One of the many wonderful things about Portland is that there’s always something interesting going on. This week has a slew of unique and entertaining things to do. Go on a hunt for Big Foot and watch some chainsaw carving. Make your way to the theater and let puppets entertain you. If that’s not enough to fill your days, hit the Greek festival for some amazing food and music. Read on to find out where all the fun is taking place!

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NE Portland

Hit the Portland Greek Festival
Grab your kids and head to the Portland Greek Festival for great food, music, games and more. Spend your day perusing authentic goods imported from Greece and nibbling on unique and tasty cuisine. There is a kids’ area with face painting, games and more to keep young festival goers entertained. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Go on a Babywearing Playdate
Join a weekly SE play date at Tidee Didee Diaper Service! VBE’s will be available to help with any questions about your carriers as well as have a few try on only options available. Or feel free to come just to hang out with fellow babywearing caregivers and kiddos! Fri. Event Details.

Check Out Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater
Voted best new family show, the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has something for all ages! The show’s fun-loving clowns, impressive juggling acts, and cast of twenty-five pets are ready to entertain as they take over the stage at Planet Hollywood’s V Theater. All 10 dogs and 15 cats performing in the show were rescued from animal shelters and now get to have fun performing on stage. Sun. Event Details.

Get to the Cheese Festival!
Grab your little cheese lovers and get ready to gobble, gobble at this family-friendly event. The Wedge is a Farmers Market-style festival celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it. Sample and purchase local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider.  Bring a cooler and stock up! Sat. Event Details.

Audition for Babes in Toyland
Babes in Toyland is a whimsical musical filled with all your favorite Mother Goose characters. Victor Herbert’s music adds a fun counterpoint to the silly dialogue and contemporary references in our retelling of this classic story. Come be part of a production that will whisk the whole family away to “the land you’ll oft recall as the best of all…Toyland!”Sat. Event Details.


Attend the OrenKoFest
Discover Hillsboro’s agriculture in the place where it all began – Orenco! OrenKoFest is where agritourism meets the city. Visit Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station tucked right next to Orenco Station MAX stop and the new Platform District condominiums. At OrenKoFest you’ll find Hillsboro’s premiere harvest festival full of local eats, farm fresh produce, live music, seasonal beer and wine, unique arts and crafts, and kids’ autumn crafts. Special features include a Bavarian beer stein holding contest, otherwise known as a “Masskrugstemmen” and dancing. Sat. Event Details.

St. Helens

5th Annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch
The Fall Festival is a weekend of community fun featuring free admission and parking, free hayride, Low Cost indoor games, Horse Rides, Food Court, Entertainment Stage, Pumpkin Patch, Bounce House, Photo Spots, Raffles, Silent Auction, Face Painting, and local craft vendors. A safe environment for children. Something for everyone of all ages. Home grown fun! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Home Valley

Don’t Miss the Bigfoot Bash at Logtoberfest
Home Valley has a rich and varied history but there are two reoccurring themes that stand the test of time… Logging and Sasquatch. In recognition and celebration, several Carson-area businesses have joined with the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce to create Logtoberfest! Engage and experience chain saw art, wooden crafts, vintage logging equipment demonstrations, Sasquatch vendors, autumn plants, pumpkins and more. Kids can make apple cider with apples donated by A & J Select Market, using a cider press courtesy of Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Stevenson High School cheerleaders will be on hand to help the little ones paint pumpkins to take home too! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Watch Amelia Earhart’s First Flight
The Starlings, NWCT’s all-bird, all-puppet acting troupe, return for this imaginative exploration of the airplane. Follow Amelia Earhart on an interactive, puppet-fueled extravaganza as she soars through the history of women in flight from the early airplane to the space program. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Attend a Guide Dogs for the Blind Public Graduation Ceremony
Portland area dog lovers, kids, Kleenex, and cameras are welcome at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s heartwarming public graduation ceremonies at the organization’s campus in Boring.Thesepublic events honor the independence and companionship that GDB’s exceptional guide dogs provide for the people they will serve, but they also allow GDB clients to meet the committed puppy raisers who cared for their canine heroes until they were old enough to begin formal training at the campus. Sun. Event Details.

Has your family ever spotted Big Foot? If so where? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti