Relax, stroll or sprint your way into May with weekend events that captivate and celebrate the new spring month. Live theater abounds and includes the Disney Classic, beauty and the beast. But if your family has some wiggles to get out, don’t waste time, make haste to one of the runs where you’ll break a sweat for a good cause. Read on to find out more.

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SW Portland

World of Love a Concert From the Heart
Bridging Voices, the only LGBTQ + Allied Youth Chorus in the Portland Metro area,  is putting on a LOVE concert! Hear the stories of their dreams and desires, of family, romance, and deep, abiding friendship. It’s a love thing! Fri. & Sat. Event Details. 

Portland Columbia Symphony Presents Orch
Portland Columbia Symphony celebrates Slavic music through folk inspired classics. Fri. Event Details.

Safe Kids Day at the Zoo
On Saturday, Oregon Zoo will team up with local Safe Kids coalitions to host the 21st annual Safe Kids Day at the zoo. Activities will focus on simple actions that can save lives — like wearing bicycle helmets, life jackets and seat belts. Ten stations around the zoo will make up a “safety safari,” with games for kids and safety information for the whole family. Every child who completes the safari will receive safety-related prizes and a chance to enter a bike raffle. Prizes include bike helmets while supplies last. Sat. Event Details.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly
Is Spider getting too big for his own skin? Will Fly find her superhero powers in time to save her Aunt Rita from peril? Will Worm learn to stand on his own two feet…even though he doesn’t have feet?  Take a look at the world from a bug’s perspective and you’ll see that their lives are a lot like ours. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: the Musical
La Salle Prep stages Disney’s Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” Your kids will love the retelling of this beloved classic story. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Les Ruses D’Amour
Featuring the rich music of Alexander Glazunov, Les Ruses d’Amour (The Disguises of Love) is a wonderful experience for audiences of all ages!Set in the splendor of an Italian villa, the production is full of fun and surprises! See the antics of Isabelle and Damis, betrothed young strangers who take steps to avoid marriage and find love instead.

Les Ruses d’Amour is a full-length classical ballet, featuring the talented Metro Dancers. Sat. Event Details.


WalkRun for the Animals
Woof Meow Party! Join us for family fun at the annual Walk/Run for the Animals! More than 2,000 people and 800 dogs gather together for a walk or run to benefit shelter animals and party in the park. Choose from two dog-friendly courses, a 3-mile walk along the Columbia River or a 5k timed run through Ft. Vancouver. Afterward, head back to Esther Short Park for the Party in the Park with Rojo the Llama, pet-friendly vendors, an awards ceremony, and a great time with furry friends! Proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and help fund adoption services, community programs, and reunite lost pets with their families. Sat. Event Details.

Mt. Hood Meadows

Sno-Kona Pond Skim
The 12th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. Snowboarders and skiers ages 15 and older, get ready to skim your way across 100 feet of frigid water for some awesome prizes! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Cinco De Mayo Half Marathon
Cinco de Mayo has always been considered one of the best spring half marathons in the northwest.  In 2018 it has been moved the event to The Fields Park in downtown Portland and everyone couldn’t be happier!  The Cinco de Mayo half and 10k take runners over the Morrison and Hawthorne bridges and are mostly flat and fast with one gradual uphill that turns around and allows participants to finish with a long gradual downhill and flat finish (about 3 miles of flat / downhill to finish).  The 5k is a flat and fast course with virtually no turns.  Great for that PR you have been looking for! Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti