With all the wonderful Mother’s Day activities in town this weekend, you might miss some other community celebrations. Sunday Parkways brings car-free fun back to the streets. The St. John’s Bizarre kicks off the Portland street festival season. And, Bridgetown families know this better than most: Monsters do indeed live under bridges. Come to the book release and art show for Monsters Under Bridges and learn more about what mischief they are up to. And the Oregon Children’s Theater brings a classic tale of friendship to the stage in vaudeville style.

year with frog and toad

Westside

OCT’s a Year with Frog and Toad (photo by Owen Carey)
Follows these friends as they adventure through the seasons: Each season is a new act with singing, dancing, juggling, and even plate spinning! Sat. (Show runs through June 7). Newmark Theatre. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. $20-$40. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Eastside

Monsters Live Under Bridges: Book Release and Art Show
Come celebrate the release of the book and enjoy new artwork created just for the show. The kids will love this book that’s filled with facts for the creatures we all know live under our bridges. Fri. (Show runs through May 26). Land Gallery. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Portland Sunday Parkways
Sunday Parkways closes streets to automobile traffic, allowing walkers, runners, bicyclists and skaters to explore the neighborhood under their own power. Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Including Springwater Corridor, Glenwood, Bloomington, Lents, and Ed Benedict Parks. All ages. Event details.

7th Annual St. John’s Bizarre
A showcase of the unique and eclectic character of North Portland, with music, street performers, a vendor’s market, sausage, pizza, a Bier Garten, and kids art activities. Sun. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Beaverton Farmers Market Opening Day
Delight mom with a beautiful flower bouquets, delicious baked goods, or a breakfast in bed made with market-fresh ingredients. Sat. 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. All ages. Event details.

What will you be doing for Mother’s Day this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen