Spring has not quite made it to Portland yet, but don’t despair! Our fair city has put together a long list of events that will make it feel even closer. You will have the opportunity to plant strawberries, listen to poetry and attend lots of plays. Sound good? Well, get your calendar and your pen out and ready write, because we’ve got the best events this weekend has to offer lined up below.

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NW Portland

Check Out “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds”
For your older theater-goers: This Pulitzer Prize-winning lyrical drama tells the story of a wounded family unraveling at the age of innocence and at the age of no return. Life with Beatrice, an embittered single mother, resembles a hell more than a home for her two daughters. But Tillie, the youngest, finds her own way to connect to the world with resilience and hope. Tillie – keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Share the Circus Love
Does your clan love the circus, but finds it intimidating? If so, you will want to check out Share the Circus Love Saturdays. The first Saturday of each month you are invited to try out your first class, fir free! You may find you love it more than you even thought you would. Sat. Event Details.

Experience the SW Washington Wind Symphony
You and your little music lovers will love this. Mr. Galatis is a member of the Oregon Symphony based in Portland. The performance entitled “Flourishes” presents dramatic Flamenco themes in James Christensen’s Piccolo Espagnol and perspectives on strength and courage in Aaron Perrine’s Only Light. The program also includes Symphony #4 by David Maslanka, a contemporary American composer for wind band, and more. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Hit Free First Friday at the Children’s Museum
Spend the evening at the Portland Children’s museum for free! Your little adventurers will have tons to do and plenty of time to explore, learn and play…all for free! Fri. Event Details.

Catch Willy Wonka On Stage!
Don’t miss this classic on stage! Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Attend Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! Poetry Reading
Attend an afternoon of spoken poetry, presented in Arabic and in English, on the anniversary of the 2007 car bombing of Baghdad’s ancient literary and historic bookselling district on Al-Mutanabbi Street. Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss Soccer Shots Free Clinic
Get your little soccer lovers to the Soccer Shots Clinic. Kids ages 3-5, join Soccer Shots for a fun, non competitive soccer skills clinic on March 5 at Pacific City park in Vancouver, WA. Soccer Shots is a nationally recognized program that offers a high energy, fun and age-appropriate introduction to the wonderful game of soccer. Sat. Event Details.

Woodburn

Try Growing Strawberries
Kick off the gardening season by planting strawberries. Learn a fun lesson about this delicious fruit and then plant a mini patch in a unique colander container! Kids will love eating the fruits of their labor when summer comes around. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Experience a Hands-on Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education
Bring your young children to play on a lovely 7 acre campus and in our cozy early childhood classrooms this weekend. The whole family is invited to the Early Childhood Open House at Portland Waldorf School. This is a chance for young children to experience what is unique about Waldorf education and for their parents to meet with our teachers and ask questions. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Share the Circus Love
Does your clan love the circus, but finds it intimidating? If so, you will want to check out Share the Circus Love Saturdays. The first Saturday of each month you are invited to try out your first class, fir free! You may find you love it more than you even thought you would. Sat. Event Details.

How does your family get ready for Spring? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti