One of the best things about living in Portland is the plethora of celebrations we see year-round. Portlanders will celebrate just about anything and this weekend is a perfect example. From geodes to crawfish to hot sauce and more—this weekend’s festivities span a wide variety of interests. Read on to find out which happening fits your family’s fancy.

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Downtown Portland

Hit the Galaxy Dance Festival
Polaris Dance Theatre 2017 Galaxy Dance Festival is an annual summer dance festival hosting an array of Portland area companies and performers. This 3-day community gathering includes free classes and performances for the entire family. Fri. Event Details.

Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories
Head to this unique storytelling event. Melissa Bangs makes Portland her last weekend of performances in a nine-city West Coast Tour. She brings with her three performances of a hilarious & heart-wrenching nonfiction storytelling based on her own experience with postpartum psychosis. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

 

Tualatin

Crawfish Festival
Grab the kids and head to the Crawfish Festival for some serious summer fun. This event has a cook-off, eating contests, Saturday parade and run, dog show, weekend beer and wine, a kids’ zone, and stage shows. A little something for everyone! Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

23rd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta
Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Regatta, an on the water paddle festival like no other. Regatta celebrates recreation opportunities on Portland’s hidden gem of local waterways, the Columbia Slough. Regatta is not actually a race; this family friendly event is a fun paddle for experienced paddlers and novice paddlers alike.

The event features complimentary 45-minute canoe and kayak rentals (all equipment provided) for registered attendees. Before and after paddling, participants can visit with local environmental and water-based organizations, enjoy hands-on nature activities, live music and guided tours of Multnomah County levee system that reduces the risk of flooding for nearly 13,000 acres near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Free t-shirts and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Head to Lents Founders Fair
This cool family fair will give participants an opportunity to explore the neighborhood on foot, experience the Green Ring, and use the closed off streets for play . The route will highlight the new NAYA Generations intergenerational community, The Lents International Farmer’s Market, Green Lents Community Tool Library and of course, the Lents Founder Fair celebration, concentrated in the SW corner of Lents park, featuring Founder Fair favorites like the Beautiful Chicken Contest and live music performances. Sun. Event Details.

Hillsboro

Check out the Rice Museum Summer Festival
This festival truly rocks! Rock clubs from around the region will be offering wonderful educational displays, demonstrations, and activities. Geodes, other minerals and rocks will be for sale at vendor booths and the outdoor festival features a wide variety of rock, mineral, gem, jewelry, and fossil dealers. Food will be available for purchase, live music will be playing, and plenty of fun family activities will be onsite. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check out the Rice Museum Summer Festival
This festival truly rocks! Rock clubs from around the region will be offering wonderful educational displays, demonstrations, and activities. Geodes, other minerals and rocks will be for sale at vendor booths and the outdoor festival features a wide variety of rock, mineral, gem, jewelry, and fossil dealers. Food will be available for purchase, live music will be playing, and plenty of fun family activities will be onsite. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Don’t Miss the PDX Hot Sauce Expo
This is a one-of-a-kind event! If you like it hot, you’ll love this expo. This event features hot and spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and your young dog lovers will love the Chihuahua beauty contest. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Scappoose 

Hit Wings & Wheels
Grab your little automobile or airplane lover and head to Wings & Wheels. See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a 16K race, a street dance, music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark. Sat. Event Details.

Springfield 

Attend the 2nd Star Festival

2nd Star Festival presents its third annual Cultural Arts celebration honoring creativity of all forms to be held Dorris Ranch in Springfield, Or. The event will highlight 100+ artisans, authors, illustrators along with performers of music, storytelling, and puppetry and more. It is an experience for all ages to be mesmerized and immersed in a land of imagination and inspiration.

Workshops and talks can be found under the Workshop Pavilion. Take a step through the gates of the Lost Boy/Girl Encampment (family/kids’ Area),where you will find mermaids, pirates, face painting, demonstrations, gaming area, & more! Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite early August festival? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti