Keep the excitement of the new decade rolling, when you fill your weekend with some of Portland’s best family events. Portlanders love to sing and dance and lucky for you, there are tons of family-friendly concerts around town. When you are all worn out, catch a show and relax. Read on to find out where you need to be when the weekend rolls around.

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SW Portland

Head to Kid’s Movie Night

Enjoy Live Music Fridays at the Oregon Golf Club while your kids have a whole lot of fun on their own? Take them to the Club for Kid’s Movie Night beginning at 6 p.m. every Friday starting January 3rd. Fri. Event Details.

Join Family Dance
Folk Dancing for the whole family. All dances taught by Janet Trygstad. Live music by Five-Euro Tip. Adults $6, Kids $5, Family Max $20. Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss Family Open Gym
This is a supervised open play for gymnasts of all levels to work their existing skills.  Trained staff on site for gym safety. Please see Academy Calendar for any OMEGA closures. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Don’t Miss Studio Ghibli: My Neighbor Totoro
One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and tree and are seen only by children. This film is part of OMSI’s Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective – 18 brilliantly animated Ghibli films over 18 days. Sat. Event Details.

Catch Studio Ghibli: Ponyo
Enjoy an animated film full of pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder on the largest screen in Portland. The tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke forms the emotional heart of the film.

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. Sun. Event Details.

Head to The Rock and Roll Playhouse

The Rock and Roll Playhouse is excited to return to Portland this winter season with more family concerts at the Crystal Ballroom! Join for the Music of The Beatles for Kids at 11:30am. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a weekly children’s concert series that allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). The Playhouse offers its core audience of children aged 10 and under games, movement, stories, and an opportunity to rock out in a sensory-friendly environment while playing songs from musical icons such as the Grateful Dead, David Bowie, The Beatles, and more. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Take Advantage of North Portland Tree Recycling
Troop 71 will again host four days of curbside wreath, tree, & garland drop-off or pick-up. For driveway pick-up: text or call 971-350-9910 with the best day (and time, if necessary). Then attach the suggested donation to your tree (make checks out to Troop 71, or ask for Venmo), and leave everything at the end of your driveway by 9 a.m. on the day of pick-up. Sun. Event Details.

Rock with Jessa Campbell & the Saplings
Join every second Sunday for a family friendly show hosted by Jessa Campbell & the Saplings! They will be joined by Friends of Noise for this special series, where they will feature performers under 18! If your family loves twangy folk music and learning about the environment, Can You Feel It by Jessa Campbell and the Saplings is for you! Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Hit Sunday Swing WThe Hot Lovin’ Jazz Babie
Get on the dance floor every Sunday afternoon with Portland’s best swing bands! All ages welcome. THE HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES is a Portland based 7 piece swing band which strives to resurrect the spirit of 1930’s small band ensembles such as Fats Waller & his Rhythm, Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra and Billy Holiday and her Orchestra. Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti