Get ready to dance your pants off because Portland is bringing on the music this weekend. Whether your troop is in the mood for a street fair or festival, one thing we can guarantee is that there will be boogying down where ever you land. If your kiddos are more on the quiet side, no worries! There are options for air conditioning and crafts too! Read on to find out more.

photo: by Annette Benedetti

SW Portland

Craft a Popsicle, Get a Popsicle!
Craft a Popsicle, get a Popsicle. Cool off from the summer heat at The Craft Factory’s Craft a Popsicle, Get a Popsicle event! This Saturday is exactly what the name describes: spend as long as you’d like in the air conditioned studio crafting a popsicle, while enjoying a sweet treat that’s the real thing. Just make sure to slurp the right popsicle! Fri. Event Details.

Attend a Micah & Me Music Show
Grab the littles and dance and sing along with Micah & Me! Micah & Me host toddler dance parties regularly throughout the Portland Metro area and they have an uncommon ability to connect with those young at heart so don’t miss this event! Fri. Event Details.

Attend Friday Night Groove
Check out  free Friday night music featuring DJ George at Director Park! It’s a great way to wind down on a summer night while your little dancers get their wiggles out. Bring a blanket and some snacks for a picnic dinner. Fri. Event Details.

Join a Bollywood Dance Party
Bring your family down to Director Park for a day of music, dance, play, and splashing! Activities include: interactive Bollywood dance lesson and party with DJ Prashant, teachers fountain, big chess, Henna rub-on tattoos, and more! Sun. Event Details.


Build a Rocket Party at iSpark Toys
It is time for the rocket party at iSpark Toys! Make your rockets and launch them high with Oregon Rocketry. This is an event your little scientist or young astronaut will go crazy for! Sat. Event Details.


Create a Ladybug House
Ladybugs are beneficial insects that help our plants grow and stay healthy. They are also fun to see around the garden! Create a ladybug house to invite these helpful insects into your garden and watch the aphids start to disappear. Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Organic Valley McMinnville Creamery Grand Opening
Join a community celebration of the grand opening of Organic Valley’s McMinnville Creamery! This will be their first organic butter plant in Oregon, and they have a fantastic day planned for you.

Explore how organic butter is made, and make your own! Learn about the Organic Valley brand, how the new plant works, and enjoy a free organic picnic lunch. You can even take home a free pound of delicious butter, while it lasts! Sat. Event Details.


Try the Kids Obstacle Challenge
Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course event series for kids ages 5-16, with 10 to 15 fun and challenging obstacles and lots of mud! And the best part is, it’s a family adventure so parents get to run with their kids for free! Get ready for some serious family bonding! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend the Alberta Street Fair
This fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, two beer gardens, and three stages of entertainment. Fun for the whole family! Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the Night Market
Beaverton Night Market promises a family-friendly event with ethnic food and crafts, plus performers from around the world at The Round.The Night Market exists to create a vibrant, intercultural, family-friendly space that is reminiscent of night markets internationally. It offers a culturally-relevant evening activity and gathering space with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds. Sat. Event Details.

What is your favorite musical summer event. Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti