From the wonderful to the weird to the absolutely wacky, this weekend is packed with a variety of events that are more Portlandy than ever. Learn to massage your baby into a tranquil state, partake in out-of-this world activities with aliens or visit a sad little cake shop. Sound interesting? Read on to find out more!

photo: micagato via flickr

NE Portland

Visit Depressed Cake Shop Portland
Depressed Cake Shop is a different kind of bake shop. It’s a one day pop-up bakery to raise awareness of mental illness through the sale of special cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other treats donated by local bakers. The baked goods are gray on the outside and sometimes colored on the inside to symbolize hope—all to encourage conversation about mental health issues, we all know someone who is struggling. Kid friendly event with a kid area featuring coloring pages, a coloring contest and temporary tattoos. Proceeds benefit Baby Blues Connection, a Portland metro area non-profit providing free support to parents coping with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend anIce Cream Social with Hattie’s Sweet Shop
The days are getting warmer, and it’s time for another ice cream social. First, climb the stairs to The Craft Factory to craft a sweet treat that won’t melt, then head downstairs for a free scoop from Hattie’s. All for only $10! Sat. Event Details.

Head to the Tualatin River Bird Festival
Start your day with an early morning bird walk. Listen to the “dawn chorus” and learn to identify birds by sight and sound with experienced birders. Family activities start at 10 a.m. and will include hands-on educational arts and crafts to help children learn about nature, building a bird and butterfly house or for their backyard, and painting a duck decoy. Visitors can learn to catch a fish, try their hand at archery, practice shooting a BB gun or play migratory putt-putt golf. The always popular and exciting Audubon Birds of Prey show will be featured. The Conestoga wagon rides around the Refuge, always a big hit, will run 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check out the conservation exhibits presented by local environmental groups and browse in the Nature Store. Sat. Event Details.

Attend a Cultural event for families
The Beaverton Symphony’s upcoming concert is perfect for parents who want to share a cultural experience with their kids. BSO’s season finale features the winners of the Young Artists Competition: three incredibly talented kids from Washington County who will solo with the symphony.

The venue is kid-friendly and conveniently located just off Hwy 26 at Murray Blvd, with free parking. Free apple juice and cookies are served at intermission and ticket prices are affordable. Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Don’t Miss the Math In Color Saturday Workshop
Math In Color offers creative math workshops and camps designed especially for girls! Don’t miss the  “All About Volume” workshop. Attendees will play with volume in all shapes and sizes. Discussion includes fractions, proportions and units. Sat. Event Details.

Bike on Over to Southeast Sunday Parkways
The Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and provides 7 miles of free family friendly fun. Spend a warm summer day walking, strolling, and rolling around Southeast Portland. This route will take you on a tour of Laurelhurst, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks to grab a bite to eat, listen to tunes, and join some activities. Sun. Event Details.

Participate in an Infant Massage Workshop

Good news! This two hour workshop will teach you how to massage your infant and soothe gas, colic, ear aches, and so much more!

 There will be time to have open discussions and conversations, without judgement, about early childhood behaviors, parenting, and more. This workshop is open to any and all moods of baby and parent or caregiver. Crying is a natural and common state for infants and is always welcome and encouraged in each class. There will be plenty of breaks during the workshop to help with comforting your infant, feeding times, changing diapers and anything else that may come up within the two hours. Each parent/caregiver will get a bottle of nut-free, hypoallergenic, plant-based, cold-pressed, unscented oil to use for massage during the course and at home.

Not a parent yet, but expecting?? You are also welcome! Just bring a plush body doll to practice on for classes. Sun. Event Details.

Unleash Your Superpower!
What is your superpower? What do you fight for? Come express your Superpower through games, crafts, photo ops, sweet treats, and prizes. Sun. Event Details.

McMinnville

Catch McMenamins 18th Annual UFO Festival in McMinnville
You and your little martians will believe once you’ve been to this festival. Catch the alien costume parade, free live music indoors and out, a 5K run, a pet costume contest, live radio/podcasts and more out-of-this-world events – such as alien laser tag. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite May event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti