Thousands of Portlanders will make a big splash this weekend. Two big water-logged (and family-friendly) celebrations highlight the recreation that our rivers offer and engage people to create lasting, meaningful change to the river. Columbia Slough 1

Speaking of splashing, Pioneer Square’s Flicks on the Bricks opens their alfresco movie season with a family favorite: Finding Nemo. And the Estacada Summer Celebration and Division-Clinton Street Fair are a wonderful chance to celebrate your community.

Eastside

Columbia Slough Regatta
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Join the largest one-day paddle in Oregon as hundreds people will launch into the safe slack water of the Slough for a leisurely paddle. Individuals and families are welcome to bring their own boat, or to reserve a complimentary 45-minute rental. Sun 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. $7. Young boaters. Event details.

The Big Float

A couple thousand people will climb into the river. Then floaters and non-floaters alike will have a post-float party, complete with food, live music, beer garden, educational exhibits, and fun activities for kids. Sun. Waterfront Park. 9:30 am – 6:30 pm. $8. Pre-registration required for float. Event details.

Division-Clinton Street Fair and Parade
Highlights of this long-running street fair include kid-friendly contests, crafts, face painting, dancing, lots of live music, people watching, shopping and eating. Sat. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Flicks on the Bricks
Family favorite Finding Nemo kicks off the inaugural Flicks on the Bricks series in Pioneer Square. Fri. 8:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of Town

Estacada Summer Celebration
This annual celebration party kicks off Friday night with live music on the big city stage. Saturday morning brings fun activities for children with giant puppets, lots of live music, free hands-on art activities for children and adults, a silent art auction, lots of food vendors and the art fair. Fri-Sat, Downtown Estacada. Free. All ages. Event details.


Will you be watching fish on the big screen or making a big splash yourself this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen