Yearning to add a culture to your weekend fun? We’ve got a solid list of festivals and events that will take your family around the world! Taste the flavors of Germany and then hop on over to Poland for authentic entertainment. There’s even a Russian play you and your littles will love. Read on to find out more!


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SW Portland

Head to Mt. Angel’s Oktoberfest
You won’t want to miss the Northwest’s oldest and best loved Folk Festival as it celebrates the fruits of the harvest, with a nice focus on hops! German style biers, Northwest craft brew favorites, lots of wine, and a bit of cider are served in 4 Biergartens, each showcasing different favorites. Best of all, there is a free Kindergarten with children’s activities.There’s something for everyone at this fun festival! Fri., Sat., and Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Gaming Comes to Life at Oregon Trail Live™
Remember playing the classic computer game, The Oregon Trail? Experience the challenges and fun of The Oregon Trail computer game in real life at the Willamette Heritage Center’s fifth annual Oregon Trail Live™ event. Register your family as a team of 2 to 5 people and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Ten challenges cover the 5-acre campus providing a fun, funky and unique way to learn about the journey of the pioneers as they made their way west. Sat. Event Details.

Bond with Baby at Massage Workshop
Learn how to sooth your little one with baby massage! This two-hour workshop is a great overview of the basics and teaches the importance of bonding through touch. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Enjoy some Magic With Your Salad
Looking for something fun to do with the kids on a Sunday? Head over to Crisp anytime between 5-8pm where you can get your greens AND enjoy the kid-friendly and oh-so-amazing magic of Greg Moreland! Sun. Event Details

Hit the 23rd Annual Polish Festival
If you and your littles are food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, and dance enthusiasts, then you will love this festival. There are non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer. Sat. and Sun. Event Details. 

NE Portland

Go on a Aquifer Adventure at a Free Pirate-Themed Festival!
Take your little pirates to 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! Go dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Sat. Event Details.

Watch “How to be Brave”
Your kids will love this Russian play. All characters in “How To Be Brave’ are animals, but they are acting like humans and go through emotions that are similar to ours. This play has important lesson to teach children that parents will love, so don’t miss it! Sun. Event Details.

Head to Blue Lake Park Nature & Culture Festival
Celebrate the end of summer at Blue Lake Regional Park with face-painting, music and dance, a nature scavenger hunt, cultural activities and delicious international foods for sale. Sat. Event Details. 


Join a Monster Party
Get your date night on while your kiddos enjoy this Lil’ Monsters themed Saturday Special Party at WeVillage! The party lasts for 3 hours and includes games, crafts, and dinner. Sat. Event Details.


Head to the Sturgeon
The Water Resources Education Center’s 20th annual Sturgeon Festival will provide your family with a splash of excitement t with a live critter show, birds of prey show, fish dissections, Eartha the Ecological Clown and hands-on activities! This free, fun event offers opportunities for your entire family to learn about fish and other plants and animals in and around the Columbia River. Sat. Event Details. 

What is your favorite cultural celebration? Tell us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti