Whether you’re extending a business trip, tacking a few days onto a pre-existing trip to Portland or want to plan a St. Patrick’s Day weekend, take a look at our list of 10 can’t-miss March events that will make the month extra springy.
10 Must-Do March Events
1. Celebrate Creativity
Let the pending spring be your muse at The Celebration of Creativity (March 2-5; $10). The four-day festival highlights local artists and their crafts.
2. Eat Your Veggies
From green kale to carb-a-licious pastries, the Beaverton Winter Market is a great time to taste the grown, brewed and baked goods of the Tualatin Valley (every Saturday).
4. Respect Your “Elders”
The McMenamins Grand Lodge is turning a whopping 95-years old—worthy of a birthday celebration, for sure (March 5; free).
5. Experience the Luck of the Irish
St. Patrick’s Day is a two-week affair with the Luckython (March 11; varying registration fees) and The Dirty Leprechaun 5k Mud Run (March 18; varying registration fees). The St. Patrick’s Day Across the Land goes Irish with bagpipers, Irish food specials and stout at the McMenamins Grand Lodge (March 17; free).
6. The Jig is Up
The Irish band Altan will electrify the stage at Forest Grove’s Pacific University (March 12; $20-$25). The traditional Irish music will have you toe-tapping at your seat.
7. Culinary Adventures with Raptor Ridge Winery
Indulge in a three-course brunch with wine pairings at Raptor Ridge Winery’s last Winter Brunch of the season (March 18; $40 per person). Later in the month the winery will pair its newest vintage of estate-grown Gruner Veltliner with a decadent oyster bar (March 25; $40 per person).
8. Run Back to Christmas
Missing Christmas? The Sunny Day Tree Farm hosts a 5k & 10k on its Christmas tree farm. Run loops around the twelve-foot tall wonders, taking in deep breaths for a good workout—and a dose of Christmas nostalgia.
9. Harmonize Like a Pro
Forest Grove has proclaimed itself to be Ballad Town USA—and for good reason! The 70th Annual All Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest comes to the sweet college town once again (March 24-25; $18-$20).
10. Welcome Spring
See spring through the stars with the OMSI Star Party at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park (March 25; $5 parking). Telescopes unveils how the stars align during the Vernal Equinox.
With so much to do, book a hotel package for a great deal on accommodations.