With summer in full swing, options for family fun are endless. Festival season is in full swing swing and the whole family will enjoy classic annual celebrations like the Waterfront Blues Festival and the Summer Brew Fest. Need a break from the crowds? Catch some live theater with Stories of the Stars. Curious? Read on to find out more.

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SE Portland

Kids Bowl Free
Grab your bowling ball and get ready to knock down some pins. Kids Bowl Free this Summer at Grand Central Bowling from June to August! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details. 

Join the Mamas Inspiration Circle
First Friday of every month The Hive will hold an inspiration circle perfect for Moms, Nanny’s, Grandmom’s and any woman that has a beautiful calling to unite with others on all the joys and struggles family life brings. Fri. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out Tiki Kon 2019: Pageant of the Pacific
“Pageant of the Pacific” was the theme of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition, the world’s fair where mainstream Americans were introduced to the wonders of Polynesia. It was the pre-Tiki decade that saw Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic open their first restaurants, and when air travel across the Pacific was becoming a reality. Our theme is an origin story of adventure, romance, and exotic tropical destinations. Get ready to learn all about Tiki in a fun, educational way. Fri. Event Details.


Head to the 2019 Waterfront Blues Festival
Now in its 32nd year, the Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. The festival annually attracts more than 100,000 blues fans from throughout the world.  Enjoy more than 100 performances on four stages, plus more than 35 artist interviews and workshops, Blues Cruises on the Willamette River, activities for kids, dances, after-hours jams, fireworks and more. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Don’t Miss CoHo Summerfest: Coup De Foudre
Coup de Foudre by Teatro Pachuco Featuring Rudi Galindo and Lisa Da Boit Presented by CoHo Productions as part of CoHo Summerfest 2019. Coup de Foudre (“stroke of lightning”) is a story about two people, old luggage, cowboy boots, uncooperative objects, rubber chickens, misunderstanding, tenderness, solitude, and tea parties in the rain. In a silent movie world that straddles fantasy and reality, a clown and a ballerina open a suitcase full of dreams and learn what happens when two misfits find unexpected love. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Catch Storytime With Author Tonya Lippert
Franny loves her school. She’s played, read, studied, and even napped here. Franny has lots of good memories there. But today it’s time to leave. As Franny prepares to move to a new school, she takes time to reminisce and cherish her old school. She wants to find a way to honor this special place. How can Franny say goodbye? Includes a Reader’s Note by the author with information on how to guide children through periods of transition or change and acknowledge their feelings throughout the experience. Join local author Tonya Lippert for a very special storytime and signing of her book GOODBYE SCHOOL. Sat. Event Details.

Mt. Hood Meadows

Join Summer Brew Fest
Enjoy delicious, locally crafted brews while taking in the beautiful views of Mt. Hood at the 3rd Annual Summer Brew Fest! The celebration includes games for the kids, scenic chair rides, live music, hiking for the whole family and great food for everyone! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Watch Pegasus and the Stories of the Stars
Space is full of stars. But how did those stars get their names? Tears of Joy Theatre brings Roman and Greek myths to life, illuminating the stories behind the constellations. Starring Pegasus! This production is a non-stop kid-friendly puppet-romp of excitement and fun for everyone. Cheer for heroes and titans alike! Performances start at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free for all who attend. Free puppet craft following each performance! Sun. Event Details.

Hit the Tanabata, the Star Festival
Bring the whole family to this year’s celebration of the traditional Japanese Tanabata festival. Take part in traditional Tanabata customs like folding origami paper ornaments and writing wishes on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku. Enjoy Kamishibai storytelling with longtime friend of the Garden Michiko Kornhauser and the music of Tokyo-born guitarist Toshi Onizuk. Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti