This weekend you can wish upon a star at the Tanabata Star Festival at the Japanese Garden. You can build a toy boat at the Wooden Boat Festival. Or you can hunt for the children of Bigfoot (Littlefoot!) while sporting a shiny new airbrush tattoo at Gorge Days. But what if you gotta have that funk? Then you won’t want to miss the first of 50 outdoor park concerts: funk for the people courtesy of The Dirty Syncopators.


Wooden Boat Festival (pictured)
See classic wooden boats, watch boats being built, build your own toy boat, and cheer as families launch rowboats that they constructed in one weekend. There will also be live music, food, and, of course, the requisite PDX beer garden. Sun. Willamette Sailing Club. 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Tanabata, the Star Festival
Make origami paper ornaments, write wishes (in Japanese!) on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku and hang them on fresh-cut bamboo branches in the hope that your dreams will come true. Sat. Japanese Garden. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.


Park Concert: Dirty Syncopators
For the first of over 50 concerts in the park: The Dirty Syncopators bring the funk to Fernhill Park. Fri. 6:30 pm, Free. All ages. Event details.

Pop-in Saturday: Summer in the City
Have a groovy day with the 100th Monkey Studio as you tie-dye shirts, make rad headbands, listen to Beatles tunes, blow bubbles, and do some face painting. Sat. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Tualatin Concert in the Park
Bring a picnic and enjoy high-energy Latin salsa band starring world renowned percussionist Bobby Torres. Sun. Center Street Park, Beaverton, 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

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. 

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen