Portland events calendar for March 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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March 2014

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in March 2014 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.

African film festival

March 1, 2014 (begins Jan. 31)

Portland locations

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

Mardi Gras Ball

March 1, 2014

1.2 miles east

Mardi Gras Ball is a Louisiana-style costume ball with beads, baubles, king cake, and dancing to live Cajun and zydeco music at Bossanova Ballroom.

Wine auction

March 1, 2014

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.

Polar Plunge

March 1, 2014

12 miles NE

Watch pledgers run into the frigid waters of the Columbia River for charity at Polar Plunge on Broughton Beach.

Sausage and beer fest

March 1, 2014 (begins Feb. 28)

38 miles south

Wurstfest is a celebration of handmade sausage, local and German beer, and German music in the Mount Angel Festhalle. It includes a 5K, indoor parade, and costume contest for Fasching on Saturday.

Trucks in the mud

March 1, 2014

96 miles south

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

Jazz festival

March 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Feb. 20)

Portland locations

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

Portland Lindy Exchange

March 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Feb. 28)

Portland locations

Lindy hop dancers gather during Portland Lindy Exchange for dancing to jazz and swing bands at venues all over the city.

Garden show

March 1- 2, 2014 (begins Feb. 28)

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.

Art walk

March 1 - 2, 2014

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 - 2, 2014 (begins Feb. 24)

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.

Antique and collectibles show

March 1 - 2, 2014

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.
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Burt Lancaster films

March 1 - 30, 2014 (begins Feb. 28)

0.5 miles SW

See iconic movie star Burt Lancaster in a dozen films during Forever Burt at the Portland Art Museum.

Food-cart scavenger hunt

March 2, 2014

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.

RV show

March 5 - 9, 2014

7 miles north

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

Women’s film festival

March 6 - 9, 2014

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 6 - 9, 2014

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.

Irish festival - Eugene

March 7 - 8, 2014

108 miles south

Eugene Irish Festival features traditional Irish music, workshops, and family activities. See schedule.

LEGO on display

March 8 - 9, 2014

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 8 - 9, 2014

2 miles NE

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

Irish concert

March 10, 2014 (12 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

Sons of Malarkey play traditional Irish music with a touch of Celtic Rock at Noontime Showcase: The Sons of Malarkey in Antoinette Hatfield Hall. Free.

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair

March 14 - 16, 2014 (sold out)

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 and is not sold out.

Hot-rod show

March 14 - 16, 2014

7 miles north

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

Irish festival - Portland

March 14 - 17, 2014

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 bar crawls

March 15, 2014

Downtown Portland

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

Women’s show

March 15, 2014

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.

St. Patrick’s Day family festival

March 17, 2014 (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 entertainment

March 17, 2014

Portland locations

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

Bizarre miniature golf

March 20-23 and 27-30, 2014 (sold out)

0.5 miles south

Smash Putt is weird mechanized miniature golf with interactive art, robots, golf-ball cannons, and a bar at 140 NW 4th Ave. Must be age 21 with ID.

Whale Watching Week

March 22 - 29, 2014

107 miles SW

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

Tulip festival

March 28 - May 4, 2014

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.

Green-living show

March 29 - 30, 2014

7 miles north

Discover ways to live healthy and lower your impact on the environment at the Better Living Show [website has sound] in Portland Expo Center. Free.
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March 2014 calendar of events in Portland. What to do in downtown Portland today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Portland, OR.