October has a way of inspiring creativity, and that is reflected in the types of Portland events that are popping up. From harvest festivals to food events to crafting activities, artistic opportunities are everywhere. Grab your kids and get inspired when you fill you weekend with one of these fun weekend happenings. Read on to find out more.

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SW Portland

Watch Family Films on Revolutionary Education
Check ou the simultaneous screening of two films about Self-Directed Education – suitable for audiences young and old! Being and Becoming will be followed by comments and Q&A from director Clara Bellar. Summerhill will be followed by a children’s activity and discussion. Free childcare and activities will be provided. Fri. Event Details.

Hit the Art in the Burbs Festival
Enjoy original works from over 85 juried artists’, all available for sale. You will find jewelry, ceramics, exterior art, cards, textiles and more. Delicious Portland food trucks, live musical entertainment and a student art gallery. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Join the Party at the Square
Celebrate Portland! Enjoy live music and entertainment, games and prizes, local food, craft beers, and tons of fun. Free for everyone to join, there’s something for all ages! Make sure to pick up a contribution package and get awesome vendor discounts, game entries and raffle tickets. 100% of profits are committed to our three Partner Charities. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Enjoy a Free Puppet Show
Free Puppet show presented by Dragon Theater with paid admission to the structure.  These shows are fun for all ages and change weekly! Our three story indoor playground and cafe makes for a Fun Family Friendly night.  Full service cafe with coffee, beer, and wine.  Admission is $4 for ages 3&under and $8 for ages 4&up, adults are always free! Fri. Event Details.

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Don’t Miss Kid Comedy Contest
Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop along with the author and illustrator, Sandy Silverthorne, of Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kidspresent a Kids Comedy Contest. We are looking for 15 contestants from 6  to 12 years old to tell us their best jokes for 2 min. Each participant will be awarded a copy of Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kidswith the grand prize winner receiving a $20 gift certificate from Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop. Sat. Event Details.

See Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play!
Meet “bestus friends” Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig. Together, they tackle friendship’s big questions: What happens when two friends want to play with one toy? What do you wear to a fancy party? And will any say “Banana?” Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

See Change(d) Together
The Circus Project celebrates 10 years of innovation and transformation in multi-media performances! Join us for Change(d) Together, a dazzling event incorporating moving stories of personal growth through circus and breathtaking performances from world-class aerialists and acrobats, many who got their start right here in Portland.

The shows will take place at Peter Corvallis Warehouse. The Circus Project will convert the expansive venue into a wonderland of trapeze, silks, aerial hoop, ropes and straps. This performance is in conjunction with our 10th Anniversary benefit gala. Fri. & Sat. Event Details

Vancouver

Check Out Dine the Couve
Dine the Couve is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Vancouver USA’s dining month returns October 1st, bringing together foodies for 31 days of deals at 31 restaurants across Vancouver. Can you hit them all?

Explore three-item dinner specials for only $23.The menus can be any combination of soup, salad, snack, appetizer, main dish, dessert, or craft beverage item. Best of all, tickets/reservations are not needed to participate in dining month! Simply visit the restaurant of your choice and ask for their Dine the Couve menu. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland
Experience Tracktoberfest
It’s Tracktoberfest! Join us for a day of live music, dancing, and food. Dance in the main hall with local folk bands. Enter the Fermented Foods Contest. Share your garden bounty at our Harvest Trading Post. Shoot arrows at our archery range (free to all). Come drink free beverages and eat free sausages cooked on the grill. Sat. Event Details.

Craft a Fairy or Spooky House
Join the fun and make your indoor garden come alive with a fairy house! For only $10, you get to decorate a spooky house fit for a fairy or witch with special embellishments, including moss, stones, and a toadstool of your own. No reservations necessary. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti