Start a new family tradition this weekend. Experience the joy of searching for glass floats on the beach. Eat peach pie at the Peach Celebration and Country BBQ. The close of summer also means the onset of harvest season and that means corn maize time. It also means it’s time for the Vaux’s swifts to return to the Chapman School, where they will gather and shoot into the chimney to the delight of thousands of Portlanders. Another tradition in town for the holiday weekend: the Portland Pirate festival. Avast ye, Portland parents! Set sail for some end-of-summer fun.

Out of Town

Portland Pirate Festival (pictured)
This festival is full of entertainment for younger scallywags, including a few acts especially for kids, cannon and sword fight shows, inflatable rides, free balloons and tattoos for kids, historical reenactments, and games and activities for the whole family. Sat-Sun. 10:00 am. Historic St. Helen’s Waterfront. See listing for prices. All ages. Event details.

Peach Celebration and Country BBQ
Celebrate the holiday with a country BBQ complete with smoked ribs, pulled pork sandwiches or chicken, pear coleslaw and apple cider baked beans. Or go straight to dessert and enjoy fresh-baked peach pies, cobblers, crisps, or a frosty peach milkshake. Sat-Mon. Apple Valley Store. Hood River. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Glass Float Art Drop
Hand-crafted glass sand dollars and glass crabs along with glass floats will await discovery along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches, weather and ocean permitting. Sat-Mon. Lincoln City Beaches. 9:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

In Town

Vaux’s Swifts at Chapman School
Join Portlanders on the lawn at Chapman School most evenings in September for a spectacular display of Vaux’s Swifts as they gather to roost in the school’s chimney. Through September. Chapman Elementary School. 1 hour before sunset. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pumpkin Patch Annual Harvest Festival
Celebrate the grand opening of the Corn Maize. Activities include visiting animal friends, riding a giant slide, eating caramel apple, and conquering the giant hay pyramid. Sat-Mon, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. The Pumpkin Patch. Free. All ages. Event details.

OMSI Reptile and Amphibian Show
Get hands-on at this display featuring over 100 exotic animals, including a large variety of captive-bred snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators, and more. Sat-Mon. 9:30 am – 7:00 pm. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen