Cure Your Winter Blues

Pull yourself out of the winter slump in Albany! Attend one of the events taking place in January at the Linn County Expo Center. Skip having to cook by enjoying a night out. Browse for all things old at a downtown antique store and grab lunch while you’re there. Here are some ideas to get you out and brighten your mood. 

Weekend Events

East Albany Lions Club Sportsman & Gun Show This event features sporting and hunting supplies, knives, military collectibles, ammo, reloading, new and used guns, antique guns and lots more. All proceeds go to Lions Sight and Hearing, local charities and community projects. It is held at Linn County Expo Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on January 13 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  January 14. Visit eastalbanylionsclub.org to find out more. 

Winter Rod & Speed Show Over 100 cars, including hot rods, muscle cars, bikes, low riders, custom trucks and race cars from all over the Northwest gather for a show at the Linn County Expo Center! NHRA fan favorite top Fuel driver Buddy Hull is coming and the Motorsports Expo and Special Interest show is loaded with race cars and entertainment by the Master DJ Paul Finister. On Friday night, the band Back Again will be playing your favorite 70’s and 80’s hits. On Saturday, there is a swap meet and a model car contest. Check it out 6-9 p.m. on January 19 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. January 20. Visit capitoldragster.com for more information. 

Auto Show at Linn Co Expo Center
Photo by Dave Maestas

“Mask”uerading in 2024 Dance, shop and visit with other dancers at the Midwinter Festival. Featured callers are Jet Roberts and Scott Bennett. Round dance cuers are Rey and Sherry Garza. The clogging instructor is Missy Shinoski. Held January 26-28 at the Linn County Expo Center. For more information visit MidwinterFestival.org.

The Great Gatsby at Albany Civic Theater This adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic draws the audience into themes of equity and privilege and showcases Daisy’s strength and character. This show is a World Premiere performance by Portland playwright Maeve Z O’Connor. Albany Civic Theater is located at 111 First Ave W. Performances on January 26-28, February 2- 4 and February 8-10. See albanycivic.org for showtimes and future plays. 

Featured Restaurants 

La Roca margarita flight

Homegrown Oregon Foods Albany’s only dedicated gluten-free restaurant has a sit-down location in Historic Downtown. Celebrate an allergy-free life with delicious selections such as soups, salads and protein boxes with international flare. 212 1st Ave SE, 541-971-7174, homegrownoregonfoods.com

La Roca Mexican Restaurant Family-friendly Tex-Mex restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. Why wait till Taco Tuesday? At La Roca, it’s always taco day. They also have Margarita Monday with specials every week. 1727 Hill St SE, 541-928-6141, facebook.com/LaRocaMexicanRestaurant

Sam City An old-fashioned throwback restaurant preparing pho and other traditional Pan-Asian meals and affordable lunch specials. They serve vegan dishes and have a kids’ menu. 2180 Pacific Blvd SE, 541-928-6180. 

Simply Ramen This quaint little gem has Thai dishes, rice plates and ramen. The food is fresh and tasty. 1800 Geary Street SE, 541-981-2798, menu at https://qrco.de/bbrmrJ

Antique Shops

Albany Antique Mall 145 SW 2nd Ave, 541-704-0109, albanyantiquemall.com.

Cronies Antiques 211 2nd Ave, 541-760-1941, croniesantiques.business.site.

Stay Awhile Vintage Mercantile 425 W 1st Ave, 541-981-2373, see their Facebook page. 

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