PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
APRIL 13-15, 2018
FRI-SAT – Vendors from far and wide come to Portland to offer the latest plant introductions as well as the time-tested (and hardiness-tested) plants. Complementing the plant vendors are specialty garden art vendors bringing one-of-a-kind pieces made from metal, wood, glass, ceramic, fabric, and stone.
PANCAKES & BOOZE ART SHOW
FRI – Portland’s premier underground art show featuring, 60+ emerging artists, live body painting, live art, free pancake bar, and much more.
HOPPED CIDER FESTIVAL
SAT – Try dozens of ciders made with hops so they taste a bit like beer. Enjoy brews from New York, Colorado, Virginia, and Vermont as well as festival-exclusive offerings from local favorites.
DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND
SAT through April 21 – Hundreds of free or low cost events and open houses, conceived and hosted by the creative community. There’s something for everyone.
OREGON HEMP CONVENTION
SAT – Cannabis industry leaders, entrepreneurs, networkers and newcomers will gather to learn best business practices for maintaining a successful Cannabis business.
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!
TONY STARLIGHT SHOW: RAT PACK TRIBUTE
SAT– Join Tony and an All-Star Swinging Septet as they perform the best of Frank, Dino and Sammy, all in one show. Tony renders each of the tributes with a great combination of reverence for the material and a tremendous spirit of silly fun.
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
FRI-SAT – A celebration of craft beer! More than 100 brews to try, great food, fun, art/craft vendors and live music make this the premier event for beer lovers in SW Washington.
KID’S 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.
AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES & OTHER CRITTERS
SAT – Celebrate Earth month and explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature’s ecosystems. Families are invited to view a variety of unusual snakes, lizards, and other cold blooded animals during live critters shows.
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES TEA
SAT – 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.
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
· Truth or Dare
· An Ordinary Man
· Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
· The Rider
· 20 Weeks
· All I Want
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