Still mourning the end of summer break? Gather the kids cuz this weekend offers up lots of family-friendly outings that are sure to put smiles on your faces! There’s a street fair and firehouse open house in Belmont, an organic festival, a benefit concert with three favorite kid’s musical artists, a birthday celebration in Beaverton, and a chance to honor kids who have been so brave in fighting a serious illness.
If you’re still searching for a Fall class you and your little one can enjoy together, Music Together of Portland is offering a chance to try one of their classes for free. Looks like there’s still space available in a demo class on Sept. 13 and 20.

 

 

EASTSIDE
Muddy Boot Organic Festival Celebrate local organic foods and sustainable living. This outdoor festival offers plenty of eco-friendly fun for the wee ones: veggie derby car racing, foam arrow archery, apple pressing, puppet-making workshop, and much more! There’s also live music, panel discussions, workshops and vendors to appeal to parents. Oh and lots of yummy local, sustainable food and beverages! Fri., 7:00 p.m. (keynote), Sat., noon – 9:00 p.m., Sun., noon – 6:00 p.m., Portland, $5 12+, 11 and under free. Read more.

 

 

Belmont Street Fair This fair is sure to be a hit with the trolley rides alone! But there’s more…a children’s fun center, four music stages, over 160 craft booths, a food festival and alternative transportation expo. And a chance to check out the 14 new businesses that have opened along Belmont in the last year! Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.


“Safety Saturday” at the Historic Belmont Firehouse Check out the old Belmont firehouse and sit in a real fire truck where you can watch a simulation of a call for help! Plus learn about fire safety for you and your family. Held on Sunday this month in conjunction with the Belmont Street Fair (see above). Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.


WESTSIDE
Celebration of Courage Celebrate the heroism of the children and families served by the Children’s Cancer Association. Enjoy live music, fantastic food, gift walk, carnival games, silent auction, arts and crafts. The 2010 Wall of Courage display also will be unveiled and features 25 local children and teens selected for their grace and courage in battling a serious illness. Sun., noon – 4:00 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.


Many Hands CD Benefit Concert Come dance to the groovin’ tunes of Randy Kaplan, Johnny Bregar and Recess Monkey! Not only do you get to experience all of these awesome kid’s artists in one place, this concert benefits The Haitian People’s Support Project. The Many Hands CD released in August and features these three artists plus Pete Seeger, Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell and Haitian performers. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Portland, $10 adults, $7 children, 1 and under free. Read more.


SUBURBS
Happy Birthday Beaverton Library The Beaverton Library turns 10 this month! To celebrate, there are ten days of events happening, from September 10 to 19. Highlights sure to put a smile on your little library-goer’s face include: birthday cake, a coloring contest, a visit from smaller mammals and reptiles from the Oregon Zoo, face painting, sidewalk chalk art, Oregon Symphony storytime and hands-on time with a flute, and a mommy-and-me matinee. Fri., 1:00 p.m. through Sept. 19, times vary each day, Beaverton, free. Read more.
—Holly Crisp