The dog days of summer are upon us, but there are plenty of activities and events in and around Portland that are as cool as a cucumber. That’s right, stay busy at a local festival, join a block party or head to the magical Tillamook State Forest for games and natural learning experiences. Read on to find out more.

photo: Ian D. Keating via flickr


Join Recreation Jeopardy
Test your knowledge of recreation in the Tillamook State Forest in a lively game of Jeopardy like you’ve never seen it played before! Everyone will be involved as “volunteer” contestants to win prizes. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Experience Skullduggery
Pirates are not the only skull enthusiasts! Have you ever encountered an animal skull in the forest? Skulls give clues to an animal’s identity, what it prefers to eat, and how it lives. Come along with the interpretative staff to get an introduction to the diversity and adaptations of mammal skulls and the structure and function of different teeth, jaws, and sockets. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Participate in the North St. Bag Drive
Bring your qualifying bags to North St. HQ during the drive and exchange for a 15% off coupon, redeemable through the end of August. Must be a backpack, bike pannier, or messenger bag. They can be any brand, for any age range. These will be going to students K-12, so a variety of bag types is welcome! -Bags must be new or gently used and clean (no stains or structural issues). Bags needing minor repairs accepted on a case-by-case basis. Limit one coupon per individual. Fri., Sat & Sun. Event Details.

Don’t miss Bike Carnival Block Party
Head to the Big Bike Carnival Block Party, Saturday. Youth apprentices are planning this fun and free community event! Bring your decorated bike for the Slow Bike Race and decorated bike competition! There will also be raffling off a bike and other great prizes! Other activities include a bike decorating station, bike themed carnival games, face painting and food for purchase! In addition, our bike apprentices will be hosting a free flat fix clinic and will fix your flat bike tire for you or show you how. Sat. Event Details.

Head to Summerville
Head to this SE neighborhood’s summer celebration. It will entertain you with games, crafts, music, classes, art, demonstrations, discounts, sales, food & drink – fun for all ages! A free trolley will let you explore the entire Sellwood district. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

 Check Out Pittock Mansion Miniature Rose Show
Check out the Portland Rose Society’s annual miniature rose show. All varieties of miniature roses will be on display in the Music Room as well as in the Social Room from approximately noon–3 p.m. after the judging competition. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Join Fremont Fest
Join the 33rd annual street fair in Beaumont Village. Event kicks off with a Kid’s Parade at 10 am from Beaumont Middle School. Decorate your bike, scooter or dog and join the fun. Our Kid Zone will be chock full of activities from sports, to arts and crafts, science experiments, music, entertainment and even children’s theater. Enjoy good food, good shopping at hundreds of vendor booths, live music and more, more, more. Bring the whole family and spend the day soaking in this neighborhood tradition. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend Angry Birds 2 Movie Release
Angry birds are back but this time joining forces with some unlikely friends – the green pigs! In order to keep their way of life they must help each other defeat a new set of birds trying to overtake both the bird’s and the pig’s way of life. For $10, you can come craft your own bird or pig and leave with free tickets to the upcoming screening and free promotional items (while supplies last)! Don’t forget the sweet treat on your way out! Sat. Event Details.

Mt. Hood

Head to the Northwest Craft Spirits Festival
Back for its second year the Northwest Craft Spirit Festival is coming to Mt. Hood.! Mt. Hood Meadows will team up with a number of local distilleries for this fun and educational filled day. Meet the makers of some of the finest distilled products made right here in the Northwest. Live music, hiking, games on the deck and an awesome menu in the Schuss Grill will be available! Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti