Celebrate the opening of MAX’s Orange Line this weekend, get bouncing at the Belmont Street Fair, learn how to make something at the Portland Mini Maker Faire or march in a parade with your whole family for Beaverton Celebration Day. Read on to find out what’s happening on both sides of the Willamette worth celebrating this weekend.

Tilikum Crossing

photo: Tilikum Crossing by Riveted via creative commons 

East and West Side

Catch the Orange! MAX Orange Line Grand Opening Celebration
MAX’s Orange Line opens this weekend with family-friendly events at many of the MAX Orange Line station stops, including do wop groups, marching bands, cornhole games, prizes and giveaways, like biking and walking maps and other cool swag from the vendor booths. Also on tap, are free rides on all TriMet bus and MAX lines, including the Portland Streetcar and the Portland Aerial Tram. The new light rail line will take passengers from Milwaukie to downtown in 27 minutes utilizing the new Tilikum Crossing, as well as 18 new MAX vehicles being added to the fleet. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

East Side 

DIY at OMSI’s Mini Maker Faire
Be part of the Maker Movement by attending the Portland Mini Maker Faire, dubbed the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth. From high-tech robots and rockets to blacksmithing, homesteaders and crafters, this popular event covers the gamut of creative things people around Portland are making. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $10-$15/person, All Ages. Event details.

Bounce Around at the Belmont Street Fair
This annual event along SE Belmont Street, between 33rd and 39th avenues, has been a tradition in this cool neighborhood for 20 years. There will be nonstop live entertainment, a kids’ area (with a bouncy house), an Artists’ Alley, beer gardens and tasty food from restaurants, including Laughing Planet, Dick’s Kitchen and Suzette’s Creperie. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

March With Fido at Beaverton Celebration Day
The party kicks off with a 5k to benefit the Beaverton Police Activities League, followed by a Pooch Parade that leads into the Celebration Parade, filled with a boatload of floats, marching bands and various community groups. The parade goes from Allen Blvd. and Wilson Ave. to Griffith Park. Activities will take place at City Park across from the library. Sat., 9 a.m. (5k); 10 a.m. (parade), Free, All Ages. Event details.

Raise Funds at Festival at the Farm 
This 5th annual fundraiser to help protect the White Oak Savannah, serves up barbecued burgers, live music, hay and corn mazes and a craft fair, as well as fresh fruit, veggies and flowers. Kids will love the face painting and activities, like the play with clay booth. FYI, BYO chairs. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Will your family cross the Bridge of the People this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie