Ready to move it? Whether you want to take it outdoors a free canoe ride at Canoe the Slough to watch cars racing around the track for the Rose Cup Races, or cheering groups and floats go by to the Pride NW Parade, there’s a little something for everyone in Portland this weekend. Read on to see what’s up for this weekend.

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photo: Columbia Slough by katrinaket via flickr creative commons

East Side

You, Too, Can Canoe the Slough
Explorando el Columbia Slough offers kids and adults a chance to take guided canoe trips, climb a rock wall, get their faces painted and enjoy live music, storytelling and folk dancing at this one-day, bilingual celebration of this urban waterway. Sat., 1-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

Celebrate Summer at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Celebrate the coming summer solstice Scandinavian style—that means dancing, food, crafts and the raising of the Maypole. Kids and adults can dance around the Maypole, singing “Smaa Grodorna ar Lustiga Att Se’ (Little Frogs are Funny to Watch), make flower wreaths to wear and enjoy a full day of yummy food and live music. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $7/adult; $6/senior; $15/family pass; free for kids under 12; All Ages. Event details.

Go Speed Racer! It’s the Rose Cup Races
The oldest amateur race in the west, now in its 55th year, attracts over 400 SCCA drivers in more than 25 different classes of modern and vintage race cars, including stock cars, Spec Miatas and Spec Racer Fords.  A Cruise-In will take place on Sunday, featuring a cavalcade of classic and show cars. Ending the event, will be the super speedy go-karts from the Portland Karting Association. Don’t forget the ear plugs! Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m., $5-$12 daily admission; free for kids 12 & under; All Ages. Event details.

West Side 

Show Your Colors at Pride Northwest Festival and Parade
Share the rainbow with the LGBT community this weekend as Pride Northwest hits the waterfront. One of the best spots for children is the Family Tent at the waterfront festival. Activities include face-painting, balloon art, games, puzzles, arts and crafts and bubble tag. Plenty of live entertainment and dancing will ensue all weekend. The parade kicks off Sunday at W Burnside and NW Park at 11 a.m. Sat.&Sun., noon-6 p.m., $25 donation/person (festival); Free (parade), All Ages. Event details.

Game of Cones: Tryon Creek’s Junior Ranger Program
Join a park ranger and learn how to help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate with the kiddos. Sat., 1-2:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Craft All of the Feels at the Inside Out Movie Release Party
Craft your feelings at The Craft Factory to celebrate Disney Pixar’s new movie, Inside Out. What would your Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger, or Disgust robots look like? They’ll be giving away free movie passes (while supplies last) for the June 15th advanced movie screening, as well as some other movie treats. Sat., 1-3 p.m., $12/child, All Ages. Event details.

What’s your family up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

–Suzie Ridgway