Festival season is in full swing in Portland and this weekend brings a couple of big ones for both kids and adults to enjoy : the Bastille Day fete in Jamison Square and the Mississippi Avenue Street Fair. For a more intimate fair head on over to the Tanabata Star Festival, which will unfold at the Japanese Garden complete with origami fun and wish making. Or, take in the semi-annual Ten Tiny Dances that presents 10 diverse dance performances in a four-by-four-foot space at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market.




Jamison Park Bastille Day (pictured)
Each year thousands of visitors take in one of the largest Bastille Day festivals on the West Coast. This year’s festival will feature a variety of French wine, cuisine, music, art and sport. Take the kiddos to see the “Le Jardin des Enfants” with performances by Fabulations, a local French language performance company.  After the performances, bring your little ones to the arts and crafts area for face painting and French-themed crafts. Sat., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

Tanabata, the Star Festival
Bring the whole family to join in on this year’s celebration of the Tanabata or Star Festival. Partake in the custom of making origami paper ornaments and writing wishes (in Japanese!) on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku. Hang your hand-made creations on fresh-cut bamboo branches in the hope that your dreams will come true. Sun., Japanese Garden, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, $9.50/adult, children 5 and under free. Event details.




Mississippi Avenue Street Fair
Portland loves its street fairs and this is one of the best, especially for families. You’ll find all the usual street fair items like food, beer, and vendors. Sit back with the fam and watch the parade or take in the over two dozen acts performing music and poetry. Sat., 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

Movies in the Park: Shrek Forever After
Portland Parks & Recreation’s popular “Movies in the Park” program returns with 45 favorites. Spread out a blanket and watch your favorite flicks on a giant, 268-square foot screen. Sun., Wilshire Park, 8:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.




Pioneer Candle Making
Take the kiddos to learn the lost art of candle making at Graham Oaks Nature Park. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the park before you make your candles from scratch. Sun., Graham Oaks Nature Park, Wilsonville, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, $3/child, ages 5 and up. Event details.


Ten Tiny Dances
Spend the day at this annual event that showcases performing arts talent from taiko to hip hop to rap.  What’s most impressive is that the performances are contained to a four-by-four-foot stage! Sat, Beaverton Farmers market, free, all ages. Event details.



– Cheyenne Terbrueggen