Nature, beer, boats, art, farms, food, and family fun—this weekend is jam-packed with celebrations of everything that makes Portland … well, Portland. Board a historic sternwheeler. Save the planet, one beer at a time, by raising a frosty mug of organic beer at a family-friendly brewers festival. The whole clan will enjoy Kids Day at the Hollywood Farmers Market, with face painting, kids activities, music by Tallulah’s Daddy and Steve Cooper & Friends. Or head to Blue Lake to learn how seeds travel, stems sprout, plants grow, or how flowers make fruit in a beautiful children’s garden.

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Out of town

Sternwheeler Days
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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.

Portland

Kids Day at the Hollywood Farmers Market
Come with the whole family to enjoy free face painting, kids activities, music by Tallulah’s Daddy and Steve Cooper & Friends. (You might even see a duckling or chicken in the market too!). Sun. Cook Park. 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. All ages. Event details.

Tunde’s Trumpet Puppet Musical
A puppet musical for kids and families about making music & keeping your eye on the prize. Sat. IFCC/Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. $10/individual, $20/family. All ages. Event details.

Astronomy Day at OMSI
Celebrating Astronomy Day, OMSI will present a festival of all things celestial, with opportunities for starry-eyed guests to learn little-known facts about the universe, constellations, stars and planets. Space travel and the fascinating realities of life on the space station. Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. All ages. Event details.

Organic Brewers Festival
Enjoy organic beers and ciders from around the world, accompanied by live music, organic food, sustainability—oriented vendors, non-profits and a children’s area—all in a beautiful tree lined setting that overlooks downtown Portland. Thurs-Sun. Noon. Free admission ($6 for a tasting mug. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Water Wonders at Blue Lake
Enjoy fun activities such as potato printing, bookmark making, flower origami, and leaf rubbings. Fri-Sun. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. $5 parking. No registration necessary. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen