March Events for Portland Families


In like a lion, out like a lamb. That’s what they say about March, right? Here in the Pacific Northwest, we might add the caveat that both animals will likely be wet. But the truth is that March is the transition from winter to spring, and we are here for it. Speaking of being here, there are plenty of wonderful things to do in our fair city, rain or shine. We’re sharing some of our faves for you to get on your family calendar.

Crocuses emerge from the ground.

March 5
Moda Center

Crashing monster trucks, revving engines, and a whole lotta destruction… coming to a Moda Center near you! Monster Jam might not be everyone’s jam, but if you have a kid who loves bashing and crashing trucks, cars, and anything with wheels, Monster Jam may be the event for you. Just remember to bring the hearing protection!

Paw Patrol Live

March 11-12, Multiple times
Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
Ticket pricing here.

Get ready for epic rescues! If you have a Paw Patrol fan in your home, this is the event for you. From their website: “In the latest live-action adventure spectacle from every kid’s favorite cartoon dog squad, Ryder and his crew of ever-resourceful pups must save their bumbling, seafaring friend Cap’n Turbot after he gets lost in a cave — just as Mayor Goodway’s Pirate Day festival celebrations are set to begin on Adventure Bay.”

Easter Bunny Photos

March 10-April 8
Hours vary

Washington Square Mall

The Easter Bunny returns to Summit Court in Washington Square Mall for a handful of days in March and April. Get your kiddo(s) in their spring best for a delightful photo with a giant rabbit. Yes, it’s a weird tradition, but it’s cute and we’re going with it. Reservations recommend to cut wait times.

St Patrick's Day Parade

March 12 at 1pm
begins at Beverly Cleary School

A free family-friendly event for everyone! The roughly one-hour parade  goes through neighborhood streets, with kids, families, costumes, and fire trucks all joining in the fun. Head to the website for more details and a map of the route.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

March 24 – April 30
Hours vary

A Portland Mom Collective favorite, Tulip Fest is starting a week later than usual this year due to the colder winter temps. In its prime, the Wooden Show Tulip Festival has millions of tulips ready for your enjoyment. Warning: this is an excellent place for photos and many know about its magic, so get your tickets in advance!

Cirque de Soleil

March 10-12, various times
Moda Center

From the website: Its stunning mixture of acrobatics and character-driven acting has been Cirque du Soleil’s calling card since 1984, when what is now the world’s largest theatrical production was founded in Montreal by street performers Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. With Corteo, Cirque du Soleil has outdone itself with an epic tribute to the circus world’s comical essence: the clown.

What do you love to in March in or around Portland? Let us know in the comments!