From sandcastle building smack-dab in the middle of the city to old-school Scottish Highlands music and athletics, weekend warriors will love the adventures going on around Portland this weekend. Bagpipes

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Fiddle Around at the Portland Highland Games
The Portland Highland Games is a family-friendly annual affair that features boatloads of Scottish Highland-influenced music, dancing, sheepdog demos and a variety of unbelievable competitions. In addition to the fiddle, harp, bagpipe and drumming competitions, there will be the traditional heavy athletics, including the one-mile kilted race, swinging the Scottish Hammer, the Caber Toss (throwing a Spruce log) and the Portland Stone throw, which involves heaving a 96-lb. stone harvested from the Sandy River farther than your kilted buddy. Fri.12-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., $5-$25/person, Free for kids 5 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Get a Quick Fix at the Bike Fair
New Seasons Market Williams Bike Fair will feature a variety of family-friendly events so stop by any time during the event. Give your bike a pick-me-up with a visit to the “Quick Fix Station” to check your tires, chains and brakes. Attend a bike bucket workshop and learn more about the importance of bike registration. Kids can get their faces painted and hop on the bike blender to make their own summer smoothie. Fuel the afternoon with samples of food and beverage from participating vendors both inside and out of the store.  Have an old bike that you’d love to get rid of? Bring it along and pay a visit to the bike donation booth, hosted by Community Cycling Center. Sun., 12-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Live Story Time with Curious George
Sing, dance and play with the crazy monkey, Curious George, with one of the three scheduled, interactive story times filled with songs, dances and games. Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Dig It! Yoshida’s Sand in the City
Amateur corporate-sponsored teams have six hours to build an incredible sand sculpture, designed by an architect and sand All Star in an attempt to win the coveted Golden Shovel award. The Evergreen Aviation Carnival Tent will have the Communities for Safe Kids puppets, science experiments and sand art projects. Kiddos can also build their own castles in the giant Sand Box, have their faces painted and take in one of the live performances from Petty Fever, a Tom Petty cover band, 90 Proof, East on 14 and the Power Pep Band. Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

High-Flying Fun at Kids’ Music Day
Climb aboard the aerial tram for a bird’s eye view of Portland.  Kids 17 and under can ride the tram free during the event with a paying adult.  In addition to free munchkin rides, Kids’ Music Day will include live tunes, balloon artistry, face-painting, instrument-making and snacking on oranges and granola bars. T-shirt coloring will take place, as well, for a small fee ($10). Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Free for kids 17 and under, $4/adults, All Ages. Event details.

Chalk It Up! Art Project
As part of Tualatin’s Artsplash event, kids and adults can join artist, Daniel Wood, to create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece. All supplies provided. Sun., 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Arrrg! It’s the Pirate and Gypsy Festival
The Sea Dog Nights and Gypsy Carnival, about 80 miles south of Portland, encompasses a weekend of pirate-filled shenanigans and entertainment for the whole family, including your pup. Camp onsite all weekend or go for a day to enjoy plenty of music, fire dancing, bellydancing and competitions. Mini pirates and gypsies, dubbed Smalls, can head to the Kid’s Cove for activities, like making hair clips, decorating cotton tote bags, checking out spy glasses and learning how to juggle. New this year, will be a Smalls’ Stage with pirate-themed stories and performances. Fri.-Sun., various start times, Free for kids 6 and under, $10/kids 7-12, $25/13 and up, All Ages. Event details.

Have you ever been to the Portland Highland Games? Let us know what you thought of it in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway