Portland events, festivals, things to do – April 2018

April 2018
best events in Portland

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018

Portland locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Also see brunch and dinner suggestions at Easter Events in Portland.

Easter cruise

April 1, 2018

0.5 miles east

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

Bunnies in the forest

April 1, 2018 (begins March 3)

13 miles north

Follow rabbit footprints in the forest to find interesting rabbits, gather treats, and take photos on The Great Bunny Hunt at Rabbit Hollow at Cold Creek Retreat. Take the shuttle from downtown Vancouver, WA.

Tulip festival

April 1 - 29, 2018 (begins March 23)

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.


April 5 - 6, 2018

0.6 miles south

TechfestNW is a technology conference with speakers, parties, networking opportunities, demonstrations, and competitions at Portland State University. PitchFest is a sub-event for startup companies.

Auto parts swap meet

April 6 - 8, 2018

7 miles north

Choose from two auto-parts swap meets.

Wine tasting

April 12, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Get tastes from 20 Columbia Gorge wineries and hors d’oeuvres at Portland Grand Tasting at Leftbank Annex.

Ashland film festival

April 12 - 16, 2018

285 miles south

Ashland Independent Film Festival features world-class films, locally made films, after-parties, awards, and filmmaker panels in downtown Ashland.

Underground art show

April 13, 2018

3.2 miles east

The Portland Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 60 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at Hawthorne Theatre for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Comic book convention

April 13 - 15, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Wizard World Portland Comic Con is about comic books, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at the Oregon Convention Center.

Tour historic homes

April 14, 2018

Portland locations

Get renovation ideas by visiting 8 restored, historic homes on the self-guided Old House Revival Tour.

Hardy plant sale

April 14 - 15, 2018

7 miles north

Shop for new and time-tested plants as well as garden art at Hortlandia, a plant and art sale run by Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO) at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Design week

April 14 - 21, 2018


Design Week Portland includes an expensive conference, an opening party, hundreds of free or cheap events, open houses, and a closing party.

Bridge to Brews

April 15, 2018

2 miles north

Run or walk the Bridge to Brews 8K/10K over the Fremont Bridge and to a post-race party at Waterfront Park with beer tasting and live music.

Extreme motorsports race

April 20 - 22, 2018

Oregon locations

Oregon Trail Rally begins Friday evening at Portland International Raceway with a rally and driver meet & greet. Dufur and Hood River also host spectator events for this race on gravel logging roads.

French dinner

April 21, 2018

0.7 miles west

The Soirée Mardi Gras by Alliance Française includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, a charity auction, and a DJ dance at Multnomah Athletic Club.

Hard cider festival

April 21, 2018

70.1 miles east

Try samples from 20 cideries at Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, which includes art & food vendors, a kids’ area, and local music in Hood River. No pets.


April 21 - 22, 2018

0.2 miles south

The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre showcases its best aspiring dancers at its School Performance at Newmark Theatre.

Orchid show

April 21 - 22, 2018

2.3 miles NE

See thousands of blooming orchids on display and for sale at the Oregon Orchid Show & Sale, billed as the largest orchid show in the Pacific Northwest, at Aquinas Hall.

Ceramics show

April 27 - 29, 2018

1.3 miles NE

Ceramic Showcase, billed as the largest U.S. show and sale of pottery, has 150 Oregon and Washington artists at Oregon Convention Center. Free.

Giant art show

April 27 - 29, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Local artists’ guilds join forces to sell ceramic, metal, wood, glass, bead, and hand-woven art at Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center. Free.

Rocks & minerals show

April 27 - 29, 2018

7.7 miles NE

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show features demonstrations, kids’ activities, and vendors selling rocks, minerals, fossils, and jewelry at Jackson Armory. Free.

Kayak & canoe event

April 28 - 29, 2018

15 miles NW

Attend classes and demonstrations both days of the Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Free.

Agricultural festival

April 28 - 29, 2018

46 miles south

Experience life on the farm. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, or even dig for potatoes at Oregon Ag Fest at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Free parking and free to age 12.

Soul music festival

April 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Featuring nearly 50 artists, Soul’d Out promises “the best of world music, jazz, funk, fusion, hip-hop, electronic and more.”

Japanese film festival

April 2018 (undated)

0.3 miles SW

Japanese Currents features films ranging from anime to samurai epic, documentary to family melodrama, at Portland Art Museum.

Adult party at OMSI

April 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles SE

Enjoy samples of tequila from distilleries with sweet and spicy appetizers at Tapas & Tequila at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Cider tasting

April 2018 (undated)

1.9 miles NE

Try 36 ciders made with hops so they taste a bit like beer at the Hopped Cider Festival at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider for age 21+. Tickets $25 at the door.

Comedy and variety acts

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Bar bus tour

April 2018 (undated)

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.”

Golf-course egg hunt

April 2018 (undated)

9.1 miles NE

Join 4,000 people at Glendoveer Golf and Tennis for The Golden Easter Egg Hunt, where children from 3 to 12 hunt for candy and Easter eggs based on their ages. Free, but canned food donations are welcome.

Easter in Happy Valley

April 2018 (undated)

12 miles SE

The Hatter’s Eggstravaganza includes egg hunts to age 12, the Easter Bunny, Alice in Wonderland characters, and ticketed activities in Happy Valley.

Easter in Hillsboro

April 2018 (undated)

16 miles west

The Great Westside Easter Event includes egg hunts to age 10, prizes, a police car, bounce houses, games, the Easter Bunny, and arts & crafts at Washington County Fair Complex; $5 entry fee per family, plus some fees.