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

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Portland events April 2018

Easter brunch cruise

April 1, 2018
(9:30 a.m.)
0.5 miles east
Portland Spirit offers brunch river cruises boarding from Salmon Street Springs Fountain.

Kinky festival

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+.

Restored films

April 1 - 22, 2018
0.3 miles SW
See classic films that have been carefully restored to pristine condition when UCLA Festival of Preservation screens 10 of its films at the Portland Art Museum.

Tulip festival

April 1 - 30, 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.

Technology convention

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. PitchFestNW is a sub-event for startup companies.

Auto parts swap meet

April 5 - 8, 2018
7 miles north
Choose from two auto-parts swap meets.
  • April 5 - 7: Portland Intl. Raceway Automotive Swap Meet has five miles of vendors selling automotive gear inside the road course at Portland International Raceway.
  • April 6 - 8: Portland Swap Meet is “the largest auto parts swap meet on the West Coast” with 3,500 vendors inside and outside Portland Expo Center.

Japanese film festival

April 6 - 28, 2018
0.3 miles SW
Japanese Currents features films ranging from anime to samurai epic, documentary to family melodrama, at Portland Art Museum.

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.

Dance films

April 12 - 14, 2018
0.3 miles SW
Contact Dance is a showcase of four films featuring award-winning collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers at Portland Art Museum.

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.

Mystical fair

April 13, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
1.8 miles NE
Metaphysical Empowerment Fair promises 20 psychic readers, healers, and vendors at Gem Studio. Arrive at 5 p.m. if you want to ask questions about astrology, crystals, hypnosis, reiki, spirits, and tarot. Free.

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.

Vancouver Brewfest

April 13 - 14, 2018
9 miles north
Vancouver Brewfest – Spring Edition features locally brewed beer, cider, and wine at Esther Short Park for age 21+. Repeats in August.

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.

March for Science

April 14, 2018
(rally 10 a.m., march 11 a.m.)
0 miles
Support scientific research, science education, and public policy based on science at the March for Science, which begins and ends at Pioneer Courthouse Square and includes a kids’ zone. Free.

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.

Cider tasting

April 14, 2018
(12 to 9 p.m.)
1.9 miles NE
Try dozens of 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+. A $25 ticket at the door includes seven tastes, additional $2 each.

Cannabis convention

April 14, 2018
7 miles north
Oregon Hemp Convention has 100 vendors plus presentations on marijuana at Portland Expo Center.

Hawaiian luau

April 14, 2018
(4:30 p.m.)
25.8 miles west
Lū’au of Nā Haumāna O Hawai’i includes a meal (kālua pig, teriyaki chicken, rice, poi, coconut cake) followed by a dance show at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Chinese community fair

April 14, 2018
10.2 miles SW
Meet 45 exhibitors serving the Chinese community at Portland Chinese Community Fair, with performances every hour plus speakers talking about subjects like real estate investment and bilingual education at Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square.

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.

Soul music festival

April 18 - 22, 2018
multiple locations
Featuring nearly 50 artists, Soul’d Out promises “the best of world music, jazz, funk, fusion, hip-hop, electronic and more.”

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.

Portland Lindy Exchange

April 20 - 22, 2018
Portland locations
Lindy hop fans dance to jazz and swing bands at venues all over the city during Portland Lindy Exchange.

French dinner

April 21, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Motorcycle racing

April 21 - 22, 2018
1.4 miles NE
Watch racers compete at Arenacross on a huge man-made dirt race course in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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.

Tasting to support refugees

April 26, 2018
(6 p.m.)
1.7 miles NE
A ticket to PDX Global Eats gets you “delicious small plates from around the world” and two drinks (including beer and wine) at Lagunitas Community Room to support refugees who are students.

Beer tasting on a farm

April 27 - 28, 2018
9.3 miles NE
A ticket to Sip of Spring gets you 14 four-ounce samples of beer at Rossi Farms for age 21+. Food for sale. No pets.

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.

Spring dance show

April 28, 2018
0.2 miles south
The young Jefferson Dancers present their spring performance at Newmark Theatre.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

April 28, 2018
(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 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.

Wine tasting

April 29, 2018
(2 to 6 p.m.)
2 miles NW
A ticket to Pour Oregon allows you to taste wine from 50 small, artisanal winemakers at Castaway for age 21+. Food and bottles will be available for sale.