Don’t let the start of the school year kill your joy. The party doesn’t stop just because the kids have to hit the books. Catch a family flick, hit a Sun Flower Festival,  or get creative. Read on to find out where you’ll find some real family fun this weekend.

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NE Portland

Experience the Godzillathon
Four films from the Shōwa period crash into the Hollywood! An entire weekend of extremely rare 35mm prints of classic Kaiju! Mighty monsters in gargantuan duels on a 50 foot screen! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Attend the 11th Annual Slavic Festival
Enjoy vibrant cultures of Eastern Europe, as we have provided a platform for dozens of local artists to showcase their skills on stage and off. This event also provides opportunities for local entrepreneurs, business owners, and organizations to directly reach attendees.

SE Portland

Join Gay Day at Oaks Park
The Sweethearts of Portland present “Gay Day at Oaks Park” A queer outing for the community Friday August 30th Starts at 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. SMYRC Youth receive free ride wristbands valid until park close. Discounted Rates for ride wristbands for past Sweethearts and queens/kings in drag. Fri. Event Details.

Head to the Jade International Night Market
The Jade International Night Market is an annual summer event that provides a space to celebrate and recognize the diversity and culture of the communities who live and work in the Jade District and sheds light on the issues impacting a neighborhood in transition. Join for food, dance, art, performances, crafts, music, and more! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Head to the Sunflower Festival
Don’t miss this premiere Sunflower Festival ! Create lasting memories experiencing the wonder and beauty of a working farm. Activities to look forward to include a 2 acre sunflower maze, U-pick Sunflowers, Sunflower photo opportunities, Hayride, Animals and The farm store will also be open for crops available per the season. Food truck will also be onsite. Fri. Event Details.

Check Out the 2019 Dahlia Festival
Check out the  largest Dahlia display by one grower in the US. Over 400 floral arrangements, food booths, refreshments, fabulous wine and beer! Dahlia culture and tuber dividing demonstrations as well as lLive music! A beautiful event for the entire family! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Watch Moana (2016) PG at Overlook Park
Bring your family and friends to a special screening of Moana (2016) PG at Overlook Park on Aug. 31. pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Sakumuna “Bless”—Afro-fusion music with funk grooves, reggae roots. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins after dusk. Bring blankets or low-back chairs for comfort. Pack a picnic or try some of the tasty dishes from our onsite vendors! Sat. Event Details.


Don’t Miss this Rock Painting Family Event
Grab your little art lovers and enjoy a family event with Crafton’s Creations of Rock painting. It’s only $5 per rock, and all of the art supplies are onsite. Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Water Wonders
Bring your sandals and shorts and get wet in the waters of the Tillamook State Forest! Naturalists will provide the equipment to lead you through the world of aquatic insects, to get an up-close look at their cool and crazy adaptations. Learn how their presence or absence is influenced by the quality of their habitat and how other animals depend on these bugs as well. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti