Portland is known for having fantastic food and being a whole lot of fun. This weekend’s events represent the best of this amazing place we call home. Celebrate National Food Truck Day, explore out local parks in the dark, or catch the World Beat Festival. We’ve lined up the best to-do’s for you below. Read on to find out what they are.

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SE Portland

Don’t Miss Food Truck Day
This day every year we celebrate the creative cuisine and culture of food carts!! Many of the carts will be offering specials and encouraging you to stop by. Look for BOGO – buy a meal and get a free side or for $1 off at participating carts! Fri. Event Details.

Head to the All American Magic & Ventriloquist Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, Jumbo Hot Pretzels and Nachos, plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Buy your tickets in advance online because the show sells out every time! Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend Kids Nature Night Out: Bat Bonanza
No parents allowed! This is a great chance for kids to explore the Nature Parks after dark! Gather inside, have dinner (pizza and veggies), then head out into the night to explore and look for wildlife. No flash lights needed! Fri. Event Details.

Run Roses on the River 5k
Bring your friends and family out to this super flat and fun 5k run around the waterfront.  All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the regular season finale against Cascadia rival Seattle Reign FC.  This race is capped at 1500 participants! Sat. Event Details.

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Head Into the Woods
Take a journey into the enchanted world of magic beans and moonlit nights, towering giants and handsome princes, and fates sealed (and unsealed). Familiar storybook figures such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (with his beanstalk), and Rapunzel cross paths with the childless Baker and The Baker’s Wife on their quest to reverse the Witch’s curse on their fruitless family tree. But as the characters descend deeper into the forest, they find that getting what you wish for doesn’t always end happily ever after. Stephen Sondheim’s witty, powerful score and James Lapine’s imaginative, darkly humorous book combine to make the Tony Award-winning Into The Woods a favorite among musical lovers and a timeless masterpiece. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Gaston 

Don’t Miss Wanderfest 19
Wanderfest 2019 is a music festival in its third year featuring the best roots music Portland has to offer presented in a serene country setting surrounded by friendly faces and frolicking. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Salem

Experience World Beat Festival
The 22nd annual World Beat Festival is right around the corner! Join us as we celebrate the cultures of India. Experience world customs, traditions, ethnic foods, crafts, demonstrations, children’s activities, parades, and dragon boat racing! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend MommyCon Portland
Join thousands of families who have attended MommyCon for a weekend of fun for new and expectant parents. The event bridges education and learning with an interactive exhibitor hall, countless sessions and a hands-on approach to testing new products. You will meet leading experts who focus on subjects specific to parenting. Meet with one of our resident educators to try on baby carriers in-person. Learn about picky eating solutions with our feeding therapist, and learn how to get more sleep for the whole family with our sleep guru. Sat. Event Details.

Join Peace in the Park
Enjoy a day of fun, music, comedy, food and much more! A family friendly day of celebration.The 2nd annual Peace in the Park community festival features food vendors, comedians, information and resource vendors, music and performances will keep you excited and entertained. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti