Portland events calendar for May 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 May 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.

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Quilt show

May 1 - 2, 2015

7 miles north

Admire hundreds of quilts, see demonstrations, and shop at A Festival of Quilts in Portland Expo Center.

Ceramics show

May 1 - 3, 2015

1.3 miles north

Ceramic Showcase, billed as the largest U.S. show and sale of pottery, has 200 Oregon and Washington artists at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Free.

Tulip festival

May 1 - 3, 2015 (begins March)

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.

Medieval fair

May 2 - 3, 2015

25 miles west

Enjoy heavy armored combat, strolling musicians, singers, dancers, story telling, juggling, medieval cooking, merchants, and demos of book binding and leather working at Faire In The Grove on the lawn at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Free.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2, 3, 5, 2015

0.5 miles east

Enjoy live entertainment, authentic food, carnival rides, an artisan village, and family fun at Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Scavenger Hunt

May 3, 2015

0.5 miles north

Teams run around the city as they solve clues to win prizes at Portland Challenge, which begins and ends at a restaurant.

Animated film festival

May 4 - 10, 2015

4 miles NE

NW Animation Fest celebrates the best work from independent animators in 30 countries by showing 176 hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring films at Hollywood Theatre. Repeats May 14-17 in Eugene.

Stories about motherhood

May 7, 2015

4.7 miles NE

Listen To Your Mother celebrates and validates motherhood with readings that are touching and humorous at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Comedy festival

May 7 - 10, 2015

1.5 miles east

Bridgetown Comedy Festival showcases hilarious local and nationally known comedians in bars and theaters in the East Burnside area.

Belgian beer festival

May 8 - 9, 2015

1.5 miles north

Try Belgian offerings from 40 breweries, vote for your favorites, and eat at Cheers to Belgian Beers at Metalcraft Fabrication.

Whiskey festival

May 8 - 9, 2015

1.6 miles NW

WhiskeyTown features whisky tasting, cocktails, restaurant food, and live entertainment in tents at NW 17th & Front Avenue.

Annual dance show

May 8 - 10, 2015

0.5 miles west

See edgy new dance accompanied with piano, cello, and vocals at X-Posed in Polaris Dance Theatre.

Move with the dogs

May 9, 2015

0.5 miles east

Doggie Dash is a 1.5 or 2.5 mile untimed walk/run that begins and ends at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with vendor booths, live music, children’s activities, food for sale, and canine contests.

Craft show

May 9, 2015

1 mile NW

Shop from 200 artists and craft makers at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale at the Oregon Convention Center. Repeats in Dec. Free.

Street fair & parade

May 9, 2015

8 miles NW

Kick off the summer street fair season at St. Johns Bizarre, with local music, 70 juried craft vendors, food, a beer garden, and kids’ activities the same day as the noon St. Johns Parade in North Portland.

Women’s run

May 9, 2015

14 miles NW

Hippie Chick Half Quarter & Half Marathon [sound] is preceded by a kids’ race and followed by a breakfast at Hillsboro Ballpark.

Plant fair

May 9, 2015

21 miles NE

Camas Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Fair features plants, trees, garden art, kids’ activities, live music, and food vendors in beautiful downtown Camas, WA. Free.

Mother’s Day flower show

May 9 - 10, 2015

5 miles SE

Mother’s Day Show and Sale is a rhododendron show and sale at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
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Mother’s Day restaurants

May 10, 2015

Portland area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day. Also see the Mother’s Day brunch list by the Oregonian.

Mother’s Day cruise

May 10, 2015

two locations

Portland Spirit offers dinner river cruises boarding in Portland or Cascade Locks in the Gorge. (The brunch cruises are sold out.)

Mother’s Day walk

May 10, 2015

1.5 miles NW

Attend a reception at Castaway, take a 5K Reigning Roses Walk through NW Portland to honor your mother, and celebrate afterward at this charity event.

People in the street

May 10, 2015

Located 7.2 miles SE

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 7 miles of streets when most cars are banned for East Portland Sunday Parkways. Nearby parks offer activities & music. Free.

Mother’s Day races

May 10, 2015

13 miles SW, or 5 miles east

  • Run Like a Mother is a 5K, a kids’ run, and an after-party at beautiful Cook Park in Tigard.
  • Run Mama Run! is a 10K, 5K, and kids’ run in forested Mt. Tabor Park.

Gay film festival

May 14 - 17, 2015

3.5 miles east

QDoc is billed as the only U.S. festival devoted exclusively to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) documentaries, at Hollywood Theatre.

UFO Festival

May 14 - 17, 2015

38 miles SW

The UFO Festival honors two locals who spotted UFOs, with a costume parade, speakerrs, movie, live music, and kids’ fun at McMenamins Hotel in McMinnville.

Half marathon & fitness expo

May 15 - 17, 2015

Portland locations

The free Health and Fitness Expo is Friday and Saturday at Oregon Convention Center, followed by the Rock ’n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon on Sunday.

Oregon City festival

May 15 - 17, 2015

12 miles south

Pioneer Family Festival has a carnival, pony rides, BMX & skating competitions, aerosol-can art show, and food vendors in Oregon City.

Bike to the Pacific

May 16, 2015

Oregon locations

Reach the Beach is a scenic bicycle ride from Portland to the Pacific Ocean from four different starting points and lasting 28, 55, 80, or 100 miles.

Wear a red dress

May 16, 2015

2.2 miles NE

Men and women wear red dresses, drink red cocktails, and dance at the Red Dress Party for charity at the Old Freeman Factory.

Tour historic homes

May 16, 2015

8.5 miles south

The Oswego Heritage Council Historic Home Tour features five historic homes within walking distance, starting at Oswego Heritage House in Lake Oswego.

Armed Forces Day

May 16, 2015

12 miles SE

See historic and current military vehicles, uniforms, and equipment, and meet historians at Living History Day at Camp Withycombe. Adults require ID. Free.

Seaside wine tasting

May 16, 2015

78 miles NW

Taste wines in local shops for a fee at Seaside Downtown Wine Walk in Seaside. Repeats in Nov.

Art walk

May 16 - 17, 2015

5 miles east

Visit dozens of local artists on Mt. Tabor Art Walk, following a map that is on the website. Free.

Wildflower Festival

May 17, 2015

115 miles south

The Wildflower Festival has flowers on display, plants for sale, experts to answer questions, food, arts and crafts, music, guided walks, and kids’ activities at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. No dogs.

Silent-film festival

May 20 - 21, 2015

4 miles NE

Watch silent films recently made by kids under 21 and accompanied by live music at the International Youth Silent Film Festival at Hollywood Theatre.

Bicycle movies

May 22 - 24, 2015

3.3 miles NE

See short films about bicycling at Filmed by Bike Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre, and attend the opening-night street party at Velo Cult Bike Shop.

CityFair & fireworks

May 22-25 & 28-31 & June 3-7, 2015

0.5 miles east

CityFair has carnival rides, exhibits, a food fair, beer, fireworks May 22, and CountryFest concert May 31 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. No pets.

Meteorite festival

May 23, 2015

16 miles NW

Meteorite and Family Fun Day includes cutting open geodes, kids’ games, scavenger hunts, and talks by a meteorite expert at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro.

Wine country weekend

May 23 - 25, 2015

Multiple locations

More than 150 wineries in the Willamette Valley are open for tastings and tours on Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country.

Rum Run

May 24, 2015

13 miles SW

The Rum Run includes a 10K, 5K, and kids’ run with awards and a tropical party at Tualatin Commons.

Smart comedy

May 26 - June 21, 2015

0.5 miles west

The Liar is a 17th Century French romp, replete with wild misassumptions, mistaken identities and tangled truths, live in English at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $21.

Burlesque review

May 28 - 30, 2015

1.8 miles NE

See the best variety acts of the famous Storefront Actors Revue (including Cooking with Power Tools) at The Babes are Back in The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza.

Discount tickets $13.

Campy musical

May 28 - June 6, 2015

2 miles SE

Buffy! A Parody Musical is a live stage parody of the 1992 cult classic film Buffy the Vampire Slayer about a high-school cheerleader with a special job to do at Funhouse Lounge. Discount tickets $25.

Clean comedy

May 29 - 30, 2015

1.2 miles NW

Billed as Portland’s longest running show, fast-paced ComedySportz acts out humorous situations based on audience suggestions.

Discount tickets $11.

Cornhole weekend

May 29 - 30, 2015

26 miles west

Cornhole is a game of tossing beanbags filled with corn. You’re welcome to attend the pre-tournament festival Saturday or the tournament Sunday of the Oregon State Championships in Forest Grove.

Canby taste

May 29 - 31, 2015

25 miles south

Buy samples of wine, beer, and food; hear live music; and see vendors at Canby Wine, Food & Brew.

Classic play

May 29 - 31, 2015

25 miles NE

Pulitzer Prize winning Our Town has minimal scenery, a narrator, and a boy & girl who experience life’s joy & sorrow, in Washougal, WA. Discount tickets $9.

Festival of Flowers

May 29 - June 9, 2015

0 miles

See a giant design made from 20,000 flowers during Festival of Flowers in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Starlight Parade & Run

May 30, 2015

0.7 miles NW

Join 325,000 spectators at the Starlight Parade, or wear a costume and run past them in the Starlight Run 5K that begins at Lincoln High School track.

Paint the street

May 31, 2015

1.6 miles east

Paint the intersection at Yamhill Street & SE 9th Avenue, or just enjoy the street musicians, artists, kids’ activities, and BBQ at Crafts & Drafts Street Fair.

Beer run

May 31, 2015 (9 a.m.)

2.3 miles north

A ticket to Beer Mile includes a beer before you run, a beer after, an official race t-shirt, and an after-party with live music at Ecliptic Brewing.
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May 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.