Pack a picnic, bring the kids—and popcorn—because Movies in the Park is back. This weekend the family can watch Despicable Me, one of 45 free outdoor movies you can see this summer. This weekend marks the return of two other popular festivals: the Festival of Balloons and the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. And 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.




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.

Movies in the Park: Despicable Me
Portland Parks & Recreation’s popular “Movies in the Park” program returns with 45 favorites. Movies are shown on a giant, 268-square foot screen with a state-of-the-art sound system. Sun., Peninsula Park, 8:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.




Kids Cook at the Market: Sushi
Turn your children into little sushi chefs. This hands-on class includes a guided market tour, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can make sushi for their family and friends. Sat., PSU Farmer’s Market, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, register in advance, $5, ages 7-11. Event details.

Scotland Day at Green Frog
Gather up ye laddies and lassies for Scottish Story Time and a Highland Dance performance by the Sherwood Dance Academy, followed by a lesson for anyone interested in learning the Highland Fling. Sat., 10:30 am, free, all ages. Event details.




Festival of Balloons (pictured)
This Tigard festival features, yes, hot-air balloons. But you can also enjoy music, food, carnival rides, a soccer tournament, and so much more. And all for a good cause. Fri-Sun, Cook Park, $5 in advance/$7 day of, all ages. Event details.


Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
The 48th Annual Festival features a juried craft fair with over 120 booths, wine and beer tent, musical entertainment, children’s theater, and Kids’ Day activities like gymnastics and a sculpture workshop on Friday afternoon. Fri-Sun, Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park, all ages. Event details.


– Cheyenne Terbrueggen