The Portland hills are alive with music all weekend long. Catch the World Music Festival at the Portland Children’s Museum. Usher in the Year of the Snake with Portland Taiko and other performers at Mochitsuki. Hear Cat Doorman, the new children’s music and media project by Portland indie music artist and illustrator Julianna Bright, at Mississippi Studios. Say “Happy 108th Birthday” to the Hotel Oregon, which will be rockin’ in McMinnville with live music, birthday cake, ales, wines, spirits tasting and more. Or celebrate music and dance with a child-focused new performance by Polaris Dance Theatre.

East Side

Cat Doorman at Mississippi Studios (pictured)
Portland indie music artist and acclaimed illustrator Julianna Bright heads up a talented group of musicians releasing their first album for children, the “Cat Doorman Songbook.” Sat. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  $8 adults, $6 children advance, $10 adults, $8 children day of show. All Ages. Event details. 

Family Friday Concert: Classical Revolution
The Family Friday Series features popular local musicians in a live, informal setting appropriate for audiences of any age. This month: Experience Classical Revolution. Fri. 7:15 pm. $5/person or $15/family. All ages. Event details.

West Side

Mochitsuki
Experience traditions like mochi (rice)-pounding and ikebana (art of flower arrangement), learn how to make children’s bento box lunches, indulge in sumptuous Japanese food, and enjoy drumming by Portland Taiko and many other exciting performers! Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Scottish Rite Center. $4-$12. All ages. Event details.

Snowman and the Red Thread
Polaris Dance Theater’s new production tells the captivating tale of a young child who embarks on a fantastical journey through a series of magical lands and returns home to see the world through new eyes. Fri-Sun: 7:30 pm. 
Sat & Sun: 2:00 pm. Lincoln Hall PSU. Tickets begin at $22. Best for ages 5 and up. Event details.

PCM’s World Sounds: DJ Anjali

Move to the Bollywood beats of DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid at the closing show of the 8th Annual World Sounds, a celebration series of music and dance from around the world. Sun. 30-minute shows at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Free with Admission. All ages. Event details.

Wine Country

Hotel Oregon’s Birthday Party
Come out to this historic wine country hotel in McMinnville for live music, free housemade birthday cake, a special whiskey event, tastings of McMenamins ales, wines, spirits and coffees, and more. Sat. 11:00 am. Music begins at 6:00 pm. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

What are your weekend plans? Will you be attending any of these events with your little ones?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen