Grab your blankets and picnic baskets. From plays in the park to festivals, family-friendly markets and more, there’s tons to do with your family this weekend. If you aren’t sure how to fill your free days and evenings, read on to find our what our top picks are for weekend events and activities for Portland families.

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Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival

Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW) manages an unusual combination: classical music played by musicians of the highest caliber in an informal, intimate setting. Since 1971, chamber musicians have flocked to Southeast Portland’s Reed College to play the great classic repertoire with their friends. Music fans share picnics and wine on the campus lawn before heading indoors to hear the sublime music. Event Details.

Measure for Measure

Lord Angelo takes over Vienna while the Duke’s in disguise, and sentences Claudio to death for an out-of-wedlock tryst. Nun-in-training Isabella, Claudio’s sister, begs Angelo for mercy and gets propositioned. She and the Duke-In-Disguise trick Angelo with a bedroom switcheroo, save Claudio with an execution switcheroo, and justice is served? Original Practice Shakespeare Festival’s production of Measure for Measure is a free event for all ages! Event Details.

Slabtown Makers Market

Get out and support 60+ PNW makers who will donate 5-10% of their sales to the following local non-profits who need our help: Equitable Giving Circle, Portland Youth Builders, Rose Haven, Wild Diversity, and Causa. Enjoy fresh air shopping with space to observe Covid-19 safety practices. You will find jewelry, ceramics, apparel, housewares, accessories, glass, art and illustration, body-care, local food & drink and much, much more! Event Details.

ISNDA Pride Parade

Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, you are invited to celebrate your Pride! All are welcome to walk or watch and cheer. Invite your friends and family! Walkers will meet at The Milwaukie Grange at 10:45 a.m. Folks watching are encouraged to watch from your porch, or along the sidewalks of Milwaukie Bay Park or Kellogg Creek Park. The walk will start at the Grange, head down to Sparrow, then 19th and through both parks.  Event Details.

Family Day at the Barrio

Join for an afternoon of family fun with crafts, live music and children’s book readings. Inside the patio, a bubble machine will be going and all of the tables will be art-ready for your little ones to create art! Mamas, papas, aunties, uncles, caretakers, and friends can enjoy the famous Sangria, wine, beer, mimosas and Micheladas along with some lightly sweetened Lemonade! Event Details.

The Tragedie of Othello

Othello promotes Cassio, bypassing Iago. Othello marries Desdemona without parental permission. Iago, seeking revenge, plots against Othello. Cassio gets drunk and brawls, resulting in his dismissal. Desdemona pleads with Othello on Cassio’s behalf. Iago convinces Othello Desdemona is having an affair. Othello smothers Desdemona. Aemelia dies. Othello dies. Iago doesn’t. Original Practice Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Tragedie of Othello is a free event for all ages! Event Details.

Kids Craft Free

Looking for a fun experience to share with your children? Check out this family-friendly workshop! Select a wood project from the gallery and choose one child project from the available options. The business provides all the materials and they instruct you step-by-step to create a beautiful piece for your home or for a gift. Choose from a variety of paint and wood stain colors in the workshop. Cost for a workshop is $68 for adults and $25 for children and pre-registration is required. Event Details.

USS Blueback Submarine Tour

Join a fascinating, 45-minute tour of the U.S. Navy’s last active duty diesel-electric submarine. Limited to only six guests per tour, you’ll have a unique, socially-distanced opportunity to explore this 219-foot vessel full of marvelous period artifacts. Event Details.

The Life of Henry the Fifth

Hal’s all grown up! The Dauphin mocks Hal with tennis balls. War starts between England and France. Meanwhile, Falstaffe’s dead, so Pistoll takes over. Buddies Bardolph and Nym get hanged for stealing, and Pistoll is force-fed a leek. Henry wins the war, but must now woo a wife. In French. Original Practice Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Life of Henry the Fift is a free event for all ages! Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti


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