Don’t spend your weekend puttering around the house, Portland’s packed the city with events that you won’t want to miss. Enjoy high-flying entertainment at the International Air Show, attend a fantastic Oktoberfest celebration, or grab a buddy and support some of our most beloved community members at the Buddy Fest. Read on to find out about these events and more!

photo: Andreas-photography via flickr

All Portland Areas

Join the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup
Join and Oregon tradition. SOLVE’s Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while making a difference. Sign up to volunteer at your favorite project to support the health of our public beaches, neighborhoods, historic cemeteries and natural areas, and clean up litter from source to sea! To register and view a list of project sites, visit or call 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or 1-800-333-7658. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Join the New Moon + Autumnal Equinox Mama Circle
Call in all regnant moms, new moms, experienced moms, grandmas!!! Roseway Yoga studio is hosting a mama circle the evening of the upcoming autumn equinox. Take a few minutes to breathe within the demanding chaos that motherhood so often is and connect with local moms to share, support, cry, just be with one another. The circle starts with a tea and meditation and then asana, breath work, intentions, and affirmations specific to pregnancy or mothering follow. Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Oregon International Air show
Grab your young aviator and get ready for thrills and chills as you keep your eyes on the sky. Wear sunscreen for the Oregon International Air Show, featuring airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, skydivers, a kids’ zone, a beer garden, and Friday fireworks at Hillsboro Airport. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland 

Attend Shanah: A Whole Family 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Exploration
This special Rosh Hashanah Exploration includes: family services, Tashlich, a presentation by a beekeeper, honeycomb tasting and a cider press —bring your own apples  and a jar. This event is open to all. Fri. Event Details.

Attend National Seat Check Saturday
The Portland Children’s Museum is proud to partner with Randall Children’s Hospital to teach parents and caregivers how to correctly install and use car seats, and ensure children are in the rights seats for their ages and sizes. Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Come get your car seat checked by a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out The Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival
Your young naturalists will love this event. The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is all about natural fibers from beginning to end—from animal or plant fiber to finished product. Your fun filled day will include rabbits, goats, classes, kids’ activities, and food at the fairgrounds in Canby. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Don’t Miss Marvel Universe LIVE! Age Of Heroes
Grab your little heroes and get ready for a show the family won’t soon forget. Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into the Moda Center starting Sept. 22 with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Attend Buddy Fest NW in NE PDX
Buddy Fest NW promises to be bigger and better than ever this year! Join the community for live music and family entertainment, games and bounce houses, raffles, food, fun, and family! Hear from amazing self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond. If you can’t attend on the day, register as a virtual walker or make a donation in honor of the people in your life who experience Down syndrome. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Enjoy Oaks Amusement Park Oktoberfest
Performers, activities and brews–oh my! Oaks Amusement Park Oktoberfest is Portland’s premier family-friendly German festival, with authentic food and beverages, live music and dancing (the Kinderplatz have their own gig awesomely called the Red Shoe Rocktoberfest). Family fun activities in the main festhalle include a pretzel toss, condiment art, Oktoberfest bear hug, the region’s best craft and import vendors, wiener dog races, agility dog demonstrations, and even authentic cooking demonstrations. Visit the Kinderplatz kids area for awesome activities, including crafts, a Chicken Dance party, and the Radio Disney Rocktoberfest. Fri., & Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Foraging Fair
The Sustainable Living Center at Pringle Creek Community presents an afternoon of food, family, fun, and…foraging! Head to their beautiful grounds for an expert-led forage walk highlighting edible plants that grow wild in the area, recipe tasting, kids’ art, and information and vendor booths. Sun. Event Details.

What kind of activities motivate your family to get out of the house on the weekends? Let us know in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti