Mama mia! The stars have aligned, bringing several HUGE celebrations into town this weekend. You can enjoy food, music and multi-cultural activities at the Festa Italiana and the Pacific Rim Festival. Sunday Parkways will collide with the Hawthorne Street Fair again this year, drawing thousands of people to both events. And then there’s the daddy of ‘em all—the Oregon State Fair—opens its gates for two weeks of big family fun.


Festa Italiana (pictured)
Pioneer Courthouse Square becomes Piazza Italia for three days of nonstop Italian entertainment, food, dancing, wine/beer garden, vendors and children’s activities. Children especially love the Carter Family Marionettes, Pizza Toss and Grape Stomp. Thur-Sat. 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oregon Ballet Theater at Director Park
The Oregon Ballet Theatre moves take their daily ballet class to Director Park for five days. Bring your lunch, relax with the kids, take a kids’ movement class, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to stage a ballet. Mon-Fri. 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Hawthorne Street Fair
Portland’s famous annual summer event celebrating the Hawthorne District! There will be lots of fun for children on the Kids’ Stage, courtesy of Kids At Heart Toys! Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sunday Parkways Southeast
A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump & skip – without having to watch out for cars! The 9-mile Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways route will connect Laurelhurst and Colonel Summers Parks, plus the Hawthorne Street Fair. Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All. Event details.


Pacific Rim Festival
Enjoy the flavors of Japan, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest and games, entertainment and fun for the family, including local arts and crafts and a kids’ zone. Sat. SakéOne. Forest Grove. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. $5. All ages. Event details.

Out of Town

Oregon State Fair
Animals! Concerts! Carnival rides! Funnel cakes! Corn dogs! LEGOS! There is so much to do, see, and eat at the Oregon State Fair. Check out their website or Facebook page for the latest. 10:00 am – 11:00 pm. Oregon State Fairgrounds. See listing for admission prices. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen