Head down the rabbit hole with Tears of Joy Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland puppet show, marvel the arrival of the jaw-dropping, giant holiday tree in Pioneer Square and learn to ride a skateboard at Girl Fest this weekend.


Alice in Wonderland TOJT

photo: TOJT Alice in Wonderland by John Valls

East Side

Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice in Wonderland
Tears of Joy Theatre presents its musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic tale of a Alice, who goes on an adventure following a rabbit that’s late for a very important date. Meet the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts on this fantastical journey through the award-winning theater’s use of colorful puppets and imaginative masks. Fri.-Sun., $14-$21, All Ages. Event details.

Fuel Up on Girl Power at Girl Fest
Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts (including boys!) are invited to take part in this fun day of discovery, which involves hundreds of cool activities, like learning to ride a skateboard, drive a submarine, controlling a robot and more. The day ends with a concert by American Idol finalist, Jessica Sanchez. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $10/person in advance (by 11/12), $15/person at door, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Giant Holiday Douglas Fir Arrives
Head downtown to usher in Portland’s 75-foot tall Douglas Fir to Pioneer Square. The event will include a  a parade and performances by the Beat Goes on Marching Band, seasonal songs performed by the Dickens Carolers. Free hot cocoa will be served up by Unitus Community Credit Union. Fri., Noon, Free, All Ages. Event details.

Fall Art Festival and Family Day
PNCA is hosting art activities, snacks and refreshments and and a youth program gear free for all. Activities include cardboard robot building, using scratchfoam to make patterns and prints, and trying out a variety o f materials and surfaces to create mixed media masterpieces. There will also be class demos, face painting and a discovery sesh with Mark on how to play a theremin. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Maddax Woods Opening Celebration
Bring a flashlight and take a magical, self-guided stroll down an accessible path, adorned with holiday light displays, through the “Lighted Woods,” down to the viewing deck on the Willamette River. Bring the kids and your leashed pooch.  The lights come on this weekend and continue through the end of the year. Sat., 4-9 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Annual Books & Bagels: The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol
Listen to folktales re-told by Portland treasure, Eric A Kimmel, about the lovable trickster, Hershel, who, like his cultural counterparts, Anansi and Coyote, uses wit and humor to overcome hardship. Eric Kimmel will be doing a book signing, so bring any of your Kimmel books for him to sign. Some books will also be available for purchase as well. Sun., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $20/family or $5/child (3 and up) and $10/adult, All Ages. Event details.

Does your family ever go downtown to see the giant holiday tree being hoisted into place?  Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway