PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
APRIL 6-8, 2018
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!
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY AUTOMOTIVE SWAP MEET
THURS-SAT – 5 miles of booths filling every available space inside the road course at Portland International Raceway.
PORTLAND SWAP MEET
FRI-SUN – The largest auto parts swap meet on the west coast with approximately 3,500 vendor stalls and over 50,000 shoppers each April at the Portland Expo Center.
TONY STARLIGHT SHOW
FRI – An ever-evolving hybrid of song parody, musical impressions, and various tributes to iconic artists and pop culture phenomena.
FRI – Visit the Portland Children’s Museum for free from 4–8 PM on the first Friday of the month.
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 April 22 – 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
CLARK COUNTY QUILT SHOW
THURS-SUN – More than 300 quilts, 25 vendors, special exhibits such as the Unesco World Heritage Site Traveling Quilts, the Fort Vancouver Tapestry, a Fairy Garden by artist Elinor Peace Bailey, Are Quilters of the Gorge, Westside Modern Quilt Club, classes, demonstrations and so much more.
KIDS FISHING DERBY
FRI-SAT – Introducing kids to the benefits of fishing as an individual and family activity, and is aimed at getting more kids outdoors, involved in fishing, and aware of our natural environment.
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES TEA
SAT & April 14 – Honor the spunky, red-haired orphan in the Gathering Place. The seasonal menu will include assorted tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and two varieties of tea. Reservations required.
VDA’S FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN
FRI – Participating merchants and restaurants stay open late with special programming, live music, and pop-ups. Also, downtown art galleries lead the First Friday Art Walk featuring rotating exhibits from local artists.
VANCOUVER NIGHT MARKET
FRI – Uniting creativity and great art with food and inspiration. Stop by to shop local, network, and meet local business owners. An adventurous retail evening awaits!
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
· A Quiet Place
· The Miracle Season
· Spinning Man
· Lean on Pete
· Seven Years of Night
· Lean on Pete
· The Heart of Nuba
· The Endless
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