Finally, it’s that time of the year when you can admire the ships on the Willamette from the top of a ferris wheel, your belly full of deep fried lasagna and donuts. This weekend kicks off the Rose Festival and the county fair, and if that’s not your game there’s plenty more to keep your crew occupied from sunrise to way past their bedtime.

portland city fair by BongMalia M. via Yelpphoto by Bong Malia M. via Yelp 


Pop-Up Adventure Playground
Head to the Portland Children’s Museum for child-directed play  with different materials (such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string). A temporary version of the classic adventure playground model, this create-your-own-adventure play space gently introduces themes of risk and freedom for kids of different ages and abilities. Sat., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. SW/Washington Park. $10.75 (includes museum admission). 1-7. Event details.

Rose Festival & City Fair
Cityfair offers up thrill rides, kiddie rides, exotic animals (tigers, lions, snakes and spiders!) and live national performances in the Ro Zone. Fair food, local brews and micro distilled spirits round out the experience. Opening night fireworks choreographed to KINK FM tunes will start at nightfall, around 10 p.m. (Friday, May 27) and can be seen from either side of the river. Fri., 5-11 p.m., Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. SW/Downtown. $8/person; children 6 and under are free. All ages. Event details.   

The World’s Shortest Race: Point One Run
Forget about those other thirteen miles: this year your mission is to complete the final one tenth of a mile to the finish line. “Race”  528 feet in less than 45 minutes, while negotiating unique beverage stations, crowds of clowns and cheering friends and family. Runners who successfully negotiate the course on time will burst through the finish line at the RoZone, to live rock and roll music with the Rolling Tones and Candy O. Dress wacky and keep it weird. Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. SW/Downtown. $30/adults; $15/children 12 and under. All ages. Event details.


Parents Night Out: Mini Medical School
Relax and enjoy dinner next door at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School while the kids learn about first aid, the spine, and more. They will create their own first aid kit, build a spine model, and get a glimpse into the exciting world of medicine. Fri., 6-9 p.m. NE/Concordia. $35/child. 4-12. Event details.

Multnomah County Fair
Now in its 110th year, this first county fair of the season features pony rides, fair food, petting zoo, water balls, arts and crafts exhibits and rides. Don’t miss the local performers on the Main Stage and the Comcast Stage. Sat.-Mon., noon-7 p.m. SE/Sellwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The American Truck Historical Society’s Truck Show
Got a truck lover in your house? Don’t miss this show featuring hundreds of antique trucks on display to view, Alex Deborgoski—the Original Ice Road Trucker—signing autographs, an interactive children’s area, concessions, local crafts and foods and plenty of truck swag. Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Salem. $10/adults; children 15 and under are free. All ages. Event details

How will you and the kiddos be exploring PDX this weekend? Share with our community in the comments below.