Who’s the fastest in your family? Find out once and for all this weekend at the Portland Marathon, featuring races for kids and adults alike, as well as a festival surrounding the run. There’s also the chance to shout, “Opa!” at the annual Greek Festival in southeast Portland and an opportunity to study the white pelican at BirdFest just outside Vancouver. Read on for our top picks for truly awesome family activities taking place around Portland this weekend.

Portland Marathon Kids Run

credit: Portland Marathon by MarathonFoto

West Side

Ready, Set, GO! at the Kids’ Fun Run and Festival
Kids can participate in the Portland Marathon festivities with four different races just for them: Walk, Run, Wheel; Toddler Dash; Kids’ Fun Run and the Mini Marathoner Run. The festival surrounding the races will include field games, face-painting, prizes, snacks, inflatable obstacle courses and a boatload of fitness activities to try, as well as photo opps with Timber Joey, Blaze the Trail Cat, Hop from the Hillsboro Hops and others. Sat., 7:45 a.m. – noon, $25/child, Ages 2-12. Event details.

Stock Up With Affordable Art for Everyone
Load up your home with one-of-a-kind art from 60 juried artists with ceramics, jewelry, painting and more, all coming in under $100 per piece. The event features kids’ activities, including live shows with the Performing Arts Showcase, the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir and NW Dance Conservatory. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Get Inspired at iSpark’s Grand Opening Party
iSpark, a new science-based toy store in Hillsboro, will be hosting a grand opening party with toy demonstrations and a raffle to win cool toys. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

East Side

Fly Away to BirdFest and Bluegrass
Join the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Staff for this 16th annual weekend of nature, wildlife and Native American culture in the celebration of autumn and the fall migration. Families can enjoy nature walks, refuge mammal talks, arts and crafts, canoe rides and kayak tours. Sat. & Sun., 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Opa! It’s Time for the Portland Greek Festival
This 63rd annual event includes Greek folk dancing, delicious food, cooking demonstrations, imported crafts and fine jewelry from Greece to purchase and kids’ activities, including face painting, games and coloring. Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Will your family be going to or participating in the Portland Marathon this year? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway