Spring 2017 Arts & Events


Enjoy a day of Easter Bunny–related fun on Saturday, April 15. Starting at 10:30 a.m., families can stroll through the neighborhood cavorting with a life-size bunny and stopping by local businesses, where kids can engage in imaginative arts-and-crafts projects—from making bunny-ear hats to the perennially popular “Teddy bear surgery” at Pearl Animal Hospital—and parents enter a raffle to win fabulous prizes. The festivities culminate in Jamison Square Park, where there’s live entertainment, cookies, and refreshments. Visit explorethepearl.com for a list of participating businesses and raffle prizes.


One of the liveliest, longest-running evening art strolls in Portland, this festive arts-centric gathering has been going strong for 32 years and spans the Pearl District, with more than 40 galleries, restaurants, bars, and other businesses hosting exhibit openings and other parties and receptions. Most events take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., with a number of restaurants offering great happy hour deals earlier in the evening. Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4. explorethepearl.com


Anyone with a thirst for beer knows that the Pearl District has amazing craft breweries. Produced by the Pearl District Business Association, the second annual Pints in the Pearl celebration, on Saturday, June 3, will draw thousands of beer lovers to come enjoy the neighborhood’s fantastic brews. This free all-ages event features music, and the chance to sample both world-class local ales and lagers and delicious food. Check the official website for the location, music acts, and beer and food specials. pintsinthepearl.com


Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, 503-445-3700, pcs.org

When: Wild and Reckless: A New Musical Event from Blitzen Trapper, Mar 16–Apr 30; Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Mar 17–Apr 30; Mary’s Wedding, Apr 15–May 28; Constellations, May 13–June 11; The Pianist of Willesden Lane, June 17–June 30.

wild_and_reckless2Two world premiere musical events are sharing the US Bank Main Stage this spring: Wild and Reckless, a concert of both imaginative storytelling and folk-inflected rock from acclaimed Portland band Blitzen Trapper; and the wildly funny and irreverent Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, led by the eponymous Portland actress and singer whose career has included performances on The Daily, Show, HBO’s Looking, and The Five-Year Engagement. These shows rotate over roughly the same six-week period ending in late April. In the more intimate Ellyn Bye Studio, the Canadian play Mary’s Wedding traces a tumultuous love story throughout the horror and uncertainty of World War I.

PCS continues the romantic theme into May and June with Constellations, featuring Grimm actor Silas Weir Mitchell and delving into questions of the heart, fate, destiny, and choice. Written by the young British playwright Nick Payne, this contemporary work asks us to consider this question: “What if everything you’ve ever done exists along with everything you’ve never done?”