Concerts, Autumn Moon Festivals at the Chinese Gardens and Comic Con’s Portland family-style. That’s just some of what our fair city has in store for you this weekend. Don’t let the start of school slow your family fun down. Get out with your crew for some serious good times at one (two or three) of these activities and events. Read on to find out more.

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NE Portland

Hit Rose City Comic Con
Portland’s premier pop-culture event, Rose City Comic Con is produced locally with a focus on creating fun for geeks of all ages! With a focus on comics, comic creators, and the creative process, Rose City Comic Con also provides its attendees of all ages with access to gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, cosplay, anime, and everything in between! Don’t forget to bring the kids along because Rose City Jr. is bigger and better than ever! The whole family will enjoy this fun, educational area of the show floor filled with live entertainment, meet and greets, kid-friendly vendors and hands-on experiences. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Go On An Aquifer Adventure
Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater!  Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure – not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet!  Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids! Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
With the help of his new teacher, Yoda, Luke Skywalker grows stronger with the Force, and the Rebel Alliance continues to battle the evil Empire. John Williams’ Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated score soars, as the Oregon Symphony performs live with the projected film. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Free Beginning Ballet Series
The Portland Ballet presents a series of free beginning ballet classes in September for ages 6-9. The series consists of three classes held once a week at TPB’s studio. Sat. Event Details.

Forest Grove

Participate in ASO Game Club
The Forest Grove Game Club for Boys and Girls with autism and their families meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at Pacific University, Berglund Hall.   A fun evening for the whole family! Games, movie, potluck, and graduate students volunteer their time to help. Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Hit Melty Fest
Amazing local chefs teamed up to put together the ultimate chef + food + daytime party with the entire family in mind. That means food from Portland chefs like Peter Cho, Gabriel Rucker, Tommy Habetz, John Gorham Maya Lovelace and more. There will be ice cream, floats, melted and grilled cheese galore. Plus activities for kids and grown ups including live cooking demos, a craft corner with all the creative goodness you could dream of, outdoor games, face painting and live music from local kiddo favorite Micah and Me. Oh, and there will be adult beverages – don’t worry parents, we’ve got you. Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride
This is an all-ages event, free to attend, and ADA accessible! They will gladly accept non-perishable food or toiletry donations to Esther’s Pantry and pet food for The Pongo Fund. Pagan Pride activities will include: Workshops on Magick and Pagan Living, A Kids’ Corner, Harvest Ritual, Vending by local stores and artists, A 50/50 Raffle. Sat. Event Details.


Head to Viva Tualatin
A Celebration of Arts and Culture a brand new festival that will celebrate Tualatin’s vibrant culture. Enjoy performances by artists such as Danza Azteca, Baile Folklorico, Dina y Los Rumberos, and more. ¡Viva Tualatin! will bring together visual artists, performance artists, and a variety of different cuisines to create an event that the entire family can enjoy. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Experience Autumn Moon Lantern Viewing
As a finale to the celebration of the Autumn Moon Festival, Lan Su Chinese Garden presents a special Lantern Viewing Evening beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 after the day-long Autumn Moon Festival in the garden. This event will include mooncake samples, a Chinese calligraphy demonstration, a ribbon dance performance by Yu Long of the Seattle Yu Long Academy and a Fire Poi performance with the Polynesian dance troupe from Teva Oriata. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti