Fall is fantastic in Portland! Weekends are looking more festive than ever with the leaves changing and holidays on the way. While Halloween is still off in the distance, there’s still plenty to celebrate. Check out  Oktoberfest or dance the polka at the Polish Festival. Not enough to keep you busy? Why not head to the Sturgeon Festival? We can’t think of a reason! Caught your attention? Read on to find out more.

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Mt. Angel

Head to Mt. Angel Oktoberfest
Grab your lederhosen, kinder, and an appetite and head to Mount Angel, Oregon. The cozy community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. In its 52nd year, Oregon’s largest folk festival attracts more than 400,000 people and features the  music, food, dress, and beverages of Bavaria. Highlights of this celebration of German culture include alpine folk music, Bavarian bands, and, of course, lots of dancing. New to the festival this year are three new bands, two new food booths, beers, wines and activities (kindergarteners will have acrobats this year!). Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Try the Italian Language Mommy and Me Playgroup
Join a free weekly Italian language playgroup for ages one through four years old. It’s never too early to share a second language and culture with a child! Enjoy stories, activities, and free play. Fri. Event Details.

Get A Parents’ Night Out: Superhero Party!
On Saturday, WeVillage is holding their monthly Parents’ Night Out Party with a superhero theme! This is the perfect chance for parents to have one more summer night out while kids enjoy dinner, crafts, and games during four hours of care. Sat. Event Details.

Eagle Creek

Head to the Philip Foster Farm Cider Squeeze
Foster Farm is getting out the presses for their annual cider squeeze! Bring your apples, press theirs, or just buy cider. Games, food, craftsmen and musicians all day. Fun for the whole family! Join them at the historic Philip Foster Farm! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Go On An Aquifer Adventure
Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join a family festival all about groundwater! Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure — not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet! Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids! Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend The Math In Color workshop
Math In Color offers hands-on math workshops and camps designed just for girls! During the Body Measurement course students will discuss  standard units of measurement, measure different parts of the body, and make a bar graph to compare lengths. Sat. Event Details.

Vancouver

Check Out the Sturgeon Festival
The Water Resources Education Center’s annual Sturgeon Festival—A Celebration of Columbia River— Ecosystem will bring a splash of excitement to kids of all ages with a live reptile show from “Creature Feature,” fish dissections from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a birds of prey presentation from Audubon Society of Portland, and hands-on activities! This free, fun event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish, plants, and animals in and around the Columbia River. Sat. Event Details.

West Linn

Don’t Miss The Willamette Living History Lantern Light Tour
Go back in time to 1913. Back to a time when West Linn was newly incorporated, and Willamette was still its own city. Cars were only for the super rich, livestock wandered the street and horses outnumbered people 10 to 1. Women had finally won their right to vote, and suffragists lay down their sashes and banners, only to raise them up again, this time against alcohol… the devil’s drink! Temperance was the newest issue at hand.

Experience “An Evening in Willamette – 1913.”

Tours start out on a horse drawn carriage. You will then walk the neighborhood, encounter live scenes of everyday life and meet many of the town leaders who helped shape Willamette’s future. You will go inside the homes of some of Willamette’s residents and hear music from the period. Finish your tour with complimentary light snacks, beverages & music. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Head The Polish Festival
The Polish festival is an event for adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts:it is for everyone. The festivals includes non-stop stage performances,dance groups, music bands, a polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, and delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer. Sun. Event Details.

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Celebrate the independence of Mexico and its neighbors from Spain at El Grito y Fiestas Patrias, which includes folkloric and Aztec dancers and live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, plus food & craft vendors at Moda Center Commons. Free. Sat. Event Details.

What is your favorite September celebration? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti