gorge daysPack a picnic—and don’t forget the popcorn. Portland Parks & Recreation’s popular “Movies in the Park” program returns with an Oregon family favorite: The Goonies! Hunt for the children of Bigfoot (Littlefeet!) while sporting a rad new airbrush tattoo at Gorge Days. Or, enjoy the many All-American rodeos and festivals that will be continuing through the weekend.

Out of town

Gorge Days
Yes, there’s a Sock Hop, Hot Rod Cruise and fun, food, arts & crafts, and free entertainment (how does an inflatable obstacle course and rock-climbing wall sound?). But really, you’re here to hunt for the children of the Bigfoots (Littlefeet) and listen to Bigfoot stories. Fri & Sat. North Bonneville, Wa. Mostly free. All ages. Event details. 

Nature’s Yucky: Tillamook Forest Center
Several wild animals of the Tillamook Forest often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons.  Join us for program filled with “eeewwws” and “aahhhs” as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful. Sun. 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm. Free. All. Event details.

Molallo Buckaroo Rodeo
An Oregon tradition since 1913, the Buckaroo features rodeo show favorites (including “Mutton Bustin’”!), carnival rides, and live music, dancing, and fireworks every night after the rodeo show! Fri-Mon, July 3-6. Molalla Buckaroo Grounds. $15. All ages. Event details.

In town

Movies in the Park: The Goonies
Movies are shown on a giant, 268-square foot screen with a state-of-the-art sound system. Sat. Movie begins at dark. Free entertainment begins at 6:30. Free. All ages. Event details.

All Ages Bhangra Dance Party
Enjoy early dance lessons, snacks, and alcohol-free, family-friendly fun at the Viscount Dance Studio with DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid. Sun. 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. $5. All. Event details.

Park After Dark: Family Bat Outing
We will explore the park to find out who is out at night, where they are and what sounds they make. We will listen for some of our nocturnal residents including coyotes and bats. Fri. Cooper Mountain Nature Park, Beaverton. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Best for ages 6 years and up. $10. Event details.

Tracking bats? Searching for Littlefeet? How will you be celebrating this extra-long weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen