What a weekend to dig your feet into the sand—without leaving town. Yoshida’s annual Sand in the City hosts a giant beach party smack in the middle of downtown. You can travel the word via works of art at My Masterpiece Studio. Or jump into the family trickster and head into the Gorge to taste cherries and smell the fields of lavender. Or step back into time in Eagle Creek for an old-fashioned garden party.

sand in the city


Sand in the City
(pictured: photo courtesy of Sand in the City Facebook)
Sand sculpture at its best, with a kids’ activity village, face painting. Sat. Pioneer Square. 9:00am. Free. All ages. Event details.


“Passport Day” Arts and Crafts
Panama! Russia! Africa!
Get a MMAS (My Masterpiece Art Studio) Passport and travel the world of art. Earn a stamp for every stop on your artistic journey and get a prize for your completed passport. Fri. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. My Masterpiece Art Studio Beaverton. $10 – $25. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Out of town

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.

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.

Lavender DAZE Festival
Head to Hood River for this sweet-smelling festival that features family fun, great scenery, and over 70 types of u-pick lavender. Sat & Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hood River Cherry Celebration
Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, picnic areas, lavender, jams and other cherry treats. Sat & Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


–Cheyenne Terbrueggen