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March 2015

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OFFERS & DEALS

Last chance to get free stuff

This shopping tote is one of three freebies you'll get when you visit Portland this winter.
This shopping tote is one of three freebies you’ll get when you visit Portland now.

Visit Portland before March 31, 2015, and — in addition to tax-free shopping, more craft breweries than anywhere else on earth and an acclaimed dining scene — you’ll also get some fun free stuff: a shopping tote, a ceramic minigrowler (beer not included) and a Bunk sandwich, plus discounts at more than 80 Portland stores, restaurants and attractions.

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FAMILY

Family fun for all ages

Kids enjoy classic thrills on the Zoom Coaster at Oaks Park. Photo by Stuart Mullenberg.
Kids enjoy classic thrills on the Zoom Coaster at Oaks Park. Photo by Stuart Mullenberg.

Need help planning for spring break? Portland’s abundant kid-friendly activities keep the good times rolling for the whole family, from toddlers to tweens.

The Portland Children’s Museum offers indoor and outdoor fun in Washington Park, where you’ll also find the Oregon Zoo (recently updated with a new condor habitat) and the World Forestry Center. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) offers hundreds of interactive displays, a retired submarine and a movie theater with a four-story-tall screen. Kids of all ages will enjoy getting lost in the Mazes exhibit, at OMSI through May 6.

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AROUND THE REGION

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

Take in the views and the blooms at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. Photo by Scott Weber.
Take in the views and the blooms at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. Photo by Scott Weber.

Each spring, colorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival (March 20–May 3, 2015). And spring has sprung early this year, prompting the festival south of Portland to open a week earlier than usual.

Beyond the flowers, you’ll find a gift shop, café and a kids’ area complete with a cow train for rides through the fields, rubber ducky races and pony rides. Gardeners enjoy ordering bulbs for fall planting, and even the most amateur of photographers can capture amazing photos — you just can’t go wrong when you get 40 acres of tulips, a windmill and Mount Hood in the frame.

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Top picks for Portland Dining Month 2015

Enjoy Departure's Dining Month eats on the breathtaking 15th-story deck. Photo by Jamie Francis.
Enjoy Departure's Dining Month eats on the breathtaking 15th-story deck. Photo by Jamie Francis.

Dig into the city’s celebrated food scene during Portland Dining Month, an annual culinary event at more than 100 local eateries. Each participating restaurant serves special three-course meals for only $29 throughout the month of March, providing the perfect opportunity to try Portland’s top dining destinations at an affordable price.

As you eat your way around the city, don’t miss these mouthwatering menus crafted by local favorites and all-star chefs — including three Top Chef alums!

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MUSIC

Spring music guide

See the U.K.’s Elias Quartet in Portland April 6–7. Photo courtesy of Elias Quartet.
See the U.K.’s Elias Quartet in Portland April 6-7. Photo courtesy of Elias Quartet.

Portland’s robust classical music scene offers plenty of performances this spring. 45th Parallel (April 4), a chamber ensemble composed of top-flight local orchestral musicians will play one of the 20th century’s greatest chamber works: Shostakovich’s second piano trio, along with the world premiere of Portland composer Kenji Bunch’s Hambone (performed by guest cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, formerly of the Kronos Quartet).

Portland singer-songwriter Alan Singley and MarchFourth Marching Band trombonist and high school choir director Ethan Chessin convene avant-garde composers, indie rockers and a 150-voice choir as Joined Voices (April 18) to premiere nine new works, including settings of Gary Snyder poems and arrangements of songs by local band Sama Dams. Finally, the annual free chamber music festival Classical Up Close (April 24–May 3) features Oregon Symphony musicians bringing the music out of the concert hall to venues like Powell’s City of Books.

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FOOD & DRINK

Eat local at the Moda Center

Courtside eats include Bunk Sandwiches' famous pork belly cubano. Photo by Jannie Huang.
Courtside eats include Bunk Sandwiches’ famous pork belly cubano. Photo by Jannie Huang.

Host to the NBA’s Trail Blazers, WHL’s Winterhawks and a wide array of big-name touring acts and special events (not to mention the NCAA tournament this weekend), the Moda Center also claims a delicious sampling of the city’s red-hot restaurant scene.

Fans can punch their tickets for hefty bacon burgers from Killer Burger and meaty muffalettas from Bunk Sandwiches while Kure Juice Bar provides lighter fare like fresh green smoothies. Get the game plan for tasting the Moda Center’s menu highlights.

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Portland’s pop-up restaurants

Guests dine at DaNet, a Russian pop-up by Chef Vitaly Paley. Photo by Derek Reed.
Guests dine at DaNet, a Russian pop-up by Chef Vitaly Paley. Photo by Derek Reed.

Already famous for its collection of 600-plus food carts, Portland is breaking the brick-and-mortar restaurant mold once again. A revolutionary wave of “pop-up” restaurants has rippled through the city, turning traditional dinner service on its head as pioneering chefs take over kitchens, eateries and gathering places to present limited-edition intimate supper clubs open to the public — or at least, those savvy enough to nab reservations.

These themed affairs range from a Soviet disco to traditional Indian suppers to multi-course ice cream socials, each promising an unforgettable dining adventure.

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