Minions, ships, gravity cars and locally crafted organic brews are but a few of the fun things going on this weekend. Read on to discover what’s going on around Portland. Seaport Event

photo: Port of Portland


East Side

Everything’s Shipshape at the Seaport Celebration
Join the Port of Portland for a behind the scenes look at a working marina, take a jet boat ride and listen to live tunes. Seattle rockers, Recess Monkey, will perform at 11 a.m. Parking and admission is free, but those planning on attending should RSVP in advance on the website. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Shop Locally at the Hawthorne Street Fair
Shop local at this arts and crafts mecca and explore over 100 businesses that help make this area flourish. In addition to all of the crafty goodness, check out live music on the Main Stage all day, along with kids’ activities at Kids at Heart (35th Ave.) and two beer gardens at Bazi Bierbrasserie (32nd Ave.) and Hawthorne Hophouse (41st Ave.). Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

It’s All Downhill at the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby
Watch as non-motorized vehicles careen, swoosh and glide via the power of gravity down the curvy, paved road on Mt. Tabor. Spectators line the course, sitting in the grass to watch the hilarious and brave racers for this beloved 19th annual event with several races taking place throughout the day. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

North American Organic Brewers’ Festival
In addition to local, organic beer, cider, braggot and mead, this family-friendly event features live entertainment, as well as a special Kids’ Zone with art activities, face painting and Crater Lake Root Beer. Yum. Thurs.-Sat. noon-9 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Get Caught Up in Minion Mania
Got a little one obsessed with the Minions? These goggle and overall-clad yellow creatures are all the rage right now. Head to Lloyd Center for interactive performances and games, as well as prizes and a Minion photo booth. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Multnomah Days at Multnomah Village
Kick off this fantastic fair with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast and parade. Then enjoy live music, food and art vendors in this quaint community. Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Cozy Up Under the Summer Sky
Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy music and dance with the evening city skyline as a backdrop. The Metro Dancers are joined by other performers for a diverse program of family-friendly entertainment. Sat., 6-8 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

–Suzie Ridgway