In Portland, summer is the season of festivals! If you aren’t camping or traveling over your weekends, then you should be celebrating the sunshine at one of the city’s best events! Find out where your family’s next favorite fest is going to be this weekend. From the Recycled Art Fest to the Festival of Balloons, there’s plenty to do that will thrill. Read on to find out more.

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Head to the Festival of Balloons
The 2018 Festival of Balloons in Tigard will be held June 22nd – 24th, 2018. The hot air balloons are definitely the featured attraction of the Festival, but it’s more than balloons! The Festival is a place for families and friends to gather, play and relax. Join during the pre-dawn hours as approximately 20 hot air balloons launch into the morning sky (weather permitting). Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and vendor booths, eating great food from local food vendors, and enjoying thrilling Funtastic carnival rides and games. Don’t miss the Festival of Cars presented by Landmark Ford Lincoln on Sunday. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Festival of Balloons without the ever impressive Night Glow presented by Walmart on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting); the Rogue Beer Garden, live music on the Main Stage presented by Grocery Outlet- King City; 6v6 soccer tournament, Twilight 5K Run/Walk on Saturday night, and a whole lot more! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Make Coffee Cup Planters
Celebrate Dad or the coffee lover in your house by giving them a planted coffee mug for their desk. This project is sure to be a big hit with kids and dads alike! Sat. Event Details.


Heat to the Oregon Music Festival
Oregon Music Festival is a composer-focused international festival of classical music located in Portland, Oregon. An annual event, the festival focuses on two or three composers whose works provide the centerpieces of performance activities. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out the Recycled Arts Festival
Check out the 13th annual Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park. See how people, just like you, are giving new life to old items that would otherwise have been lost in a landfill. You are sure to be amazed at the artists’ creations. Join your kids in expressing their “green side” by creating their own Eco-Art, or just relax and listen to some wonderful music (warning… tapping your feet or dancing may occur). There will also be all sorts of helpful information on how you can help improve the environment. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Mosier Fest
A fantastic family friendly event! Music, vendors, food, beverage, fun kids activities —all in beautiful downtown Mosier. Admission is free. Sat. Event Details. Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Grand Opening, Bach to Rock Music School/Tanasbourne
Oregon’s First Bach to Rock Music School Opening in Portland. Join for a fun and music-filled grand opening! Tour the school, enjoy a free music lesson, learn about individual lessons and group classes, try out free toddler “Mommy and Me” classes, enter prize drawings and giveaways, check out the recording studio and meet the teachers. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Check Out the 2018 PEACE Festival
Get ready for an evening of Empowering Youth, Celebrating culture, and Promoting P.E.A.C.E!

Young artists will guide your heart at the 5th one-night-only Visual, Theater & Preforming Arts Festival as they present this year’s theme: “Be the P.E.A.C.E you wish to see.” Sat. Event Details.

Attend 12th Annual Playground Park Party
Portland’s favorite summer party is back for its 12th consecutive year! Join us for a full day of dancing and playing in the sunshine underneath the mighty St. John’s bridge. Expect excellent sound, a bunch of Portland’s finest DJs, beautiful art installations, surprise performances, dogs, kiddos, great vibes, and a wonderful group of people. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

STEM Like a Girl Parent-Daughter Workshop
Looking for a fun way to introduce your daughter to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities this summer? At the STEM Like a Girl Parent-Daughter Workshop, you will participate in fun hands-on activities, learn about the design process and why failure is a good thing, meet and talk to women scientists and engineers to learn about what they do, work with other parents and girls to solve challenges as a team, and gain valuable bonding time between parents and daughters as you explore and learn together! Launch a summer of fun and curiosity for your daughter! Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Join the Nursing Families Connection at Hammer & Jacks
Build supportive relationships with fellow nursing parents. Get breastfeeding questions answered, weigh your baby, make connections with local families, talk out the joys and challenges of new parenthood every Saturday morning with Natural Latch lactation consultant apprentice Rosemary Ragusa. Grab a coffee & a snack next door then head over to Hammer & Jacks (located at 6416 SE Foster Rd) for lively conversations about postpartum life.

This weekend morning group is perfect for parents working outside the home. Partners & older sibling (up to age 5-ish) are encouraged to join. LGBTQ inclusive. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti