Things to do in Portland on New Year’s Day

After an acceptable sleeping-in period, besides watching bowl games, what else is there to do on New Year’s Day?

I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about American Football.

Places to Go

The Burnside Powell’s Books (1005 W Burnside) is open 10am to 9pm. And unlike on Xmas day, all the other locations are open too.

samudraeatinghayThe Oregon Zoo is open every day except Xmas Day.

Most movie theaters and bowling alleys are open too.

Food and Drink

Though it’s customary for many bars and taverns to close on New Year’s Day to recover from one of their biggest days of the year, your odds of finding a place to get a pint or a brunch today are pretty good.

On the New Year’s Eve post at Portland Food and Drink, many of the restaurants mentioned also indicate whether they’re open on New Year’s Day. maintains a comprehensive list of Bars open in Portland 365 days a year.


TriMet buses and MAX are running today on a Sunday schedule, the streetcar on the Saturday schedule.

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