Spring festivals are in full swing and there’s plenty for families itching to get out to do. From craft fairs to baby fests to festivals filled with fairies, we’ve lined up all of the best for those looking to celebrate the changing of seasons. Read on to find out more.


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Downtown

Attend Portland Art Museum for $5 After 5 p.m.
Every Friday evening, you are invited to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive, and more social experience. Admission is just $5 after 5 p.m. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Join the Gathering of the Guilds
More than 350 Northwest artists will be showcasing their work in beads, ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood at the 2018 Gathering of the Guilds featuring the Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramic Showcase. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Watch the Micah and Me Music Show & Dance Party
The Micah and Me Children’s Music Show is a dance party for the pint-size crowd and their families starring their biggest fans, At-Home Dads!

In addition to all the Workshops, Big Shower and 150+ exhibits offering resources for growing families, BabyFest features the Children’s Village with numerous activity zones for babies, toddlers & preschoolers offering music, crafts, play zones. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out BabyFest! Portland’s Biggest Baby Shower
Win Prizes, Attend Seminars, Get Pampered, Shop and Be Educated on Everything You Possibly Need for Your Growing Family.

These events are an intimate treat for expectant & new parents seeking the best, most innovative, eco-friendly and luxurious baby products and services on the market. They bring together many of the best companies in the baby industry and place them all in one intimate location for consumers, retailers and the media. In addition to the expo, this ‘Super Saturday’ will include 3 stages packed with educational workshops on a variety of topics, The Big Baby Shower featuring games, exclusive prizes, the new Daddy’s Baby Shower (because Dad’s need their own baby shower!) and VIP experience offering guests early admission, a sweet swag bag and a day of pampering. Sat. Event Details.

St. Helens

Head to the Festival of the Fairies
The magic continues. Imagine a setting on the waterfront with “stone hedge” boulders hosting dragons & fairies flying and resting on arches, a giant magic wishing tree, fire, games, music and more. Bring your wings or buy them onsite and enjoy. Magical flute and drummer’s music will fill the air while you watch a demonstration of archery or maybe try your hand with a sling shot. Hang in a hammock or have fun chasing bubbles, making a Fairy Wishing Tag or Firefly Ornament for the Wishing Tree. Relax by the fire a spell and share a story while roasting s ‘mores. Story time at the stones will delight with tales of lore and legend. Peek into our wonder boxes or dance at the maypole. Try on some exceptional wings by the waterfront. Photo ops with fairies and other celebrities will make this day one for memories and photo albums. Theme related vendors too! Of course there will be goats in pajamas! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend a Birthday Party for the Trees!
Get ready for some mid-morning family fun to celebrate Hoyt Arboretum’s 90th Birthday! Festivities include storytime with Timber Joey from the Timbers on the Redwood Deck, followed by cake, crafts, tree seedlings, entertainment by local musician Mo Phillips, and stories to celebrate 90 years of loving trees at Hoyt Arboretum. Meet at the Stevens Pavilion at 10 a.m. to make the walk to the Redwood Deck for storytime.

There will also be an annual Spring Color Tour that day at noon, so if you come for the party, stay for the tour, or come early for cake before the tour leaves the Visitor Center to see spring highlights around the Arboretum. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland 

Enjoy Red Yarn’s Old Barn Family Concert
Portland’s leading kindie-folk artist Red Yarn and his full cast of puppet critters, plus a 7-piece band, celebrate the release of “Red Yarn’s Old Barn” with an all-ages show. With seven originals, four reinterpreted traditionals, and a honky tonk cover song, Red Yarn’s Old Barn tells of an epic barn dance where critters of all kinds are welcome. As Red Yarn grapples with social issues through his allegorical animal yarns, he hopes he will inspire families to build their own inclusive spaces and creative communities. Or as the album’s closing line puts it, “Unlock your heart and live with your barn doors wide open.”Sat. Event Details.

Check Out April Flea + Food
We’re a gathering place for Portland’s best curators, artists, and makers of vintage, handmade and locally sourced goods. Plus! Amazing local food and beverage purveyors. Admission is free and open to all ages. Open the last Sunday of the month. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Check Out Independent Bookstore Day 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018 marks the fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day. Annie Bloom’s will be celebrating all day long with fun activities for kids and adults. They will also be selling unique items created exclusively for IBD, including a onesie inspired by Dragons Love Tacos. Sat. Event Details.

Vancouver

Hit the Spring Craft Fair
Join us for the first ever Heritage High School Spring Craft Fair. Looking for that perfect mothers day gift or maybe you want to get a jump on finding that great fathers day gift. Look no further. With over 80 vendors and great food this is a great place to get the unique gift you’ve been looking for.

You also have the chance to bid on some amazing items donated to the HHS Senior Parent Association in their efforts to raise money for the over night grad party. Things like a night stay at the Heathman Lodge or a Wine Tasting class at Total Wine valued at $500.00.

What is your favorite spring festival? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti