Princess fans, horse lovers, space buffs, and adventurers of all stripes, rejoice! A few long-awaited events are here. The Polar Express chugs into Mt. Hood Railroad. Cavalia, the Horse Ballet spectacular, gallops into Stumptown for a short run. (Just look for the largest Big Top on Earth!) And the Fairy Tale Festival is back and offers activities like princess story time and wand making. Or make alien eyeballs with the local illustrator of The Three Little Aliens, about three extra-terrestrials who blast off into the galaxy on their first space adventure.

East Side

Mark Fearing at Green Bean Books (pictured)
Mark Fearing, illustrator of The Book That Eats People, will touch down at Green Bean Books to share his latest concoction, The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot! Make alien eyeballs with kids and having a blast (off)! Sun., 2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

West Side

An equestrian ballet set in a fairy tale world under the largest Big Top on Earth (really!), Cavalia is a spectacular and moving tribute to the relationship between human and horses. Nov 16 – Dec 4. See website for times and schedule. Ticket prices begin at $17.50 for children 0-12 and $34.00 for adults. All ages. Event details.

Fairy Tale Festival at Portland Children’s Museum
Take in a puppet show with our friends from Dragon Art Theater, as well as special Princess Story Times. Create your own crown, a scepter fit for a king, or your own set of fairy wings. Sat. and Sun., 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Free with museum admission; some craft activities require an additional fee. Ages 0-10. Event details.


Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow
While walking along the Sandy River, focus on opening your senses and noticing how wildlife responds to the changing season. Then gather around the campfire and enjoy a hot beverage as naturalists share the Iroquois Nation’s “Thanksgiving Address.” A simple yet moving way to celebrate and give thanks. Sun., 10:30 – 12:30 pm. Oxbow Regional Park, Gresham. $5 per vehicle. All ages. Event details.

Beaverton Farmers Market: Harvest Market
Several farmers markets will reopen this weekend so shoppers can pick up gifts and foods for the Thanksgiving table. The Beaverton Farmers’ Market will also encourage the community to show thanks by kicking off a food drive for Washington County. Sat., 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. Free. Food donations appreciated. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Polar Express at Mt. Hood Railroad
Put on your pajamas and climb aboard the Polar Express! Read along with the story as the train makes its magical journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat, and a special gift for each child. Nov 12 – Dec 28. See website for times and schedule. $18-$38  for kids 2-12 and $26-$46 for adults. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen