All those Portland street fairs have were just practice for the daddy of ‘em all—the Oregon State Fair opens its gates for two weeks of big family fun. You can enjoy food, music and multi-cultural activities at the Festa Italiana and the Pacific Rim Festival. Or take in the great city views from the top of Mt. Tabor at Sunday Parkways Southeast.


Festa Italiana
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.


Sunday Parkways Southeast
Walk, bike, roll, run, jump & skip – without having to watch out for cars‑this time in along a 9-mile Southeast Portland route. Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All. Event details.


Multnomah Village Days
Bring your whole family to learn about and look for the bat species who hunt after the sun goes down. Fri. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. $5. Ages 5 and up. 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. Saké One. Forest Grove. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. $5. All ages. Event details.

Wings and Wheels
Entertainment will include classic car displays, model train displays, antique, experimental, and modern aircraft displays, various demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage vendors and local bands. Sun. Scappoose Industrial Air Park. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. $5/person, children under 7 free, $20/family limit. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Oregon State Fair (Pictured. Source: Oregon State Fair Facebook)
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.

Will you be tossing pizza, eating funnel cake, or sipping saké this weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen