Good times abound in Portland this weekend. Feeling artsy? Hit up a live production or peruse a local bazaar. Need to get the wiggles out? There’s a fun run for kids and the family pup that takes you through the tulip festival! The options for family outings are endless, as we get ready to roll out of April and right into May. Read on to find out where you can find fun when Friday finally arrives.

photo: Christine L. via yelp

NE Portland

Head to the Gathering of the Guilds
This is a family friendly event with more than 350 Northwest artists showcasing their work in beads, ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood at the 2019 Gathering of the Guilds featuring the Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramic Showcase.  There will be fun demonstration for all ages. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Ceramic Showcase
This exceptional 3 day event showcases more than 150 Oregon potters Association members.  ceramic Showcase offers visitors the opportunity to meet the ceramic artists, view and purchase thieir latest work.  Visitors will find beautifully crafted work including sculptures, wall art, and functional pottery for the home, garden, and work as well as beautiful gifts for mother’s Day, weddings, birthdays, housewarmings, and other celebrations. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Downtown Portland

See Darci Lynne at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall
Winning NBCs “Americas Got Talent” at just 12-years old by the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show, singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne impresses audiences across the country with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable, show-stopping talent beyond her years. Accompanied by her musical friends including Petunia, Oscar and Edna.  An Oklahoma native, Darci began participating in talent-based pageants at a young age and picked up ventriloquism shortly after. Two weeks later, Darci began tackling talent shows, eventually making it to the biggest talent show on television, NBCs “Americas Got Talent.” Following her big win, she has been featured on NBCs “Little Big Shots,” Food Networks “Kids Baking Championship,” “Ellen” and “TODAY.” Her first Christmas special “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” aired in Dec. 11, 2018. Darci and her friends are continually on the road bringing smiles to audiences across the country. Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Hit the Season Kickoff Party and Bike Sale
Don’t miss the Season Kickoff Party and Bike Sale at Braking Cycles Coffee and Bike Shop. There will be a full day of family fun that includes performances by Olive & Dingo and The Sprockettes, food trucks on-site, bikes for sale, bike repair clinics, and a free bike safety check. Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Parent Trip
This is a free event where expecting parents and families of young children can come and meet 17 local practitioners of different fields in a low-stakes atmosphere. Have you been meaning to find a family photographer you love? A chiropractor who specializes in pregnant bodies, postpartum bodies, or infants? Looking for a great parent-focused exercise class? All of these professionals will be together for you, under one roof, for one afternoon. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out Traveler
Traveler is a collection of original work created and performed by the Zig Zags, Echo’s pre-professional, teen performance ensemble. Devised physical theater, aerial dance, acrobatics, and live music created by multi-talented teens in collaboration with Echo Theater Company faculty.  Great for all ages. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Participate in the Muddy Paws Fun Run
This is an off road run through our tulip fields and around the farm benefiting Wigglin Boxer Rescue. It’s a real opportunity to help your furry friends. It is put on with volunteers from their organization and team. It should be a fun run, rain or shine! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Attend The Not-Its Concert With Red Yarn
For the last decade, Seattle-based The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and high-jumping live concerts that give children their first “rock show” experience. With the release of their 10th studio album Ready Or Not!, this Seattle “kindie rock” quintet always brings children and their parents to their feet screaming for more, the moment they hit the dance floor. The bandmates, clad in pink tutus and skinny ties, are all parents and seasoned musicians: Sarah Shannon was lead vocalist of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl (on Seattle’s Sub Pop label), rhythm guitarist Danny Adamson has been a punk rocker; Michael Welke (drums) is a former member of Harvey Danger. With national radio play, critical acclaim and awards, The Not-Its! are regarded as one of the top touring family music bands in the nation. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Join The Healthy Kids Running Series
The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five (5) week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 & 75 yard dashes, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run. Kids compete each week of the Series for a chance to earn points. At the end of the Series the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division receive a trophy. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run because all participants receive a medal and gift bag for their achievements courtesy of our sponsors! Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti