If your family loves dance, music and live theater, this weekend will not disappoint. Catch Ella Enchanted and Viva Italia. And don’t miss the Not So Secret Show? If you want to find out what the secret is, read on for all the details below.

photo: by Owen Carey via Oregon Children’s Theater

SE Portland

See Alebrijes
Milagro kicks off Season 35 with the world premier of ¡Alebrijes! – the23rd Día de Muertos espectáculo. This year, nspiration is taken from an imaginary creature unique to Mexican art — the alebrije.

A Día de Muertos celebration. World premiere. Bilingual When a young bride and groom-to-be discover the largest Dia de Muertos altar they’ve ever seen, they suddenly notice something’s run amuck, literally. A little creature, known as an Alebrije, sweeps into the room and takes the bride’s imagination, forcing past and present to meld together in this playful homage to Pedro Linares, the creator of the Alebrije. Set in present day San Luis Potosí, in Xochimilco in 1936, and in an afterlife that looks too much like a psychedelic Oaxacan jungle, young Pedro realizes his artistic potential through his relationship to his pets as totems, his love for painting, and a close encounter with death. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

See Annie
Check out Journey Theater’s youth production of Annie! Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Come see how little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Skipping Bedtime – Give Guide Party
get your groove on at the first Skipping Bedtime of the 2018-19 calendar year, that school calendar that rules your entire life. Plus, Give!Guide party. woo! DJ Rescue (Zia McCabe) returns, spinning an eclectic mix of fun times, guilty pleasures, rare dance cuts, new and old hip hop. Reclaim that old you, the one that had the fun, the one without responsibilities.

Donate to Baby Blues Connection and pdx Diaper Bank and enter your sweet-ass to win a prize. What prize? We’ll tell you when we know. It’ll be worth it though. Since it’s a Give!Guide party, it counts as a Give!Guide donation. There’s perks with that business and we’ll do that paperwork for you. Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Check Out the Free Puppet Show
Free Puppet show presented by Dragon Theater with paid admission to the structure.  These shows are fun for all ages and change weekly! Our three story indoor playground and cafe makes for a Fun Family Friendly night.  Full service cafe with coffee, beer, and wine.  Admission is $4 for ages 3&under and $8 for ages 4&up, adults are always free! Fri. Event Details.

NE Portland

Portland’s Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Shop hundreds of local artisans and vendors for gourmet food, arts & crafts, handmade gifts, toys, holiday decor, and meet Santa! Free sample offerings in our gourmet food area! Portland’s 29th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival, November 9 – 11 at the Oregon Convention Center. Fri. Event Details.

Check Out the The Not-So Secret Family Show
The Not-So-Secret Family Show! feat. Red Yarn at The Secret Society Featuring a rotating lineup of Portland’s finest family performers for the kids & showcasing Portland’s best singer/songwriters for the grown-ups! Full bar& menu available! Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

See Ella Enchanted
On the day she was born, Ella was cursed to obey every command.  She’s always been told there’s nothing she can do to reverse it…Nevertheless, she persisted.

Ella of Frell is anything but ordinary. At birth, she was enchanted by a foolish fairy’s spell and must obey any command she is given, no matter how absurd. At age 15, Ella sets out on a quest to break the curse forever!

Ella Enchanted is a fairy tale musical about self-empowerment, perseverance, and an eagerness to learn! Along the way, she’ll encounter nasty ogres, evil step-sisters, and–if she has time–a handsome prince. This is a must-see play for all children. It’s a perfect way to kick off the season of magic. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Visit Santa HQ
Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in Summit Court, below the Food Court.  Reservations available, but not required! This year, Santa HQ’s new Elf Academy invites guests to come and stand in front of the Magic Mirror to be transformed into Santa’s Elf (with a little help from augmented reality), plus create your very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a selfie! Sat. Event Details.

Check Out Viva Italia
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony fittingly kicks off its Downtown Series on Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with its Symphony Orchestra performing ​Viva Italia!

This nod to the great Italian tradition features an ebullient program sure to build excitement for the Symphony’s 2019 summer tour to Italy. ​Praised for his impactful programming, Music Director Raúl Gómez has assembled an upbeat selection of music that not only captures the joy of youth, but also holistically depicts the Italian spirit while maintaining diversity of origination. ​The concert includes two iconic Italian works that have enchanted generations of young Americans, Rossini’s Overture to ​The Barber of Seville​ and Ponchielli’s ​Dance of the Hours from ​La Gioconda, alongside Italy-inspired compositions by musical giants Tchaikovsky and Berlioz. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Native American Indian Storytelling And Drumming
These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti