Spring and summertime in Portland mean lots of music, art and festivals. And, this weekend you’ll find a whole lot of all three going on around the city. The Rose Festival is underway, don’t miss a minute of the fun! Jessa Campbell & the Saplings is putting on an unforgettable show that kiddos will love dancing and singing to, and there’s even an opportunity to make fairy houses! Read on for all the details and more below.


photo: via Sean Carr Jessa Campbell & the Saplings

SW Portland

Experience Up Close

The Portland Ballet presents Up Closefeaturing George Balanchine’s iconic Concerto Barocco, August Bournonville’s classic Le Conservatoire, and Plant Dreams Deep, a tapestry of new work choreographed by the Career Track dancers with Josie Moseley.

The showcase is a rare chance to see the academy’s superbly trained pre-professional Career Track dancers in an intimate setting, with only 80 seats available per show. We highly recommend reserving spots early. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Down Town

Head to the Rose Festival CityFair
Head down to the Waterfront for the annual CityFair carnival! As Portland’s ultimate waterfront gathering place, CityFair has something for everyone! Enjoy concerts, games, rides, food and drinks and oh so much more. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

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Witness the Rose Festival Queen’s Coronation Present
Watch the crowning moment when one of the 15 Rose Festival Princesses is chosen as the Rose Festival Queen. This is a great opportunity to see and hear the Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union. Tickets also include seats to the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. Bonus tickets are inside and sheltered from rain or extreme heat. A cherished highlight of the Portland Rose Festival, this popular procession is more than a spectacular floral-filled parade; it’s a beloved annual tradition. For more than 100 years, Portland families, visitors, and community groups have been making memories at the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. A colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities, the parade draws hundreds of thousands of cheering viewers of every age, along a 4-mile route that winds through city streets and across the river. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Try Tennis on the Go
Free introduction to tennis through games.Tennis on the Go is an introduction to the game of tennis through rally & game-based self-discovery with short court boundaries, mini-nets and foam balls. This entertaining tennis in the park program will ignite a genuine love for tennis with the entire family! Balls and racquets available to use on-site. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Head to the Portland Farmers Market Bag Unveiling
The winning design of the 2019 Portland Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest will be unveiled .The ninth annual competition presented by Portland Farmers Market and COUNTRY Financial aims to highlight the artistic talent of our local students and inspire them with the bounty of our valley. Three finalists remain in the running for the grand prize and the honor of having his or her artwork featured on the canvas shopping bags. In May, the public voted for the People’s Choice Award. COUNTRY Financial will announce scholarships to the four students at the ceremony.

Following the unveiling, 1,000 canvas shopping bags featuring the winning design will be distributed for free to marketgoers while supplies last. Sat. Event Details.

Experience Fairy House and Fairy Hair Crafting
All ages are welcome to make your indoor garden come alive with a fairy house! For only $10, decorate a house with special embellishments, including moss, stones, and a toadstool of your own. You also have access to any of our standard embellishments also. Afterwards, head downstairs for an opportunity to get special Fairy Hair at Village Kids! Sun. Event Details.

Go on a Family Bird Walk
Learn a new outdoor skill with your loved ones on these guided walks with an experienced birder. Each walk covers a new topic and includes activities to strengthen your birding skills. The Arboretum provides binoculars and field guides, or participants are welcome to bring their own. Sat. Event Details.

Get Up Close
The Portland Ballet presents Up Close, featuring George Balanchine’s iconic Concerto Barocco, August Bournonville’s classic Le Conservatoire, and Plant Dreams Deep, a tapestry of new work choreographed by the Career Track dancers with Josie Moseley.

The showcase is a rare chance to see the academy’s superbly trained pre-professional Career Track dancers in an intimate setting, with only 80 seats available per show. We highly recommend reserving spots early. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Witnessing Water Lantern Festival
Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out Jessa Campbell & the Saplings
Can you feel it? Jessa Campbell & the Saplings can. Come help this new local family band celebrate the launch of their debut album “Can You Feel It?” In addition to live music with a full band, Jessa will show two new music videos featuring some local Portland kiddos.! With a background in science education and performing with the national tour of Dragon Tales Live, Jessa and her band play a mixture of old favorites as well as original music designed to get kids moving while offering real scientific information about the plants and animals in the Pacific Northwest. Kids are encouraged to bring their flapping wings, marching ant feet and fox walking tiptoes! Kelli Welli will kick the show off Babes in arms are free admission. Sun. Event Details.
—Annette Benedetti