It’s the last weekend in July and the Portland Festivals are really revving up. If filling your end-of-the-week days with dancing, feasting, and getting crafty sounds like fun—grab your little revelers and get ready to go-go-go! We’ve rounded up a list of weekend events that will wear your dancing shoes and the kids out so that when Monday rolls around everyone’s ready to get back to the regular routine.
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Kid’s Hula & Tahitian Dance at Dance With Joy Studios
Your little dancers will enjoy exploring the beautiful movements, rhythms and storytelling of Hula and Tahitian Dance at Dance with Joy Studios. Fri Event details.
Lents Street Festival at SE 91st and Foster Rd.
The Lents Street Festival is a kid’s dream come true! Bouncy houses, a root beer garden, and a chicken beauty contest: sounds like a perfect way to spend Sunday in Portland. Sun. Event details.
Rox in Sox Festival at King School Park
Get your groove on at this free festival of children’s music and reading. OzoKidz, the percussive, world-beat family band of Ozomatli, is headlining this year and you can expect performances by Aaron Nigel Smith and his 1 World Chorus, plus popular songsters Mo Phillips and Mr. Ben. Sat. Event details.
Willamette River Festival at Cathedral Park
Spend a fun day on the waterfront at The Willamette River Festival. Relax with beautiful views of the river, St. Johns Bridge and Forest Park hills while enjoying live music, a beer garden, birds from Audubon, a live fish display, guided walks and tabling by a variety of environmental groups as well as opportunities to learn about the cleanup proposal. Sun. Event details.
A Day in Damascus at Damascus Centennial Park
Head on over to Damascus Centennial Park and join in on a long-standing community celebration focused on family fun, great entertainment and yummy food. The kids will love the bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, climbing wall, field games, face painting, dunk tank and more! Sat. Event details.
Start the day with a pancake breakfast in the fire station 8-10am, see safety vehicles, bring the dog for the annual dog show at noon, and listen to local bands while shopping in the artisan market. Sat. Event details.
Art in the Garden at Oregon Garden
Take your little Picasso to the Oregon Garden for a day of garden mosaic projects! By the end of they day, they’ll head home with a small sun catcher or a bird feeder. The sun catcher workshop is safe for all ages and features an abstract design created with tumbled glass pieces. The bird feeder project delves into the concepts of design making, glass cutting, composition and the incorporation of fused glass accents. Sun. Event details.
The Great Oregon Steam Up! at Antique Powerland Museum
This one-of-a-kind festival will thrill your little farmhand with 40-acre museum grounds filled with all kinds of steam-powered machinery in action. Enjoy a day filled with great food and treats including steam-powered hand-made ice cream, treasure hunting, live demos all day, and tractor pulls. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Do you have a favorite family festival? Share it with us in the comment section below!
— Annette Benedetti