Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving festivities are weeks away. That gives you plenty of down time to enjoy the rewards of fall with your family. If you want to get your family outside, look to Newt Day in Beaverton. Or head to the great indoors and fit some creativity into your weekend, and see a Native American music performance or make a mini totem pole. Indoors or out, Portland is filled with opportunities for autumnal adventures! Which one will your family embark on this weekend?


Newt Day (pictured)
Enjoy crafts stations and hands-on activities, like examining the rough-skinned newts and other animals. Then they can head out into the nature park for a scavenger hunt. Sat., Tualatin Hills Nature Park, Beaverton. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. $2 per person ages 3-adult, free for youth 2 and under. All ages. Event details.

Return to Camp ItchABite
A group of coddled campers (over 60 performers!) find themselves faced with the great outdoors as they sing, dance and flip their way through the joys and challenges of summer camp. Nov 2-18. Historic Barclay Theater, Oregon City. Evening and matinee shows. $15/adults, $10/kids and seniors. All ages. Event details.

East side

Native American Art
Check out a variety of Early American arts from sand painting to coil pots, simple basket weaving to leather craft. Learn how Totem Poles tell stories, and make a miniature version of your own. Snacks, stories, and music round out the morning. Sat. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. $12/child, adults free. Ages preschool-12. Event details.

Native American Dance
Painted Sky’s Northstar Dance Company is known for their colorful, high-energy shows that combine rich Native American dance traditions with contemporary elements of jazz, tap and hip-hop. Sat. 11:00 am – 11:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Elizabeth Mitchell Concert
Folk favorite Elizabeth Mitchell performs songs from her new album, Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie. Sun., Village Ballroom. 2:00 pm (Doors at 1:30 pm) or 4:00 pm (doors at 3:30 pm). $10/adults, $5/kids, babies in arms are free. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Nella Farm Chestnut Roast
Join Nella for a fun filled day of enjoying chestnuts hot off an open fire and local vino. Pick up some chestnuts for the holidays while you are there. Sat & Sun. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen