Don’t let the back-to-school blues get your family down. Camp out at the Family Forest Fest, dance at a harvest celebration, or get a change of perspective when you catch a birds-eye view of our city on the tram. Read on to find out where you can go and what you can do to lift your clan’s mood this weekend.

photo: courtesy of Hike It Baby and the Family Forest Fest


Enjoy Shorty’s Harvest Celebration
Visit the Garden’s at Shorty’s. Sing and dance to the live music from Justin Sheehy and the Lapdogs. Then enjoy the amazing entertainment of the Ultimate Dance and Show Band “5 Guys Named Moe”. Try a variety of hand crafted beer and food from Mill City Brew Werks. Fri. Event Details.

Check Out Second Saturday at the Water Center: Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show
This Second Saturday event is part of the annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Head to the Water Resources Education Center for the wood carving show and various bird-related activities. Children can paint little wooden birds or color and learn about different types of birds. Everyone is also encouraged to view the intricate wildlife carvings on the second floor of the Water Center. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Check Out the Micah & Me Music Show
Dance and sing along with Micah & Me! Micah & Me host toddler dance parties regularly throughout the Portland Metro area and they have an uncommon ability to connect with those young at heart! Don’t miss this opportunity! Fri. Event Details.

Watch a Movie in the Park – West Side Story
Bring a blanket or a low back lawn chair and enjoy a night of music followed by West Side Story in Director Park.Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30pm. The movie begins after dusk. Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy Concert
Get ready to enjoy a unique musical event. Muslim Educational Trust is creating a night of music at Director Park. This intimate music event will feature Al-Andalus Ensemble which encompasses violin and guitar and Dawud Wharnsby a true folk music tradition. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out Back to School at the Portland Aerial Tram
Celebrate September with a day of family fun at the Portland Tram. There will be arts and craft activities for kids.Don’t miss the chance to paint a ceramic tile that could become part of the Portland Aerial Tram mosaic, to be displayed at the Upper Terminal. Theviews from the Tram and the upper observation deck will be stunning and perfect for a back-to-school family portrait. Sat. Event Details.

Experience the Grand Opening of The Market Exhibit
Grab you little shoppers and head to The Market— the newly renovated to a garden, grocery store, cafe, food truck, and farmer’s market stall! Explore the role of food in our lives in this interactive, sensory, garden to table exhibit that brings children’s imaginations to life. Celebrate the role of food in enriching and nourishing our lives to grow strong, nurturing, communities with us at the Portland Children’s Museum. Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Try the Italian Language Mommy and Me Playgroup
Join a free weekly Italian language playgroup for ages one through four years old. It’s never too early to share a second language and culture with a child! Enjoy stories, activities, and free play. Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the AfroCentric Pregnancy and Baby Care Fair
Sponsored by the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), this is a free family event for expecting and new parents to learn tips for a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding and new born care. Meet doulas and midwives for a fun filled day with workshops, drumming, singing, dancing, snacks, free massage. Performances by Obo Addy Legacy Project; workshops on babywearing; parenting; and birth positions; face painting; henna; raffles; and more. Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Family Forest Fest
Reconnect your family to the outdoors with a 3-day, 2 night family-friendly weekend. Started by Hike it, Baby founder, Shanti Hodges, this event will be held on a beautiful working farm in Alsea, Oregon where there will be plenty of place to pitch your tent, make new friends and explore. A full schedule is available online, which includes family yoga, a costume parade, a teddy bear hunt and much more. Music and childcare available all weekend as well!

The only thing you need to worry about is packing up your gear, food and kids before ferrying over. It couldn’t get any easier than that for a festival weekend! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

What does your family do to get over the back-to-school blues? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti