Kids young and old wait for it all year long—and it has finally arrived. Rose Festival season is on, which means summer has almost arrived. Grab the kiddos and get ready for rides, rides, rides…oh… and other fun festive stuff (not that your littles care a bit about the rest). And for those who just aren’t up for a weekend of cotton candy and going upside down, not to worry, there’s plenty of events filling our calendar to keep your clan all smiles this weekend. Read on to find out more.

photo: Portland Rose Festival via facebook

SW Portland

Check Out Family Saturday with an African American Twist
Families are invited to a free all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. Please join the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historical Society for a Family Saturday celebrating Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years exhibit, on view now through June 24. Hands-on activities and performances will be taking place throughout the day. Sat. Event Details.

Join Kidical Mass PDX Southwest!
Kidical Mass is riding in Southwest Portland! This 3 mile loop is short, flat ride from Gabriel Park to the Alpenrose velodrome, Pendleton Park, and back to a corner with burritos and frozen yogurt across the street from the start point, the playground at Southwest 42nd & Vermont. They ride at a slow pace for little pedalers. Kids should wear a helmet, be able to ride in a straight line, start and stop. Cargo bikes, trikes, tandems, trailers and tag-a-longs are great too. Sun. Event Details.

Take the Family Tour at the Portland Art Museum
Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance. Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger. Sun Event Details.


Attend Portland Art Museum for $5 After 5 p.m.
Every Friday evening, you are invited to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive, and more social experience. Admission is just $5 after 5 p.m. Fri. Event Details.

Head to the Rose Festival City Fair
It’s the festival every child big and small looks forward to! The Rose Festival starts Memorial Day Weekend! Rose Festival overtakes Waterfront Park with rides, games, exhibits, drinks and food, and entertainment on three stages. Other highlights include the Jim Neill Memorial Museum, Eastside Distilling Lounge and interactive exhibits, and much more! Season Passes are available at your local Fred Meyer Stores, select Duck Stores and select Bank of the West locations. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Go From the Mundane to the Magnificent
Portland’s favorite narrative circus invites you to enjoy an evening of magic: Inspired by Vera Stanley Alder’s “From the Mundane to the Magnificent”, Petra Delarocha & Kerri Jonquil use beautiful aerial, physical theater, and dance to tell the story of parallel dimensions and what’s really happening when you think you’re being boring.

The show will be inside a tent at the Spellbound Stage within the Rose Festival City Fair Event. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Attend Grassroots Hillsboro at Walnut St Park
Do you enjoy the outdoors and meeting new people? Grassroots Hillsboro keeps the community engaged and keeps our parks healthy and beautiful. Gather once a month at a different park to help enhance the habitat or to beautify the park. Tee shirts, snacks and water are provided for volunteers. Instruction is provided in both English and Spanish.

Grassroots es un nuevo programa diseñado para unir a la comunidad por medio de proyectos que ayuden a mantener nuestros parques limpios y bellos. Nos reunimos una vez al mes en parques diferentes y los participantes reciben una playera, botanas y agua. Este es un programa bilingüe y para personas de todas las edades. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Enjoy a Showing of Forest Song
Don’t miss this opportunity to see he lesser-known players, in a one-show-only special appearance, as they present Lesya Ukrainka’s ‘Forest Song.’

A forest nymph, Mavka, falls in love with a mortal youth, Lukash, causing a dramatic clash between the world of carefree beauty of the forest and the world of humans, filled with jealousy, passion, rivalry, and evil. A rare English-language translation of one of the the most beloved works of Ukrainian classical literature, “Forest Song” includes mythological beings from Slavic folklore and an original score based on folk music from the Volyn region. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out the The Motherhood Series
Motherhood memories are priceless: Enjoy an intimate motherhood mini session, and stay for a mimosa. Breastfeeding portraits highly encouraged. Snuggles and kisses mandatory.
Now is your chance to get in the frame! Sat. Event Details.

Join the Nursing Families Connection at Hammer & Jacks
Build supportive relationships with fellow nursing parents. Get breastfeeding questions answered, weigh your baby, make connections with local families, talk out the joys and challenges of new parenthood every Saturday morning with Natural Latch lactation consultant apprentice Rosemary Ragusa. Grab a coffee & a snack next door then head over to Hammer & Jacks (located at 6416 SE Foster Rd) for lively conversations about postpartum life.This weekend morning group is perfect for parents working outside the home. Partners & older sibling (up to age 5-ish) are encouraged to join. LGBTQ inclusive. All are welcome. Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite Rose Festival Event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti