Just as summer marches on, so does the rose parade and festival and the many events that make early June so breathtaking in our city! From dragon boats to Rose Queens to geek crafts, this is the kind of weekend that has something to float everyones boat.

portland dragon boat pdx photo: ASkaugset via flickr 


Dragon Boat Races
Watch on the banks of the Willamette River on one or both days as teams of paddlers race each other in authentic dragon boats, provided by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association. Heats run both days with the winning team being determined on Sunday. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown/SW. Free. All ages. Event details.

Father’s Day Crafts at the Tram
Get the kids ready for Fathers Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. Bring home a hand-made craft for Dad or take a family portrait at the Tram photo booth. Face painting and the Portland Tram activity book will enchant the young ones, and everyone will love the views from above. Free event, but the tram rides do cost money. Kids 6 and under ride the tram for free with a paying adult. Sat., noon-4 p.m. (tram rides from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). SW. Free. All ages. Event details.


GeekCraft Expo
Take in this curated show devoted to handmade, “geek”-themed crafts, is coming to Portland! The show is free to the public, so make sure to come see an amazing array of cool, one-of-a-kind items and support local artists and crafters. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Lloyd Center/NE. Free. All ages. Event details.

African Children’s Choir
Get ready for some serious heart melting at this performance full of smiles, beautiful voices and lively songs from children’s sons to traditional spirituals. . All proceeds go to support African Children’s Choir programs including education, care, relief and development programs. Sat., 4:30 p.m. NE. Donations welcome (free). All ages. Event details.

Rose Queen Coronation
Witness the crowning moment of the 2016 Rose Festival Queen live inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ticket also includes weatherproof seating for the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade! Sat., 8:30-9:30 a.m. North Portland. $30. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

National Get Outdoors Day at Ft. Vancouver
Celebrate healthy, active, outdoor fun at GO Day second largest celebration in the nation, with a mix of informational booths and active fun areas including a rock climbing wall, fishing tank, Find Your Park challenge, log sawing, bird encounters, “Flame Game,’ bicycle course, and much, much more! Learn about camping, hiking, boating, backpacking, wildlife and gardening and even snap a photo with Smokey the Bear, Woodsy Owl and Ranger Rick! Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vancouver, Wa. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your weekend must-do list?