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Your Guide to Things to Do in Portland This March 2021

Drive-Ins, a Cheese Festival in Your Home, and More
March 1, 2021
The drive-in prevails this month with IRL screenings of hits like Minari and The Iron Giant at the Cinema Unbound portion of the otherwise virtual Portland International Film Festival. (Cinema Unbound)

If you've run out of things to look forward to after spending exactly one year in quarantine, you're in good company. But while the end of the pandemic is still a ways off, this month brings some good things to the internet and the outside world that are worth putting on your calendar, from the Portland International Film Festival to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm's Tulip Festival to the Oregon Cheese Fest To-Go. See details on those and more of our picks below, and check out our complete streaming, in-person, and on-demand calendars for even more options. 

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Events are online unless otherwise noted.


Rebecca Solnit with Jia Tolentino
Rebecca Solnit's Recollections of My Nonexistence, which expands on many of the experiences outlined in her hit essay collection Men Explain Things to Me, "gives the Beats the drubbing she felt she couldn't give them back in the day, tells the stories of the people and places that inspired her writings, and compares the violence women faced then to the violence they still face today," writes The Stranger's Rich Smith. Catch the author in conversation with New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino. 
(Tues March 9)

Virtual Portland Womxn’s March
While the horrible administration that sparked the first Womxn's March is finally out of office, there's still a lot of work to be done to improve intersectional gender equity. This online version of the march will feature a BIPOC activist-led panel discussion on intersectional resistance work, as well as musical and spoken-word performances.
(Sun March 7)


Girl Scout Cookie & Wine Pairing
If you've never unfurled on the couch after a long day with a box of Thin Mints and a big ol' glass of Cabernet, you're missing out, friend. Redeem yourself with Hip Chicks Do Wine's package of four Girl Scout cookies paired with four wines of their choosing, which you can pick up at the shop or have delivered to your door. 
Hip Chicks Do Wine, Southeast (through March 5)

Oregon Cheese Fest To-Go!
Support local cheesemakers and inhale an abundance of fine dairy without leaving your cozy clothes by ordering a parcel of 14 Oregon fromages, Vintner's Kitchen preserves, Effie's Homemade Crackers, and a Ranger Chocolate's Sea Salt Oregon bar in an insulated tote. You can pick up your bounty in Central Point or Grants Pass. 
(Sat March 13)


2021 HUMP! Film Festival
Every year, The Mercury's puts out the call to sex-havers everywhere to submit a homegrown amateur porn film depicting whatever they're into (barring poop, kids, and animals, of course). The result is an incredibly diverse representation of human sexuality in all its straight, gay, trans, queer, kinky, funny, pissy, painful, and pretty forms. Let's see what wild spins people put on their submissions that were created during the lockdown, shall we?
(Through March 6)

Portland International Film Festival
The Northwest Film Center is partnering with Cinema Unbound to bring you a partial drive-in version of the Portland International Film Festival, featuring IRL screenings of feature films (Minari, Snowpiercer, The Iron Giant) and short film blocks, as well as virtual screenings. Alicia Rose's A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, Skye Fitzgerald's documentary Hunger Ward, and Mylissa Fitzsimmons's Everything in the End are just a few that we have our eye on.
(March 5-14)

POW Film Fest
If the last film festival you attended saw a dearth of women filmmakers, take comfort in the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival, which highlights well-known and emerging women directors. Taking to the internet for the second time in its tenure, this year's event will focus on women and non-binary filmmakers from the Portland Metro area.
(March 25-28)


Powell's Books Presents Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in Conversation With Elissa Washuta
Theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein calls for a more just practice of science in her book The Disordered Cosmos, which she'll share tonight with Powell's alongside PNW memoirist Elissa Washuta. 
(Wed March 17)

Powell's Books Presents Kale Williams in Conversation With Jon Mooallem
Melt into the real-life story of a polar bear abandoned by its mother at the Columbus Zoo and raised by humans, as told in Oregonian reporter Kale Williams's The Loneliest Polar Bear, which also pays significant attention to the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world. The author will sit down virtually with journalist Jon Mooallem for this Powell's event. 
(Wed March 24)

Powell's Books Presents Whitney Otto in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch
In her latest novel, Art for the Ladylike, the author of the generation-spanning How to Make an American Quilt (maybe you saw the '90s movie version starring Winona Ryder? It's good) limns the lives of eight pioneering women photographers (Sally Mann, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Ruth Orkin, Tina Modotti, Lee Miller, Madame Yvonne, and Grete Stern) and relates their experiences to her own journey as a writer. 
(Thurs March 18)


Carchella PDX
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 Park, Southeast (March 13-April 10)

Goldmund Quartet: Europe’s Rising Stars
Chamber music globetrotters the Goldmund Quartet will grace the Chamber Music Northwest digital stage with revived works by Puccini, Strauss, and Schubert.
(March 20-27)

Mercury Music Series presents: FOUNTAINE
The Mercury's online music series will continue with Portland-based anime-loving rapper/producer Fountaine, who sings and raps behind aqueous beats that are sometimes dazed and unsettling and sometimes reverberating with danceable, Prince-inspired funk.
(Thurs March 11)

Mixtape Revival Concert Series
What more retro way to bop around to hits from the '80s and '90s than in your car? This drive-in series will feature live throwbacks by local cover band Hair Jordans. Submit your "car-aoke" videos for the chance to win prizes. 
Oaks Park, Southeast (March 12-April 9)

Triggered Life
Two Black men, Ishmael and Keith, relive their respective stories of childhood abuse in what press materials describe as a "multi-sensory, multimedia, post-traumatic story." Note that half of the performances in this run are reserved for Black and Brown audience members only, so be sure to purchase tickets accordingly if you're not a BIPOC viewer. 
(March 18-April 4)


Curious how ballet and performance play into social justice work? Tune in to two panel discussions with as-yet-unannounced locals on the Oregon Ballet Theatre's streaming platform. 
(March 16 & 30)

Tulip Festival
Gazing at forty acres of tulips lined up in orderly rows against the majestic backdrop of Mount Hood never gets old. In previous years at least, the traffic tends to be pretty bad on weekends, but it’s worth the wait if your eyes are starved for color. Peak blooms are expected to come in early to mid-April, but the fields are open for viewing (so long as you buy a ticket in advance) in March. 
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn (March 19-May 2)


Dirty Leprechaun Mud Run
Tackle the muddy terrain and obstacle courses at Lee Farms (or your nearest trail, if you prefer) at this St. Patrick's Day 5K and 10K. Wear green, lest you get pinched.
Lee Farms, Tualatin (Sat March 13) 

Shamrock Run
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. You'll get a long-sleeve t-shirt and a tote bag when you register. 
(Sun March 14)