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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair

March 11 - 13, 2016

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 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.

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

17 miles west

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

St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls

March 12 - 17, 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 - 20, 2016

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, and arts & crafts, (plus kids’ events Saturday and Sunday).

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

Vampire’s Masquerade Ball

March 19, 2016

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 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.

Free art day

March 25, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

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

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.

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

0.5 miles east

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

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.

Brazilian music

March 2016 (undated)

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.

Food-cart scavenger hunt

March 2016 (undated)

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.

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.

St. Patrick’s tasting

March 2016 (undated)

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.

Cat show

March 2016 (undated)

2 miles NE

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

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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