Portland is brimming with artists and they are doing their best to fill the calendar with fun events and activities. This weekend, take your young thespians to a play and then concert hop to work the wiggles out. If your clan likes crafts, music and performance art, then read on to find out where to start!

photo: David Kinder via NWCT

SE Portland

Attend the Parent and Child Open Studio
Vibe is excited to introduce this new Parent and Child Open Studio! In the vein of the popular Music Together classes, they are starting a series of Open Studios for the youngest creatives and their parents or care givers.  During this open studio, children can experiment and play with a variety of quality art materials, tools and processes to get creative in the beautiful art studio. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend the Gathering of the Guilds & Ceramic Showcase
More than 300 Northwest artists will be showcasing their work in beads, ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood at the 2017 Gathering of the Guilds featuring the Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramic Showcase. Whether you’re shopping for mother’s day gifts or looking to commission custom furniture or find the perfect home decor items, this is the place to come! Fri., Sat. & Sun Event Details.

SOBT Annual School Performance
Join the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre for an afternoon of incredible performances and witness the next generation of dancers from the SOBT and OBT2. The program include’s Balanchine’s joyous Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Nicolo Fonte’s hauntingly beautiful Clare de Lune, and the world premiere of the delightful A Great Britten choreographed to Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which follows the young composer as the instruments of the orchestra come to life. The program concludes with A Grand Etude showcasing the accomplishments of the school.

20% off single tickets with code: GRAND

Enter code when selecting seats. Offer does not apply to previous purchases. May not be combined with other offers. Limit 8 per customer, subject to availability. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

NWCT presents ‘Robin Hood!
Get ready for justice, Sherwood Forest-style! Adventure awaits as Robin, Marion, and company return to cross swords and match wits with the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham and the evil Prince John in this hilarious, heist-filled, original adaptation! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Celebrate with Moana
Celebrate spring with a Moana this Saturday! The party will include games, Moana themed crafts, and a dinner all during 3 hours of care. This is a great opportunity for parents to have a night out while kids enjoy a night out of their own! Sat. Event Details.

Read Up at the Spring Used Book Sale
Looking for new reads? Don’t miss this used book sale.Thousands of donated books and materials will be available including: gently used books, audiovisual materials, sheet music, comics, pamphlets, and maps. Sat. Event Details.

Celebrate Earth Day with Beanstalk
Join the folks at Beanstalk for Earth Day and enjoy shopping at their annual sidewalk sale! This sale raises annual funds to support the fundraising efforts of local Portland schools! Bring the whole family for kid-friendly fun including:
Face painting, Raffle prizes and the sidewalk sale. Sat. Event Details.

Catch the KindiePDX Family Music Showcase
Join the KindiePDX community for two hours of amazing family music by some of our city’s and country’s finest musicians! Featuring Latin Grammy winner 123 Andres, Grammy nominee Lori Henriques, musical kid-lit phenom Emily Arrow, acclaimed family reggae star Aaron Nigel Smith, and many more, this showcase will highlight the diversity of styles and sounds in modern “kindie” (kids + indie) music. The showcase will be MC’ed by local family folksinger Red Yarn and will also include performances by Brooklyn’s Lloyd H. Miller and Portland’s Pointed Man Band, Rock’n’Roll Fairy, Tallulah’s Daddy & Mr. Hoo. Food & drink available through Oregon Public House. Sun. Event Details.

Catch Caspar Babypants
Caspar Babypants is making his way down to Portland and you and your kiddos don’t want to miss the fun! Food and drinks for the whole family will be available for purchase in the Village Ballroom bar thanks to The Oregon Public House. Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss No!Go!Yell!Tell! Kids Self-Defense Class
With age appropriate information presented calmly and clearly, your child will learn to be aware of potential danger but also feel safe. Kids learn to use their voice and get out of situations that are uncomfortable or even threatening. They learn to hit and hit hard, but they also learn when it is appropriate to hit and when it’s not. Sat. Event Details.

How does your family appreciate the arts? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti