This weekend’s activities are eclectic as our fair city. Head to the ballet, or hit the zoo to find out a bit about kids safety. If your young reader is in need of a new book, there’s a fantastic book sale too! Get out your calendars and prepare your schedule books, we’ve got Portland’s events all lined up for you! Read on to find out more.

photo: Oregon Zoo

NE Portland

Attend the Filmed by Bike 2018
The annual cinematic celebration of all things two-wheeled rolls into its 16th year, this time with 80 films from 14 countries. Highlights include an adventurous trek through the Alaskan wilderness by land and water, the perseverance of an amputee professional cyclist from Nairobi, a fishing expedition through the alpine lakes of the San Juan high-country, and an entire category highlighting the best films from Filmed by Bike vault! Fri., Sat. &Sun. Event Details.

Head to the Spring Used Book Sale
Attend this incredible sale with your little readers. You’ll find books in every category including: Architecture, Art, Biography, Children’s, Classics, Comics, Cooking, Crafts, Gardening, History, Hobbies, Literature, Math, Mystery, Old Books, Performing Arts, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Reference, Romance, Science, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sports, Travel, Westerns, and many others.Parking available on street and in the on-site parking garage. $3 parking vouchers available. Fri., Sat., & Sun.Event Details.

SW Portland

Head the the Ballet for the Current/Classic
The Portland Ballet’s “Current/Classic” showcases its advanced company dancers. This is your chance to see the next generation of stars. The program will feature contemporary and classical works by acclaimed choreographers Josie Moseley, George Balanchine, Anne Mueller, Jason Davis, Dennis Spaight, and Marius Petipa. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Attend Safe Kids Day
Head to the zoo for Safe Kids Day on May 5. Hosted by Safe Kids Portland Metro, Safe Kids Day is an ideal time to celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives.While similar events are happening across the country, Safe Kids Day will present an opportunity for families to learn more about how to stay safe and healthy while having fun.

Led by American Medical Response, Safe Kids Portland Metro will share information with visitors about how to keep the community safe, including car-seat checks, sports clinics, safety workshops and injury prevention. These organizations share a common goal with the Oregon Zoo, which is to keep kids safe. Sat. Event Details.


Make a Mother’s Day Planter
Plant a container of beautiful blooms for Mother’s Day! These annuals offer a long-lasting color explosion that can be enjoyed by everyone throughout the spring and summer. You’ll be using a fun planter that Mom will love! Sat. Event Details.


Attend Mrs. McBee Is Leaving Room 3 Storytime and Craft
Join Pacific Northwest author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan as she shares her book, Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3. Join the children of Room 3 and Mrs. McBee as they find their own ways of helping each other get ready to leave and say good-bye. It’s not just the end of the school year at Mayflower Elementary. It’s time to say goodbye to Mrs. McBee, who is leaving the school. Jamaika, William, and the other kids in Room 3 have to figure out a special way to celebrate their beloved teacher. Sat. Event Details.

Brush Prairie

Head to the Spring Farmer’s Market
Head to the farm for the first Spring Farmer’s Market. You’ll find products from the farm and other local and family vendors. There will be yarn, wool, sheepskins, eggs, vegetable and herb starts, compost, compost bins, custom walking sticks, wind chimes, our own coffee, mugs, hats, t-shirts. Taste coffee, cider, and farm made treats. There will new lambs to see and all the glory of spring on the farm. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Don’t Miss the May Faire
Join us for this free family-friendly event to celebrate Spring! Live music, puppet shows, maypole dancing, food carts, and activities for children of all ages. Sat. Event Details.

Jam with the Pointed Man Band
Come join the fun as we have songs to sing and stories to tell. Together we shall explore original tunes, make new friends, learn to Beat Box and even try to catch some lightning bugs! Not to mention, try to find out the truth behind some invisible pets. An adventure for the whole family. Sun. Event Details.


Walk/Run for the Animals
Join the 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 have a 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 with finisher’s medals for the fastest woman, man, dog and runner under 13 years old. After your walk or run, head back to Esther Short Park for the Party in the Park with Rojo the Llama, dozens of pet-friendly vendors, a K9 unit demonstration, balloon entertainment, an awards ceremony, and fun for you and your dog. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and help fund adoption services, community programs, and reunite lost pets with their families. Race day registration opens at 7:30 a.m., with the walk and run beginning at 9 a.m. Sat. Event Details.

Take Your Brain Out to Play
It’s almost here! The 3rd Annual Take Your Brain Out to Play needs to get on your calendar! There will be Container Gardening, Tai Chi, Music with The Backstrokes, Art Station, Jewelry Making, Get a Grip on Emergencies, Gadgets to Help With Everyday Stuff, Scrapbooking, a Self-Caring Workshop with Jacki Gethner a national speaker & author and more. Local State & County representatives will be on hand to help identify resources available for you. Sat. Event Details.

How does your family celebrate the first weekend of May. Share with us in the comments below!

—Annette Benedetti