Festival season is in full swing and that means your weekends are guaranteed to be packed with plenty of fun. From hot air balloons to lavender filled fields to arts and crafts galore, there are a multitude of celebrations offering a whole lot of something fun for everyone in your clan. Grab your calendars and a writing utensil, and read on to see which events you should be penciling in.

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SW Portland

Participate in Toddler Time
Take your little ones by Craft Factory for a Toddler Time craft special: $5 for any two ornamental crafts. Toddler Time is intended for children 3-years-old and younger, though all ages are welcome during that time to make a regularly-priced craft. Let your littlest ones get crafty and creative. It’s sure to be tons of fun! Fri. Event Detail.

Attend A-WOL Open Air Series
Under the rafters of Director Park, The A-WOL Aeros youth company performs a 30-minute show at 3 pm and 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday evening. Stick around for A-WOL’s FlyCo company who performs a 30-minute show at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evening.

Pull up a chair in the plaza, grab a burger and a drink from the cafe and enjoy this beautiful outdoor presentation of aerial dance with the beautiful cityscape of Portland as a backdrop. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Join Last Saturday Weed Warrior Service Project for June
Join the Weed Warrior effort to restore a healthy habitat at Mt. Tabor Park. The Weed Warrior Stewardship Coordinator and volunteer crew leaders will share their knowledge of the natural habitat, demonstrate how to remove non-native vegetation, and help keep us organized, safe and motivated! We will make sure that you are comfortable and contribute in ways that match your skills and interests. Wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate for working in natural areas: long pants, long sleeves, brimmed hat to protect from sun/rain, and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle. We provide you with tools, gloves, and snacks. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Don’t Miss the 25th Good in the Hood Multicultural Music, Arts & Food Festival
The GITH Music and Food festival is the largest multi-cultural festival in the Pacific NW.  This three-day music festival opens with a community parade that travels through Northeast Portland and ends at Lillis-Albina Park. The Kids Space area will have exciting activities, crafts, exhibits, participatory games, face painting, puppet shows, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough” $6 discounted bicycle helmet sale and much more. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Join the Gathering at Gateway Green
Mark your calendars for the Gathering at Gateway Green featuring the Dirt Lab: a celebration of the first completed phase of the park. The event will highlight the new off-road cycling trails and skills course. Enjoy a fun day filled with food, music, nature crafts, games, exhibitions, and more! Meet local organizations and businesses and connect with others from the community at the many booths and activities around the park.

Be the first to try out the new bike trails available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders! There will be plenty of activities for the non-bikers too. Don’t forget to try the children’s free play area and obstacle course, or give slacklining a try. Sat. Event Details.

 

Oregon City

11th Annual Clackamas County Lavender Festival
It’s Liberty Natural Product’s 11th year of hosting the Clackamas County Lavender Festival. A community festival to support, enjoy, and provide education on sustainable agriculture in Clackamas County. Your clan will enjoy festival activities like live music, a morning demonstration of lavender distillation, facepainting and Bubbles, U-Pick lavender and wreath making, lavender ice cream and lemonade and much, much more. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Tigard

Watch the Festival of Balloons
It’s the fun-filled Festival of Balloons in Tigard!  The hot air balloons are definitely the featured attraction of the festival, but… it’s more than balloons. Get down to Cook Park early each morning to experience the spectacular hot air balloons as they launch (weather permitting) and dot the morning sky. Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and business vendor booths. Don’t miss the Festival of Cars presented by Landmark Ford Lincoln on Sunday. Of course, it wouldn’t be the festival of balloons without the ever impressive Night Glow presented by Walmart on Friday & Saturday nights; the Rogue Beer Garden, live music on the Main Stage presented by Grocery Outlet- King City; Funtastic carnival fun center, clowns, cotton candy, and a whole lot more! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Lake Oswego

Check Out Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
This Festival presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three days of the event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art and craft. There will be hands-on arts activities, demonstrations, educational displays and the popular Happy Hour on the deck at Lakewood on Friday and Saturday afternoons provides an opportunity to meet and talk with friends. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Vancouver

Check Out Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver
The Recycled Arts Festival (RAF) started twelve years ago as a way to educate and get the community excited about waste reduction, reuse and recycling in Clark County. It has grown into a huge family event, with more and more artists participating every year.

Attend and peruse the artists’ wares, help your kids make their own handiwork, relax and listen to music, and get all sorts of info on what you can do to improve the environment! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Hillsboro

Don’t Miss Farmington Paddle Launch Grand Opening
The Recycled Arts Festival (RAF) started twelve years ago as a way to educate and get the community excited about waste reduction, reuse and recycling in Clark County. It has grown into a huge family event, with more and more artists participating every year.

Attend and peruse the artists’ wares, help your kids make their own handiwork, relax and listen to music, and get all sorts of info on what you can do to improve the environment! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite, unique summer festival? Share it with us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti