The days are growing colder and a bit wetter but there are still tons of fun events and activities for families across Portland. Get bendy with your little yogis, make art with your little Picassos or get out and go mushroom hunting with your curious foragers. Whatever your brood is in the mood for, chances are there’s something going on that will satisfy and we’ve rounded up some of the best. Read on to find out more.


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SW Portland

Get Creative at the School In-Service Day of Art!
Sign your kids up at the Oregon College of Art and Craft! Kids will enjoy a day of creating while their school has an in-service day. Young artists in grades 1-5 will experience an exciting day of innovative and creative workshops that engage kids in unique projects, inspire the imagination and foster the future artist. Games, free choice time and snacks round out a great day of making on campus in the studios. Fri. Event Details.

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
This is an event your family won’t want to miss! The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is one of the most anticipated fall events in the Northwest. Each year people come from all over to watch the spectacle of costumed characters paddling 1,000 pound pumpkins across the Lake of the Commons in Tualatin in a series of wacky races. The Regatta also includes costume contests, pie eating contests, pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin crafts, food, entertainment and more! Sat. Event Details.

Catch the Taiko Project
Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment. Since its founding in 1994, the group has headlined at arts festivals, released three CDs, and performed for hundreds of community events. This is a show you and your tribe will remember for years to come! Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Get Your Yoga On!
Enjoy whimsical yoga at Gnome’s Home – through stories, games and songs you and your yogini will be lead through individual and partner poses. Doing yoga together is a wonderful way to strengthen communication and trust with each other. As a bonus, you’ll both experience your own increased flexibility, wellbeing and balance. Fri. Event Details.

Get Crafty at the Sock Animal Workshop
Local artist, designer, and creator of all things adorable, Suzie Moulton will be providing a special Halloween-themed sock animal workshop that will please both the littles and the bigs in your family. Suzie will teach basic stitching techniques and creatively guide you and your kiddos as you craft a mystical wolf and an intriguing bat – perfect for fall! Supplies will be provided for both animals; however, only one will be completed during the workshop, leaving you inspired to finish the other on your own! All supplies needed is included in the workshop fee, but feel free to bring your favorite crafting needles. Space is limited so be sure to sign up today. Exact location will be emailed to you upon ticket purchase. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Rock Out to Radio Silence!
Grab the kids and get ready to rock out with The Doubleclicks and Lucia Fasano (Portlandia, Catty B’s) at Books with Pictures in Portland! This show is the Portland CD release party for Lucia’s debut album, “Radio Silence.” The Doubleclicks will play current favorites and new songs from their album “President Snakes.” Also featuring Barbara Holm, Kyle McCormick, and more. Sat. Event Details.


Get Informed at the Family Resource Fair
Are you ready to get informed? The Family Resource Fair is a free event connecting local nonprofit organizations with the families they serve in the Beaverton community. Local nonprofit organizations will host tables with information for parents and activities for kids ages 0-10. Families who visit five tables get a free book for each child and can enter a raffle to win great prizes from local businesses.Sat. Event Details.

Happy Valley

Go on a Mushroom Hike
Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms. Join mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin on this woodland hike to learn about the ecological roles of fungi and how they eat and reproduce. You will enjoy hands-on exercises and learn how to identify mushrooms. Sun. Event Details.

Oregon City

Hit the Halloween Fantasy Trail
Take a Halloween walk through a lighted, wooded, “Fantasy Trail”, decorated with spooky sights and sounds. Walk through a 40 foot castle with Halloween scenes. Also, walk through a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more. Sun. Event Details.


Do Art In The Burbs
Tigard High School is the new location for the annual Art in the Burbs Festival. The Tigard High School gym will be transformed into an art festival with original works from over 85 juried artists’ creations available for sale. You and your kiddos will enjoy checking out a variety of art including jewelry, ceramics, exterior art, cards, textiles and more. Yummy food, live performances and a student art gallery will also be on display. Fri., Sat., and Sun. Event Details.

What’s your favorite family activities when the weather gets wet? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Annette Benedetti