Portland has terrific parks. The smallest park in the world and the largest urban park in the U.S. Waterfront parks? Check. A volcano park? Yep, that too. And we know how to make the most of summer by packing our parks with entertainment. This weekend you and your kids can enjoy music, movies, puppets, Shakespeare, and a live Star Trek episode performance—all from the comfort of your picnic blanket. For grand-scale performances, head towards Mt. Hood for jousting and other Scottish fun at the Portland Highland Games or join in a period-perfect pioneer garden party.




Shakespeare in the Park (pictured)

Introduce your kids to Shakespeare the way it was originally performed—in the open air, with minimal sets, and with great, fast-paced, energetic acting and lots of audience interaction! On Saturday bring the kids to see Twelfth Night and on Sunday go back and check out Much Ado About Nothing. Sat. & Sun., 2:00 pm. Laurelhurst Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Trek in the Park

These insanely popular performances are a must-see for Trek fans. Not a Trek fan? These fun shows just might make you one. The kids will love it either way. Sat. & Sun. 5:00 pm. Woodlawn Park. Free (donations welcome). Young theater lovers of all ages. Event details.




Tualatin Theatre in the Park

Bring a picnic and enjoy a community theater performance of “Is He Dead?” a French farce by Mark Twain. Fri., 6:00 pm. Shiffler Park, Beaverton. Free. All ages. Event details.


Portland Highland Games

The annual family-friendly event features Scottish Highland music, dancing, piping, a fiddling competition, athletics (including a one-mile kilted race), and cultural activities. Sat. Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham. See listing for pricing. All ages. Event details.


Out of Town

Garden Party at Philip Foster Farm

Philip Foster Farm was a rest stop for weary pioneers on the Oregon trail. But even the pioneers knew how to put on a civilized garden party. Enjoy a fun afternoon of Victorian fashions, live music, and elegant tea in a historic setting. Opens early for picnickers. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Eagle Creek. $5/person, $20/family. All ages. Event details.

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Park

Find animal foot prints, observe butterflies and learn how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as critter rock painting, animal origami, potato stamp foot printing and wildlife journaling. Sat. & Sun., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. $5/parking, free program. Ages 3 and up. Event details.


– Cheyenne Terbrueggen