There are so many ways to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend around Portland—and some of the better ones involve packing the kids into the car and heading out of town. You don’t have to drive far to get to the fun (think Edgefield or Rooster Rock) and the short trip will be well worth it. Do you love Oregon strawberries almost as much as dear ol’ dad? The Berry Jam Festival is a sure sign that our beloved berries are ripe for the picking. And the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has an action-packed lineup of weekend activities and ways to salute stellar fathers.


In Town

Berry Jam Festival (pictured)
Oregon’s strawberries are here and Kruger’s Farm has fields for picking. Each day of the annual festival features hayrides, kids’ jam-making, face painting, live music, strawberry shortcake, and, of course – plenty of strawberries to pick and eat. Sat and Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

CHAP Opening: Art + Food-A-Thon
Olympic Provisions, Mio Sushi, Ben & Jerry’s and other vendors are gearing up to celebrate CHAP’s new art factory–which makes it a great time for you to find out what SHAP is all about. Hint: It stands for Children’s Healing Art Party. Come hungry and wear your painting clothes. Sat, noon – 6:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

Father’s Day Sushi and a Shave
Bring Dad to Yakuza for sushi and drink specials. Then he can lather up for a straight-edge shave courtesy of Rooks Barbershop or get a 15-minute chair massage, followed by a soak in Yakuza’s secret outdoor hot tub. Kids can order from the 1-2-3 Kids Happy Hour Menu, then head upstairs to play. Sun, opens at 5:00 pm, reservations required, prices vary, all ages. Event details.


Out of Town


Edgefield Dad’s Day Golf
Bring Dad out to play 20 holes of golf and enjoy a pint while the family enjoys the beautiful grounds. The whole family can grab a bite to eat afterwards. Sun, 9:00 am (check in), 10:00 am (tournament), $25/golfer, all ages. Event details.


OMSI Summer Solstice Start Party
Celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects (Is that Saturn?) up close and personal through telescope and binoculars. Sat, 9:30 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum…and (soon!) Waterpark
Never visited the famous Spruce Goose? Take a drive out to McMinnville, explore the museum, and catch a former Blue Angels flight leader on Saturday, or enjoy a Dad’s Day brunch on Sunday. Plus, you can see a dive-in movie (Free Willy) in the wave pool (part of the soon-to-open water park) on Friday night. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Waterpark, Dive-in movie event details. Blue Angels weekend event details.


– Cheyenne Terbrueggen