Feel like getting active outdoors this weekend? As always, Portland’s got some fun weekend events that will get your family of adventurers moving. Yearning for a new cultural experience? Pack up your little travelers, because you don’t have to drive far to be transported to a different country. This weekend’s roundup is full of active, engaging, and even educational experiences that will leave you feeling a bit more worldly and fit!


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SE Portland

Take a Ladybug Hike
Let your preschooler explore a local park or natural area in a developmentally appropriate way.Trained Preschool Naturalists will guide them and they will love wearing a Ladybug Backpack containing a few tools that make the walk more engaging, and parents will learn  some simple, useful tactics for nature exploration. Fri. Event Details.

Safety Saturday at the Belmont Firehouse
Bring the kiddos to the Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse where the whole fam can learn about keeping it safe, discover a Safety Learning Center and check out this way-cool historic firehouse. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Kids Cook Classes at the Farmers Market
Your junior chefs can get a real taste of summer by learning to cook with fresh market ingredients. On select Saturdays this summer, kids will learn different recipes including berry crepes, pasta from scratch and homemade strawberry jam.Classes are taught by Arielle Clark of the Portland Kitchen Inc., and Julie Merry of The Merry Kitchen and include a market shopping trip, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can share what they learn with family and friends.Sat. Event Details.

Participate in Family Field Day
Bring the whole family for a day of physical activity and fun for everyone outdoors. Put your agility to the test with tree climbing, make new friends playing giant parachute games, create a victory medal, and much more! Sat. Event Details.

Experience Mexica Tiahui Aztec Dance
Take in a spectacular performance celebrating traditional Mexican dance and culture. Mexica Tiahui was formed in 1995 by Mexican and Chicano students at Oregon State University. They were the first Aztec dance group in the Northwest and their mission is to preserve, teach, study, and promote traditional Mexican philosophy, history, customs, culture and arts to students and communities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Sun. Event Details.

Experience India
Take your family on a trip to India. This festival is located in Pioneer Courthouse Square where you will get a free taste of Indian Culture! Get ready to experience a day of back-to-back dances, musical performances, and food from Portland’s finest Indian restaurants. Don’t miss out on a memorable event that draws crowds from all over the West Coast! Sun. Event Details.


Run for Fun! And the Let your Imagination Fly!
Grab your kids and your running shoes and hit the trails.The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is offering two fun runs, with a shorter and longer distance designed for all ages! Run through the forest with a canopy of trees to shade you, and end up at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the ultimate destination. Fri. Event Details.


Try Reading in the Wild
Take your kids on a reading adventure that connects interesting stories with nature activities. You and your littles can sit under a tree, listen to a story and then explore the gardens to uncover plants, rocks, water or critters. Sat. Event Details.

What is your favorite cultural festival? Share it with us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti