A sure sign that summer is on its way: Portland parks are coming alive with the sound of music. Relax to the sounds of cello in downtown’s Director Park or rock out to Kinderqueen in Lake Oswego’s Millennium Park. Tap your feet to the sounds of The Alphabeticians new CD, or enjoy tapping of a different sort with a woodpecker nature walk at Tryon Creek. Or let the whole family stay up late and enjoy the spectacle that is the Rose Festival Starlight Parade.

Westside

Rose Festival Starlight Parade (pictured)
From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups. Sat. 8:30 pm -11:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cello in the Park
Relax and enjoy the Adrienne Wells Quartet performing “From Bach to the Beatles” in Director Park. Fri. 12:15 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Pop-in Saturday: Summer Solstice
Celebrate the first month of summer with a variety of crafts and activities at the 100th Monkey Studio! Sat. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. $12.00 each (discounts for multiple artists). Adults free. Best for ages 3-12. Event details.

The Alphabeticians CD Release Party
The Alphabeticians unveil the new material at the CD release party where they will perform for the first time with a full LIVE BAND! Enjoy balloons and other free surprises. Sat. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. $5 per person, $15 max. per family. All ages. Event details.

Tryon Nature Walk: Woodpeckers
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap. Go on a guided nature hike in search of woodpeckers. Sat. 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm. Free. All. Event details.

Suburbs

Kinderqueen in Millennium Park
Head out to Millennium Park for children’s crafts and activities, followed by a free children’s concert, “Kinderqueen in the Park,” featuring musician and entertainer Kathryn Claire. Sat. 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Lake Oswego. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen