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. 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.

Cinderella ballet

March 1 - 7, 2015

0.6 miles south

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

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.

1940s musical revue

March 3, 2015

8 miles SW

In the Mood is a stage show with a big band, singers, and dancers at Newmark Theatre.

Family drama

March 3 - 22, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Other Desert Cities is about a family the NY Times called “balanced on a razor’s edge of affection and aggression” at Gerding Theater.

Discount tickets.

Deaf drama

March 4 - 8, 2015

0.5 miles west

A boy seeks family acceptance as he delves into the deaf community in Tribes at Artists Repertory Theatre. Video. Profanity.

Discount tickets.

Sex farce

March 4 - 8, 2015

0.5 miles NW

An Egyptian couple invites an American into their bedroom in Threesome, with hilariously awkward results that soon give way to secrets and tensions at Ellyn Bye Studio for ages 17+.

Discount tickets.

Circus acrobats

March 5 - 7, 2015

8 miles SW

Sequence 8 is a show of inventive juggling, aerial rope, teeter-board and circus acts performed by a dance troupe from Montreal at Newmark Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Musical about show business

March 5 - 8, 2015

0.3 miles SW

Third grader 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.

Classic comic play

March 6 - April 12, 2015

10 miles south

A man discovers he can predict horse-race winners, but only if he doesn’t bet on them himself, in Three Men on a Horse, a comedy set in the Depression era that’s onstage in Lake Oswego.

Discount tickets.

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.
March 2015

Slapstick comedy

March 7 - 22, 2015 (weekends)

11 miles SW

Dearly Beloved is about the silly shenanigans of a Texas family trying to cope when the bride runs off on her wedding day, in Tigard.

Discount tickets.

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.

Jewish comedy

March 12 - April 4, 2015

1.8 miles NE

Jewtopia is an entertaining play about cultural clashes when 30-year-old Jews and gentiles date, at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza.

Discount tickets.

A play about good & evil

March 13 - 14, 2015

8 miles SW

Lost souls take a bus ride to heaven in The Great Divorce, a witty fantasy by C. S. Lewis at Newmark Theatre with after-show discussion.

Discount tickets.

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 (7 p.m.)

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.

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 (4 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Irish night

March 14, 2015 (8 p.m.)

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+.

Discount tickets.

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.

Modern dance

March 19 - 21, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

8 miles SW

Louder than Words is a performance of three contemporary works by Northwest Dance Project at the Newmark Theatre.

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.

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.

Discount tickets.

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.

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.

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