Whether running through the mud at the Subaru Kids’ Obstacle Course Challenge, racing through downtown wearing a superhero costume with your kids for the Superhero Fun Run, or relaxing in fields of lavender during the Oregon Lavender Festival floats your boat, there are plenty of options for your family this weekend.

Oregon Lavender Festival

photo: Oregon Lavender Festival, courtesy of talkoftomatoes.com via Creative Commons

Worth the Drive

Oregon Lavender Festival
From Canby to Medford, the fields across the state of Oregon are filled with color and the heady scent of lavender.  This weekend, farms will be opening their doors to the public with everything from u-pick fragrant lavender bouquets to full-blown festivals with live music, lavender-infused treats to nibble and farm animals to meet, like alpacas. The website’s Find a Festival search will help you locate what’s going on at each farm.  We like the Kid Stuff filter. Sat.-Sun.,10 a.m.-5 p.m. in general (see farms for specific hours), Free, All Ages. Event details.


Muddy Obstacle Course for Kids
Check your soap and detergent supply.  You’re going to need a lot of it. The Subaru Kids Obstacle Course Challenge will have kids (and adults) running through tires, swinging on ropes over mud puddles, crawling through mud and more on the 3/4 mile track with 10 obstacles designed by Eight 18 Productions and the Army National Guard. Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $40/participating child (adults free), Ages 5-16. Event details.

Grab Your Sidekicks for the Superhero Fun Run
The Superhero Fun Run 2k, 5k, 10k and Kids’ Walk is your family’s chance to zoom through downtown Portland dressed like your favorite comic book characters. Warm up with instructor-led stretching, jumping and dancing pre-race, plus face painting, balloon animals, free comics, arts and crafts, photo booths, games and prizes. Return to Paddy’s post-race for an all-ages after-party, with more activities, prizes, food and drinks. Proceeds support music programs in local public schools. Sat., 9 a.m.-12 p.m., $10/person ages 10 and up; free for kids 9 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Celebrate Science at the Intel Family Fun Day
Combine technology with giant inflatables, a Pinewood Derby Race and Radio Disney games, along with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and you’ve got the Intel Family Fun Festival.  Also on tap, are a car show and live music performances by Intel’s own employees, as well as Jessica Lerner and one of The Voice’s top 10 finalists, Dani Moz.  All proceeds will go to the Cure JM Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House and the American Cancer Society. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, All Ages. Event details.

Ole! Ole! Ole!  World Cup Viewing
Watch the final match of the FIFA World Cup downtown on the 17×23-foot jumbotron with hundreds of fellow soccer fans. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Mississippi Street Fair
Stroll the avenue arm and arm, then dunk your loved ones in the dunk tank. The 13th annual Mississippi Street Fair will offer up plenty of yummy food (Ruby Jewel, hello!), as well as arts, 2 beer gardens, 1 wine garden and live music from 40+ bands on 6 stages. The kids’ stage will include the musical stylings of Lorna Miller, The Alphabeticians and others. Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

What are you getting into this weekend? Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway