It’s officially summer and the livin’ is easy. Whether you want to watch hot-air balloons taking flight, go on a paddling adventure down the Tualatin River or appreciate creative and beautiful reuse of what was once considered trash, this weekend holds plenty of promise for fun times ahead. Read on to discover our top picks.


photo: Tigard Festival of Balloons


Prepare for Liftoff With the Tigard Festival of Balloons
In addition to morning hot-air balloon launches and viewing the beautiful glowing balloons at night, the weekend’s events will include thrill rides and carnival games, food, a Twilight 5k, a Festival of Cars, youth soccer tournament and rib and corn eating contests.  Balloon launches take place each morning from 5:45-6:15 a.m., weather permitting. Fri. & Sat. 5:45 a.m.-11 a.m.; Sun. 5:45 a.m.-5 p.m., $7/person 3-day pass in person or $5 online, All Ages. Event details.

Paddle and Discover the Tualatin River
Take a self-guided 3.2 mile paddle from the Tualatin Community Park to Metro’s Wanker’s Corner Field Station.  a guidebook highlighting wildlife and history specific to this section of the river. This is a free paddle trip designed for first time paddlers, families with children and experienced paddlers alike. Participants can rent a canoe, single or double kayak (including life jackets and paddles) for $30 or may bring their own for no cost. The Riverkeepers will provide a shuttle service back to the launch site for participants. Be sure to reserve your launch time in advance asap. This 26th annual event always sells out. Sat., 9 a.m., $30 to rent a boat, All Ages. Event details.

Dive In to Beaverton Swim Center’s 60th Anniversary Party 
Experience good old fashioned fun from the decade of sock hops, soda counters and water ballet to celebrate Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation’s 60th anniversary. Activities will include 25 cent open swim, free cake and hot dogs, relay races, coloring sheets, a water ballet demonstration and more. Sat., 2-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


It’s Alive! Frankenstein’s Comic Book Swap
Comic collectors and afficionados of all ages will be on hand to swap and sell old and new comic books, along with other related, collectible materials. Sat., noon-6 p.m., $1/adult; free for kids and seniors, All Ages. Event details.

Find Treasures at the Eastside Family Cooperative Rummage Sale
This giant multi-family rummage sale, a benefit for the non-profit preschool, offers tons of great baby, toddler, maternity and kid stuff. The event also includes a bake sale and an open house for families interested in joining. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Gettin’ Scrappy With It: 10th Annual Recycled Art Festival
Enjoy a wide variety of live music while you shop for one-of-a-kind artwork made from recycled or reused materials from over 100 art vendors at this 10th annual event. Kids can keep busy with free art activities and be entertained by jugglers, stilt-walkers and clowns. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., All Ages. Event details.

What’s your brood up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway