August brings on the fun with incredible events that will get your kids out and inspired. Rev them up with a roller derby game, take them to the soapbox derby or hit the Big Foot Festival. Whatever you choose to do, chances are, you won’t get bored. Read on to find out where and what the best family events in town are.

photo: Brian Brewer via flickr

SE Portland

Attend RCR’s Wreckers Vs Clark County’s Storm
Don’t miss the fun and excitement as the Wreckers and the Storm go head to head on skates. Your little rollers will get a kick out of this adrenaline-pumping competition. Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Adult Soapbox Derby
Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. Sat. Event Details.

Attend the 2nd Venezuelan Festival
Back for the second year, the Venezuelan Arts & Culture Festival is hitting the PNW. Sponsored by the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition. Attendance to the event will be free to all (and air-conditioned!!) Attendees enjoy a lineup of Venezuelan artists, performers, and crafters (displays and vendors). Food will be on-site for purchase from the amazing food cart, La Arepa! We will also have a Baby Food Drive during the event. Please bring baby formula, cereal, or any non-perishable item to donate to one of the communities supported in Venezuela. Sun. Event Details.

Hood River

Experience Friday Funday at the Paddle Challenge
Friday Funday at the Gorge Paddle Challenge is a free introduction to Standup Paddleboarding for kids ages 6 and up! Led by Fiona Wylde and Team SIC, this will be an afternoon of fun and encouragement. Beginners welcome! Kids should be comfortable in the water and should come with a parent, water bottle, and sunscreen. Life jackets will be required; they will be available to borrow but you are encouraged to bring your own. Fri. Event Details.

Cascade Locks

Experience Pacific Crest Trail Days
Pacific Crest Trail Days is a 3-day summer festival that celebrates and promotes hiking, camping, backpacking & outdoor stewardship. Attendees can participate in activities, games, & presentations, win awesome gear at the raffle, watch a series of films, and get great deals on the latest outdoor products from sponsors at the Gear Expo. If you’re into car camping, day hiking, long distance hiking, or just curious, a wide-range of gear and info will be here! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss the Portland Metro Reptile Expo
Spend the day with the best breeders on the West Coast. Great family fun with free raffles every hour. They also have reptile rescues looking for new homes for rescued reptiles. Or check out the venomous display, find your next family pet or just explore these amazing critters. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the 3rd Annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival
Come join this whimsical family-fun event in celebration of the legend of Bigfoot! The 3rd annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival will be held Saturday, August 17th, at beautiful Glenn Otto Park in the wonderful town of Troutdale Oregon. Sat. Event Details.


Join Roses on the River 5k
Head to the inaugural 5k run around the Portland waterfront!  Bring your friends and family out to this super flat and fun 5k run around the waterfront.  All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the regular season finale against Cascadia rival Seattle Reign FC.  This race is capped at 1500 participants! Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Meet Mario the Maker Magician
As seen on Sesame Street and Sprout, Mario the Maker Magician is making his way to you! More than just a performer, Mario is also an inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM initiatives and his integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement, with a healthy dose of hilarity. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age, with a mad inventor twist! Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Hot Rods & Hot Dogs
Grab your car fanatic for this amazing event. Along with awesome cars; hot dogs, music, face painting, crafts for the kids, a bounce house and free packs with school supplies for kids (K-5 only) will be available. Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti