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

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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.

Portland Lindy Exchange

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 31)

Portland locations

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

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 30)

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.

Ghost conference

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 31)

79 miles NW

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

Tulip festival

April 1 - 30, 2017 (begins March 24)

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.

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

1.6 mile NW

Get a taste from 22 Columbia Gorge wineries and hors d’oeuvres at Portland Grand Tasting at Castaway.

Scooter party

April 7 - 9, 2017 (uncertain)

Portland locations

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

Auto parts swap meet

April 7 - 9, 2017

7 miles north

Choose from two auto-parts swap meets.

Hard cider festival

April 8, 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 music from bluegrass to classic rock. No pets.

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.


April 13 - 22, 2017

8 miles SW

Terra is three works performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets $39.

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.

Tour historic homes

April 15, 2017

Portland locations

Get renovation ideas by visiting 7 restored, historic homes on the self-guided Old House Revival Tour.

Easter in the Pearl District

April 15, 2017

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

3 miles west

Rabbit Romp features candy-egg hunts by age group every 15 minutes, bunnies to pet, bunny crafts, and games at the Oregon Zoo.

Egg hunt at the dairy

April 15, 2017

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.

Easter in Happy Valley

April 15, 2017

12 miles SE

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

Easter egg hunts

April 15 - 16, 2017

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

See where to hunt for eggs in the Portland area.

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 recommendations at Hop Into Spring With Easter Brunch.

Easter cruise

April 16, 2017

0.5 miles east

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

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.

Design week

April 21 - 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, and exhibits in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Schedule.

Earth Day

April 22, 2017

Earth Day is April 22. All events are free.

Taste unusual beer

April 22, 2017

1.9 miles SE

Sample beer from a dozen brewers who add unusual ingredients (in addition to water, barley, hops, and yeast) at Reinheitsge-Not Beer Fest, with DJ music and brats for sale at Baerlic Brewing for age 21+.

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.

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 $10.

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.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

April 29, 2017

6 miles SE

The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is followed by a carnival and car show at Eastport Plaza. Free.

Kayak & canoe event

April 29 - 30, 2017

15 miles NW

Attend classes and demos both days of the Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, plus a Saturday evening Jantzen Beach Jamboree with music, food, and beer. 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.

Brazilian music

April 2017 (undated)

0.6 miles SW

Hear a wide range of roots jazz from Brazil at Sounds of Brazil: Dia do Choro in the Historic Old Church.


April 2017 (undated)

8 miles SW

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

Family bicycle fair

April 2017 (undated)

8 miles SE

Safe Routes to School Walk + Roll Fair features a bike rodeo, map reading, route planning, minor bike repair, prizes, a helmet sale, and lunch for 120 people at Kelly Elementary School. Free.

Wine weekend

April 2017 (undated)

63 miles east

Gorge Wine Experience has 20 dining, tasting, touring, and talking events in Hood River and beyond.

Easter in Hillsboro

April 2017 (undated)

16 miles west

The Great Westside Easter Event includes egg hunts, 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.
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