Timber's Viewing Party

Join us this Saturday to watch the Portland Timbers vs. the Colorado Rapids on the Empirical Theaters’ 4 story screen.


Meet Timber Joey, enter to win Timbers signed memorabilia and tickets to OMSI, and play FIFA with the Timbers Ford Street Team.


5:00PM | Doors Open - this event is free; no tickets required.

6:00PM | Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids


The Empirical Café will be open with sandwiches, hotdogs, movie snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.


All ages welcome. Parking is free.

Ninkasi Space Beer Dinner

Foodies and beer lovers, join us during World Space Week for another delicious dinner featuring Ninkasi’s second-edition of Ground Control, their bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout that was fermented with space-traveled yeast.


Enjoy a beer-pairing dinner created by Bon Appetit’s Executive Chef, Kit Zhu and hear from two Ninkasi experts, Ben Prescott, a Certified Cicerone and Ali Aasum, Communications Director.


Food As Medicine

Come join the National University of Natural Medicine as they preview their new documentary, Food As Medicine at OMSI and chat with some of the contributors to the film.


About the film:

The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly half the population in the United States lives with at least one chronic disease. These diseases are the leading cause of death and disability and are the most costly and most preventable of all health conditions in the country.

Animation Film Festival


A celebration of animation from independent shorts to feature films, the 2016 OMSI Animation Festival showcases a selection of intelligent, entertaining and provocative programming from some of the world’s most creative artists. The Festival runs from Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18 at OMSI’s Empirical Theater. With highlights that include an appearance by Laika Studios 18-foot tall stop motion skeleton puppet, a cake-baking octopus, and an imaginative 1940’s steampunk adventure, the Empirical Theater's giant screen will offer a fantastical smorgasbord of animation with something sure to appeal to nearly everyone.


Festival Passes
Plan on attending multiple shows or events? Buy an exclusive Festival pass and save! Pass holders receive access to all festival screenings and special events.

$19 Adult / $16 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $3 off

Tickets are also available for individual shows.

$7 Adult / $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $1 off


Both Passes and Tickets may be purchased online at, at the OMSI front desk, or by telephone at 503-797-4000.


Festival Schedule

Thursday, September 15
6:30pm LAIKA: A Giant Skeleton & Animated Shorts

Friday, September 16
4:00pm  Finding Dory

6:00pm  The King and the Mockingbird (Subt)
7:30pm  April and the Extraordinary World (Subt)
9:30pm  Fantastic Mr. Fox

Saturday, September 17
12:00pm  Kid Flix: Best of The 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival

1:00pm    Family Flix: Best of The 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival

2:30pm   The Secret of Kells
4:00pm   The King and the Mockingbird (Dub)

5:30pm   Shaun the Sheep

7:00pm  Coraline 3D

8:45pm  Anomalisa

10:15pm American Pop


Sunday, September 18
1:00pm  Kid Flix: Best of The 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival

2:00pm   Family Flix: Best of The 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival

3:30pm  April and the Extraordinary World (Dub)

5:30pm Boy and the World

7:00pm  Fantastic Mr. Fox

Boy and The World

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s Academy Award®-nominated masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color that critics proclaim is “one of the most beautiful animated features ever made.” (Film Journal International)

Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, Cuca embarks on a journey that unfolds like a tapestry – the film’s stunning visuals becoming more complex as his small world expands. The story of a changing world through the eyes of a curious child, Boy and the World depicts a clash between village and city, nature and industry, the rich and the poor – and despite the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song.

American Pop

Journey into an explosion of sight, sound, song and superb storytelling as brilliantly conceived by animation innovator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, The Lord of the Rings, Wizards). From a turn-of-the-century immigrant vaudevillian to a rock superstar, American Pop is the story of four generations whose lives revolve around the beat of American popular music. Featuring a mind-blowing soundtrack bursting with the hit music of The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas & The Papas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pat Benatar, Lou Reed, Bob Seger and more. Packed with energy, excitement, electricity and enthusiasm, Bashki's work is a ground-breaking, kaleidoscopic animated trip.

"A dazzling display of talent, nerve, ideas (old and new), passion and a marvelously free sensibility." Vincent Canby, New York Times