Entertainment abounds this weekend. In fact, there’s so much going on that picking the best event for your family to attend might seem overwhelming. Well, kick back and relax because from Disney Live to the Amazing Bubbleman to lots of pumpkin picking fun—we’ve got the best of the best of this weekend’s activities all lined up for you right here.


photo: Ricky Brigante via flickr

NE Portland

Drop In for Some Preschool Play
Your preschoolers-to-be will enjoy this soft introduction to preschool or kindergarten. The coaches’ goal is to guide your little ones through active and educational activities, encouraging fine motor skills, cognitive development, and creativity. It’s a great chance for them to socialize with other children their age, get their bodies moving, and engage in creative play! Fri. Event Details.

Make a Difference at the Light the Night Walk
This noncompetitive two-mile walk route begins at the Oregon Convention Center and continues along the Waterfront. It features live entertainment, free family-friendly games, sponsor information, vendors and a fireworks display (midway though the course over the Willamette River). This walk raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors and those who have died, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatment for blood cancer patients. Sat. Event Details.

Explore the Word of Gems and Minerals
Your kids will love checking out the “pretty rocks” at the 36th Annual Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show. You and your littles will love checking out the Hard to find rock, gem, mineral, jewelry, and lapidary tools, materials, and products. There will be over 100 exhibits, interactive demonstration and lots of kids games! Your kids will even get the chance to meet the Flintstones and sit in the Flintmobile. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Sing Along with The Magical Music of Disney Live in Concert
Your little Disney fans won’t want to miss the world premiere concert, Snow White to Frozen. Everybody has a favorite Disney film. From the wild ride Mickey Mouse takes in Fantasia to Elsa and Anna’s snowy world in Frozen, Walt Disney’s dreams have fascinated and delighted kids of all ages — and whether it’s “Let It Go” or “Hakuna Matata,” the whole family loves to belt out the classic songs from those movies. More concert than traditional musical, this event features more than 60 iconic tunes from Disney hits including Snow White, Frozen, and Beauty and the Beast that helped establish those films as instant classics all in 90 minutes. Sat. and Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Eat Up at the 29th Annual Apple Tasting Event
About the time the leaves begin to change color, it’s time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears.Your kids will love tasting the varieties, playing in the kids’ tent, checking out the scarecrow contest and more. Fri., Sat., Sun. Event Details. 


Pick Your Pumpkin at Old McDonald’s Farm
Enjoy picking your family pumpkin while going on hay rides, doing some horse riding and other fun family activities. Entry is free, funds from pumpkins and activities go to support Old McDonald’s Farm educational mission. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check Out the Amazing Bubble Man
Bring kids and grandkids to the Clinton Street Theater and give them a treat they’ll never forget–The Amazing Bubble Man! Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He is a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed ten years of sell-out success.Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Sun. Event Details.


Get Dirty at the 21st Annual Kids Bulb Day
Grab your little nature lovers and get dirty at this fun, free event! Join children from all over Oregon and Washington to plant a pot of bulbs and flowers to take home and grow. This day is full of smiles and fun, so don’t forget your camera! Sat. Event Details.


Free Family Morning
It’s “A-Maze- ing” Family Morning at the Washington County Museum! You and your kids will be entertained with puzzles, mazes and magic at the Museum! Magician Jay Frasier will perform a family magic show full of comedy and audience participation at 11 a.m. And you even get to make a craft to take home. Sat. Event Details.

What is one of your family’s favorite early fall events? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti