Weekend Guide

Your Guide to a Socially Distanced Weekend in Portland: Pi Day, Sou'wester Arts Week, and More

March 12-14, 2021 Edition
March 12, 2021
Take a short road trip to Seaview for Sou'wester Arts Week, featuring open-air music, performances, and installations by over 30 artists (which are open to the public this Friday and Saturday). (Courtesy of Sou'Wester)

Clocks spring forward this Sunday, so you can go ahead and put the kibosh on your winter doldrums. Read our picks for ways to take advantage of Portland's modest rays this weekend, from places to get picnic provisions (like Kachka Add to a List 's packable meal for two) to a Depressed Cake Shop Pop-Up Add to a List , and from women-owned businesses to support (like Gladys Bikes Add to a List ) to the virtual Shamrock Run Add to a List . For even more options, read our guides to the best online events this week Add to a List and the best movies to watch this week Add to a List .

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Celebrate Pi Day. Sunday, March 14 is Pi Day, the endearingly nerdy holiday where we honor everyone's favorite mathematical constant (π) with plenty of flaky, golden pies. DB Dessert Company Add to a List will feature mini pies this Saturday, while Big's Chicken will have buttermilk pies available for pre-order. And Lauretta Jean's Add to a List will go all out with whole pies and slices available for pre-order, a pie "mystery box" with three surprise slices for $14.50, and some new exclusive flavors like cranberry key lime, mango chiffon, and banoffee. You can also plunge your fork into some pastry crust from some of our other favorite pie suppliers, like The Pie Spot Add to a List , Bakeshop Add to a List , Baker & Spice Add to a List , Pacific Pie Company, and Petunia's Pies & Pastries Add to a List .

Greet the arrival of spring and increased sunlight with a picnic. Pack up your cottagecore wicker basket and unfurl your red checkered gingham blanket: It's picnic season! The days are blessedly getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, and it's the perfect excuse to head outdoors for a socially distanced meal al fresco. Appropriately, Kachka Add to a List is marking the occasion of Maslenitsa, the Russian celebration of the upcoming spring, with a special meal for two that includes beet cured salmon, chopped chicken liver, Ajvar pepper spread, chocolate butter, mushroom gravy, leek and fennel gratin, duck confit rillettes, and a house tvorog (a type of Russian cottage cheese) with pine cone preserves, all of which would be fine additions to your moveable feast. Alternatively, assemble a spread with tinned fish, meats, cheeses, bread, and panini at the Italian market Cooperativa Add to a List , or grab some fried chicken (a time-honored picnic staple) and jojos from Reel M Inn Tavern Add to a List . We're fans of Laurelhurst Park, Pittock Mansion Add to a List , and the Hoyt Arboretum Add to a List for picnic spots.

Check out restaurants available for dine-in (or for outdoor dining). The restrictions will ease in Multnomah County beginning today: Gov. Kate Brown has announced that bars and restaurants may return to 50% capacity. If you're understandably not feeling 100% comfortable with indoor dining yet, soak up the spring-like weather at an outdoor patio, like the ones at OK Omens Add to a List , the Rambler Add to a List , Rontoms Add to a List , or Backyard Social Add to a List .

Other notable weekend events:

Depressed Cake Shop Portland Pop-Up Add to a List
This one-day pop-up bakery sells gray-colored cakes, cookies, and other goods (all donated by local bakers) to raise awareness and encourage conversation about mental health issues. The goodies, though dismal on the outside, are bright and colorful on the inside to symbolize hope. This year's event will have limited in-person shopping by reservation as well as pre-ordered pickup.
Opal 28, Northeast (Sunday)

Toasts with Hosts Add to a List
Grab six beers from Hammer & Stitch Brewing Company plus a tasting menu of bites from Grand Cru Hospitality, then tune in for a virtual group toast and a panel discussion all about making, sharing, and pairing beer as well as the Portland beer industry.
Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co., Northwest (Saturday)


Feast like the Irish. Pick out your most verdant outfit and pluck some four-leaf clovers: St. Patrick's Day is Wednesday, March 17. Whether you'd like to mark the occasion with corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beer, Jameson whiskey, or a socially distanced celebration with Irish music and dancing, Portland eateries have you covered. We've gathered a list Add to a List of Irish bars throughout the Portland area and places offering food and drink specials for the holiday, as well as few other livestreamed events. 

Other notable weekend events:

Portland Shamrock Run Add to a List
For the virtual edition of this 43rd annual race, deck yourself out in green and challenge yourself to anywhere between a half marathon and 1K to run on your favorite path.
Wherever you are (Sunday)


Support your local women-owned business. In addition to a bevy of women-owned restaurants, cafes, and bars Add to a List , Portland is also home to a slew of other establishments owned by women that sell things you want and need! As we enter the second week of Women's History Month, expand your network of places to shop for cool commodities, like Leah Benson's Gladys Bikes Add to a List , which maintains an impressive "saddle library" to fit every cyclist's bod. If you come away with a new or newly spiffed-up ride, order something online from Evy Cowan and Jeneen Doumitt's inclusive sex shop She Bop Add to a List and peddle over to North Portland to pick it up, or head in the opposite direction for a session with Glynis Olson's Southeast nail salon Finger Bang Add to a List , whose skilled manicurists are prepared to transform your nails into tiny pizzas or Powerpuff Girls motifs (appointments required). If you're in the market for some new clothes for spring, head over to Wildfang Add to a List , Nike vets Julia Parsley and Emma McIlroy's haven of wingtips, bowties, and other "tomboy fashions" that's been praised by the like of Elliott Page and Janelle Monae. You also might also consider subscribing to local women-owned magazines Bitch and Broccoli for fresh takes on feminist theory, art, and the weed industry.  


Go see Patrick Dougherty's beloved twig sculpture in Hillsborough's Orenco Woods Nature Park Add to a List before it comes down at the end of March. Made of willow and dogwood saplings originally formed in the likeness of six balloon-ish heads with gaping mouths big enough for small humans to dart in and out of, but, "Head Over Heels" has outlived its estimated lifespan of four years, but snow and rain have taken their toll. The remaining heads have been removed for safety and now, somewhat symbolically, a lone figure remains. Next Saturday, March 20, from 9 am-4 pm, visitors are invited to write their thoughts and memories on tags that will be added to the piece before it's removed, but you can go see it between now and then for less of a crowd. 

Order Northwest flora fauna from Sparrowhawk Native Plants before their online sale Add to a List closes on March 15. The remote, pickup-only nursery whose mission is "to bring a diverse selection of native plants to neighborhoods that don't otherwise have access to them" has over 40 species available, from groundcover grasses and wildflowers to provisions for a pollinator-friendly meadow to a perfect assortment of blooms for a hummingbird garden. Once you place your order, you'll choose a 30-minute time slot to pick up your plants in a large outdoor parking lot.  

Other notable weekend events:

Carchella PDX Add to a List
Sate your longing for live music at this drive-in series spotlighting local artists like shimmery anthem rocker Gabbie Holt and delta-boogie outfit Howling Waters.
Oaks Amusement Park, Southeast (Saturday)

Cinema Unbound Drive-In Add to a List
The Portland International Film Festival Add to a List 's drive-in screenings will wrap up this weekend with back-to-back definitive classics: The Matrix (Thurs), The Neverending Story (Fri), The Iron Giant (Sat), and Dune (Sun).
Zidell Yards, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Cosmic Microscapes Add to a List
Learn how samples from Oregon's Lava Butte that erupted 7,000 years ago relate to ancient pieces of cooled magma from Mars and the moon in this celestial new exhibit.
High Desert Museum, Bend (Friday-Sunday)

Ishimoto Yasuhiro: Architecture + Nature + Culture Add to a List
Head to the Pavillion Gallery to see Ishimoto Yasuhiro's collection of photographs of Kyoto's Katsura Imperial Villa, an architectural treasure.
Portland Japanese Garden, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Sou'wester Arts Week Add to a List
The Sou’wester will host over 30 artists and art collectives—including Julia Barbee, Mike Bennett, Nicolas Bindeman, and Alice Gosti—for a week of residency work, music, performances, and installations in their part open-air, part decentralized air space. Note that their public days are limited to Friday and Saturday. 
Sou'Wester Lodge, Seaview (Friday-Sunday)

Shelley Turley: Sound of Silence Add to a List
Shelley Turley's paintings explore themes of displacement, longing, mourning, and spiritual reflection. Her latest collection is inspired by cookbooks, soap operas, pop music, advertisements, and pagan rituals of the 1960s and '70s.
HOLDING Contemporary, Northwest (Friday-Saturday)

Unquiet Objects Add to a List
Curated by Lucy Cotter, this exhibition "explores what greater accountability towards cultural objects might look like," highlighting works by ten artists and cultural producers including Lorraine O’ Grady and Christine Miller. 
Disjecta, North Portland (Friday-Sunday)

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