Hayrides, pumpkin hunting and hand-cut french fries: those are just a few of the perks that come with all of fall festivities that should be filling your family’s weekend calendar. Sound fun? Well, grab the kids, don your overalls and read on to find out more about fun, farm going-ons and other events taking place around town this weekend.


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NW Portland

Catch “Rock the Presidents”!
For hundreds of years, the United States Secret Service has lived up to the name, never divulging the spectacular events they witnessed during their time in the White House… until now. Join NWCT on a multi-media, rock n roll extravaganza through the untold history of the executive branch! This live act includes 44 Presidents. 3 Actors. 1 Unforgettable history lesson. Fri., Sat., and Sun. Event Details

Wind Your Way Through the Portland Timbers Maze
You don’t want to miss this 2.7 mile maze at Sauvie Island. It takes intrepid visitors an average of one hour to figure their way out. Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze Open Fri/Sat nights in October! Enjoy unlimited access the whole day to Grain Train, Cow Train, Hay Maze, Duck Races, Hay Rides, and regular maze with these bracelets! Fri., Sat., and Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Get Messy at Sparks Arts Center
Grab your little artist and head to Sparks Arts Center to paint their 4-foot tall robot, print with bubble wrap, push the limits of 3D collage and explore the ever changing art stations. Summer studio projects are designed with kiddos ages 2 – 7 in mind, but older sibs are always welcome. The open-ended format allows each artist to work at their own level, which means everyone has fun, including the grown ups! Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Head to PJ Story Hour Yad B’Yad
Put on your PJs and catch this weekly story hour for young families. It includes music and PJ Library Books along with the residents of Cedar Sinai Park in the Goodman Dining Hall featuring Kim Schneiderman! Fri. Event Details

Head to Birdfest & Bluegrass
Don’t miss the 17th Annual BirdFest and Bluegrass Celebration. Get ready for a wonder-filled weekend of nature, wildlife, and Native American culture – including special tours, hikes, and presentations. Fri., Sat., and Sun. Event Details.

Go Pumpkin Hunting in Sherwood
Take a free hayride to the pumpkin Patch to select the perfect pumpkin (pumpkins range in price from $4-$10). Enjoy  free attractions like the hay maze, farm animals, play structure, tractor, hay “house”, tractor tires, fun fall signs/cutouts, the long black tube, and more. On weekends nosh on hand-cut french fries, German sausages, freshly popped kettle corn, pumpkin bowling, duck races, & pumpkin toss games.Sat. and Sun. Event Details.

Very Eric Carle Exhibit
Step into the pages of your favorite books by Eric Carle! Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as you follow his path. Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider. Find your light with the Very Lonely Firefly. Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump. Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket. Create artwork using many of Eric Carle’s materials and techniques. Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s Very book series! Sat., and Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Hit the OMSI Harvest Festival
Enjoy the bounty of Oregon while indulging in snacks, sweets, beer and music from the Pacific Northwest region. Learn about Oregon specialty crops from local farms, CSA’s, cooking demonstrations and artisan vendors. There’s fun for the whole family, including kids activities and live entertainment. Come celebrate the harvest season at OMSI! Sun. Event Details.


Stroll Through Canby Farmers Market
Make your way to this vibrant weekly event that promotes healthy eating, buying local, and strengthening the community. Produce, flowers, crafts, wine tasting, live music, tons of delicious foods and more! Sat. Event Details.


Head to Wooden Shoe for a Pumpkin Festival
Grab the kiddos and head to Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm for a pumpkin festival you won’t soon forget! Think duck races, hay piles and tunnels, horse swings and even a pumpkin cannon. And of course, plenty of pumpkins to pick from. Sun. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite fall festival? Tell us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti