Portland events calendar for March 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend fairs, shows, St. Patrick’s Day parade, free kids’ activities in Portland, Oregon.

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Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in March 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Jazz festival

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 17)

Portland locations

Portland Jazz Festival features 80 performances by local acts and jazz legends, and many are free.

Garden show

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 27)

1.5 miles NE

Visit showcase gardens, watch cooking classes, and wander among 300 exhibitors at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show at the Oregon Convention Center.

Food-cart scavenger hunt

March 1, 2015

2 miles NW

Cartathlon is a team scavenger hunt and urban footrace that requires solving riddles, riding Tri-Met, eating, and taking photos. Begins at Willamette Week Headquarters. Ends with prizes and a party.

Art walk

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 28)

2 to 4 miles SE

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

Chinese New Year

March 1 - 5, 2015 (begins Feb. 19)

0.5 mile north

Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural scenes, kids’ activities, and lantern viewing at Lan Su Chinese Garden. See schedule.

African film festival

March 1 - 8, 2015 (begins Feb. 6)

Portland locations

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

Spirits tasting

March 7, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Taste 120 spirits from 40 distillers with small bites from five of Portland’s best chefs at TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting at Leftbank Annex.

Trucks in the mud

March 7, 2015

96 miles south

Mud Fest is a four-wheel drive muddy play day in Sweet Home, with a concession stand and bathrooms.

Antique and collectibles show

March 7 - 8, 2015

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.

Women’s Day chorus

March 8, 2015

0.3 miles SW

Celebrate the power and strength of women on Women’s Day at the Dare to Be Powerful concert by Aurora Chorus in First Congregational Church.

RV show

March 11 - 15, 2015

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.

Women’s film festival

March 12 - 15, 2015

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.

Wine & food festival

March 12 - 15, 2015

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.
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St. Patrick’s tasting

March 13, 2015

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 13 - 15, 2015

1 mile NE

Wear green to the Shamrock Run Sunday morning.

The free Shamrock Fitness Fair is Friday and Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center.

Irish festival - Portland

March 13 - 17, 2015

0.5 mile NE

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

Brazilian music

March 14, 2015

0.6 miles SW

Hear a wide range of roots jazz from Brazil at Sounds of Brazil: Dia do Choro in the Historic Old Church.

Irish night

March 14, 2015

3.5 miles north

Kiss Me I’m Irish features Irish stories, songs, music, and dance, with wine and beer available at Alberta Abbey for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s Day for families

March 14, 2015

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.

St. Patrick’s Day run

March 14, 2015

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 14, 2015

17 miles west

St. Patrick's Day Parade is a Hillsboro tradition. Free.

LEGO convention

March 14 - 15, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Bricks Cascade is a four-day convention for LEGO builders. You can buy a ticket to view their creations on the weekend at the Oregon Convention Center.

Cat show

March 14 - 15, 2015

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 14 & 17, 2015

Downtown Portland

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

St. Patrick's Day at McMenamins

March 17, 2015

Portland locations

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

St. Patrick’s Day family festival

March 17, 2015

1.6 miles

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.

Hot-rod show

March 20 - 22, 2015

7 miles north

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

Tulip festival

March 20 - May 3, 2015

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.

Cider tasting

March 21, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Meet northwest cider makers, taste 10 ciders with your ticket, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Rite of Spring in the Tiffany Center for ages 21+.

Women’s show

March 21, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Portland Women’s Expo features a fashion show, food samples, beer and wine garden, rock wall, and health & beauty products at Oregon Convention Center.

Blues benefit

March 21, 2015

13 miles south

The 20/20 Celebration of Sight & Sound includes dinner, dancing, three live blues acts, and an auction at Pioneer Community Center in Oregon City.

Holistic expo

March 21 - 22, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Body Mind Spirit Expo features 90 exhibitors and 70 presentations about alternative health and psychic power at the Oregon Convention Center.

Easter egg hunts

March 21 - April 5, 2015

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Free art day

March 27, 2015

0.4 miles SW

Visit the Portland Art Museum free on the fourth Friday evening each month: Fourth Free Friday.

Vampire’s Masquerade Ball

March 28, 2015

1 miles east

Vampire’s Masquerade Ball is a formal gala at the Melody Ballroom with gothic and industrial music, a classic midnight waltz, full bars, and a catered meal.

Eggs from the sky

March 28, 2015

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.

Green-living show

March 28 - 29, 2015

7 miles north

Discover ways to live healthy and lower your impact on the environment at the Better Living Show in Portland Expo Center. Free.
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March 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, entertainment, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.