Things are heating up in Portland, and we aren’t talking about the weather! Events like the famed Rose Festival are are getting under way and your weekends are about to get wild. Looking for something to keep the whole fam happy this weekend. Read on to find out where you absolutely have to be!

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NE Portland

Head to theNW Animation Fest
NW Animation Fest will present its final show. Celebrate the end of an era at this spectacular one-night-only farewell screening! There are two ways to enjoy NWAF’s Farewell Show: Buy an individual ticket and experience it as a stand-alone event… Or purchase a GLAS weekend pass, which encompasses both the grand finale and a full weekend of international animation screenings. Fri. Event Details.

Check Out the 7th Annual Middle School Art Show
Invite family and friends and join us for the opening of the annual 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 our wonderful community and friends, and get the chance to hear about the artwork straight from the artists! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check Out the King Portland Farmers Market

King Farmers Market offers the neighborhood 35 farmers and food artisans in a safe, family friendly place to spend a Sunday. Shoppers find breakfast and lunch with seating in front of live music. Often shoppers enjoy, food demonstrations and educational or artsy activities for kids.  And this is the place to take a fun-filled cooking class for the whole family. Established in 2009, the King Neighborhood has welcomed this thriving farmers market. Established with support from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), the market is located one block south of the vibrant Alberta Arts District. It’s adjacent to King Park & Playground. Sun. Event Details.


Hit the Rose Festival CityFair 

Head down to the Waterfront for the annual CityFair carnival! Festival at CityFair in Waterfront Park. As Portland’s ultimate waterfront gathering place, CityFair has something for everyone! Here’s what’s new in 2019: More concerts, games, and  activities as well as a greater variety of food and drink, along with traditional fair favorites! Come for the Opening Day Fireworks powered by Xfinity, and keep coming back for the full three-weekend extravaganza! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Rose Festival Opening Night & Fireworks
The Rose Festival Kicks off  with the opening of CityFair. Join at 5 p.m. for carnival rides, games, and food. When the sky gets dark look up for fireworks. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Join the Holiday Family Weekend at Camp
Members of the Cascade Pacific Council are invited to spend Memorial Day weekend with their families at Camp Meriwether. Families will enjoy a variety of activities such as sand-castle building, beach walks to the tide-pools, and much more. You may also choose to head into nearby towns to visit local attractions then come back in the evening for a relaxing night around the campfire roasting s’mores or taking in the sunset. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check Out the Portland Farmers Market at PSU
The farmers market on the Portland State University campus is open year-round, rain or shine on Saturdays. Since 1996, more than 100 vendors sell freshly harvested and carefully prepared foods. Chef demonstrations, market music and a lineup of food education events make this bustling market a special destination for families and friends gather to shop, eat, listen, learn and play. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Watch The Amazing Acro-cats Pounce on Portland
The Acro-cats are back in a 2-hour long purrformance! The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of touring performing house cats. This one-of-a-kind, two hour long purrformance features talented domesticated house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and more! The finale is the only all-cat band in the entire world – Tuna and the Rock Cats! The current band lineup features Nola on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand new members: Ahi on woodblocks and Albacore on cowbell, Buggles on trumpet, and Oz on Saxophone. There is even a chicken – Cluck Norris – rockin’ the tambourine! Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Pigs in the City! Meet the pigs eating Blanchet House’s leftovers. Local celebrity potbelly pig P. Iggy Smalls will be there too! Face painting and more! You can feed the three-month-old piglets a “cup of compost”, get your face painted, play games and more for a $10 donation.

Pigs help Blanchet House maintain a zero food waste kitchen while providing emotional support to people living in recovery at Blanchet Farm. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti