Mother’s Day weekend gives your family the opportunity to spend some extra special time together. If you are looking for things you can do as a whole family to celebrate that special mama in your life, then look no further. From music festivals to opportunities to see live theater together, We’ve rounded up the best weekend events and activities that Portland has to offer. Read on to find out more.

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N Portland

Don’t Miss the 2019 St Johns Bizarrel
The Bizarre kicks off Portland’s street fair season with performances with an eclectic lineup of local bands. Enjoy a Open Air Craft Fair with 140 craft vendors, artists, and food carts. There will also be tons of kid and family activities and entertainment, and beer gardens featuring Occidental Brewing Company and Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. Yum! And, as always, the Bizarre takes place on the same day as the historic 57th Annual St Johns Parade, a North Portland favorite for over half a century! Make a day of it! Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the 7th Annual Middle School Art Show
Check out the opening of the Middle School Art Show. The exhibit will feature artworks by middle school students at Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Jason Lee, Discovery, Gaiser, Alki, McLoughlin, Thomas Jefferson, King’s Way, and more. Select pieces available for purchase.You’ll enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks, network with the wonderful community, and get the chance to hear about the artwork straight from the artists! Fri. Event Details.


See Peter/Wendy
We all think we know the classic children’s story of Peter Pan: the boy who never grows up, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Lost Boys, and a hungry crocodile. Well, that is NOT this show! Jeremy Bloom’s adaptation of the classic J.M. Barrie tale digs deep into the darker side of Neverland, breaking the story down into its most essential and imaginative parts, and creating a much more adult exploration of the psychology and meaning underlying one of the most famous “children’s” stories ever told. Sat & Sun. Event Details.


Attend Baby Dragon Story Time
Join illustrator Lena Podesta at Powell’s City of Books on Sat, May 11th at 11:00 for a live drawing and reading from her new picture book, Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon!(written by Melissa Marr) (Nancy Paulsen Books), in which a dauntless lass and a hyperactive dragon learn to keep pace with each other as they forge a friendship. The event is free and the book is geared toards 3-5 year olds, but all ages will enjoy. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Join the Doggie Dash 2019
Calling all Dashers! Join  Portland’s best pet-friendly walk/run of the year! Funds raised by the Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash are used to rescue animals, heal injured pets and find homes for more than 11,000 pets a year. Join our team of Dashers and help us save the lives of thousands of shelter pets. Registration is $50 per person. Kids 10 and under are free. All proceeds help the pets at OHS. Sat. Event Details.

Head to Contact Dance Film Festival
Now in its 4th year,Oregon’s premiere Dance Film Festival returns!  Presented by BodyVox, the Contact Dance Film Festival features three different programs.  These include both short and feature-length films from around the world and here in Portland, as well as the premiere of a new BodyVox film.  Our festival was founded to support and promote new independent dance films, reflecting the diversity within the dance film genre.  We showcase films that exude an originality and mission from filmmakers. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Experience Bridgetown Bluegrass Festival
Check out the 3rd annual Bridgetown Bluegrass Festival…featuring 15 of the top string bands that the PNW has to offer, on two stages, all day. If you had a blast at the last two festivals, you should be even more excited with this years line-up (scroll down to view, or click on poster in images). There will be jams, beer, cider, food vendors, a raffle (supporting a charity that we will be announcing soon) & other fun surprises. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Craft Your Mother’s Day
Show your mother, step-mother, grandmother, big sister, aunt, and any other mother figure in your life how much you love her by crafting her a picture frame (you can put a photo of the two of you in it later!) or a flower that will last forever at The Craft Factory’s two-day Mother’s Day event. Sat. Event Details.


Experience the 34th Annual Sheep to ShawlFirst held in 1985, our Sheep to Shawl festival is a classic family event, offering the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of wool fiber processing, from the shearing of animals—sheep, of course, but also alpacas, llamas, and the occasional rabbit—to the production of beautiful lace at the hands of expert fiber artists. Weaving, spinning, knitting, and rug-hooking are on display, as are blacksmith demonstrations in our operating forge.There will be children’s activities, demonstrations, live entertainment, food and drinks, and local vendors! Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti