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Art and Film Come Alive This March in Portland: Special Events Not To Be Missed


Must-See Art and Film Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Portland This March

Our city is pretty hard not to love. From the bustling food trends to the thriving music scene, it’s easy to find your niche in the city. But it’s not just about sticking with what you know — a big part of the reason why we love living in Portland is the easy access to new arts in culture.

Our challenge to you for the month of March? Do yourself a favor and discover something new in Portland’s burgeoning art and film scene. We think you’ll be pretty delighted with what you discover. Here are a few suggestions of what’s on tap.

Portland International Film Festival (March 1st, begins February 25th)

Now in its 41st year, the Portland International Film Festival remains the city’s most beloved showcase of cinema. Yes, we know the event technically started in February, but with “nearly 90 feature films and 40+ short films” to choose from, why not jumpstart your art and film discovery a little early? Film information can be found online.

A-Wol Dance Collective Aerial Dance Show (March 4th, begins February 25th)

If you’ve never seen an aerial dance performance, then prepare to be amazed by the dancers’ strength, grace, and artistic vision at A-Wol Dance Collective’s aerial show. Described as “wicked and whimsical,” A-Wol’s current aerial dance show, Left of Center, promises to delight viewers of all ages.

The performance is housed in the company’s North Portland warehouse performance space — a perfect location to watch a Victorian-inspired tale that lets viewers wander seamlessly between a dream-state and reality. Tickets are on sale, and going quickly, so get yours here: Left of Center Tickets.

Third Rail’s Production of “Men on Boats” (March 2nd-March 24th)

Touted as one of the city’s most anticipated theater productions, Third Rail’s “Men on Boats” promises to deliver a great show this March. The production reimagines John Wesley Powell’s 19th Century exploration along the Colorado River through a new lens — the eyes of women.

Pro tip: On March 1st, you can attend a “pay-what-you-will” preview and join Third Rail company members after the show to reflect and digest what you’ve seen over a cocktail at Bar Botellón. RSVP to the preview night here: Men on Boats Preview.


Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival “POWFest” (March 8th-10th)

Speaking of women, March is POWFest! During this four-day festival, Portlanders have the opportunity to participate in networking, screening, and professional development opportunities. The organization features “the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.” Curious? Check out the details here: Portland Oregon Women's Film Fest.

Winter Blues Music Festival (March 10th)

With the onslaught of rain and snow in the past couple weeks, we won’t blame you if you have a case of the winter blues. But there’s good news: you can turn your seasonal blues into a positive thing at the Winter Blues Music Festival! It’s an indoor music festival, so try your usual weather-related excuse. Bundle up for the MAX ride to Milwaukie, and listen to 7 bands that play on 2 stages. Event details can be found here: Winter Blues Fest.

Jesús Carmona Flamenco Show (March 14th)

Our last suggestion might not be a local talent, but another great perk of living in Portland is the city’s ability to attract big names. And if you’re a flamenco fan, you’ll jump at the chance to see Jesús Carmona perform his fancy footwork at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. A group of dancers, live flamenco guitar, and vocalists will be there to accompany his talent. Interested? You can buy your tickets here: Flamenco Tickets.

[image via: White Bird]