School’s out and summer is in full swing in Portland, which means there are loads of festivals filling the weekend. From the Lavender Festival to a Festival of Balloons, we’ve rounded up the best ones for families. We’ve also slipped in a couple of fun outdoor adventures for those who want to beat the crowds. Read on to find out more.

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NE Portland

27th Annual Good in the Hood Festival
Good In The Hood’s 27th Annual Parade will be starting at Legacy Emanuel Hospital Center Grounds (Vancouver & Knott St.) and head down MLK towards King School Park, where the parade will disperse into the park for Day 2 of the 27th Annual Good In The Hood Festival! Fri. Event Details.

Explorando El Columbia Slough
Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough at the 17th annual ¡Explorando Festival! This bilingual family festival offers nature-based activities in Spanish and English for all ages. ¡Explorando! is free, and includes guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, workshops, and more! Sat. Event Details.

Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
KOIN 6 News is a media partner for the 56th Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Jointhere for all-ages fun, live music and six art exhibits. The festival is free with a suggested donation. Fri. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

PDX Parent’s Celebrate the City Free Festival
PDX Parent’s Celebrate the City Free Festival at Oaks Amusement Park! There will be a great slate of entertainment featuring all your local kindie rock faves, a demonstration from The Circus Project, storytimes from the stage and a kid-parent yoga class. Plus, there will be lots of booths featuring your favorite Portland family businesses and face painting, fairy hair and balloon animals and amazing giveaways. Sat. Event Details.

Hidden Falls Grand Opening
Join North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) in celebrating the grand opening of your new community park! Enjoy live bluegrass music from The Ramblin’ Kind, kids crafts, info booths and a dessert table provided by New Seasons Market in Happy Valley. Food carts will also be available at the event, including Char’ Latin Grill. Sat. Event Details.

Clackamas River Lavender Festival
Lavender Festival is being promoted by the OSU Alumni Association.There is a great line up of artistic and creative vendors, yummy food, live music, lavender lemonade, u cut lavender, lavender ice cream, alpacas, and of course the Lavender Shoppe will be open and Bill’s antique and classics cars will be on display! Sat. Event Details.


Beaverton’s First Pride Parade
Celebrate LGBTQA Pride  during Beaverton’s first ever Pride Parade. Special guest the Unipiper will be rolling there well as Grand Marshal, 8 time Paralympian Allison Jones! The Parade will start and end at the Beaverton Main Library/Farmer’s Market. Then we’ll party at Pride in the Park. It’s going to be a blast! Sun. Event Details.

Pride in the Park
Join for a day of food, drinks, art, shopping and FUN! There will be performances all day, including Sir Cupcakes Queer Circus, Joaquin Lopez, Hue Noir’s Queen for a Gay Drag Walk and more! Sun. Event Details.


Signs of Wildlife Walk
Where are all of the animals? Learn to recognize the clues animals leave behind and you will find that they are all around you. Join interpreters for a forest walk where we will share tips to enhance your chances of spotting wildlife and increase your awareness of their presence. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Forest of Dreams
Carved Power Boards from both cultures will be erected on the Garden Overlook, and a wide range of wood carvings will be displayed in the Tanabe and Pavilion Galleries. This exhibition (co-curated by Sachiko Matsuyama and Deana Dartt, PhD) of woodcarving from both sides of the Pacific revisits the Garden’s 2008 Parallel Worlds exhibition, which compared the ceremonial robes and textile arts of both Ainu and Native American cultures in a first-of-its-kind exhibition. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti