Gear up for an active weekend! Portland is bringing it on with activities and events that will get you moving. Brave an obstacle course, go to a summer festival, or hit the hoe down! Sound intriguing? Read on to find out more.

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Check Out the Fun Forest Programs at the Tillamook Forest Center
Are you looking for something fun to do in the forest? Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs. From Dutch oven cooking presentations to wildflower walks, there’s  something for everyone. Most events are free and open to all ages. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Craft a Cone for a Frozen Treat
The Craft Factory is teaming up with Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge, right across the road, to combine treats you can craft with treats you can eat. First, stop by The Craft Factory to craft a cone that won’t melt, then head across the road to receive some frozen yogurt for free from Nectar. Sat. Event Details.


Enjoy Summer BBQ
On July 21, from noon to 2 pm, join Sky High Sports for their annual Summer BBQ. Free food and entertainment. They are serving up hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixens! Kids will enjoy an inflatable slide, dunk tank and so much more! Sat. Event Details.


Join the Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge
Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16, with 12-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud.Thisis the largest touring adventure and obstacle course event series for kids in the nation! And the best part is, it’s a family adventure – parents get to run with their kids for free! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Catch VegOut! Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
VegOut! Events is proud to present the 1st annual VegOut! Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival! This is a foodie event, celebrating the Vegan Lifestyle and an educational experience for those who want to discover more about the many benefits of Vegan Fare & how great it tastes food and beverage Vendors will sell, serve, give away or sample healthy vegan food & drink alternatives. VegOut! Portland is a compilation of Vegan food & drink vendors, speakers & vegan-friendly gear including clothing, skin care & artwork. The atmosphere is set with local bands & a DJ. The focus is on local businesses & locally sourced ingredients.VegOut! Portland is proud to be Collaborating with NW Veg. Sat. Event Details.


Sign Up for the Ladybug Run for CDH Awareness 2018
The primary focus of the event is to promote awareness of and raise funds for the condition of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). The event will consist of a 5K run, 5k walk. 10K run, 10K relay, and Kids fun runs in Cook Park. A run course in Cook Park will consist of an urban trail winding through open green spaces and forested areas and providing a unique running experience. The course will be a stroller friendly course. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Head to the Zenger Farm’s 4th Annual Hoedown
The Hoedown is Zenger Farm’s summer celebration and fundraiser for the 24-acre nonprofit urban farm. The Hoedown brings guests together to eat, dance, drink and play, all while helping raise funds for Zenger Farm to promote access to good food for all.

This event features live performances from family band Ants Ants Ants and songwriter Matt Dorrien, in addition to family performer Mo Phillips, and indie-folk duo Wonderly; a picnic supper from New Seasons Market; handcranked Salt & Straw ice cream and farm games and kids’ activities. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend the Babysitter Training for Youth
This enormously popular course consists of a mix of lecture, group discussion and hands-on practice which covers: safe job search, resumes, interviewing, professionalism, preparing for a job, decision-making, problem-solving, child development/ages and stages, age-appropriate activities, clear and constructive communication (with adults and children), dealing with difficult situations, basic care (diapering, toileting, feeding, burping, etc.), safety in and outside of the home/in the community, how to get help in an emergency, basic first aid (infant/child/adult conscious choking and bandaging). Includes handbook and completion card.​​ Snacks provided, please bring lunch and water bottle. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win a fully stocked Babysitter Bag! Sun. Event Details.


Head to SummerFest 2018
The 46th Annual Troutdale SummerFest is on Saturday, July 21. Put it on your calendars and get ready for some fun as you “Travel Thru Time!” The parade starts at 11 a.m. in downtown Troutdale and will march down the Historic Columbia River Hwy to Glenn Otto Park where the SummerFest activities will take place. Entertainment, Food, Games, Kids Activities, Music and More! There is also a $5 kid’s activities bracelet, with a portion of the proceeds going to Multnomah County Animal Services. Sat. Event Details.


Build Your Own Earthworm Hotel
Earthworms play a major role in the ecosystems in which they reside as well as in the world. They effectively recycle nutrients from rotting material and help aerate the soil. Join us to create your very own worm hotel…live “guests” included! Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti