The events are getting more exciting as the summer months come to a peak! Hang out with pirates for the the weekend, had to the slavic festival or check out a puppy puppet show. Read on to find out where you can find your families perfect brand of fun this weekend.

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SE Portland

Check Out Friday Lunchtime Music with Lorna Baxter
Head to Holladay Park for a free lunchtime concert. Feel free to bring your own low back chair or blanket to enjoy the free music event. The talented Lorna Baxter will be featured and there will plenty of room for moving and grooving. Fri. Event Details.

Head to the Portland Slavic Festival
You don’t want to miss this unique festival. The Slavic Heritage Festival brings great food, great music, fun children’s games, sports, unique light/musical performances, a playground for children, clowns, and delicious food all day. There’s something for every member of your clan. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out the Division & Clinton Street Fair
Don’t miss this fun and wacky street parade and fair. The Parade, starts at 10:45 a.m at SE 50th and Division, heads towards SE 20th and Division where it cuts over to SE Clinton Street and ends at SE 27th and Clinton. The Street Fair will take place in and around SE 26th and Clinton Streets. Expect fun events at businesses up and down SE Division as well. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend Friday Night Groove
Check out the free Friday night music featuring DJ George at Director Park! Great fun for the whole family and the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Boogie Down with PDX Pop Now!
If you are looking to boogie down this summer, you’ll find the perfect opportunity under the Hawthorne Bridge this July. From the 21st to the 23rd , the PDX Pop Now! 2017 music festival will feature local and national music talent, and it’s perfect for all your kid-friendly dancing needs. With more than 35 bands playing on two outdoor stages, there will be something to satisfy everyone’s ears. Fri. Event Details.


Attend the SeaDog Nights and Gypsy Carnival
Don’t miss this immersion-style event that is Pirate and Gypsy themed! Set sail and take a side trip from your mundane life to experience a weekend of shenanigans, ships, fun, games and fire for grownups (or at least those who are grownup on the outside), kids and everyone in between. Please note: The event is intended to be a weekend long camping experience.  While you are welcome to come for the day they do not have a day pass price, and they highly encourage all attendees to dress in garb (costume) as to not break the immersive experience that our patrons enjoy. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


Head to ArtSplash Art Show and Sale
For the past 22 years ArtSplash Art Show and Sale has been one of the premier juried summer art shows in Oregon. Northwest artists showcase their talents in a variety of mediums including painting, glass, ceramics, wood, jewelry and more. This three day show also features a concert every day, family art activities, food, and free admission. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out Bicycle BMX Racing
Chehalem Valley BMX is located inside Ewing Young Park, alongside the Skate Park and Dog Park. BMX bicycle racing is a fun family sport for kids of all ages, even big kids with kids of their own. Please see our website for more information. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


Make Beach Bucket Planters
Summer is here and what better time to reminisce about the beach. Join in the fun with a colorful beach bucket, planted and designed by you with beautiful flowers. You won’t want to miss this Al’s exclusive class! Space is limited, please register your child for this fun event. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out Dogs to the Rescue
Don’t miss this puppet show about dogs who train people to stop climate pollution. This all-ages show uses puppets, music, and fun to light the path to a healthy low carbon future. Sun. Event Details.


What is the most unique festival your family has gone to? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedett