Rocking out to local bands, playing with paint and outdoor family flicks: that’s how Portland families do summer! If you’re looking to fill your tribe’s weekend with activities full of Portland flair, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out where the music is bumping, your little artists can get creative and your evenings can end with eating popcorn under the stars.
Photo: Pioneer Courthouse Square
PDX Pop Now! 2016 at AudioCenima
Rock out with your kids and 44 local artists! But that’s not all there is to do at this non-profit festival. PDX Pop Now! features two outdoor stages along with a record fair, street fair, food carts and the annual band-on-band basketball—Riscketball. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Division/Clinton Street Fair & Parade on SE Division
This fair honors Portland’s “stay weird” philosophy. Full of funky family fun, spend your day perusing booths and watching the show. The street fair takes place in pockets throughout the District as well as at businesses along Division and Clinton. Street Closure pockets are at SE 26th and Clinton and SE31st, SE 35th Pl and SE 36th and Division St. Sat. Event details.
All American Magic and Ventriloquist Show at the All American Magic Theater
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. Plus cotton candy, popcorn and pizza by the slice for sale as well as an onsite magic shop! Sat. Event details.
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
The Latin Grammy Award-winning band Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will get your little dancers moving and grooving. They have been featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,” and in NPR music, New York Times and more. You never know, you might even be their next biggest fan. Fri. Event Details.
Art Splash at SW Tualatin Commons
Peruse works of art made by Northwest artists including paintings, photography, handmade jewelry and ceramics—then let your kids create their own at Art Splash. This three-day art show will inspire your little Picassos and offers food, music, a boat show and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Flick on Bricks in Pioneer Courthouse Square
Watch Big, Aladdin, The NeverEnding Story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Sandlot with your kids in Portland’s biggest outdoor theater. Pre-movie music begins at 7 p.m. and the movies follow. Bring something comfortable to sit on and transform family night into an outdoor experience. Fri. Event details.
Kids Dig Archeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Do you dig Fort Vancouver? Kids Digs introduce kids ages 8-12 to the fascinating world of archaeology at one of the Northwest’s most famous archaeological sites! Kids excavate a site with the help of park staff and volunteers and discover what we can learn about our past from the stuff buried under our feet. Limited to 20 kids: reserve your spot the day of or call 360-816-6250. Sat. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share your ideas in the comment section below!
— Annette Benedetti