Portland events calendar for March 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend fairs, St. Patrick’s Day events, discount tickets, free kids’ activities in Portland, Oregon.

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March 2017
March 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.

Free art day

March 2, 2017 (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.

African film festival

March 2 - 4, 2017 (begins Feb. 3)

Portland locations

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

Women’s film festival

March 2 - 5, 2017

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.

Wine & cookies

March 3 - 5, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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.

Growing-up on film

March 3 - 26, 2017

0.3 miles SW

Watch coming-of-age narratives produced by some of the greatest visionaries of the cinema at Magic & Loss: Coming of Age Onscreen at the Portland Art Museum.

Raw beer festival

March 4, 2017 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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.

Brazilian party

March 4, 2017 (9 p.m.)

1.2 miles east

Brazilian Carnaval is a Brazilian ball with a samba band, dancers, and a DJ at BossaNova Ballroom for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s bingo party

March 4, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

2 miles NE

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 Lagunitas Brewing, 237 NE Broadway Street, for age 21+. No pets.

Acrobatic cirque show

March 4, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

8 miles SW

Cuisine & Confessions features awe-inspiring circus feats, avant-garde dance, and the aroma of real food cooking by innovative performance troupe “7 Fingers” of Montreal at Newmark Theatre.

Trucks in the mud

March 4, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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 4 - 5, 2017

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.

Antique and collectibles show

March 4 - 5, 2017

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.

Mystic marketplace

March 4 - 5, 2017

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 & Metaphysical Market at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Free.

Women’s Day concert

March 5, 2017 (4 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Celebrate the power and strength of women as Aurora Chorus sings We Remain Faithful at First Congregational Church. (Women’s Day is March 8.)

RV show

March 8 - 12, 2017

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.

Wine & food festival

March 9 - 12, 2017

79 miles NW

Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival features wine tasting, wine dinners, and a Saturday wine walk, with participation of dozens of Northwest wineries.

Mardi Gras - India style

March 10, 2017 (9 p.m.)

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+.

Irish show

March 10, 2017

4 miles NW

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Luck of The Irish, which features stories, songs, and dance at The Fremont Theater for age 21+.

Shakespeare on the Jersey shore

March 10 - 19, 2017

10.1 miles south

Midsummer/Jersey is a modern version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” set on a New Jersey seaside boardwalk, at Rex Putnam Main Stage in Milwaukie.

Steampunk films

March 11, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

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

Women’s show

March 11, 2017

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.

Blues music

March 11, 2017 (3 to 10 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 Day Parade

March 11, 2017 (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.

Cat videos in Salem

March 11, 2017 (4 to 10 p.m.)

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.

LEGO convention

March 11 - 12, 2017

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.

Holistic expo

March 11 - 12, 2017

16 miles west

Body Mind Spirit Expo [sound on some PCs] has exhibits and presentations about alternative health and psychic power at Washington County Fair Complex.

St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls

March 11 - 18, 2017

Downtown Portland

Most of these events include drink specials, party souvenirs, and no cover charge at multiple bars.

St. Patrick’s Day family festival

March 17, 2017 (4:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

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. The event also has a Facebook page.

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins

March 17 - 18, 2017

Portland locations

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, dancing, Irish Stout, Irish coffee, and Irish food at McMenamins.

Vancouver Brewfest

March 17 - 18, 2017

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 17 - 19, 2017

Downtown Portland

St. Patrick’s Day Festival includes music, dancing, bagpipes, and even boxing at two Kells locations. Sunday is family day. See schedule. A ticket to their Irish Beer Festival includes seven tasting tokens and is pay-at-the-door on Sunday.

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair

March 17 - 19, 2017

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 17 - 19, 2017

7 miles north

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

Irish beer

March 17 - 19, 2017

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.

St. Patrick’s Day for families

March 18, 2017

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.

St. Patrick’s Day run

March 18, 2017

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.

Comics convention in Tillamook

March 18 - 19, 2017

71 miles west

Northwest Comic Con has comic book artists, science-fiction writers, cosplay personalities, and vendors at Tillamook County Fairgrounds.

Amazing woman

March 21, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Freya Hoffmeister is the first person to circumnavigate South America solo. She presents a slideshow of the event and talks about her trip around North America that begins this month, at Alberta Rose Theatre.


March 23 - 24, 2017

0.3 miles SW

TechfestNW is a technology conference with speakers, parties, networking opportunities, demonstrations, and competitions at the Portland Art Museum. PitchFest is a sub-event for startup companies.

Pub crawl

March 24, 2017 (5 to 8 p.m.)

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+.

Horse fair

March 24 - 26, 2017

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 24 - April 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.

Cider tasting

March 25, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

1.5 miles east

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

Comic Book Swap

March 25, 2017

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 Oct.

Retro variety show

March 25, 2017 (9 p.m.)

12.4 miles north

Pin-Ups on Tour recreates a 1940s Hollywood canteen with dance, song, comedy, burlesque, and variety acts in Vancouver, WA.

Tulip run

March 25, 2017 (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.

Treasure-finding fair

March 25 - 26, 2017

7.1 miles north

Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Portland Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and lots of vendors at Portland Expo Center. Children 12 and younger are free.

Whale Watching Week

March 25 - 31, 2017

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. Repeats in Dec.

Festival of colors

March 26, 2017

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.

Comedy and variety acts

March 30 - 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.

Portland Lindy Exchange

March 31 - April 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

March 31 - April 2, 2017

79 miles NW

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

Scooter party

March 31 - April 3, 2017

Portland locations

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