PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
APRIL 20-22, 2018
EARTH DAY EVENTS
Get out and celebrate Mother Earth this weekend. Everything from clean up opportunities to Fun Runs and much more.
OREGON ORCHID SHOW & SALE
SAT-SUN – Billed as the largest orchid show in the Pacific Northwest. See thousands of blooming orchids on display and for sale.
SOIREE MARDI GRAS
WED-SUN – Enjoy April in Paris at the Gala Fundraiser this year as you have fun with a great auction experience from the Alliance. Unique French properties to visit as well as beachfront in Maui, French Immersion on the Riviera, great restaurant experiences, and unique finds – these are just a few of the tantalizing items you’ll find at the Soirée auctions.
RUN FOR BEER
April 21st & 28th
All participants receive one local beer, seasonal merchandise or collector’s glassware as well as the opportunity to partake in brewery tours, product demos, special giveaways, and a special invitation to enjoy the days’ scheduled festivities. Includes live music, food, yard games, and more.
WED-SUN – Various jazz, blues, hip hop artists playing in multiple locations around Portland. Check out the great line up and schedule!
TONY STARLIGHT’S AM GOLD SEVENTIES SOFT ROCK SHOW
SAT – Tony Starlight makes an evening out of performing songs from the stalwarts of the AM dial in the 1970s. Artists like Elton John, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Jim Croce, Little River Band, Carly Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Barry Manilow and Billy Joel.
DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND
Through SAT – Hundreds of free or low cost events and open houses, conceived and hosted by the creative community. There’s something for everyone.
CLASSICAL UP CLOSE
Various Dates & Locations through May 6 – The musicians of the Oregon Symphony present 16 free chamber concerts as part of “Classical Up Close”—a unique series of chamber music performances celebrating classical music in our community. At these informal events, you’ll hear our symphony musicians perform intimate, beautiful music, and you’ll be encouraged to do all the things you might not normally do at a classical concert: take photos, tweet, text, applaud freely, and ask questions.
Through April 30 – Enjoy all things that make spring in the Northwest. Stroll through 40 acres of stunning beauty, experience expansive views of vineyards, distant mountains, and a few mud puddles. Fresh flowers, food, and fun for the entire family, including well behaved dogs on leashes!
LA BELLE: LOST IN THE WORLD OF AUTOMATION
Through April 29 – A giant art work of a play with 100 moving parts that will engage you like no other show. Animated effects every 30 seconds with steampunk, whimsical, and dramatic finesse. This is the new Imago and they are at their best!
FESTIVAL OF PRESERVATION
Through SUN – An ambitious, eclectic range of everything from lost silents to at-risk mid-century features, shorts, and documentaries. A surprise-filled treasure trove sure to delight cinema lovers of many persuasions.
Through April 28 – Highlighting recent noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to jidaigeki, documentary to comedy, all while exploring issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Collectively, these selections offer a fresh take on Japanese culture and showcase the wealth of creative invention at work in Japan today.
FORCES OF NATURE: HISTORIC PORTLAND FLOODS, FIRES, ICE & SNOW
Through July 8 – Portland is known for its mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings, but the city has felt nature’s fury during its 170 year history. From a downtown submerged in water, to a waterfront in flames, to a city immobilized by ice and snow, explore how Portland residents have survived and recovered from natural disasters.
80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK
Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!
PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY
EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.
FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!
DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.
URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH – Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.
ALL MONTH – Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.
GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.
HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.
GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.
PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
EARTH DAY ON THE CONFLUENCE LAND BRIDGE
SAT – Tend to landscaping needs, and eat burgers and hot dogs. Learn about the site’s indigenous plants as you walk along the Land Bridge. Enjoy Native American artist, Lillian Pitt’s works along the bridge that highlight the deep, significant contributions indigenous people make to this place.
NW’S LARGEST GARAGE & VINTAGE SHOW
SAT – A community sale with over 500 indoor booths, each set up and ran by its own seller. Shoppers can shop hundreds of sales in one location, including vintage, antiques, new and used items, and everything in between.
FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS AT KIDS CLUB FUN & FITNESS
FRI –Themed, after hours, drop-off events for kids 4-11 years old, filled with amazing activities!
LILAC DAYS AT HULDA KLAGER GARDENS
Through May 13 – Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.
VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
Through October 28 – Home to over 250 vendors with fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.
OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE
SAT – Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· I Feel Pretty
· Super Troopers 2
· Corbin Nash
· Gray Matter
· Beyond the Clouds
· Khido Khundi
· Ghost Stories
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