Portland events calendar - April 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, kids' activites, Earth Day, Easter events in Portland, Oregon.

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April 2017
April 2017

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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Portland Lindy Exchange

April 1 - 2, 2017

Portland locations

Lindy hop fans dance to jazz and swing bands at venues all over the city during Portland Lindy Exchange.

Ghost conference

April 1 - 2, 2017

79 miles NW

Oregon Ghost Conference features guest speakers, classes, vendors, ghost tours, and social events in Seaside.

Scooter party

April 1 - 3, 2017

Portland locations

Spring Scoot is a weekend of rides and social events for riders of mopeds, scooters, and bicycles. Free.

Easter egg hunts

April 1 - 16, 2017

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Bunnies in the forest

April 1 - 16, 2017 (weekends)

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.

Comedy and variety acts

April 2, 2017

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

April 6 - 9, 2017

7 miles north

Choose from two auto-parts swap meets.

Ashland film festival

April 6 - 10, 2017

285 miles south

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

Wine tasting

April 7, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5)

1.5 miles NE

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

African dance

April 7 - 8, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

8 miles SW

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence combines contemporary choreography with with traditional African dance, movement, and rhythms at Newmark Theatre.

Cider tasting

April 8, 2017 (12 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Eggs from the sky

April 8, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

6.5 miles SE

Code Orange Helicopter Easter Egg Drop, has egg hunts from age 1 to 11, plus carnival games, bouncy houses, face painting, and the Easter Bunny at Brentwood City Park. Free.

Bridge to Brews

April 9, 2017

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.

Oregon history talk

April 13, 2017 (1 p.m.)

3.3 miles west

A historian tells entertaining stories about Northwest folk heroes from Sacajawea and D.B. Cooper to Bigfoot with a slideshow at Folk Heroes of the Northwest in Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. Free.

Beer and wine festival

April 14 - 15, 2017 (12 to 10 p.m.)

1.5 miles NE

Spring Beer & Wine Fest brings 80 Northwest beers, wines and spirits, gourmet food, chocolate, cheese, and chef seminars to Oregon Convention Center.

Bar bus tour

April 15, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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.”

Tour historic homes

April 15, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Portland locations

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

Northwest Indian films

April 15, 2017 (2 to 6 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

See four recent films that explore the impact of environmental change on the cultural and economic lives of native peoples in the Northwest at Native Wisdom Films at the Portland Art Museum.

Bunny beer crawl

April 15, 2017 (3 to 9 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

You must sign into Facebook before you can see Portland Bunnycon, beginning at Paris Theatre. Free.

Easter in the Pearl District

April 15, 2017 (10:30 a.m. to 2 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

April 15, 2017 (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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

April 15, 2017 (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

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.

Easter in Happy Valley

April 15, 2017 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

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 15, 2017 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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.

Hardy plant sale

April 15 - 16, 2017

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.

Easter restaurants

April 16, 2017

Portland locations

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

Easter cruise

April 16, 2017 (board 9 a.m.)

0.5 miles east

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

Golf-course egg hunt

April 16, 2017 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

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.

Soul music festival

April 19 - 23, 2017

multiple locations

Featuring nearly 50 artists, Soul’d Out promises “the best of world music, jazz, funk, fusion, hip-hop, electronic and more.” (All-access passes are sold out.)

Charming romantic comedy

April 20, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

8.7 miles north

Set in a drought-ridden rural town in the 1930s, The Rainmaker is about a family that’s desperate for rain and a husband for its daughter, with hopes pinned on a fast-talking newcomer at Magenta Theater in Vancouver, WA.

Extreme motorsports race

April 21 - 23, 2017

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.

Ceramics show

April 21 - 23, 2017

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 21 - 23, 2017

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.


April 22, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

8 miles SW

Terra includes three works performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Newmark Theatre.

Hard cider festival

April 22, 2017 (12 to 7 p.m.)

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.

Orchid show

April 22 - 23, 2017

1.5 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 Ambridge Event Center.


April 22 - 23, 2017 (1 p.m.)

8 miles SW

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

“Jersey Boys” rock & roll

April 23, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles south

Hit musical Jersey Boys tells the rags-to-riches story of 20-somethings Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Keller Auditorium.

Drink with your dog

April 23, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

1.4 miles SE

A ticket to Pints & Puppies includes a free beer, drink specials, and an unlimited photo booth with your pet at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub.

Design week

April 24 - 29, 2017


Design Week Portland includes an expensive program April 21 to 22, an opening party April 22, hundreds of free or cheap events April 23 to 29, open houses April 25 to 28, and a closing party April 29.

Tulip festival

April 24 - 30, 2017

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.

Dance of Argentina

April 25 - 26, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

The 14 men of Che Malambo demonstrate fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses and the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Discount tickets $13 to $27.

Short films

April 27, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

See the best short films from an annual competition in Baker City at Best of the We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival at the Portland Art Museum.

Greek tragedy

April 27, 2017 (7 p.m.)

1.6 miles NE

Medea is a classic story full of passion, love, and revenge about a powerful sorceress who gives up all for love and then is abandoned for a younger woman, at Imago Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Spring dance show

April 27, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

8 miles SW

The young Jefferson Dancers perform a mix of jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, and African-style dance at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets $11 (two left).

Horror on Mt. Hood

April 27 - 30, 2017

62 miles SE

Like a summer camp for horror fans, Overlook Film Festival showcases “new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows” including 20 feature films, 17 short films, and parties at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.

Rock musical

April 27 - May 14, 2017

0.2 miles south

Based on a cult-classic film, The Toxic Avenger mashes up B-movies, comic books, and campy musicals and features Toxie the waste-tainted mutant superhero at Brunish Theatre. Discount tickets $17 to $24.

Contemporary dance

April 28 - 29, 2017

0.5 miles west

Prepare to be challenged, inspired, and moved when Polaris Dance Theatre delivers dynamic and mesmerizing performances that mix contemporary dance and social commentary. Discount tickets $13.

Family theater

April 28 - 29, 2017 (7 p.m.)

20.9 miles west

The Secret Garden is a musical based on a beloved novel about an orphan girl and a sickly boy who discover a secret garden and uncover family secrets, performed by young actors at Hillsboro Artists Regional Theatre. Discount tickets $7.50.

Rocks & minerals show

April 28 - 30, 2017

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.

Astoria seafood festival

April 28 - 30, 2017

87 miles NW

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival features coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, and wine tasting. Children are free on Sunday.

Rock and roll show

April 28 - May 21, 2017

1.8 miles east

Rock, Roll and Remember is a tribute to “American Bandstand” hosted by Dick Clark, featuring songs from the show’s span of the 1950s to 1980s at Mister Theater. Discount tickets $10.

Dance party

April 28 - June 9, 2017

0.5 mile NW

Giant music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at ’80s Video Dance Attack in Lola’s Room or McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Discount tickets $6 for two people.

Earth Day

April 29, 2017

Official Earth Day is April 22. All events are free.

Women’s soccer

April 29, 2017 (1 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Portland Thorns play Chicago Red Stars in a home game at Providence Park. Discount tickets $10 to $15.

Marching for the planet

April 29, 2017 (gather at noon, march 1 p.m.)

2.1 miles NE

People’s Climate Movement leads a march today in Washington, DC “to stand up for our communities and climate.” Portland Mobilization and March is a rally and a march from Dawson Park to Buckman Park. Free.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

April 29, 2017 (9:30 a.m.)

7 miles SE

The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is followed by a community fair at Eastport Plaza. Free.

Kayak & canoe event

April 29 - 30, 2017

15 miles NW

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

Agricultural festival

April 29 - 30, 2017

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. Coupon saves $2 on adult ticket.

Family theater

April 29 - May 21, 2017

1 mile NW

Robin Hood fights for justice with his Merry Men and woos Maid Marian, in a rousing tale of romantic adventure at Northwest Children’s Theater & School for age 6+. Discount tickets $11.

Biblical rock musical

April 29 - June 11, 2017

9.2 miles south

Godspell tells the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming and hilarious scenes with a musical score ranging from ragtime to rock and rap at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego. Discount tickets $19.
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