Springtime in Portland means heading outside to enjoy gorgeous blooms and epic views, along with plenty of cultural offerings. Celebrate Earth Day with clean-ups around the city, head to the gorgeous annual Tulip Festival and explore Portland’s vibrant art and design scene at the Design Week. Scroll down for our a few of our top picks for things to do in April in Portland, or search our full events calendar to see everything on offer.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Portland’s cherry blossoms are impressive, but an even more colorful burst of flowers appears every spring just 32 miles (51 km) south of the city in Woodburn. There, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival blossoms each spring, and thousands come to see acres upon acres of tulips in full bloom.
The Japanese Currents film festival (hosted every April by the Northwest Film Center at the Whitsell Auditorium inside Portland Art Museum) highlights recent noteworthy Nipponese films. Ranging from anime to documentary to comedy, all of the selected films explore issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Collectively, the film selection offers a fresh take on Japanese culture and showcases the wealth of creative invention at work in Japan today.
Founded in 2012, TechfestNW is a gathering of leading thinkers who are passionate about technology, design entrepreneurship and innovation, and are focused on highlighting Portland as one of the country’s next technology centers. The festival returns every April to the Viking Pavilion at Portland State University, with guest speakers, networking opportunities, demonstrations, parties and “PitchFest,” a competition for who can submit the best design pitch.
Spring is the harbinger of Easter festivities in Portland. Check out our favorite kid-friendly Easter egg hunts, annual picnics and candy-centric events.
Show your love for Mother Earth by participating in one of these Earth Day events in Portland.
This annual springtime festival showcases Portland's creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.
At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, you will find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies, along with make ‘n’ takes, free demos, daily door prize drawings and more.
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.