July goes out with a boom and August rushes in with all of the glorious festivals and food. On the west side, we have a few massive and iconic fairs and festivals, like the Washington County Fair and Bones and Brew. And on the other side of the river, is the family-centric neighborhood shindig known as Fremont Fest, and a supercute kids’ show with Hello Kitty at Memorial Coliseum. Read on to discover our top choices for a festive family weekend in Portland and why you should check them out.

Washington County Fair

photo: Washington County Fair by Noah U. via Yelp

West Side

Washington County Fair Serves Up Big Fun
Thrill rides, big live entertainment and fair food galore await at this fair of epic proportions. And, even though you can get your fix of deep-fried fair food here, you can also take a turn through “The Growing Grove,” a feature that highlights healthy food and how it grows. Done picking apples in the grove? Check out the canine stars, motorcycle show, fishing, juggling and comedy acts. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

Get a Little Saucy at Bones and Brew
Lovers of BBQ and beer are welcome to bring their whole family (dogs too!) down to sample the tasty wares at this culinary feastival. Sample over 30 beers, enjoy live music and dog competitions and eating contests. Sat., noon-10 p.m., $5 suggested donation, All Ages. Event details.

Race to the Tualatin Crawfish Festival
An Iron Chef Mystery Box Chef Competition kicks the festivities off, followed by a weekend filled with live music, food carts, a pancake feed, kid races, 5k/10k runs, an adult half-marathon, a kids’ watermelon eating contest and more at this 65th annual event. Friday’s events will be held at Tualatin Commons (8325 SW Nyberg St.). Saturday and Sunday’s events will be at Tualatin Community Park. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free Fri., $2-$4 Sat. & Sun., All Ages. Event details.

East Side

Dress Your Pets for the Fremont Fest 
This community event starts with a bike and pet parade, followed by a fire truck and vintage cars. Parade participants are welcome to decorate their bikes, wear costumes and dress their pets up to compete for prizes. Kids activities, a pub crawl and craft tables take place all day. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

Squee!!! The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival Comes to Town
How much cute can you handle in one place? This show will surely put that question to the test. Costumed San Rio characters, like Hello Kitty, Chococat, Badtz-Maru and Little Twin Stars take over the big stage with music and dancing your little one will love. Fri.-Sun., various times (see website), $19.95-$25/person; free for children 2 & under, All Ages. Event details.

“Monsters Under Bridges” Storytime Meet and Greet 
Join Umpqua Bank and the author and illustrators of “Monsters Under Bridges” for a special reading at the Beaumont-Wilshire store. The playful picture book features misunderstood monsters and the Pacific Northwest bridges they call home. A copy of the book and a set of collectible bike spoke cards of the five new monsters for young readers will be available to take home. Reserve your spot via the Facebook event. Fri., 11 a.m.-noon, Free, All Ages. Event details.

What’s your family’s favorite summertime fair or festival? Let us know in the Comments section below. 

–Suzie Ridgway