Everyone is getting ready for the eclipse. Have you made plans yet? This weekend is full of fun festivals, shows and events that are sure to get your crew in the mood for the celestial event. Read on to find out where you can catch great local music, join the celebrations and possibly even catch a glimpse of Sasquatch before the moon blocks the sun from our site.

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SW Portland

Attend a Sign Language, Music, & Movement Class
Plan out your day! Little movers and shakers ages 2-5 and their caregivers will sing, dance, hear stories and learn some sign language in this lively interactive class. Then sign language, music, and movement class for ages 9 months to 2.5 years and their caregivers follow.Each class offers a chance to learn and discover for you and your child. Learn more about your child’s unique development and why certain activities are used in the class to help encourage this development, such as nurturing their imagination, playfulness, problem solving, social skills and musicality.Fri. Event Details.

Check Out Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Portland Children’s Museum is proud to present Emmy Award Winning band, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band!  Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to ever win a Latin Grammy in the children’s album category! Get ready for a hip-shaking, head bopping dance party explosion of indie fresh pop rock beats! Fri. Event Details.


Join the Friday Night Groove
Check out our free Friday night music featuring DJ George at Director Park! Grab your dancing shoes, pack a picnic dinner and don’t forget your blanket. This is sure to be one of your favorite end of summer go-to events. Fri. Event Details.


Head to the 11th Annual Return from the Burn
Join in on three days of fun celebrating the history of the Tillamook State Forest! Throughout the weekend your clan will enjoy engaging activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during, and after the fires.Get a hug from Smokey Bear and receive a free goodie bag. Explore the Connections with Wildlife traveling exhibit from the Oregon Hunters Association. Create art with the light of the sun to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse. Tour the Fire Lookout Tower and hear stories of the men and women who watched over the forest to detect fires. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.


Join Spanish Story & Play Time
Join Portland Early Learning Project for a lively and interactive Spanish story and playtime! Get ready to shake maracas and ask for más burbujas (bubbles)! Books, songs, and lots of movement make this event fun and engaging for the whole family! Sat. Event Details.


Experience The Big Eclipse Family Weekend
Join us for eclipse camp on the campus of Western Oregon U. For kids ages 5-12 and their parents! The experience will Include lodging, all meals and eclipse crafts and activities led by astronomy teachers. You’ll observe the night sky and watch the eclipse with advanced telescopes. Camping kids receive Big Eclipse tees, books and eclipse glasses. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Attend Bailey’s Beads Pirate Eclipse Camp
Finding Your Neverland is debuting their adventure camp program for adults and children this year in honor of the 2017 eclipse! Premier location for viewing the Eclipse and summer camp activities on either end to frame the experience as your ultimate summer adventure. The organization loves to combine educational opportunities in nature with the thematic element of pirates. Join the lost boys and discover your Neverland! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Total Eclipse of the Garden Festival
This weekend-long event runs from Aug. 19 through Aug. 21 and gives your family plenty of time to cram in tons of eclipse fun. Guests are welcome to purchase a camping spot and stay for the whole event or attend for a day. You and your little adventurers can explore the gardens and attend one of the education programs. Tours will be available and there will be workshops and yoga classes created for every member of your clan. In the evening you can relax on the garden green and catch a double feature movie before heading home or to bed. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Catch the Oregon Bigfoot Festival
Come enjoy this “Whimsical Bigfoot” theme festival. Walk beautiful Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale Oregon. Visit the unique food and merchandise vendors. Enjoy carnival-style games and cast your very own Bigfoot mold and more! Sat. Event Details.


Doggie Paddle Returns
The popular Doggie Paddle is back! In late August, THPRD is temporarily closing the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center to complete a scheduled maintenance project.  Before they do, they’re opening the doggie door, and letting our four-legged friends enjoy a dip in the pool.  If your pooch loves the water, don’t miss out on this summer treat.

Register today for $8 or, if space is available, pay $10 on event day. Each session will be limited to 50 dogs, and no humans will be allowed in the pool. Sun. Event Details.

What are your plans for the eclipse? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti