Summer fairs and festivals continue: This week Fremont Street celebrates and the Washington Park Summer Festival kicks off 10 days of amazing shows. Trekkies will transport in droves to the annual Trek in the Park festival. You can catch a new concert series out at Evergreen Aviation. And another inaugural event takes root this weekend: Dirt to Dinner at OMSI. It showcases the life cycle of your food and helps your family understand how your eating habits affect the environment in a fun, engaging way. We dig that.

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Trek in the Park
These insanely popular performances are a must-see for Trek fans. Not a Trek fan? These fun shows just might make you one. The kids will love it either way. Weekends through August 26.  Cathedral Park. 5:00 pm. Free (donations welcome). Young theater lovers of all ages. Event details.

OMSI: Dirt to Dinner
Learn more about the different stages of food —where it comes from and how it gets there. Hands-on activities help families learn practical new skills they can take home and apply to their everyday lives. Sat and Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Fremont Festival
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fremont Festival. The event will kick off with a bike and pet parade and include a kids zone featuring bounce houses, face painting, art and craft tables, cake walks and pie-eating contests. Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Washington Park Summer Festival
Enjoy 10 days of amazing free performances in the Washington Park Amphitheater under the summer sky. BodyVox will be kicking off the series this year. Other acts include The Shanghai Woolies, Wanderlust Circus, and the Portland Festival Symphony. August 3-12. 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Water Wonders at Blue Lake Park
Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover exciting activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, water cycle card making or fishy potato stamp printing. Fri-Sun. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. $5 parking. No registration necessary. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen