Buckle up, Portlanders: This weekend is packed with wild rides and BIG events.Your kids can eat their weight in cotton candy at The Rose Festival’s CityFair or the Multnomah County Fair. You can enjoy rides, music, and food at both events—and muttin’ buston’ for the 55-lb-and-under crowd at the latter. And the Oregon Steam Train Season Begins on the Oregon Coast. All aboard for an action-packed weekend of fun.



Multnomah County Fair (pictured; photo from Multnomah Country Fair Facebook page)
Enjoy this first county fair of the season, with rides, petting zoo, entertainment, pig racing, exhibits and more. Sat-Mon. 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Free admission. All ages. Event details.


Rose Festival CityFair
The festival favorite features an entertainment venue with national acts, carnival rides, local beers, and exotic animals. (The last two items do not go well together.) Weekends through June 9. Open on Memorial Day. See website for complete schedule. $7. Age 6 and under are free. Event details.


Animal Tracking at Oxbow Park
Join local trackers at Oxbow Regional Park to learn or improve animal tracking skills. All ages and skill levels, especially beginners, are welcome. Meet at the flood plain parking lot. Sat. 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. Gresham. $11/adults, kids free. Pre-registration required. Toddlers and older. Event details

Out of town

Creature Cabins: Tillamook Forest Center
Are you looking for something fun to do in the forest? The animals of the Tillamook State Forest have made themselves at home. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come and learn about the special places where the animals of the Tillamook State Forest live. Sun. 11:30 am and 1:30 am. Free. Donations welcome. All. Event details.

Oregon Coast Steam Train
The train runs on the Oregon coast between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach every Saturday and Sunday starting on Memorial Day. Sat and Sun, rides begin at noon, Tickets: $16 (adults), $9 (kids 3 – 10), kids under 3 free. See site for complete schedules. Event details.

OMSI Star Party: Planet Parade
From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view Viewing highlights includes Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, the Moon and more!  Sat. Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, Corbett. 7:30 pm. Free admission, $5 parking per vehicle. All ages. Event details.

How will you be celebrating Memorial Day Weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen