Superheroes, villains, videos and dances swoop into Portland to keep you and your family star-struck, learning things and movin’ and groovin’ all weekend long. From Wizard World’s Comic Con to the Fix-It Fair to kids making films of their own from Newberry Award-winning books, there’s a little something for everyone. Read on for our top picks for the weekend ahead.


photo: Chuck LaChance via flickr

East Side

See Stars at Wizard World Comic Con
Chances of spotting Batman are pretty high this weekend as Wizard World Comic Con settles into Portland.  Said to be the largest pop-culture touring expo in North America, you and thousands of your closest comic-loving friends will be able to feast your eyes on everything from celebrities and classic comics to new original art and video games. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jennifer Morrison, John Barrowman, Gary Cole, Mike Colter, William Shatner, Jewel Staite are among the list of famous faces and industry pros at this year’s event. Top artists scheduled to attend are Rob Liefeld, Kurt Busiek, Miguel Sepulveda, Dean Haspiel, Tom Cook, Arthur Suydam, Michael Golden and Phil Ortiz. Fri.-Sun., various times (see listing), $39.95-$44.95/person; Free for Kids 10 and Under, All Ages. Event details.

May the Force Be Wth You at Kidfest! SportFest!
This giant family expo features non-stop live entertainment, interactive sports demos, inflatable fun zones, laser tag and Star Wars, Frozen and Mad Science exhibits as well as a petting zoo. Local School Pantries will be on-hand to collect food and other essentials for their backpack programs. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5/person; , All Ages. Event details.

Pages Come to Life at the Newberry Film Fest
Portland Community Media will be hosting a screening of the 90-Second Newberry Film Fest, an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird movies that creatively tell the entire stories of Newberry­-winning books in about 90 seconds. Sun., 3-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Give a Shout-Out With Holiday Hey You’s
Create your own personalized video greeting card to send out to friends and family that will also air on public access TV channels. Learn the basics of shooting, green screen technology and editing in this 3­-session workshop. Kids can even create your own animated background! Register in advance online at Sun., 3-5 p.m., Free, Ages 7-17. Event details.

Improve Your Life With the Fix It Fair
Ready to fix up your home and improve your health?  You’re not alone. Join the City of Portland’s Fix-It Fair, with dozens of vendors offering tips and advice on home improvement, water and energy efficiency, recycling and gardening, as well as health and nutrition. Free professional childcare and a free, healthy lunch will be provided, in addition to giveaways, lead blood-testing and bike tune-ups. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Daddy Daughter Night: All That Jazz
Discover precious moments together at this roaring 20’s-themed event. Both dads and daughters are required to sign up. Dinner includes Pizzicato pizza, a salad bar, Italian sodas and dessert from Sunny’s Legendary Frozen Yogurt. Sat., 6-8:30 p.m., $20, Ages 3 & Up. Event details.

Are you hitting Wizard World Comic Con? If so, what costumes do you wear? Tell us in the comments below!

—Suzie Ridgway