Portland events, festivals, things to do – March 2018

March 2018
best events in Portland

Film festival

March 1, 2018 (begins Feb. 15)

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).

Free art day

March 1, 2018

0.3 miles SW

Visit the Portland Art Museum on Free Days, which include the first Thursday evening of every month. Free.

Contemporary dance

March 1 - 3, 2018

0.2 miles south

Urban Bush Women stamp and strut to jazz music in a powerful show fueled by issues of race, gender, and economic inequality at the Newmark Theatre.

Discount tickets $13 to $17.


Chinese New Year

March 1 - 4, 2018 (begins Feb. 16)

0.5 mile north

Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural scenes, and kids’ activities, plus lantern viewing at Lan Su Chinese Garden. See schedule.

Alice in Wonderland ballet

March 2 - 4, 2018

0.6 miles south

Alice (in wonderland) features high-energy choreography, spectacular costumes, a techno-pop Red Queen, a bluesy Cheshire Cat, and a giant Jabberwocky puppet at Keller Auditorium.

Aerial dance show

March 2 - 4, 2018 (begins Feb. 16)

2.3 miles NE

A-WOL Dance Collective presents its spring show featuring aerial dance in an industrial warehouse at 513 NE Schuyler Street. Drinks and snacks for sale.

Antique and collectibles show

March 2 - 4, 2018 (Friday costs more)

7 miles north

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 1300 vendors selling furniture, movie memorabilia, glassware, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in July and Oct.

Raw beer festival

March 3, 2018

1.2 mile east

Firkin Fest pours 40 Oregon beers that are unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature, with cheese, chocolates, meats, and snacks at Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery.

Trucks in the mud

March 3, 2018 (uncertain)

96 miles south

Mud Fest is a four-wheel-drive muddy play day in Sweet Home, with a concession stand and bathrooms.

Art walk

March 3 - 4, 2018

2 to 4 miles SE

SE Area ARTWalk is a self-guided tour of artists’ studios, home workspaces, galleries, and businesses in Southeast Portland. Free.

Mystic marketplace

March 3 - 4, 2018

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 Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Free.

Bunnies in the forest

March 3 - April 1, 2018

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.

Women’s Day concert

March 4, 2018 (4 to 5:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Celebrate the power and strength of women as Aurora Chorus sings Sisters, You Keep Me Fighting at First Congregational Church. (Women’s Day is March 8, 2018.)

RV show

March 7 - 11, 2018

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.

Women’s film festival

March 8 - 11, 2018

4 miles NE

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) shows nearly 100 works from today’s top women directors, who often attend post-screening panels and answer questions at Hollywood Theatre.

Modern ballet

March 9 - 10, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

Jessica Lang Dance promises “dances that are lyrical and urgently relevant, accompanied by strong visual elements with music that stirs the heart and leaves the audience breathless” at Newmark Theatre.

Discount tickets $10 to $21.

Cider tasting

March 10, 2018

Location uncertain

Meet 30 northwest cider makers and taste their products, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Rite of Spring for age 21+.

Irish show

March 10, 2018 (8 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Luck of The Irish, which features stories, songs, and dance at The Old Church Concert Hall for age 21+.

Blues music

March 10, 2018 (3 p.m.)

7.5 miles SE

Hear seven bands on two stages at the Winter Blues Music Festival in Milwaukie at the end of Max orange.

St. Patrick’s bingo party

March 11, 2018

6.6 miles SE

You get 3 bingo cards and a drink ticket at Luck of the Pug Drag Queen Bingo, hosted by a lovely drag queen with food and drinks for sale at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion for age 21+. No pets.

Vancouver Brewfest

March 16 - 17, 2018

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest – Spring Edition features locally brewed beer, cider, and wine at Vancouver Landing Amphitheater on the Columbia River for age 21+ Repeats in August.

St. Patrick’s Day at Kells

March 16 - 18, 2018

Downtown Portland

St. Patrick’s Day Festival includes music, dancing, bagpipes, and even boxing at two Kells locations. Sunday is family day. See schedule. The Irish Beer Festival is Friday and Saturday.

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair

March 16 - 18, 2018

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.

Hot-rod show

March 16 - 18, 2018

7 miles north

See 400 outstanding cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Portland Roadster Show at Portland Expo Center.

Women’s show

March 17, 2018

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.

Discount tickets $5.

St. Patrick’s Day run

March 17, 2018

14 miles south

The Dirty Leprechaun 5K is a timed run that has fun obstacles, mud, mimosas, beer (and root beer), bonfires, and music at Lee Farms in Tualatin.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17, 2018 (11 a.m.)

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.

Horse fair

March 23 - 25, 2018

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.

Ghost conference

March 23 - 25, 2018

79 miles NW

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

Tulip festival

March 23 - April 29, 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.

Spirits tasting

March 24, 2018 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Taste 120 spirits from 40 distillers with small bites from five of Portland’s best chefs at TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting at Tiffany Center.

Eggs from the sky

March 24, 2018

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.

Tulip run

March 24, 2018 (8:30 a.m.)

35 miles south

You may see some early tulips blooming as you run through the fields on the 5K/10K Tulip Trail Run at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

LEGO convention

March 24 - 25, 2018

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.

Treasure-finding fair

March 24 - 25, 2018

18 miles north

Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Northwest Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and lots of vendors at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA. Children 12 and younger are free.

Whale Watching Week

March 24 - 31, 2018

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.

Easter in the Pearl District

March 31, 2018

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

March 31, 2018

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

March 31, 2018

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.

African film festival

March 2018 (undated)

Portland locations

See movies from Africa during Cascade Festival of African Films at Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College Cascade Campus. Free.

Festival of colors

March 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles north

A ticket to the all-ages Holi Hai includes a dance lesson at 4 p.m., a dance performance, brightly colored cornstarch for you to throw at each other at 5 p.m., and DJ dance music at the Barrel Room.

Steampunk films

March 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles south

Steampunk Film Festival brings you “the very best in neo-victorian retrofuturist cinema” at the 5th Avenue Cinema.

Pub crawl

March 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles east

World Water Day Pub Crawl supports charity and offers “drinks and treats” at four participating businesses, beginning at Coopers Hall and ending at Basecamp Brewery for age 21+.

Mardi Gras - India style

March 2018 (undated)

2 miles NE

Bollywood Carnival is a Mardi Gras masquerade party with a performance by Portland Samba, a dance lesson, DJ dance music, and Indian drink specials at The Secret Society for age 21+.

Comic Book Swap

March 2018 (undated)

3.6 miles east

Browse comic books, toys, cards, buttons, and posters at Frankenstein’s Comicbook Swap at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Repeats in Nov.

Wine & cookies

March 2018 (undated)

4 miles SE

Vivino wrote a popular article about pairing Girl Scout cookies and wine. Taste the real thing at Wine and Girl Scout Cookie Pairing at Hip Chicks do Wine.

Comedy and variety acts

March 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.

Cat videos in Salem

March 2018 (undated)

47 miles south

Oregon Cat Video Festival promises viral videos, a photo contest, a kids’ area, costume awards, stand-up comedy, food, vendors, and a beer and wine garden at the site of the Oregon State Fair.

St. Patrick’s Day family festival

March 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles NE

Hear traditional music, watch amazing dancing, and buy food and drink at the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival by All-Ireland Cultural Society at Holy Rosary Church.

St. Patrick’s Day for families

March 2018 (undated)

5 miles SE

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is a 5K fun run at 11 a.m., family parade at noon, then Irish music, dancing, and carnival games until 4:30 p.m. plus a beer garden until 5 p.m. at St. Agatha Catholic School.

Irish beer

March 2018 (undated)

14 miles south

Taste craft Irish brews with Northwest flavors and Irish roots from 20 breweries at the first Irish Craft Ale Festival, with live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, and Irish bar food at Feckin Brewery in Oregon City.