The new school year may be right around the corner, but the summer fun isn’t slowing down in Portland. That’s right, there are tons of street fairs, festivals and fun run just waiting to entertain families. Pack your kids up and stack your weekend with some of these awesome family-friendly events. Read on to find out more.

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SE Portland

Witness the Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
Watch hot air balloons light up the night sky! They will have music all evening, food booths, art vendors, a beer garden, and a Family Zone! Fri. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss Chess for Success
All-ages are welcome to drop-in and play chess anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Gateway Discovery Park. Chess for Success staff will be on-site to assist players and share the love of the game. Fri. Event Details.

Experience Movie Night on the Lawn
Get ready for a unique movie viewing experience. There will be food, yard games and of course a movie. Event starts at 6 p.m., movie at 8 p.m. All movies are PG and enjoyable for the whole family. Fri. Event Details.

Attend Harpers Playground, Community Play Day
Join for a community event celebrating inclusion and play! They will have a variety of local entertainment and fun for all. Food vendors will be on site. Sat. Event Details.

Have a Picnic in the Park
Pack a lunch, grab the family and friends and  enjoy an afternoon of events in the park. Activities include music by DJ George, Bubble Soccer, lawn games, Loteria and much more. Food vendors will be on site if you want to buy your lunch or grab a snack! Sun. Event Details.


Join the Celtic Fantasy Faire
SerenWitchery will be vending at the wonderful Celtic Fantasy Faire! Lots of beautiful vendors, wonderful food, entertainment and local vendors! Get your supplies for the coming Samhain (Halloween) season. They will have all sorts of things that can help you to make your life and the energy around you easier to manage! Aine will also be giving sample readings! Sat. Event Details.


Sign Up for the Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge
Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud! Our mission is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through obstacle and adventure. We are committed to helping foster a more active, adventurous, and perseverant younger generation. Sat. & Sun. Event Detail.

Mt. Hood

Experience Mutts on the Mountain
The Oregon Humane Society and Mt. Hood Meadows invite all outdoor-loving people and dogs to the 3rd Annual Mutts on the Mountain! The event, located onsite at Mt. Hood Meadows, is an outdoor festival with fun for people of all ages. Guests can relax on the beautiful mountainside and listen to live music, enjoy food and tasty beverages, as well as peruse vendor booths. Special festival activities include doggie sno-cones, dog cooling stations, photo booth, beer and wine garden, and more. Guests and their dogs can also explore the mountain; there are three self-guided hiking trails open to people and their dogs. All event proceeds will benefit the animals at the Oregon Humane Society (OHS). Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Check Out the Hawthorne Street Fair
Don’t miss the 36th Annual Hawthorne Street Fair. You’ll encounter a variety of activities, events and booths on each street. Your family will enjoy live music, raffles, face painting, balloon animals, circus cascadia workshop, sidewalk sale, crafts, chalk drawing, lorna miller little kids’ jamboree, Mr. ben music for kids, Penny’s Puppets Puppet Show, Olive & Dingo Storytelling & Clowning, juggling, hula hooping, and mask-making for all ages. Visit the Echo Theater open house where you can try out the trapezes and tumbling area. Watch for the stilt-walkers circulating the fair all afternoon. Sun. Event Details.


—Annette Benedetti