Spring break is making it’s way to Portland ever so slowly, but you don’t have to wait until it arrives to have tons of family fun. Catch the ballet, attend and owl festival, rock out with a fairy and watch Horton lay an egg! Do those events sound Portlandy enough to pique your interest? Read on to find out more about ways to keep your weekend extra weird and extra fun!


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SW Portland

Join the Beauty +the Beast Movie Release Party
Be the guest at the Beauty + the Beast Movie Release party being throwing to celebrate the new Disney live-action version to be released this month! There will be crafts for your littles to make, free movie passes (while supplies last) for a screening of the film to give away, as well as movie promotional items, and a sweet treat for you to enjoy, all for just $10. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Attend The Portland Ballet Studio Company Performance
This is a performance you and your little dancers don’t want to miss! The Studio Company Performance, live at TPB’s intimate studio theatre, showcases the exquisite dancers of The Portland Ballet’s Career Track program. Contemporary and classical works feature the music of Gershwin and Patsy Cline and the choreography of John Clifford, Anne Mueller and BodyVox Co-Artistic Directors, Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland.TPB is also proud and excited to celebrate its ongoing partnership with Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, who will perform for the first time at a TPB concert as special guests. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Take Part in National Craft Month Party
Did you know that March is National Craft Month? Join Craft Factory in celebrating! All first crafts are reduced in price and you can stay as long as you like, use as many embellishments as you want, and have a fun-filled day. Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss Owl Fest 2017
Portland is teeming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, head out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an afternoon and evening of Owl Celebration! Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, owl crafts, owl presentations, guided hikes, and close-up encounters with the Audubon Education Owl Julio! Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the Buckman Art Show & Sell
Spring forward for the 27th Annual Buckman Art Show & Sell. The event is held at Buckman Art Focus Elementary School, where over 140 artists and craftspersons, great food, dance and music performances come together all to support the rich arts program that is Buckman Elementary’s legacy. Sun. Event Details.

Check Out Mason Bee Day
Did you know there are over 4,000 bee species in North America?Join Bee Thinking and Mead Market for Mason Bee Day to celebrate these local heroes with raffles, instructional stations, arts and crafts, mason bee pollinated food spread, mead tastings and more! Special guest Dave Hunter of Crown Bees will talk about connecting the native bee network at 2pm. Sat. Event Details.

Rock Out at Rock n Roll Fairy
Get ready to rock at this family friendly musical performance at Zoiglhaus Brewing Company. There  will be lots of great tunes, food and beverages available for purchase and a a stocked play area for the kids as well! Sat. Event Details.

Watch Horton Hatch an Egg!
Watch this fun puppet performance of Horton Hatches the Egg. This is a retelling of Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic about Horton the elephant who agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird’s egg while she vacations.
Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faithfully through rain and snow, Horton and the egg are captured by three hunters and put in a circus. Maisie happens by just as the egg is about to hatch and demands that Horton give it back to her. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Drop By Red Yarn’s “Born in the Deep Woods” Album Release Concert
Red Yarn and his critter pals are back with a raucous new album of original songs “Born in the Deep Woods.” Red Yarn and Ms. Jessie, his suitcase full of critter puppet pals, and several guest musicians, will perform at this all -ages show delving into the American folk canon while expressing a 21st century sensibility for a new audience. After a winter tour reaching New York City and South by Southwest, Red Yarn returns home to perform for his fans. Sat. Event Details.


Experience Excerpts from Don Quixote
This year’s eclectic concert is a must see for you and your little dancers. It features excerpts from Don Quixote, a colorful and dazzling classical ballet set to Ludwig Minkus’s vibrant score; plus exciting new works performed by Columbia Dance Company and special guest artists. Set in Spain, Don Quixote is the classic story of the noble knight, Don Quixote, and his faithful squire Sancho Panza, as they set out on an adventure driven by the vision of Dulcinea. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite a pre-spring break activity or event to attend?

—Annette Benedetti