Nothing says the Rose Festival has arrived quite like whole families staking out their slices of curb the night before the all-floral, Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. In addition to the festival’s festivities, Saturday is National Trails Day, with planned activities to help your family enjoy the multitude of amazing trails around the region. But wait, there’s more! Read on to see what we think would be super fun for your family to do this weekend.


photo: Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade

East and West Side

Strut Your Stuff at the Grand Floral Walk
Before you fill up on corn dogs and cotton candy for the day, bring the entire family along for the 4.2-mile walk through downtown Portland. As your kids get a good dose of exercise, the throngs of spectators and rolling television cameras will make them feel like superstars—even if they’re actually in place for the Grand Floral Parade that follows. Sat., 9:30-11 a.m., $10-$20/person; free for kids 6 & under, All Ages. Event details.

Pull Up a Slice of Curb for the Grand Floral Parade
This parade has been the centerpiece of the Rose Festival for more than a century, and it’s easy to understand why. This year’s parade will feature 14 floats made entirely of flowers, 17 marching bands, 19 equestrian units, as well as vintage cars and dancing troupes. And don’t forget to be on the lookout for the Clown Prince and his Character Clown Corps, who add an extra dose of fun to an already festive afternoon. Sat., 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Celebrate National Trails Day With Hike It Baby!
Got a fresh baby? Join Hike it Baby for an excellent beginner hike in Tryon Creek State Park on National Trails Day. This is an all family event and no family will be left behind. This 2.8 mile, kid-friendly hike will be an easy going afternoon stroll through the woods. Strollers are ok, but a carrier is easier to navigate the trail. The hike is great for new walkers. Even though there are some steep drops, there’s nothing too hazardous. Sat., 1:30 p.m.-dark, Free, All Ages. Event details.

Meet a Firefighter at Safety Day at the Streets of Tanasbourne
The Hillsboro Police Department, Fire Department and Metro West Ambulance will give kids and their curious handlers the opportunity to explore their vehicles, uniforms and safety gear. Other safe fun includes getting your own bike helmet properly fitted, having your blood pressure checked and spinning the 911 dispatch table wheel to find out when it’s appropriate to call 911. Meet at the Fountain Plaza. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

East Side

Dress Up and Dance at the Brazilian Folk Festival
Batucada PDX and Dj Digo present the traditional Festa Junina, aka Festa de Sao Joao, a celebration of rural life in Brazil. Kids and adults can enjoy traditional game booths, folk music from Northeast Brazil, a Brazilian square dance as well as traditional drinks and foods. For funsies, wear the traditional clothing, known as Roupa Caipira. This means men and boys are encouraged to wear jeans or overalls with checkered shirts, patches, straw hats and painted gap teeth. Women and girls are encouraged to wear dresses/skirts with checkered or mismatched patterns, freckles, pigtails, braids and painted gap teeth. Sat., 5-10 p.m., $5/person advanced; $10/person at door; free for kids 10 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Milk Carton Boat Race
Do you have a budding engineer in the family? If so, see if they’re up to the challenge of constructing a boat entirely out of recycled milk cartons and plastic jugs. Contestants can choose to enter in one of seven classes—from artistry to velocity—in pursuit of the Best in Show milk can trophy, while spectators will be treated to one of the most whimsical and entertaining spectacles of the Rose Festival. Sun., 1:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

What is your family getting into this weekend? Give us the deets in the comments below.

-Suzie Ridgway