The deep love for the natural world goes hand in hand with being a Portlander, and this weekend is full of events that will get your family outside and interacting with nature. From bird hunting to kayaking to a full-blown Adventure Expo, our beloved city is serving up the best outdoor activities and week events you could hope for as the hot days of summer start to cool down.

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Go on a Killer Bird Hunt

Think birding is just a walk in the park? Think again – Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn how some birds stab their prey with their bills, while others hover low to stalk and hunt. Learn some of the not-so-friendly features of birds and see how they have adapted their predator skills. Fri. Event Details.

Learn about Fire Lookouts
Who would want to live alone, miles and miles from their closest neighbor? Join a naturalist to take a journey through history and discover the dangers that fire lookout men and women faced living high above the canopy. Hear the stories of these brave individuals and see the equipment used on the front lines of fire detection. Fri. Event Details

SW Portland

EXPO Adventure Festival
Get wild at the EXPO Adventure Festival. Enjoy three days of exhibits, workshops, field trips, demos, food, drinks and music. There will be activities to do in the water, in the forest, on the trail, down the road, up the mountain, and in the city. Fun for the whole adventure-loving family. Fri., Sat., Sun. Event Details.

Attend a Under the Sea Garden Party
Bring a picnic and get ready to learn swimmy dance moves in the enchanted garden! Portland’s land-based synchronized swimming collective, The Olivia Darlings will teach you how to dance like a dolphin, shine like a sea star, and move like a mermaid. Sun. Event Details. 

SE Portland

Experience the Jade District’s Culture

Join Portland’s multicultural communities as they come out in full force to celebrate one of East Portland’s biggest events. Attend the  Jade International Night Market for international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances, and a celebration and recognition of the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland. Sat. Event Details.

Hit the Hawthorne Street FairHead to historic SE Hawthorne and enjoy a true Portlandia festival. there will be music, kids activities, Muse art activities, beer gardens and vendors galore. Fabulous for the whole family. Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Go from Rags to Riches with Jazz!

Experience Jazz from the early 1900’s through the 1940’s and dance the night away with the family! This fun event features Swing Dance Lessons from 5pm to 5:30pmPM, free kids crafts, local food carts, and live music from Basi’s Cherry Blossom Orchestra. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Hit the Block for a Dance Party

Dust oft your dancing shoes and head over the the ABC Family Block Party at the Star Theater. There will be performances by Richie Staxx, Jacob Poe, Acoustic Minds, and Micah and Me. And the whole family will enjoy hula hooping, interactive installations, face painting, and a fun family photo booth. Sat. Event Details.


Let Your Imagination Fly Away

Head down to historic Pearson Field to experience the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center. Their free educational experience is open to the public and will feature our Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, model glider build sessions,  historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and various ongoing educational programs that will propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight. Sat. Event Details.


Kayak at Rooster Rock

Have you been wanting to Kayak? Join a ranger for a 2 to 2.5 hour guided paddle on a protected part of the gorgeous Columbia River. Park provides kayaks, paddles, and PFDs.  Learn paddling basics such as strokes, gear selection, and paddle safety. Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite end of summer outdoor family adventure? Tell us in the comments below!

—Annette Benedetti