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Portland events March 2020

Portland jazz festival

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 19)
Portland locations
PDX Jazz Festival presents dozens of performances by “internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians” in 15 venues.

Rock show

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 28)
1.2 miles SE
See 30 exhibits of beautiful Northwest rocks, visit the kids’ corner, and watch club members cut, grind, and polish stones at Oregon Agate & Mineral Show in OMSI Auditorium. Free except parking.

Monster trucks

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 29)
1.4 miles NE
Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in Moda Center.

Golf show

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 28)
1.5 miles NE
Attend seminars, shop from vendors, and try out a driving range at the Portland Golf Show in the Oregon Convention Center.

LEGO convention

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 29)
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.

Cookie & wine tasting

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 28)
4 miles SE
The Cookie and Wine Pairing combines four wines with four cookies at Hip Chicks do Wine.

Family festival

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 29)
7 miles north
KidFest has an entertainment stage, sports demos, inflatables, games, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, food exhibits, and vendors at Portland Expo Center.

Discount tickets 2 for $8

Winter bike ride

March 1, 2020
14 miles east
Worst Day of the Year Ride is a bicycle ride of 15 or 40 miles with warm treats, a costume contest, and an after party, beginning and ending at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub. Helmet required. Kids 12 and younger free.

Free art day

March 5, 2020
(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.

Festival of colors

March 6, 2020
(9 p.m.)
0.6 miles NE
A ticket to Holi Hai Glow Party includes a dance lesson at 10:30 p.m., a dance performance at 11 p.m., body paint and accessories that glow in the dark, and DJ dance music at The Whiskey Bar for age 21+.

Aerial dance show

March 6 - 7, 2020
(begins Feb. 28)
2.3 miles NE
Attention Everyone is a show that “combines aerial arts and dance” at A-WOL Dance Collective, with drinks, snacks, and adult beverages for sale.

Irish music on the Washington coast

March 6 - 8, 2020
120 miles NW
Hear 10 bands play in 4 venues over 3 days at the Coastal Celtic Music Festival in Ocean Park.

Rock show

March 6 - 8, 2020
26 miles west
See rocks, minerals, gems, jewelry, fossils, and beads at the Rock & Gem Show of Tualatin Valley Gem Club at Forest Grove Armory.

Film festival

March 6 - 15, 2020
Portland locations
See 140 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).

Smart talks

March 7, 2020
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
A ticket to One Day University includes three classes taught by expert professors from different schools in Gerding Theater at the Armory.
  • The Constitution: Enduring Myths & Hidden Truths
  • The Shifting Lens of History: How We Reimagine the Past
  • Why Some People Are Resilient, and Others Are Not

Blues music

March 7, 2020
7.5 miles SE
Hear seven bands on two stages at the Winter Music Festival in Milwaukie.

Antique and collectibles show

March 7 - 8, 2020
7 miles north
Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 900 vendors selling furniture, movie memorabilia, glassware, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Held in March, July, Oct.

Mystic marketplace

March 7 - 8, 2020
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 the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Free.

Run for beer

March 7 - 28, 2020
location varies each month
The untimed 5K Fun Run is on sidewalks and park trails, followed by a free beer and live entertainment. This event repeats monthly, except December.

Women’s Day concert

March 8, 2020
(4 p.m.)
0.3 miles SW
Aurora Chorus celebrates the strength and courage of women at its concert Shaking the Foundation in First Congregational Church. (International Women’s Day is officially always March 8.)

Discount tickets $7.50

Frozen: The musical

March 10 - 22, 2020
0.6 miles south
Based on the film, but with additional new songs, special effects, and spectacular costumes, Frozen tells the story of two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret, and the epic adventure that brings them back together in Keller Auditorium.

Discount tickets $30

RV show

March 11 - 15, 2020
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.

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair

March 13 - 15, 2020
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.

St. Patrick’s Day at Kells

March 13 - 17, 2020
multiple locations
St. Patrick’s Day Festival includes music, dancing, and bagpipes at two Kells locations: Kells Irish Pub (downtown) & Kells Brewery (NW). The downtown location has a $30 boxing event at 7 p.m. on Friday and a family day on Sunday.

Classical music

March 13 & 22, 2020
(also summer)
Portland locations
Hear classical music written by the world’s greatest composers at Oregon Music Festival.

Adult party at OMSI

March 13 & 25, 2020
1.2 miles SE
Explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight, and drink beer or wine while learning about robots, tornados, and fossils at OMSI After Dark for age 21+. This event repeats many times per year.

St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls

March 14, 2020
Downtown Portland
Most of these events include drink specials, party souvenirs, and no cover charge at multiple bars.

Young filmmakers’ festival

March 14, 2020
(12 p.m.)
0.3 miles SW
See short films made by Northwest teenagers at Fresh Film Northwest at the Portland Art Museum. Free.

Women’s show

March 14, 2020
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.

St. Patrick’s Day for families

March 14, 2020
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 14, 2020
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 14, 2020
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.

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins

March 14 - 17, 2020
Portland locations
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, dancing, Irish Stout, Irish coffee, and Irish food at McMenamins. [Not all events they list are in Oregon.]

Family theater

March 14 - 22, 2020
16.5 miles NE
The Secret Garden is a musical based on an English children’s book about an orphaned girl and a sickly boy who discover a secret garden and uncover family secrets at Journey Theater in Washougal, WA.

Discount tickets $4.75+

St. Patrick’s Day family festival

March 17, 2020
(3 to 8 p.m.)
2.3 miles NE
Hear traditional music, watch amazing dancing, buy food and drink, and check out the children’s activities at the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration by All-Ireland Cultural Society at Aquinas Hall.

Quilt show

March 20 - 21, 2020
12 miles SE
Admire hundreds of quilts, see demonstrations, and shop at the Festival of Quilts at Camp Withycombe.

Hot-rod show

March 20 - 22, 2020
7 miles north
See 400 outstanding cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Portland Roadster Show at Portland Expo Center.

Horse fair

March 20 - 22, 2020
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 20 - May3, 2020
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.

Costume ball

March 21, 2020
(7 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 folk music, a cabaret, and a silent auction at Saint David of Wales for age 21+.

Tulip run

March 21, 2020
35 miles south
You may see some early tulips blooming as you run through the fields on the Tulip Trail Run (5K, 10K, and half marathon) at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

Treasure-finding fair

March 21 - 22, 2020
18.2 miles north
Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Portland Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and lots of vendors at Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, WA. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Whale Watching Week

March 21 - 29, 2020
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.

Ghost conference

March 27 - 29, 2020
79 miles NW
Oregon Ghost Conference features guest speakers, classes, vendors, ghost tours, and social events in Seaside.

Spirits tasting

March 31, 2020
(6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30)
0.5 miles NW
Taste 120 spirits from 50 distilleries with small bites from five of Portland’s best chefs at TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting at the Tiffany Center.

Encore film festival

March 2020
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.

Short films

March 2020
0.3 miles SW
See 7 different programs of short films on 7 days during Short Cuts at the Portland Art Museum.

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