Portland events March 2018. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events March 2018

Film festival

March 1, 2018
Portland locations
See 160 international shorts and feature films, meet visiting artists, and attend the opening night party at NW Film Center’s annual Portland International Film Festival (PIFF).

Breakfast to support the arts

March 1, 2018 (7:30 to 9:30 a.m.)
0.3 miles SW
A ticket to Juice gets you a juice bar (7 a.m.), a plated breakfast while you watch a program honoring and supporting local artists (7:50 a.m.), and networking (9 a.m.) at the Portland Art Museum.

Free art day

March 1, 2018 (5 to 8 p.m.)
0.3 miles SW
Visit the Portland Art Museum on Free Days, which include the first Thursday evening of every month. Free.

Late-night beer tasting

March 1, 2018 (9 p.m. to midnight)
0.5 miles north
Everything is $5 at World Foods Presents: Bao + Beer, including steamed buns from XLB, wine, and unusual beers from Block 15 Brewing at World Foods Portland.

African film festival

March 1 - 3, 2018
Portland locations
See movies from Africa during Cascade Festival of African Films at Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College Cascade Campus. Free.

Dark beer festival

March 2, 2018 (4 to 10 p.m.)
3 miles north
Buy a $20 ticket onsite at Black Out Beer Fest, which includes eight tastes among dozens of dark beers (additional tastes $1) in a heated tent at the 5th Quadrant and in nearby Sidebar for age 21+.

Encore film festival

March 2 - 4, 2018
0.3 miles SW
See some of the best films of Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) when they are shown again during PIFF Encore Screenings at the Portland Art Museum.

Aerial dance show

March 2 - 4, 2018
2.3 miles NE
A-Wol Dance Collective presents its spring show featuring aerial dance in an industrial warehouse at 513 NE Schuyler Street. Drinks and snacks for sale.

Cookies & wine

March 2 - 4, 2018
4 miles SE
Vivino wrote a popular article about pairing Girl Scout cookies and wine. Taste the real thing at Cookie and Wine Pairing at Hip Chicks do Wine.

Antique and collectibles show

March 2 - 4, 2018 (Friday costs more)
7 miles north
Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 1300 vendors selling furniture, movie memorabilia, glassware, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in July and Oct.

Raw beer festival

March 3, 2018
1.2 mile east
Firkin Fest pours Oregon beers that are unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature, with cheese, chocolates, meats, and snacks at Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery. Buy tickets for five tastes online.

Clam chowder tasting

March 3, 2018 (12 to 3 p.m.)
3 miles north
Chowder Challenge has live music, a beer garden, pub food, and a tray of 12 chowder samples to try and then vote for your favorite at the 5th Quadrant. Pay at the door. Children are welcome.

Gluten-free expo

March 3, 2018 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
46 miles south
Sample and buy products from vendors, and hear talks at the Healthy Living and Gluten Free Expo at Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center in Salem.

Chinese New Year

March 3 - 4, 2018
0.5 mile north
Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural performances, and children’s activities at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Art walk

March 3 - 4, 2018
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.

Mystic marketplace

March 3 - 4, 2018
14 miles SE
You’ll find tarot and oracle readings, palmistry, Norse runes, divination tools, crystals, ritual clothing, books, and art for sale at the Psychic Fair and Metaphysical Market at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Free.

Women’s Day concert

March 4, 2018 (4 to 5:30 p.m.)
0.3 miles SW
Aurora Chorus celebrates the strength and courage of women when it sings at Sisters, You Keep Me Fighting in First Congregational Church. (Women’s Day is March 8th.)

RV show

March 7 - 11, 2018
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 in Nov.

Rock show

March 9 - 11, 2018
26 miles west
See rocks, minerals, gems, jewelry, fossils, and beads at the Rock & Mineral Show of Tualatin Valley Gem Club at Oregon Army National Guard in Forest Grove.

Irish show

March 10, 2018 (8 p.m.)
0.5 miles SW
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Luck of The Irish, which features stories, songs, and music at The Old Church Concert Hall for age 21+.

Cider tasting

March 10, 2018 (1 p.m., VIP noon)
1.4 miles NE
Meet 30 northwest cider makers and taste their products, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Rite of Spring at Leftbank Annex for age 21+.

Costume ball

March 10, 2018 (7:30 to 11 p.m.)
2.6 miles SE
Dress in fairy-tale or folklore attire for the Enchanted Forest Ball, which includes a light buffet, cider, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, live music, burlesque, and a silent auction at Saint David of Wales for age 21+.

Comic Book Swap

March 10, 2018 (noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
3.6 miles east
Browse comic books, toys, cards, buttons, and posters at Frankenstein’s Comicbook Swap at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Repeats in Nov.

Women’s show in Vancouver

March 10 - 11, 2018
18.2 miles north
Visit 80 exhibitors of fashion, health, and beauty products at the Vancouver Women’s Show, with runway shows and an afternoon cocktail hour at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA.

St. Patrick’s bingo party

March 11, 2018 (4 to 7 p.m.)
6.6 miles SE
You get 3 bingo cards and a drink ticket at Luck of the Pug Drag Queen Bingo, hosted by a drag queen, with pizza and drinks for sale at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion for age 21+ to support dog rescue.

Chili tasting

March 11, 2018 (noon to 3 p.m.)
13 miles south
Sample chili from competing teams and then vote for your favorite at the Chili Cook-Off at the Elks Lodge in Oregon City, which supports women in sports. Children younger than 8 are free.

Flamenco show

March 14, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
0.2 miles SW
Renowned flamenco master Jesús Carmona performs fancy footwork to the sound of live flamenco guitar with his company of 11 dancers, musicians, and vocalists at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

St. Patrick’s Day at Kells

March 16 - 18, 2018
Downtown Portland
St. Patrick’s Day Festival includes music, dancing, bagpipes, and even boxing at two Kells locations. Sunday is family day. See schedule. The ticketed Irish Beer Festival is Friday and Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins

March 16 - 18, 2018
Portland locations
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, dancing, Irish Stout, Irish coffee, and Irish food at McMenamins. [Not all events listed are in Oregon.]

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair

March 16 - 18, 2018
1 mile NE
Wear green to the Shamrock Run Sunday morning, which has a half marathon, 15K, 8K, 5K, 1K, and a 4-mile walk. The free Shamrock Fitness Fair is Friday and Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center.

Hot-rod show

March 16 - 18, 2018
7 miles north
See 400 outstanding cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Portland Roadster Show at Portland Expo Center.

Irish beer

March 16 - 18, 2018
14 miles south
Taste craft Irish brews with Northwest flavors and Irish roots from 15 breweries at the St. Patrick’s Day Beer Festival, with live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, and Irish bar food at Feckin Brewery in Oregon City.

Women’s show

March 17, 2018
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.

Happiness festival

March 17, 2018 (3 to 5 p.m.)
3.6 miles east
Portland Mini Happy Fest offers inspiring talks and performances to celebrate International Happiness Day (which is March 21) at Taborspace.

St. Patrick’s Day for families

March 17, 2018
5 miles SE
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival has a family parade at noon, and then a carnival ($1 tickets) until 4:30 p.m., plus Irish music, dancing, food vendors, and a beer garden until 5 p.m. at St. Agatha Catholic School. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day run

March 17, 2018
14 miles south
The Dirty Leprechaun is a timed 5K (and untimed kids’ run) that has fun obstacles, mud, mimosas, beer, root beer, bonfires, and music at Lee Farms in Tualatin.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17, 2018 (11 a.m.)
17 miles west
St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a Hillsboro tradition at Hare Field. (From Hare Field it goes east to Cornell Road, south to Main Street, west to 2nd Avenue, north to Grant Street, and east back to Hare Field). Free.

Festival of colors

March 18, 2018 (3 to 8 p.m.)
0.5 miles NE
A ticket to Holi Hai includes a dance lesson at 4 p.m., a dance performance, brightly colored cornstarch for you to throw at each other at 5 p.m., and DJ dance music at the Barrel Room for age 21+.

Romantic comedy

March 22 - 25, 2018
5.3 miles north
After two actors share a kiss on stage in warm and witty Stage Kiss, it ends up having consequences in their real lives, at Twilight Theater Company.

Discount tickets $8.50.

Comedy improv

March 23 - 24, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1.2 miles NW
ComedySportz is “a fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great for the whole family” and incorporates audience suggestions.

Discount tickets $5 to $8.

Horse fair

March 23 - 25, 2018
68.7 miles south
See precision drill teams, elegant musical dressage freestyle performances, and cowboy mounted shooting and vaulting at Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, which also has educational seminars, demonstrations, and vendors in Albany.

Tulip festival

March 23 - April 29, 2018
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. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Spirits tasting

March 24, 2018 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
Taste 120 spirits from 50 distileries with small bites from five of Portland’s best chefs at TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting at the Tiffany Center.

Tulip run

March 24, 2018 (8:30 a.m.)
35 miles south
You may see some early tulips blooming as you run through the fields on the 5K/10K Tulip Trail Run at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

LEGO convention

March 24 - 25, 2018
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.

Backgammon tournament

March 24 - 25, 2018
11.4 miles NE
Portlandia Open welcomes players of all skill levels (novices on Sunday) at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.

Witty comedy

March 24 - 25, 2018
12.7 miles SW
Steve Martin wrote Picasso at the Lapin Agile, an aburdist comedy about the amazing conversation Albert Einstein and artist Pablo Picasso would have had if they had met, live at Mask & Mirror Community Theatre in Tigard.

Discount tickets $7.50.

Treasure-finding fair

March 24 - 25, 2018
18 miles north
Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Northwest Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and lots of vendors at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA. Children 12 and younger are free.

Quality family films

March 24 & 31, 2018
0.3 miles SW
Kid Flicks screens the best classic and new films for families at the Portland Art Museum.
  • March 24 - When Marnie Was There
  • March 31 - The Secret of the Kells

Whale Watching Week

March 24 - 31, 2018
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. Held in March & December.

Dance cruise

March 24 - July 28, 2018 (Sat. 11 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Enjoy two hours of views, a cash bar, and dance hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s on the Flashback Dance Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Discount tickets $14.

Pub night for the animals

March 30, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
2.2 miles NE
Support animals by eating pizza & salad, drinking beer & wine, and playing trivia & board game at Pop-Up Pub at Lagunitas Community Room for age 21+.

Pancake poetry slam

March 30, 2018 (7 p.m. to midnight)
6.8 miles SW
Artists perform eclectic music and slam poetry to earn your vote and win a $100 prize at Poetry & Pancakes, which includes unlimited pancakes at The Garages Music & Event Center.

Bar bus tour

March 31, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Pick-up location is secret
The Bar Fly bus takes you to bars, clubs, dives, and lounges for an Adults-Only Easter Egg Hunt, with drink specials, free appetizers, and a prize for whoever finds the most hidden “eggs of mystery.”

Easter in the Pearl District

March 31, 2018 (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
0.7 miles north
Families 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 31, 2018
3 miles west
Rabbit Romp features candy-egg hunts by age group (to age 10) every 15 minutes, bunnies to pet, bunny crafts, and games at the Oregon Zoo.

Egg hunt at the dairy

March 31, 2018
6.4 miles SW
Children from 3 to 5 and from 6 to 8 hunt for candy and prizes at the Easter Egg Hunt, with a visit from the Easter Bunny at Alpenrose Dairy. Arrive early. Free.

Kinky festival

March 31 - April 1, 2018
7.1 miles north
Kinkfest embraces sexual diversity by offering “educational classes, evening play parties, and a large vendor mall filled with products and services from local and national leather, fetish, and kink businesses” at Portland Expo Center for age 18+.