It’s not every day that you see a bunch of people sprinting down the Eastside Esplanade wearing superhero costumes. Wait. Scratch that. This is Portland, so you do see stuff like that fairly often. But this weekend it’s for a great event: The Superhero Fun Run benefit. Want more costumes? Head over to the ever-popular Mississippi Fair. Or, if you’re looking for more sports, the Portland Waiter Races are always a highlight of the downtown Bastille Day celebration. This year the fête will be taking over Director Park, and it is as entertaining for kids as it is delicious for parents. Avoir un bon weekend!

Westside

Bastille in the City (pictured)
One of the largest Bastille Day festivals on the West Coast, this party features a variety of French wine, food, music, art, sport, and activities for children. Sat. 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Director Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Mississippi Avenue Street Fair
This popular street fair features the usual items (food, beer, and vendors) as well as a great parade, over two dozen acts performing music poetry and more, and lots of activities for kids. Sat. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Superhero Fun Run
Run alongside Superman and Wonder Woman in this all-age superhero fun run that benefits music education in Oregon schools. Sun. Eastside Esplanade. Kids 2K begins at 9:00 am. Superhero meet and greet at 8:00 am. $10, kids 9 and younger are free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Tualatin Theatre in the Park
Bring a picnic and enjoy a community theater performance of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, a musical based on the classic Charles M. Schulz comic strip, “Peanuts.” Sat. Center Street Park, Beaverton. 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ten Tiny Dances
This annual event showcases performing arts talent and culture of the area—from taiko to hip hop to rap—with dance movement being contained to a four-by-four-foot stage. Sat. Beaverton Farmers Market. 10:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Park
Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as critter rock painting, animal origami, potato stamp foot printing and wildlife journaling. Sun. Fairview, Oregon. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free program. $5 parking, no registration necessary. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen