Feel like dancing in the park or in the streets or would you rather float down the river? You can have it all this weekend with parties on both sides of—and in—the Willamette River. Read on to discover our top picks for your family.

Celebrate Beaverton - Cultural Festival

photo: Celebrate Beaverton – Cultural Festival courtesy of The City of Beaverton

West Side

Get Cultured at Beaverton’s Party in the Park
Beaverton’s largest community event of the year includes favorite events like the Classic at T-Hills car show, the Family Triathlon and the fourth annual Celebrate Beaverton – Cultural Festival with diverse music and dance performances and food, giant inflatable play structures, climbing walls, arts and crafts, face painting and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Rollin’ on the River at The Big Float
Grab your raft, canoe, inner tube or kayak and head down with your family to the Willamette River (yes, the Willamette!) for The Big Float V. This annual event encourages people to “get into the river” as a way to help keep it clean and treasure it as recreational resource.  Gather at Tom McCall Waterfront Park’s Bowl, then march south down the river parade-style to the put-in point beneath the Marquam Bridge. Floaters will paddle down the river to the beach party, back at Tom McCall Bowl, where a music barge with 2 live bands, food carts, booths and a kids’ area await. Registration is required. Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $5-$10/person, All Ages. Event details.

East Side

Roll and Bounce With Sunday Parkways- Northeast
It’s the northeast quadrant’s turn to close off 8 miles of streets from cars and open them only to non-motorized bikes, strollers, feet and skates.  Check out the Northeast Neighborhood Greenways and take a pit stop for bouncy houses, food and activities at Alberta, Fernhill and Woodlawn parks along the route. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Dance the Day and Night Away at the Division/Clinton Street Fair 
Exuberance abounds at this street fair and parade that features kid-friendly contests, dancing ‘til dark, people watching, face painting, crafts, shopping, eating and music. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Between the Lines Takes Race and Coming of Age to the Stage
Between the Lines is a play developed and performed by the all youth cast of Maverick Main Stage Productions. This show deals head on with themes of racial tension, gentrification and how painful coming of age can be. Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m., $5-$15/person, Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Trains, Tractors and Trollies Unite for the Great Oregon Steam Up 
Take a little trip down to Brooks, just this side of Salem, for a fun-filled day out exploring trains, tractors and trolleys with your little ones. For this 44th annual event, adults and kiddos can watch a parade, take a ride on an 1/8-scale steam train, take part in the kids’ pedal tractor pull and check out the steam-powered saw mill, a flour mill, a 1930’s service station and other cool antique machinery.  Families can also try some creamy handmade ice cream, crafted by steam, that’s worth the trip all by itself. $12/day; $20/weekend pass; $30 family pass; Free for children 12 & under, All Ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway