This weekend is full of fantastical family events. From lantern-lit tours, to dances with dragons to Harry Potter focused festivals and theater, your tribe is sure to experience a little magic wherever they go. Read on to find out where to take your little wizards when Friday rolls around.


photo: Sean Stephens via flickr

SW Portland

Head to the 5th Annual Nepalese Cultural Night
The Nepalese Student Association at Portland State University is pleased to announce its 5th annual Nepalese Cultural Night! It is a truly unique event that celebrates the vibrant Nepali culture and the culturally and linguistically diverse Nepali students at PSU. Fri. Event Details.

Jesus Christ Super Star
Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke andnJohn, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus (Morgan Mallory), Judas (Gabriel Lawson), Mary Magdalene (Hannah Sapitan), his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.

The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Experience Dad and Me (Lad)
Dads will want to show off right along side their scouts (K-5) in all the exciting activities. These include learning the ins and outs of performing on stage and behind the camera. There may be a chance to even make your own movie! Dads will have fun finding their inner child as they enjoy this one-on-one time with their scout. This overnight experience will ease parents and Scouts advancing from day camps into what the Summer Resident camp will be like! Sat. Event Details.

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Check Out Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music from the Oregon Symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. Sat. Event Details.

Head to Family Day: Experience Oregon Grand Opening
Don’t miss this Family Day program celebrating the grand opening of the new permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon! Enjoy musical performances from BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Oregon Trail Trio, Portland Taiko, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and The Prairie Blossoms. Listen to traditional Kalapuya/Coos storytelling by Esther & Shannin Stutzman, pan for gold with representatives from the Wells Fargo History Museum, and take home a souvenir of your visit at one of our craft activity stations. Tour the new permanent exhibition to Experience Oregon like never before! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival
Join a Harry Potter inspired Beer Festival. The hosts transformed the Historic Castaway in Downtown Portland to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter complete with Hogwarts Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and the Leaky Cauldron. The event will hosts a beer tasting of over twenty winter, pumpkin, and holiday ales including Snape’s Lair of Secret Cider Potions and Adult Butter Beer. There will be a Hagrid Photo Op, plenty of characters, food from Mac Shackk, and live music from the Slytherin Sisters and DJ Dumbledore. Fri. Event Details.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Lan Su
Celebrate Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su Chinese Garden’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Experience a Lantern Viewing Evenings
Traditional lantern viewings close out Chinese New Year festivities at Lan Su Chinese Garden, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns illuminating sweeping roof lines and the lake reflects the light of a large illuminated 20 ft dragon lantern sculpture! A dragon procession by Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team, the popular Wishing Tree activity, family-friendly lantern craft activity, calligraphy and a performance by the Portland Chinese Dance Troupe are all included in these special evenings. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Downtown

Head to NW’s Largest Family Expo: KidFest
This annual community event features live stage entertainment, interactive sports demos, inflatable fun zones, paint ball arena, zip-Line, extreme Air Jump, ifly VR flight, rock walls, character appearances by Star Wars, super heroes and Disney princesses, the Iron-Kid Chef Competition and Riegelman’s cooking stage, Mad Science/STEM, exotic animals and more.

Parents can enjoy shopping the various exhibits while the kids are entertained and find resources in education & youth enrichment, camps, sports & fitness, health & wellness, cooking, family recreation and special show discounts on products and services for families. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti