Summer is winding down and now is the time to get outside for some last days of fun in the sun before school starts and the days become shorter, cooler… and wetter. Read on for some opportunities to get out and enjoy your community with a farmer’s market puppet festival, a fair, a movie in the park, and celebrations of Mt. Hood and Italy!

Are your prince and princess in need of some new back-to-school duds? There’s a 100% name-brand consignment event on Saturday in Tigard! And if you’re looking for a much-needed date night, drop the kids at The Playground Gym on Friday for Parents’ Night Out!


LotsandLots Puppet Festival A fun, two-for-one experience! While perusing the St. Johns Farmer’s Market for yummy, local goodness, check out Mudeye Puppet Company! At 11:00 a.m. there will be a puppet show, and throughout the day there also will be a puppet-making station, giant marching puppets, a puppet dance off, and live music. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.

Movies in the Park: The Tale of Despereaux Enjoy a late summer night at Montavilla Park! The movie will not begin until it’s dark, but come early to listen to the sounds of The River City Band or try your skills on the rock-climbing wall! Sat., 6:30 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.


Festa Italiana Celebrate everything Italian! Pioneer Courthouse Square is transformed into an Italian piazza offering three days full of tasty Italian food, music and performances. The little ones will love the Carter Family Marionettes show, pizza toss and grape stomping competition! Thurs. and Fri., 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.

Free Fourth Friday Night at Portland Art Museum A great way to expose your young ones to fine art and culture! There will be guided tours of The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis and A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. If your clan is not quite ready for the structure of a guided tour, maybe start with the Museum’s outdoor sculpture court for live music and dinner alfresco. Fri., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.


Oregon State Fair A dinosaur lover in your family? The Days of the Dinosaur Exhibition at the Oregon State Fair is sure to dazzle and delight! There’s also Familyville featuring a reptile show, an award-winning petting zoo, acrobats, and an interactive circus.  Plus livestock, and pony, carnival and monster truck rides! Fri. and Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sun. – Thurs., 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (runs through Sept. 6), Salem, $11 12+, $6 6-11, 5 and under free. Read more.

Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days Learn about Mt. Hood’s great heritage while feasting on delicious huckleberry treats! Enjoy folk music, crafts, a tour of the Oregon Trail, exhibits, Native American storytelling, model trains, and even the world’s record-breaking watermelon launch! Fri. and Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mt. Hood Village, free. Read more.

-Holly Crisp