Bend, $25–28
Gather around the flaming fire pits or step into the theater at St. Francis McMenamins Old School in Bend to sample some great stout ales – and ciders – at the 10th Annual High Gravity Beer Festival, where 24 unique beers and ciders will be on tap from McMenamins and other local guest breweries. In a series of collaborations the brewers and friends of McMenamins Old St. have produced a beer. Francis, which has never been released to the public before. Tickets include 10 drinks.

The First Taste of Oregon

Fri.–Sat., Jan. 27–28, 2330 NE 17th St, Salem, $12–42
Dry January be damned. We’re heading down to the Jackman Long Building at the Oregon State Expo Center in Salem for the annual First Taste Oregon, where more than 50 Oregon brewers, winemakers, spirit distillers, and culinary artisans come together for a feast/experience One huge shopping.

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Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race

Wednesday – Saturday, January 18–21, Ferguson Ridge Ski Area, Joseph, free
Three dog sled races of varying distances will be held through the rugged Wallowa Mountains beginning at noon Thursday, January 19, from the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area near Joseph in northeastern Oregon. The 200-mile, 12-dog race is Oregon’s only qualifier for Alaska’s Iditarod and Canada’s Yukon Quest. There is also a 100-mile, eight-dog race and a 31-mile, six-dog race. Veterinary checks—which are open to the public and offer an opportunity to meet the dogs and mutts (please leave personal pets at home)—begin the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Enterprise and continue in Joseph that evening. The Salt Creek Sno-Park Summit Crossing is a good place for spectators to catch more of the action before the race finishes back at Ferguson Ridge on Saturday.

Oregon King Tides

Fri-Sun, Jan 20-22, anywhere on the Oregon coast, free
It’s king tide season on the Oregon coast, and the Oregon King Tides Project, a citizen-science effort organized by CoastWatch and the Oregon Coastal Management Program. During the highest tidal sequence of the year, the Oregon King Tides Project asks for help documenting high tide events (known as king tides) in an effort to understand the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities. Participation in the project is open to anyone willing and able to go out to the coast and operate a camera.

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TSI Training School

10am–3pm Saturday, January 21, Klootchy Creek County Park, free
The Trail Sustainability Institute – a trail stewardship education program founded by the Northwest Trail Alliance – is hosting a Trail School event again on January 21 at Klootchy Creek County Park, along Highway 26 just east of where it meets US 101. The event will basics of maintaining cycle paths and giving hands-on training. The Alliance recommends that volunteers wear work clothing including boots, gloves, and eye protection, and bring their own water, snacks, and lunch. Registration required.

Winter Music Festival

Fri–Sun, Jan 27–29, 715 Quince St, Florence, $35–50
The three-day acoustic music festival spotlighting bluegrass, Americana, and country music returns to the Florence Events Center. The festival features a wide range of music from nationally and locally renowned artists, educational workshops and public jam sessions. Buy tickets to attend in person, or stream performances live from home.


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