Everywhere you look this weekend there is something interesting to explore. High up in the sky over Tigard you will spy hot air balloons. Venture to Sauvie Island get an up close look at how bees gather honey. Or spy on painted turtles at Smith and Bybee Wetlands. If you’re looking to catch some culture, there is a fantastic show at Mississippi Studios that the whole family will truly love. And the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts has a whole weekend of fun planned—with a special afternoon of activities just for the kids on Friday.

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Festival of Balloons (pictured)
Get up at dawn to watch the hot-air balloons launch. Too early? You can also enjoy music, food, carnival rides, and more. Fri-Sun. Cook Park. $5 in advance/$7 day of. All ages. Event details.

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
The 50thth Annual Festival features a craft fair, wine and beer tent, music, theater, and Kids’ Day activities on Friday afternoon. Fri-Sun. Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Pollination Celebration
Taste honey, make bee houses, and use kid-sized magnifying glasses to search the farm for bees and get a close-up look at how bees use their bodies to gather pollen. Sat. Howell Territorial Park, Sauvie Island. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. $10/family. All ages. Event details.


Cat Doorman/Good Ms. Padgett at Mississippi Studios
Cat Doorman, the new children’s music and media project by acclaimed illustrator and Portland indie music artist Julianna Bright, joins forces with Brooklyn’s Anna Padgett for a show that the entire family will adore. Sun. 2:30 pm doors. 3:30 pm show. All ages. Event details.

Sunday Parkways: Northeast
Roam a two-way route of city without having to watch out for cars! Food, music and activities are located in the parks and along the route. Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Painted Turtle Walk
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in the Northwest. See these beautiful reptiles and learn about the natural history of painted turtles and why they are so rare. Sat. 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

In the sky? In the fields? On a stage? Where will your family look for adventure this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen