The only Friday the 13th of 2016 comes this weekend, so it’s no surprise that many freaky and fabulous things are afoot. From aliens to giant fruit to a bizarre bazaar, this weekend really knows how to show you a good time.

mcminnville UFO parade pdxphoto: Bruce Fingerhood via flickr


German Children’s Concert
Portland Kinderschule is excited to host “Eine Reise um die Welt”, an interactive German sing-along and performance by Vladislava und Christof Altmann from Stuttgart, Germany. Fri., 10-11 a.m. Hillsdale/SW. Free. All ages, but geared toward ages 4-10. Event details.

James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl’s beloved classic takes the stage in a new musical. One boy, two awful aunts, five larger-than-life insects, and a giant peach! What could possibly go wrong? Sat. 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.& 2 p.m. Downtown. $14-$22. 4 and up. Event details.

Create Floral Arrangements at Portland Children’s Museum
Join Artist in Residence Jen Richardson-Greene at the Museum and help create floral arrangements that will become part of a larger collaboration. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Washington Park/SW. Included with museum admission ($10.75). All ages. Event details.


St. John’s Bizarre
Whether you want to march down the center of Lombard in your parade finery (whatever that might be), or watch from the sidelines, the St. John’s Parade welcomes all ages to participate. Don’t miss the “Bizarre” street festival to go along with it, complete with food, music, local craft vendors and of course, games and activities for the younger set. Be sure to enter ahead of time if you’d like to be in the parade. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. St. Johns. Free. All ages. Event details.

The All American Magic and Ventriloquist Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. Plus cotton candy, popcorn and pizza by the slice for sale as well as an onsite magic shop! Sat., 2-4 p.m. SE. $14/adults; $8/child. All ages. Event details.

Frances England Explorer of the World Concert
Take the kiddos to the Village Ballroom for a concert with Frances England, a nationally acclaimed and award winning artist from San Francisco. She’ll perform her classic originals and some new songs, too. Sun., 4-5:15 p.m. Woodlawn. $7. 2 and up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

McMinnville UFO Festival and Parade
Are your littles interested in the possibility of life beyond the earth? Brought to you by (who else?) McMenamin’s, with most events held at Hotel Oregon. In addition to the UFO parade and meandering through downtown McMinnville, you’ll find lots of family-friendly fun on Saturday: an alien costume contest at 3:30 p.m., and a festival tent open all day for shopping, live music and ( what else?) sipping on beer. The truth is out there folks! Sat., Festival tent opens at 9 a.m., parade is at 2 p.m. Downtown McMinnville. Free. (fees to see speakers). All ages. Event details.

What’s on your family’s weekend fun list? Let us know in the comments below! 

—Amber Guetebier