Portland events calendar for March 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend fairs, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter egg hunts, free kids’ activities in Portland, Oregon.

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Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

African film festival

March 1 - 5, 2016 (begins Feb. 5)

Portland locations

See movies from Africa during Cascade Festival of African Films at Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College Cascade Campus. Free.

Satire by C.S. Lewis

March 1 - 2, 2016

8 miles SW

The devil’s assistant temps a Christian to surrender to personal benefit and greed in The Screwtape Letters, a wickedly funny play at Newmark Theatre.

Discount tickets $30.

Free art day

March 3, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

Visit the Portland Art Museum on Free Days, which include the first Thursday evening of every month. Free.

Romeo and Juliet ballet

March 3 - 5, 2016 (begins Feb. 27)

0.6 miles south

Oregon Ballet Theatre performs Romeo and Juliet, a story about star-crossed lovers, with music by Tchaikovsky at Keller Auditorium. Discount tickets $24.

‘50s and ‘60s music

March 3 - 6, 2016 (begins Feb. 18)

0.3 miles SW

Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a song & dance revue of the rock ‘n’ roll songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (Love Potion #9, On Broadway, Yakety Yak, etc.) at Brunish Theatre. Discount tickets $24.

Women’s film festival

March 3 - 6, 2016

4 miles NE

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) shows nearly 100 works of today’s top women directors, who often attend post-screening panels and answer questions at Hollywood Theatre.

Funny variety show

March 4 - 6, 2016

4.7 miles NE

Frank Olivier’s Twisted Cabaret is an action-packed show with magic, knife-throwing, juggling, burlesque, and acrobatics at Alberta Rose Theatre. Discount tickets $12.

Charlie Brown musical

March 4 - 13, 2016

25 miles NE

Comic book characters come to life in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in Washougal.

Discount tickets $10.

Trucks in the mud

March 5, 2016

96 miles south

Mud Fest is a four-wheel-drive muddy play day in Sweet Home, with a concession stand and bathrooms. Tickets go on sale Feb. 6 and quickly sell out.

Art walk

March 5 - 6, 2016

2 to 4 miles SE

SE Area ARTWalk is a self-guided tour of artists’ studios, home workspaces, galleries, and businesses in Southeast Portland. Free.

Antique and collectibles show

March 5 - 6, 2016

7 miles north

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, 1300 vendors sell furniture, glassware, movie memorabilia, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in July and Oct.

Funny classical music

March 6, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Igudesman and Joo will crack you up with their comic routines as they play classical music at Big Nightmare Music in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Discount tickets $30.

Women’s Day chorus

March 6, 2016

0.3 miles SW

Celebrate the power and strength of women as Aurora Chorus sings Still I Rise at First Congregational Church. (Women’s Day is March 8.)

Movies of India

March 6 & 12, 2016 (also Feb.)

0.5 miles SW

See 10 classic Indian films from 1951 to 2002 at From Bombay to Bollywood: 50 Years of Indian Cinema at the Portland Art Museum. Discount tickets $4.50.

RV show

March 9 - 13, 2016

7 miles north

See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at Portland Metro Dealers RV Show, the Spring RV Show of Shows, at Portland Expo Center. Repeats Nov.

African-American dance

March 10 - 12, 2016 (8 p.m.)

8 miles SW

Kyle Abraham and his company present a mixed repertory program that blends modern dance technique with hip-hop and urban street dance at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets March 10, $13.

Wine & food festival

March 10 - 13, 2016

79 miles NW

Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival features wine tasting, wine dinners, and a Saturday wine walk, with participation of dozens of Northwest wineries.

St. Patrick’s tasting

March 11, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.2 miles east

St Patrick’s O’Chocolate McWhiskey pairs handcrafted chocolate with fine whiskey, Irish shepherd’s pie, cheese, and bread at Portland Wine Storage.

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair

March 11 - 13, 2016

1 mile NE

Wear green to the Shamrock Run Sunday morning, which is a half marathon, 5K, 8K, and 15K. The free Shamrock Fitness Fair is Friday and Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center.

St. Patrick’s Day for families

March 12, 2016

5 miles SE

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is a 5K fun run at 11 a.m., family parade at noon, then Irish music, dancing, and carnival games until 5 p.m. plus beer garden until 8 p.m. at St. Agatha Catholic School.

Blues music

March 12, 2016 (3 p.m.)

7.5 miles SE

Hear seven bands on two stages at the Winter Blues Music Festival in Milwaukie at the end of Max orange.

St. Patrick’s Day run

March 12, 2016

14 miles south

The Dirty Leprechaun 5K offers fun obstacles, mud, beer, bonfires, mimosas, and music at Lee Farms.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 12, 2016 (11 a.m.)

17 miles west

St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a Hillsboro tradition that begins and ends at Hare Field. Free.

Cat show

March 12 - 13, 2016

2 miles NE

Cats and Shamrocks is an all-breed cat show that includes household pets at the Double Tree by Hilton.

St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls

March 12 - 19, 2016

Downtown Portland

Most of these events include drink specials, party souvenirs, and no cover charge at multiple bars.

St. Patrick’s Day family festival

March 17, 2016

1.6 miles NE

Hear traditional music, watch amazing dancing, eat and drink at the All-Irish Cultural Society St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Ambridge Event Center.

Irish festival - Portland

March 17 - 19, 2016

0.5 mile NE

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub is billed as the largest in the Northwest. It features music, dancing, and arts & crafts, plus kids’ events Saturday.

Vancouver Brewfest

March 18 - 19, 2016

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest – Spring Edition has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park. Repeats in Aug.

Hot-rod show

March 18 - 20, 2016

7 miles north

See 400 outstanding cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Portland Roadster Show at Portland Expo Center.

Cider tasting

March 19, 2016

0.5 miles NW

Meet northwest cider makers, taste 8 ciders with your ticket, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Rite of Spring in the Tiffany Center for ages 21+.

Eggs from the sky

March 19, 2016

6.5 miles SE

Register early for Code Orange Helicopter Easter Egg Drop, which has egg hunts from age 2 to 5th grade, plus carnival games, bouncy houses, face painting, and the Easter Bunny at Brentwood City Park. Free.

Whale Watching Week

March 19 - 26, 2016

107 miles SW

Volunteers will help you spot whales at 24 sites during Whale Watching Week. Mileage shown is to Depoe Bay Whale Center in Newport. Repeats in Dec.

Easter egg hunts

March 19 - 27, 2016

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.


March 23, 2016 (8 p.m.)

1.8 miles east

Professional magicians perform grand illusions, escapes, levitation, and comedy magic at Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible in Revolution Hall.

Discount tickets $25.

Beer and wine festival

March 25 - 26, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)

1.5 miles NE

Spring Beer & Wine Fest brings 80 Northwest beers, wines and spirits, gourmet food, chocolate, cheese, and chef seminars to Oregon Convention Center.

Tulip festival

March 25 - May 1, 2016

35 miles south

See 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom, visit the gift shop & cafe, and check the weekend events schedule for Tulip Fest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

Easter in the Pearl District

March 26, 2016

0.7 miles north

Familes follow a map to collect free treats in shops, do art projects, win prizes, and hear music in Jamison Square at Hippity Hop Bunny Hop Through the Pearl.

Rabbit romp at the zoo

March 26, 2016

3 miles west

Rabbit Romp features candy-egg hunts by age group every 15 minutes, bunnies to pet, bunny crafts, and games at the Oregon Zoo.

Comic Book Swap

March 26, 2016

3.6 miles east

Browse comic books, toys, cards, buttons, and VHS at Frankenstein’s Comicbook Swap at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Egg hunt at the dairy

March 26, 2016

6.4 miles SW

Children from 3 to 5 and from 6 to 8 hunt for candy and prizes at the Easter Egg Hunt at Alpenrose Dairy.

Easter in Hillsboro

March 26, 2016

16 miles west

The Great Westside Easter Event includes egg hunts, prizes, emergency vehicles, bounce houses, games, pony rides, and arts & crafts for $5 per family at Washington County Fair Complex

Easter restaurants

March 27, 2016

Portland locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter cruise

March 27, 2016 (9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.)

0.5 miles east

Portland Spirit offers brunch river cruises boarding from Salmon Street Springs Fountain.

Green-living show

March 28 - 29, 2016

7 miles north

Discover ways to live healthy and lower your impact on the environment at the Better Living Show [sound] in Portland Expo Center. Free.

Dance of Brazil

March 30, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Grupo Corpo lights up the stage at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with its incomparable mix of ballet and contemporary Afro-Brazilian movement. Discount tickets $20.

Theatrical dance

March 31 - April 2, 2016 (8 p.m.)

8 miles SW

The theme of Kidd Pivot is bewilderment in the wake of disaster, at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets $13.

Comedy and variety acts

March 31 - April 3, 2016

4.7 miles NE

Umbrella Festival is a circus and comedy show with acrobats, aerialists, and clowns, plus an adult cabaret night of drag and burlesque at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Auto parts swap meet

March 31 - April 3, 2016

7 miles north

Choose from two auto-parts swap meets.

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins

March 2016 (undated)

Portland locations

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, dancing, Irish Stout, Irish coffee, and Irish food at McMenamins.

Bunny beer crawl

March 2016 (undated)

1 mile SE

Portland Bunnycon [first log into Facebook] begins at Pour Sports and promises games and prizes. Free.
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