Snag some art for your home at the Buckman Art Show and Sell, nail down summer camp plans with Trackers’ Camp Fair, meet Cinderella at The Craft Factory and dissect owl pellets at Owl Fest. Read on to find out our top picks for cool stuff going on for families this weekend in Portland.


photo: Trackers Earth

East Side

Get a Jump on Summer at Trackers Camp Fair
Trackers Earth offers what’s said to be the “Best Camps in the Known Universe.” Head to their camp fair and see for yourself. The day includes interactive areas highlighting Trackers’ 30+ day and overnight camps, providing a chance for kids and adults to learn a bit about everything from wilderness survival to archery. The program also offers outdoor skills, blacksmithing, and stealth. Kids can go fishing, visit animals on a ranch, or tour around in a kayak. Trackers’ famous role-playing adventures will let kids battle the forces of evil as superheroes, secret agents, or ninjas. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Buy Art at Buckman Art Show and Sell
Over 140 artists and craftspersons come together to benefit Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School for this 25th annual event that generates a significant portion of the school’s PTA income. There will also be several food carts, music, a silent auction, kids area and more. Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $2-$5 suggested donation; Free for kids 4 and under, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Get the Facts at Owl Fest
Portland is teeming with owls this time of year. Come and learn about these fascinating nocturnal birds with a meet-and-greet with the Audubon Society’s Education Owls, Hazel and Julio, as well as owl pellet dissection, guided hikes, presentations, owl crafts and snacks from Clif Bar. Sun., 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Museums on Us is A-Free-For-All
Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free weekend access to museums, including the Portland Art Museum, Portland Children’s Museum and Portland Japanese Garden just by flashing your BoA or Merril Lynch debit or credit card.The program’s mobile site gives customers access to the full list of markets and museums on-the-go. Sat.-Sun., Various start times, Free, All Ages. Event details.

Beaverton Farmers Market: St. Patrick’s Celebration
Get in the spirit 10 days early with Irish music, dancers and a kids’ St. Patrick’s day themed coloring contest. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Photo Opp With Cinderella
Make your own Cinderella crown or mouse craft, have your picture taken with Cinderella (10 a.m.-noon), enjoy a sweet treat, go home with free movie passes to the new Cinderella movie coming out soon in theaters. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $12/person, All Ages. Event details.

Do you have your summer camps all plotted out?  Let us know what you’re planning in the comments below.

–Suzie Ridgway