April Events

Check out what's happening in Portland during April!

April 1: “The World’s Largest Pillow Fight”

“Squad up for the worlds largest pillow fight at pioneer square – BYOP!  This isn’t an April fools joke.”


Hosted by Kiki Nielson, view the FB page here!


April 1-30th: Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

“The month-long Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival  festival showcases more than 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, 45 minutes south of downtown Portland. Weekend events include food, wine, pony rides for the kids, and, of course, tulip viewing.”


April 1st: The Toads, The Minders, Mo Troper @ Bunk Bar

The Toads return to Portland from their first major West Coast tour, hawking their new tape “THE COMPLEAT TOADS”, gathering their entire discography in one place. They’re joined by two of Portland’s greatest power pop acts, Mo Troper and the long-running The Minders.”

Visit their FB event page for the full schedule!


April 4th: The I, Anonymous Show @ Curious Comedy Theater

“In “The Portland Mercury Presents: The I, Anonymous Show” host Caitlin Weierhauser will read some of the wildest, uncensored I, Anonymous submissions ever, which will then be judged by our hilarious jury. Watch some of the funniest people alive judge the most awful people ever for your fun and enjoyment!”

View event page here for tickets & info!


April 4th-6th: Don’t Stop Me Now – The Freddie Mercury Experience @ Coho Theater

“Courtney Freed’s one-woman show Don’t Stop Me Now highlights [Freddie Mercury’s] incredible range and dynamic stage presence through vocal driven jazz arrangements. Don’t Stop Me Now is not simply a concert of Freddie Mercury’s music, but rather an homage paid to Mercury through the art of cabaret storytelling and a fresh musical take on his most beloved songs.”

View their website here!

April 5th: First Thursday @ Portland Center Stage

“Celebrate April with exhibitions by local Cherokee artists Joe Cantrell and Brenda Mallory. FREE!”


Check out event page here

April 5th: Free First Thursday @ Portland Art Museum

“With so many great events and activities going on, we’ve decided to list them all in one place so you can view them more easily. Free First Thursday takes place the first Thursday of every month, with free admission from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the evening.”


April 5th: Pizzas of the USA

“Join Atlas Obscura Society Portland for a delightful tasting and lecture that explains how different pizzas—ranging in crust thickness, sauce differences, and shapes—represent their various cities, and where to find them in Portland. ”

Get more info here!


April 6th: Makers Happy Hour @ Alma Chocolate

“Join us for our April Makers Happy Hour! In addition to chocolate and cheese galore, we’ll be joined by New Deal Distillery, who will be pouring samples of their award winning spirits, as well as mixing micro-cocktails! Ancient Heritage Dairy will provide samples of their delectable European styled cheeses. All available to sample for FREE!”

View event details here!


April 7th: Cirque Du Soleil “Crystal” @ Moda Center

“Crystal is not just an ice show, it’s the very first experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice to defy all expectations.”

View event page here for tickets & info!


April 7th: North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend

“The 10th annual North Willamette Vintners Wine Trail offers you a host of rich and diverse winery experiences accompanied by food and wine pairings. You can choose to watch noir while sipping Pinot Noir, stitch together cuttings to graft a vine, toast an oak stave and smell the complex aromas released, and blend wines from single barrels to create your own unique cuvée. . . all in your first day of this spectacular two-day wine trail.”

View the wineries and more event info here!


April 8th: Rise & Shine Brunch @ Portland Playhouse

“We’re pulling back the curtain, opening up our newly renovated building and celebrating the community that defines us. The connections that inspire us. The creativity that’s inside all of us, and all around us.” They will be serving coffee & cocktails!


View their FB event here!



April 8th: Citywide Dance Audition

“Come be seen by independent choreographers, dance and theatre companies, and talent scouts from across the city of Portland. Classes are 2:15 – 5:45 and the Audition is 6:30 – 8:00pm.”

Learn more about the classes & events here!


April 8th: Oddville: A New Vaudevillian Tradition @ The Steep & Thorny Way to Heaven

One part vaudevillian comedy show, one part 60s variety hour, Oddville: A New Vaudevillian Tradition is a monthly performance showcase. Taking cues from vaudevillian tradition and narrative comedy, and set in Portland’s underground home for the arts, The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Oddville is hosted by a rotating cast of some of Portland’s best comedic performers.”

View actors & performers here!


April 10th: Indigenous Women Playwrights Panel @ Portland Center Stage

“Join Larissa FastHorse, Mary Kathryn Nagle and DeLanna Studi as they discuss the state of the stage and what it’s like to be an Indigenous female writer in the theater.”

View more info here!


April 12th: Portland Photo Month Gallery

“Local arts nonprofit Photolucida hosts Portland Photo Month, with photography events and exhibitions running throughout April, and a pop-up event and auction at Disjecta on Thursday, April 12.”


View list of photographers and event info here!

April 12th-14th: White Rabbit Red Rabbit @ Artist Repertory Theater

“No rehearsals. No director. No set. Every night a new actor opens an envelope and encounters the script for the first time. Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?”

View event page for the list of actors!


April 15th: Hannibal Buress at the Keller Auditorium

“Hannibal Buress is a wildly popular comedian, writer and actor who is a favorite of fans and critics on big and small screens alike. With his first national theatre standup comedy tour sold out and The New York Times lauding him as one of the most “supremely gifted and respected” comics around, Hannibal is emerging as a comedy superstar.”

Get more info & tickets here!


April 15th: Y La Bamba / KERA, Brown Calculus @ Mississippi Studios

“Luz Elena Mendoza is reviving Y La Bamba. “I wanted to spend time alone and get perspective,” she says after a 2.5-year hiatus. “I grew up in that band. That was me entering this world being super innocent, but now I have greater self-awareness as a Mexican-American female.” The PDX-based band, which has toured with Neko Case and The Lumineers, will continue to blend her Latin heritage with elements of American folk and rock, which will reflect Luz’s cathartic exploration of identity.”

Get tickets & info here!


April 16th-21st: Portland Pizza Week w/ The Portland Mercury

“Listen, Portland. We love you. And we love pizza. So the Portland Mercury is teaming up with dozens of local pizza shops to bring you the third annual Portland Pizza Week—$2 slices for everyone!”

View list of participants here!


April 16th: Stage Time 2: Another Non-Awkward Portland Theatre Mixer by Pat Moran

“We’ve recently lost a number of Portland theater spaces that have served as hubs for the community. My goal for these events are to reinvigorate a sense of connectivity within our field. Come meet, reconnect, and engage with your fellow theater community members. (Also, drinks.) We will be showcasing some great local theatre/arts organizations throughout the night, so you’ll be able to meet members and hear about upcoming projects from CoHo ProductionsShaking The Tree TheatreThe ReformersNew Expressive WorksDeep End TheaterVanport Mosaic, and more.”

View FB page here

April 16th-21st: Portland Design Week

“Every year, Design Week Portland brings together a community of creative individuals to celebrate the many genres of design in Portland. From architecture and urban design to manufacturing and digital design, this week-long conference features lectures, exhibits and open houses at some of the leading design firms in Portland.”

View full list of events and designers here!

April 17th: The Aesthetics of Album Art @ WeWork

Tender Loving Empire is hosting a panel of graphic designers, record label managers, and artists to discuss the creative and conceptual collaborations that go into designing a record. “

Check out their event page here!

April 18th: After the Flames: Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire Response @ Alberta Rose

“Within days of firefighters gaining control of the Eagle Creek Fire​ ​in mid-September 2017, scientists and specialists were quickly dispatched to investigate the extent of the damage. Members of​ ​a U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team explored the​ ​impacted area to assess potential​ ​threats to human health and safety, concerns for damage to property, and potential impairment to natural or cultural resources, including the likelihood of future hazards like flooding and landslides.”

View more info here!

April 18th-22nd: Soul’d Out Music Festival

“The lineup features an array artists from a multitude of backgrounds—there’ll be Jamaican reggae from Morgan Heritage, Cuba’s Jesús Alemañy (of ¡Cubanismo! Orchestra), Toumani Diabatie’s kora music from West Africa, the Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans, and many more. As usual, there’s also a good handful of local stars to catch this year.”

View the entire lineup here!

April 20th-21st: NW Portland Wine Tasting Loop

“Visit, taste and enter to win prizes at four different Northwest Portland Tasting Rooms: Boedecker Cellars, Fullerton Wine, Vintner’s Cellar, and Cerulean Wine! The NW Portland Wine Tasting Loop has been expanded to 4 tasting rooms and 2 days!”

Visit their FB page for participants and more info!

April 21st-22nd: Earth Day Celebrations


April 24th: The Criminal Brain: The Neuroscience of Psychopathy @ The Alberta Rose

“Why do some people live lawful lives, while others gravitate toward repeated criminal behavior? Do people choose to be moral or immoral, or is morality simply a genetically inherited function of the brain? Research suggests that psychopathy as a biological condition explained by defective neural circuits that mediate empathy, but what does that mean when neuroscience is used as evidence in criminal court?”

View the event page here!

April 24th-25th: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

“Renowned for its brilliant artistry and passionate energy, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will make its long-awaited return to White Bird with two electrifying programs that will showcase the Company’s immensely powerful dancers. What makes the Ailey company so phenomenal is their incomparable sense of joy, freedom and spirit, shared by dancers and audience alike.”

View ticket info here!

April 26th: Comedy Night at the Zoiglhaus!

“We’re back! Zoiglhaus comedy has returned and I’m very excited to stuff people into the private room of a German brewery so me and my friends can throw jokes at your faces. Grab a stein of beer and eat pretzels you know you want to! And if you don’t know then you are living in the dark about some of you’re subconscious priorities!”

Check out their event page for the comedian lineup!