Portland events calendar for March 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment 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. 18)

Portland locations

With 150 performances by local acts & jazz legends, Portland Jazz Festival has something for everyone.

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 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.

State beer competition

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 23)

5 miles NE

Taste unmarked beers from four states (California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) and vote for your favorite at Beer Brawl at Concordia Ale House.

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 - 7, 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.

Cinderella ballet

March 1 - 7, 2015 (begins Feb. 28)

0.6 miles south

Oregon Ballet Theatre presents the magical and romantic fairy tale Cinderella at Keller Auditorium.

Show-business comedy

March 1 - 8, 2015 (begins Feb. 19)

0.3 miles SW

Eight-year-old Tina will do anything to get the lead role in the school play in witty and satirical Ruthless! The Musical at Brunish Theatre. Discount tickets.

Wine auction

March 7, 2015

1.5 miles NE

A ticket to the pricey Classic Wines Auction includes a reception, silent auction, live auction, and five-course menu with wines at the Oregon Convention Center.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls

March 13 - 17, 2015

Downtown Portland

These events may include drink specials, party souvenirs, and no cover charge at multiple bars.

LEGO on display

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.

Irish festival - Portland

March 14 - 17, 2015

0.5 mile NE

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

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.

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.

Whale Watching Week

March 21 - 28, 2015

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.

Chinese dance

March 27 - 29, 2015

0.6 miles south

Shen Yun is colorful and elaborately staged Chinese folk dancing with live orchestra at Keller Auditorium.

Tulip festival

March 27 - 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.

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.

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, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.cook@events12.com