The days are heating up and so are the weekend activities! The Rose City Fair has finally arrived and is ripe with adrenaline filled fun for both the little and big ones. But if great tunes and stage shows are more your thing, no worries! There’s plenty of that to go around too. Read on to find out where you should plan to be when your downtime rolls around.

photo: Ken Shwarz via flickr

SW Portland

Attend the Rose City Fair
This fair has everything your little adrenaline junkies crave: rides that fling, swing, whirl and twirl your for ever! After you have checked out all of the carnival rides, games, and the exotic animal section, head to the Kids Zone Tent, which features bean bag chairs, books and free arts and crafts.Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Catch a Viewing of The Hobbit
Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy (MPAA) is proud to present Patricia Gray’s stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless tale of magic, treasure, and dragons. The Hobbit follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo’s easy-going life is altered when he makes an out-of-character decision to join forces with a curious wizard and throng of dwarves to reclaim their town of Dale. With action-packed battles, melodious chants and surprises around every corner- Bilbo stumbles across a special ring and discovers an unexpected heroic side of himself in the process. With direction by Paul Angelo, stage combat choreography by Kristen Mun and vocal direction by MPAA’s Executive Director, Barbara Richardson, The Hobbit is a theatrical experience fun for the whole family. Die-hard Tolkein fans and anyone going mad living alone in a dark cave will enjoy this precious story. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Head to The Archaeology Roadshow
Your family will love this community event. The Archaeology Roadshow is a celebration of archaeology and heritage in our region and beyond. This year’s theme is the archaeology of Travel and Trade. The event includes hands on activities, stone tool making demonstrations, a chance to meet real archaeologists, samples of historic beer, a panel of experts to identify your personal artifacts (no financial appraisals), and more! Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the Birth of the Creative Warriors
The youth story telling company Rogue Pack presents Birth of The Creative Warriors, written and performed by an eclectic group of students from Madison High School and Jester Educational Theatre. Youth of varied cultures, some with physical and developmental disabilities, share personal stories to deeply appreciate differences and celebrate commonalities. Rogue Pack provides an open forum where youth reveal challenges, hopes and desires in these troubled times. Jester Educational Theatre, Madison High School and Rogue Pack have joined forces for this original youth-centric story-telling, creating an opportunity to connect with the greater Portland community. Talk-back and reception after the show! Fri. Event Details.

Check Out Family Fun Day on the Farm + Plant Sale!
Head to the Candy Lane School Farm for a free afternoon celebrating family, food and playing outdoors!! Schoolyard Farms and Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO) are hosting the 2nd annual Family Fun Day on the Farm and would love for you to join. There will be games, crafts, food, farm tours, raffle prizes and lots of fun! This event is open to the public, all are welcome. Sat. Event Details.

Participate in the Central Eastside June Cleanup
Join the Central Eastside Industrial Council, area businesses, and community volunteers to give the neighborhood a good spring cleaning! All supplies will be provided and free coffee and tea will be available for all volunteers. After the event all volunteers can enjoy free sandwiches. Let’s join together to clean up the neighborhood and make sure we keep litter out of the nearby Willamette River! Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Grow a Salsa Fiesta Planter
Salsa is fun to make and eat, but who would have known that it is so fun to grow! You and your little gardener will have a chance to plant a pot with ingredients such as tomatoes and peppers to make a fantastic salsa at harvest time. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Don’t Miss The Fambly Ramble – Red Yarn’s 5th Birthday w/ the Que Pastas
It’s Red Yarn’s 5th Birthday! (Well, he’s older than that, but it’s been 5 years since RY’s Andy Furgeson went full time as a family performer and teaching artist!)

In celebration, Red Yarn will perform a special full band set at the next Fambly Ramble at Mission Theater, with an opening set by kindie rock duo the Que Pastas (Austin, TX) and activities for the whole family. The Fambly Ramble is a new Portland concert series that pairs acclaimed national “kindie” (kids + indie) acts with local entertainers to create engaging experiences for Portland families. Each event also features interactive art projects, activities, and food & drink from the host venue. Sat. Event Details.


Fly Over to Open Saturday Programs
Take your little aviation lovers to the historic Pearson Field to experience the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center. This free educational experience is open to the public and features the Flight Simulator Lab, vertical wind tunnel, glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and various ongoing educational programs that will propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight. Sat. Event Details.


Attend the 12th Annual Washington County Sheriff’s Office Police Canine Trials
Join the local police for the 12th Annual Washington County Sheriff’s Office Police Canine Trials. The Canine Trials will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Hillsboro Stadium.

The Safety Fair will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the K-9 Trials will be from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cheer for your favorite K-9 Team. The event is free to the public. Food and beverage will be available and sold at the event. Please leave your pets at home. Sun. Event Details.

What is your families favorite way to spend a warm weekend day? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti