August is awesome in Portland. Our city knows how to turn up the fun before back-to-school sets in. This weekend, fill your time with movies under the stars, live music and art in the park. Read on to find out where you need to be for tons of family fun this weekend.

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SW Portland

Head to the Alice in Wonderland Art Event
Don’t miss this opportunity to see incredible art by Christopher Clark who will sign and add paint highlights/embellishments to purchased artwork making each piece one of a kind. There will be multiple exhibits of Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics & Anime art from additional artists on display & available to purchase at affordable pricing along with Show Specials. Original oil on canvas paintings will also be available for purchase. Event is Kid Friendly & for you Harry Potter Fans, butterbeer! (both alcoholic & non-alcoholic) will be available. Cosplayers are also encouraged to attend. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Craft a Popsicle, Get a Popsicle
Cool off from the summer heat at The Craft Factory’s Craft a Popsicle, Get a Popsicle event! This Saturday is exactly what the name describes: spend as long as you’d like in the air conditioned studio crafting a popsicle for only $10, while enjoying a sweet treat that’s the real thing. Just make sure to slurp the right popsicle! Sat. Event Details.


Enjoy Pix in the Park
Catch a family movie at a different park each week. Arrive at 7:30 p.m. for pre-show live music and popcorn! Movie begins at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.). Bring a blanket and stretch out in front of the big screen! The citizens of Berk face a dragon trafficker who threatens their peace, dragons and friendships in the final installment of the fantasy trilogy. Fri. Event Details. 


Attend Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Party
You’re invited to a very special bear’s birthday party! Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center on August 9th to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday. The festivities will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and will include cake, prizes, songs, and games to honor our furry forest defender. There will even be a special appearance by the birthday bear himself! Don’t leave these birthday candles unattended—only you can help Smokey celebrate in style! Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Go to Family Expo & Back to School Fair
Don’t miss this important and educational event. Spider-Man will be appearing along with many other great characters! We have a day full of performances and local business to help get the school year started right! Sat. Event Details.

Attend the Portland Festival Symphony at Peninsula
Experience a full orchestra performance at historic Peninsula Park in Portland, Oregon. All community members are encouraged to attend this free family-friendly performance. Sun. Event Details.


Join the All Ability Tri4Youth
FACT Oregon’s All Ability Tri4Youth is a family-friendly, barrier-free triathlon. Youth and young adults with and without disabilities compete individually or on teams in a 50-meter swim, 2-mile bike ride, and ½-mile run. Athletes are presented with a wide range of options to support them in completing the course, including with adaptive equipment, flotation devices and different types of bikes, or being supported by a team of family members and friends. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss the 24th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta
Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Regatta, an on the water paddle festival like no other. Regatta celebrates recreation opportunities on Portland’s hidden gem of local waterways, the Columbia Slough.This family friendly event is a fun paddle for experienced and novice paddlers alike.

The event features complimentary 45-minute canoe and kayak rentals (all equipment provided). Before and after paddling, participants can visit with local environmental and water-based organizations, enjoy hands-on nature activities, live music and guided tours. Free t-shirts and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. Sun. Event Details.

West Linn

Experience the Audacious Joy Concert
An award winning singer, songwriter, and master storyteller, Anne-Louise Sterry gathers us together with music and stories. This concert is sure to wow children and parents alike! This event will either be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather, but either way bring a blanket to sit on. And come hungry as we will have pizza for sale! Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti