Whether you’re a Portland Farmers Market, Fun activities to do with kids in Portland, Places to visit with children in OregonCountry Mouse or a City Mouse, this weekend packs plenty of places to go and fun things to do. Hop in the car and take the family for a ride to Salem for the Oregon Ag (that’s cowpoke-talk for “agricultural”) Fest. There will be rabbits to pet, cows to milk, and ponies to ride! ‘Nuff said. If you’re sticking around town, there are some big events in the city, too— Portland’s Hillsdale’s Springfest, farmer’s market openings, Kindierock PDX, and a pirate musical!

Eastside

Kindierock PDX
Portland’s favorite kids music acts team up for two great shows that parents and kids will enjoy—from story time sing-a-longs to indie rock to bluegrass! Featuring Mo Phillips, Johnny & Jason, and The Toy Trains. Sat, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $4 child/$8 adult, all ages. Event Details.

King Farmer’s Market Opening
The popular King Farmer’s Market opens for the season. In addition to shopping for farm-fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, and other specialty foods, you can enjoy music, a great playground, and plenty of grassy areas for picnicking and playing. Sun, King Elementary School, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

Westside

How I Became a Pirate
When you’re a pirate, you don’t have to eat vegetables or go to bed at all. Set sail on a musical adventure! Avast me hearties, only a bilge rat or scurvy dog would miss this peg-tapping show. Sat and Sun, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, $13-$26, all ages but most enjoyed by 3+. Event Details.

Suburbs

Hillsdale Springfest
Come and celebrate spring with the Hillsdale community. There’s a whole day of activities planned, including an art fair, food and entertainment, and the return of the Hillsdale Farmer’s Market. Sun, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

Nikki McClure Book Reading
Known for art that celebrates the virtues of community, hard work, and living gently on the planet, Nikki McClure’s latest lovingly crafted picture book follows a mother and son to the weekly farmer’s market. Sun, Powell’s Books at Cedar Hill’s Crossing, Beaverton, 4:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

Salem

Oregon Ag Fest (pictured)
Learn about life on the farm. Oregon Ag Fest is an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, dig for potatoes and much more. Sat and Sun, State Fairgrounds, Salem, see listing for times, $7.50/adult, free for kids under 12, all ages. Event Details.

– Cheyenne Terbrueggen