This weekend makes it easy to be green in Portland! From St. Patrick’s parades to African dance, there’s plenty to keep you busy come rain or come shine. Read on for our editor’s top picks.
photo by David Shenson, courtesy of St. Agatha Catholic School
Free African Marimba Concert
Put on your dancing shoes enjoy the high-energy marimba music of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. In addition to amazing music, there will be a raffle/silent auction to benefit charities with fantastic prizes including local chocolate, Voodoo Doughnuts certificates and more! Sat., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. NE/Kerns. Free. All ages. Event details.
Sellwood-Moreland Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Originally for the school and parish of St. Agatha, this annual event now includes the whole community. The 5k fun run is followed by a neighborhood parade, led by the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band. Expect a sea of green-clad children and grownups winding through the streets, many with decorated bikes, strollers and wagons. After the parade, head to St. Agatha for a festival of live music, Irish dancing, a kid’s carnival and hearty Irish fare. Sat., 11 a.m. (parade at noon). SE/Sellwood. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Buckman Art Show & Sale
140 artists and craftspersons, along with Buckman Elementary students, will sell their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! Participating artists donate 30% of their proceeds to benefit the Buckman Elementary School PTA. Plus there will be free children’s art activities in the kid’s art room. Cash only at the door, please. Credit cards are accepted for purchases. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SE/Buckman. $3-$5/person suggested donation; children 4 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Beverly Cleary: Make Felt Animal Letters
Ramona loves to decorate her last initial Q to look like a cat. Come and decorate your initial to look like an animal using stencil felts and other crafty tools. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. North Portland. Free. All ages. Event details.
Join 35,000 Portlanders and show some green pride with the annual Shamrock Run at Waterfront Park. Choose between a 5k, 8k, 15k, half marathon run or a stroller- and dog-friendly 5k fitness walk, known as the Shamrock Stride. All ages can get in on the action in the 5k and 8k runs as well as the walk; the 15k and half marathon are only open to ages 13 and older. For shorter legs (ages 10 and younger), there’s also the Leprechaun Lap, a 1k (0.6-mile) run/walk (at 9:05 a.m.). Sun., Races start between 7:30 a.m. and 9:45. SW/ Downtown. $15-$95. All ages. Event details.
Portland Aerial Tram Family Crafts
After completing the Shamrock Run or cheering on your loved ones enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. There will be arts and crafts including a DIY leprechaun trap and the chance to take a family portrait in the Tram photo booth. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SW/South Waterfront. Free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
23rd Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere of the great Pacific Northwest at the 23rd Annual SIP: McMinnville Wine & Food Classic. Watch some of the area’s best chefs demonstrate their skills, chat with winemakers, visit with artisans and hang out in beautiful setting (Evergreen Space & Aviation Museum!) with your fam. The first 1000 attendees on Friday receive a free wine glass. Fri., 3-9 p.m., Sat., noon-9 p.m. and noon-5 p.m. McMinnville. $17/general; $15/seniors and designated drivers; children 9 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
What’s on your family’s must-do list this weekend?