They’re baaaaack. For decades, Portlanders have enjoyed watching the drama and non-stop of the dragon boat races on the waterfront. The Milk Carton Boat Races are another equally popular and totally adorable Rose Festival event that kids and adults can participate in. Want to have a horse filled fun day? Cowboy Jerry’s Horses and Beaver Lake Stables are opening our barn once again. Your kids can even finger paint a pony. That’s right: Paint. A. Pony. And Berries, Brews, and BBQs kicks off two weekends of food and farm fun in St. Paul.

dragon boat races

Westside

Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races (pictured)
Kids will love the decorative boats and non-stop action as over eighty teams compete. There is a race every nine minutes! Sat & Sun. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Milk Carton Boat Races
Children and adults can both race and show off their handmade boats which float only by means of recycled milk cartons and plastic jugs. Sun. 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Water Wonders at Blue Lake
Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover exciting activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, water cycle card making or fishy potato stamp printing. Fri-Sun. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. $5 parking. No registration necessary. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Family Fun Day at Cowboy Jerry’s
Explore the open barn, and enjoy pony rides (or just pet a pony), BBQ, pony painting, and prize drawings. Sun. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. $5.00 per Family or $7.00 per Multi Family Car. Event details.

Portland Metro

Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson
Karl Johnson returns to Portland to create hand cut silhouette portraits at local children’s stores! It only takes about five minutes, so he can even capture a likeness of the squirmiest little ones. June 4 – June 9. See website for a complete schedule of stores and times. $25. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Berries, Brews, and BBQ
A family-friendly festival featuring activities like U-pick strawberries, hayrides, tube and slides, new animal barns and farm animals, pig barrel train rides, all amateur BBQ Competition, and brew tasting. June 8-9 and June 15-16. French Prarie Farm, St. Paul. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Sat). 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sun). Free. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Will you be rooting for a dragon boat on the waterfront or cheering on your little pig-barrel-train rider at the farm this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen