With summer in full swing and kids out of school, keeping the family busy and entertained is a must—especially on the weekend! Fortunately we’ve found a bunch of cool activities to keep your crew moving and grooving this weekend. Hit the blues festival, do some family yoga, or watch the opera at Cartlandia! That’s just the start of the cool happenings we’ve rounded up for you. Read on to find out more.

photo: Laura Sharkey via flickr


Catch the First Friday Night Market Vancouver
First Fridays in downtown Vancouver unite creativity, great art, with music and inspiration. Stop by downtown Vancouver, WA to Eat, Drink and Shop Local with Night Market Vancouver ! Featuring over 60+ vendors, an adventurous retail evening awaits! Fri. Event Details.


Attend the 2018 Waterfront Blues Festival
Now in its 31st year, the Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. The festival annually attracts more than 100,000 blues fans from throughout the world.

Enjoy more than 100 performances on four stages, plus more than 35 artist interviews and workshops, Blues Cruises on the Willamette River, activities for kids, dances, after-hours jams, fireworks and more. Fri. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend Oregon Zoo Night at the Portland Thorns
Join the beloved local soccer team Portland Thorns FC as they take on the Utah Royals on a glorious summer night in the Rose City.

The Portland Thorns FC are teaming up with the Oregon Zoo for a fantastic summer event at Providence Park!

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold through this link will be donated to the Oregon Zoo to provide a second chance to orphaned, injured or displaced animals currently residing at the zoo.

Bring one friend to get entered to win a postgame meet-and-greet with Thorns players. Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Join Family Yoga Fridays
The whole family is invited to play, laugh, and explore yoga. Come and share an afternoon of joyful Family Yoga. Through fun partner poses, creative breathing exercises and simple relaxation techniques, parents, caregivers and children create the roots for a lifelong practice together. No prior yoga experience necessary. Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Inaugural Summer Performance
Portland Opera brings their own cart and performers to Cartlandia for the inaugural summer performance. Free Family-Friendly 2 hour performance only. Enjoy music and food from the carts. Sat. Event Details.


Build Your Own Earthworm Hotel
Earthworms play a major role in the ecosystems in which they reside as well as in the world. They effectively recycle nutrients from rotting material and help aerate the soil. Join us to create your very own worm hotel…live “guests” included! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland
Head to the Open Clay Studio
On the1st Saturday of every month you can enjoy Open Clay Studio! Our open studio format means you can create just about anything. Bring an idea or get inspired in the studio! Staff will be on hand for tips and advice, but this is not an instructed class. Appropriate for all ages and skill levels. No reservation required. Sat. Event Details.

Attend Slimetopia
Slimetopia:The first PNW slime convention! Meet Instagram famous slimers, buy their slime, trade slime, and even compete in the Slimetopia Tournament! People of all ages will have a blast! Bring your kids, family, and friends, anyone is welcome! For more info and to buy your tickets, go to Slimetopia.net Tickets are limited. Sat. Event Details.

West Linn

Join the Mary S. Young Park Work Party for July
Join others at the beloved Mary S. Young Park to remove ivy at these first Saturday work days. Volunteers have worked continuously for more than eight years to remove ivy and other non-native vegetation, plant native plants and trees, build trails, etc. You will get a good workout and feel good about contributing to the health of this beautiful forest.

Tools are provided. Work gloves and sturdy footwear recommended. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out Power Up! Kids’ Self Defense Class
Empowering Portland One Kid at a Time! This is a self defense class for Kids ages 6-11. As a parent, one of your primary jobs is to keep your child safe, but our children grow up! A child’s work is to explore the world and spend increasingly more time away from home. You want to be sure they have the tools they need to stay safe, even when they are not by your side. Oh, parenting! It is not for wimps!

Your child leaves class with a new confidence, a strong posture, a loud, forceful voice and a realistic yet positive sense of their place in the world. Sparkling eyes and eager nods of understanding show you our lessons are hitting their mark. We promise to reinforce the message that communication with you their biggest champion, is important now and for the rest of their life. Take a deep breath because now, you have support, materials, concepts and tools to continue this relevant conversation at home.

You want to know your son or daughter can trust themselves, set boundaries and speak up at school, on the playground, at sleepovers or camp, and whenever and wherever the situation demands it. What are you waiting for? Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti