From an Oktoberfest celebration to a kiddie concert to a Mini Makers Faire, Portland has the best family happenings booked all weekend long. Grab your family, and perhaps a cozy fall sweatshirt and head out the door. There’s plenty to keep you smiling, laughing and singing together. Read on to find out where you should spend your time on your upcoming days off.

photo: Mount Angel Oktoberfest via Facebook


Attend Portland Art Museum for $5 After 5 p.m.
Every Friday evening, you are invited to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive, and more social experience. Admission is just $5 after 5 p.m.

Here’s what What the museum has in store:Beer and pizza in the pop-up pub.

    • Unique tours and games—like slow looking and Game of Thrones tours.
    • Twitter and Instagram happenings like photo booths and Twitter takeovers.
    • Art Guides—friendly folks ready to answer questions and help you make the most of your visit.
    • Occasional special events like 3-hour exhibitions.

Fri. Event Details.

NE Portland

Enjoy Live Jazz Music All Weekend Long At Perlot
Known for creative, globally-inspired dishes, Perlot is also one of Portland’s best live jazz neighborhood spots. Behind the airy and open kitchen restaurant is Perlot’s cozy back lounge where you can take in dinner and a show with no cover charge for music. Guests can sip on a Perlot Old Fashioned in the evenings or a Huckleberry Mule during brunch now all weekend long with Perlot’s recently added Saturday brunch, all while jazz performers serenade the room. A top spot for brunching, Perlot has the rare combination of top live jazz with creative, globally inspired dishes from Iron Chef America winner Executive Chef Patrick McKee. Fri. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Enjoy Brews for Baby Blues
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy music, beer and bites. Admission prices cleverly named after slang terms for beer for adults and soda for kids! Bring friends and save! Two beer tokens included with admission. Tickets available at door the day of event too! Music by Chasing Ebenezer. Sat. Event Details.

Mt. Angel

Head to the 53rd Mount Angel Oktoberfest
In the heart of Oregon, Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest brings 350,000 people to the Bavarian village every September. The Northwest’s oldest and best loved Folk Festival – celebrates the fruits of the harvest, and the goodness of Creation! There is something for everyone at the Mount Angel Oktoberfest. Fri. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

All Ages Springwater Trash Pick-up
Environmental nonprofit The Story of Stuff, as part of its Global Week of Action, is hosting a Trash Pick-up & Brand Audit along the Springwater Corridor, starting at Sellwood Riverfront Park (1221 SE Oaks Park Way), from 9:30 to noon, Saturday, September 15. Volunteers will not only collect trash, but will record the brand, type and amount of plastic litter as part of The Story of Stuff’s ongoing efforts to track the lifecycle of plastic in the environment. Basic supplies will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring buckets,  pick-up sticks, grabbers, and any other tools helpful to the effort. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out the Portland Mini Maker Faire
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Check Out this Free Ballet Series for Ages 6-9!
The Free Pre-Ballet Series introduces young dancers, ages 6-9, to the fundamentals of ballet. These free classes help children decide if ballet is right for them. We welcome all new dancers in this commitment-free, three-class series, with the goal of giving students the basic foundations and an appreciation of dance. Sign up and find out why TPB is Portland’s premier academy for nurturing, student-centered ballet training. Sat. Event Details.

Experience Smallfoot Movie Release
Migo the Yeti makes a stark discovery in the upcoming Warner Animation Group musical that has a little bit of comedy, and a little bit of adventure – a human! Join us and make your very own yeti and score free promotional items, free tickets to the movie screening, and a tasty treat to devour on your way out! All for just $10. Sat. Event Details.


Head to the Sturgeon Festival
The Water Resources Education Center’s annual Sturgeon Festival will bring a splash of excitement to kids of all ages with a live reptile show, fish dissections, birds of prey and hands-on activities! This free, fun event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about the special fish, plants and animals living in and around the Columbia River. Join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Water Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. The festival is sponsored by the City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Don’t Miss Kids’ Battle of the Bands in NW PDX
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of food, drink, and entertainment! Portland’s best known children’s musicians —Tallulah’s Daddy and The Alphabeticians — will kick off the event, then singers and musicians aged 15 and younger will compete in the the Battle of the Bands.  There will be food, drink, and a silent auction featuring signed items from the Trail Blazers and Timbers. Sun Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti