Forget planes, trains, and automobiles, this weekend it’s all about balloons, boats, kites, and bikes. Summer sweeps in with several festivals—the Festival of Balloons, Sternwheeler Days, Summer Kite Festival, and the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts—return. Plus, Sunday Parkways clears the streets in North Portland, leaving Portland families free to walk, bike, roll, run, jump and skip without having to watch out for cars.


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 49th 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.


Sunday Parkways: North
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.


Oregon Zoo Concert: B-52s
Time to do the Rock Lobster! The Oregon Zoo concert season open with rock icons The B-52s. Fri. 7:00 pm. $33 general admission. Children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Sternwheeler Days
Held in the beautiful Cascade Locks Marine Park next to the Columbia River, this historic festival features live entertainment, food and craft vendors, kid’s games, sightseeing cruises, a dunk tank, bingo, of course, sternwheelers. Fri-Sun. Cascade Locks Marine Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Summer Kite Festival
See some of the largest kites in the world. Kids will also a kite and march in a kid’s kite parade. Sat & Sun. Lincoln City. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details. 

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen