The holiday hullaballoo kicks into high gear soon enough, but there is still plenty to do before you stuff yourself with turkey and latkes.  This weekend, get yourself and your munchkins out of the house to experience digitally remastered unicorns at The Last Unicorn screening, listen to booming music at the Oregon Symphony Kids’ Concert, take part in artistic candy sushi making with a sushi chef or stroll alongside the Sandy River for the annual Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow Park. Last Unicorn 1


The Last Unicorn National Tour
Experience the digitally remastered movie on the big screen and meet author and screenwriter, Peter Beagle, in person as he comes through Portland on his national tour.  Meet fellow fans, buy merch, have Beagle sign your book and become an Official Tour Member to unlock special online discounts and goodies. Costumes are encouraged. Sat., 2 -4 p.m., Sun. 7-9 p.m., $8, All Ages. Event details.

Kids’ Karaoke
Join emcee, 9 year-old Emma Rose, a gifted singer who enjoys sharing the spotlight and stage with talented kids like herself.  Kids’ food and happy hour appetizer prices for parents make this a win-win karaoke party every other Sunday. Sun., 1-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Oregon Symphony Kids’ Concert – A Musical Feast
Join the Oregon Symphony for this special kids’ concert, where it’s okay for audience members to groove to the music, clap and laugh to their hearts’ content, especially when they’re songs about food, like the Chicken Reel and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Pacific Youth Choir’s 250 members, as well as the nationally recognized academy, Dance West, will join in the fun. Explore the sparkly chandeliers and grand staircases with your little one before the show and be sure to reserve one of the limited boosters in the Cloak Room as soon as you get there. Sun. 2-3 p.m., $10-$27, Ages 5-10. Event details.

It’s A Wonderful Life Musical
Stumptown Stages offers up the musical version of this holiday classic tale of an angel that helps a businessman realize how different life would have turned out had he never existed. Music by Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg and Julianne Johnson-Weiss. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., $36.25-$46.25. All Ages. Event details.

Candy Sushi Making
Roll candy sushi, learn how to use chopsticks and sample sushi from a real sushi chef from Benihana. Advance registration required. Fri., 4-5 p.m., Free, Ages 7-12 with an adult. Event details.

Circus Project’s Fall Showcase
The Circus Project’s Fall Showcase is a family-friendly circus show featuring performances from Circus Project.. Students, coaches and other artists will get together to show off their newly acquired skills and premiere new pieces of work in progress. Sun. 6 p.m. Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow
Start a new tradition and along the Sandy River with naturalist Dan Daly and Deerdance School’s Terry Kern on this annual walk.  Afterwards, gather around a warm campfire, sip hot beverages and listen to the reading of the “Thanksgiving Address,” passed down by the Iroquois Nation. Advanced registration required. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Free. $5 parking per vehicle. All Ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend?  Do tell!

–Suzie Ridgway