Fairs and festivals are beginning to fill up Portland event calendars and sure enough, this weekend there are plenty of colorful celebrations to attend. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Lan Su Chinese Garden or join the Festival of Bees. Feel like getting academic? Catch the Preschool, Kindergarten and Activity Fair! If any of these have piqued your interest, read on to find out additional events our fair city has in store for you.


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N Portland

Catch the Preschool, Kindergarten and Activity Fair!
Don’t miss the 3rd annual SwapNPlay sponsored Preschool, Kindergarten and Activity Fair! This is a resource fair for families seeking school and activity options for their children. This event is open to the public for free and guests will be able to talk with representatives from many North and Northeast Portland organizations who offer preschools, camps, and other activities for preschool aged kids. Here is just a short list of a couple of the organizations that will be at this event: Little Root Preschool, Imagination Yoga with Linda, Smarty Pants, French American International School, Holy Cross, Magnolia Blossom, Wildwood Nature School, Friendly House, International School, and many more! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden
The gardens are the premiere place to celebrate Lunar New Year in Portland, with plenty of family friendly events throughout the week-long celebration. Join them for the opening ceremonies on January 28th for lots of cultural treats like lion dances, folk art demonstrations, children’s crafts, a chance for your children to put their wish on the Wishing Tree, martial art performances and Calligraphy demonstrations. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Share the Circus Love
Does your clan love the circus, but finds it intimidating? If so, you will want to check out Share the Circus Love Saturdays. The first Saturday of each month you are invited to try out your first class, fir free! You may find you love it more than you even thought you would. Sat. Event Details.

Listen to the Tale of Sleeping Beauty
The Tale of Sleeping Beauty is one the world’s oldest and most revered fairy tales… and it has just been hijacked by a company of crazy bird puppets. Making their NWCT Mainstage debut, these feathered friends will stop at nothing in their quest to seize the spotlight and re-write history. Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Join Spanish Nino Time
Spanish Niño Time-PDX is a drop-in Spanish Playgroup in the Portland area for infants up to 5 years old. Your littles will love this fun engaging playgroup where they will hear and learn Spanish through songs, stories and play. Fri. Event Details.

Go on a Music Quest
Music Quest enjoys taking kids of all ages on musical quests filled with singing, laughter, movement and smiles. Everyone can make music! Your family will enjoy songs, dancing, and some yummy food too. Pirates, Cluster Flies, and a Riggabamboo! Fri. Event Details.

Attend Once Upon a Time Family Theatre’s Jorinda and Joringel!
Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. This month, chekc out for Jorinda and Joringel, a beautiful German tale about recognizing your true love and following you heart! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out the Portland Kids’ Film Festival
The second annual Portland Kids’ Film festival will feature six different programs of award winning animated and live action films for children and their families. Head to the Pajama Party on opening day and watch animated films in your pjs! Bring your older children to the Girls Rule! program on Sunday and watch films staring young women and girls. It is great fun for the whole family! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Attend the Festival of The Bees
Spring flowers are coming soon, and our bee friends are waking up! Wee what the buzz is about at , a celebration of all things bee! Bring the family, meet local bee experts, and enjoy fun bee-themed crafts, food, games, candle dipping, face painting, puppet show…bring home a little treasure from the Bee Fairy! Admission is free, and all proceeds from raffle and silent auction benefit Shining Star Waldorf School. Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair
This is the top festival for Portland’s Chinese community—last year it drew over 8,000 people! Booths will offer food and crafts and throughout the day there will be numerous events like the famous dragon dance, a lion dance, and other cultural dances and martial art demonstrations. The year’s lucky colors are gold, brown, and yellow–challenge your kids to find as many things in those colors as they can! Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite late-winter festival? Share it with us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti