You could also call Portland’s Rose Festival the Dragon Boat Racing Festival: That’s just how popular this annual race is. For over 20 years, Portlanders have enjoyed watching the drama and fun 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. Or shake your booties at the best family disco around: Baby Loves Disco is back and ready to do the Hustle at the Crystal Ballroom. Time to glam your kiddos up!


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. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Milk Carton Boat Race
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.

Baby Loves Disco
Bubbles float over the dance floor, a DJ keeps the tunes comin’, healthy snacks abound, and babies can join older children and grown-ups and boogie the early evening away. Sat. 12:00 pm.  Crystal Ballroom. $15/person. All ages. Event details.


Painted Turtle Walk
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in the Northwest. See these beautiful reptiles and learn about the natural history of painted turtles and why they are so rare. Sat. Smith and Bybee Wetlands. 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Healthy Kids Day
Enjoy a day of nap-inducing fun for the kids and a wealth of resources for parents, including face painting, free gymnastics classes, and a Bounce Castle on the Court House Lawn. Sat. 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. Hillsboro Farmers Market. Free. All ages. Event details.

Backyard Habitat Open House
What does it mean to restore native wildlife back to your own backyard? Come along on this tour and discover the beauty and environmental benefits that result from the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Sat. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Lake Oswego. Free. Families welcome. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen