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. Grab an instrument and head to the Boise-Eliot Music Festival, featuring bluegrass, rock, and old-time music performances and square dancing. The St. John’s Bizarre kicks off the Portland street festival season. And the 50th Annual St. John’s parade rolls onto the street at noon. (Psst! Tears of Joy Theatre is going to debut their new 35-foot dragon puppet there.)


Sunday Parkways: Northeast
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. 8-mile route, including Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill parks. All ages. Event details.

Boise-Eliot Music Festival
This inclusive, all-ages community event features bluegrass, rock, and old-time music performances, square dancing, and food available from yummy local food carts. Sat. 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm. $15 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

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. Sat. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

You Who: Laura Veirs and the Tumble Bees
A variety show full of puppets, magic, stories, sing-alongs, “giant barn owls,” and incredible music that adults will love, too. Sun. Kennedy School. Doors at 12:00 pm, show at 1:00 pm. $10 adults/$5 kids/non-walkers free. All ages. Event details.


Beaverton Farmers Market Opens
Since 1988, farmers and artisan food producers have sold top-notch products at this fun and friendly outdoor market. Sat. 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. Free. All. Event details.


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…
When a young boy gives a wayward mouse a cookie, he doesn’t know what he’s in for. It’s a whirlwind of a day for the rambunctious mouse and his wary host as demands pile up, and fun ensues. May 12 – June 3. Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm. $13 an up. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen