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.
Easter Events in Portland
Spring is the harbinger of Easter festivities in Portland. Check out our favorite kid-friendly Easter egg hunts, annual picnics and candy-centric events.
Where to Celebrate Earth Day in Portland
Show your love for Mother Earth by participating in one of these Earth Day events in Portland.
Design Week Portland
This annual springtime festival showcases Portland's creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.
Beer Festivals in Portland
Portland isn't shy about its love of beer — the city has nearly as many beer festivals as it does breweries.
Colorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn.
The Portland Flea + Food is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of the month in Portland, Oregon. Every market features 80+ local artists, makers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade and locally-sourced goods in town.
TechfestNW is a global gathering of technology and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs held at Portland State University’s Viking Pavilion in downtown Portland, Oregon. Learn more about the innovative, impactful tech that helps define our region. Hear from thought leaders across industries. Experience workshops and live tech demos. Join the startup pitch festival. And of…
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.
This annual show and sale returns every April to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. See gorgeous rhododendrons and daffodils on display, then stroll through the garden in full bloom — one of the city’s most iconic and beautiful natural areas.
Join us for the 40th annual Trillium Festival! MEMBER BENEFITS ‘Early Bird’ Entrance to plant sale 9 – 10am BUY 1 get 1 FREE Trillium Brunch 8-10am PLANT SALE Boskey Dell Natives will be selling plants in various sizes, including Trillium and other specialty native plants that support native wildlife. Specific Questions about your yard?…
The annual Bridge to Brews foot race is back with a new route in 2020, taking participants over the Broadway, Steel, Morrison and Hawthorne Bridge. Head to Waterfront Park after the race for the “brews” section of the event which features a classic Portland beer festival where you can sample local beer, cider and distilleries….
Hippity hop down the bunny trail & discover what he left behind! Together, challenge yourselves uncovering a basket full of treasures. Experience a spirit of playfulness & helping your child develop self-direction skills & respect for others. It’s festive! It’s fun! Follow the link to register children ages 1.5-5 for only $5: https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search/egg-stravaganza/118146
Established in 2008, the Portland Lindy Exchange (PDXLX) is the biggest annual swing dance weekend in Oregon. Join us for 3 days of celebrating the music and vintage swing dances of the early 20th Century including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. The Music PDXLX 2020 will feature LIVE swing and vintage jazz from…
Welcome spring with candy hunts, activities and farm animal talks at Rabbit Romp. Bring the kids to Rabbit Romp, a celebration of spring geared at the 10-and-under crowd. Candy hunts and coloring activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be two separate hunts on the concert lawn — one for kids 3-10 and and…
Join us in the Pearl to celebrate Spring with fun activities, treats and a hug and picture with the Easter Bunny. Smiles, laughter and some sweet treats will bring a burst of energy to the streets throughout the day as the Easter Bunny goes out and about taking photos and giving out candy and hugs….
Cider Rite of Spring is a celebration of the blossoming Northwest Cider industry — an annual cider tasting event welcoming the return of spring, featuring over 100 unique ciders served by over 30 different cidermakers.
Celebrate Easter Sunday at The Grotto, a serene woodland sanctuary in Northeast Portland featuring 62 acres of botanical gardens. Mass celebrating Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord will occur at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. April 12, 2020. Main entrance is located at NE 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.
Gather your friends and family for an Easter celebration to remember. Hop onboard the Portland Spirit for a two-hour Easter Brunch cruise featuring an elaborate brunch buffet, ever-changing views and excellent service. The Cinnabunny will be making a special appearance, and will be giving a gift to each child. The price includes our delicious Northwest…
The Rose City Salsa & Timba Festival is focused on bringing top level salsa and timba talent and education to Portland, OR through its 501c3 non-profit status. This annual festival showcases local performers, national and international talent and social dancing until 4 a.m. HEADLINERS De’Jon Polanski & Clo Ferreira (Bachata) Alex Flavor & Natasha Silva…
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.
This annual springtime festival showcases Portland’s creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.
Started back in 2008, the Nano Beer Fest began at Max’s Fanno Creek where the owners were looking for a way to showcase the local small brewers who were coming on the scene. Nine years later, it has grown to a bi-annual event featuring small batch beers, ciders and mead made by some of the…
Experience Bloom Runway, a powerful, fashion-forward event with ready-to-wear brands and designers. This is a curated mix-and-mingle experience for cultured individuals celebrating fashion, style and live music. This annual fashion show showcases Portland’s most creative fashion talent and entrepreneurs from all different backgrounds and nationalities, while giving back to the community by mentoring peers and…
The Pour Oregon wine festival is your chance to discover small, artisanal wine producers from all over Oregon. There’s so much great wine in this state from Southern Oregon’s Rogue, Applegate, and Umpqua Valleys, to the little places like Elkton and Milton-Freewater, to the hills and valleys of the great Willamette Valley. At Pour Oregon,…
Soul Queens & Blues Kings A benefit for HEALTH CARE FOR ALL- OREGON “Healing the Healthcare Blues” This very special showcase will celebrate icons of Soul and the Blues pioneers that helped shape the history of music. Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester brings together some of our local R&B favorites: Lenanne Miller, Renato Caranto, LaRhonda Steele,…
Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers and graphic literature. Hosts in 2020 are Elena Passarello and Omar El Akkad.