Mt. Angel_oktoberfestIt’s time to oompah, Portlanders. That’s right: Oktoberfest season is upon us, kicking things off this weekend with the spectacular Mt. Angel celebration. Portland is also celebrating Mexican and Central American independence with a fabulous fiesta in Portland’s living room. You can enjoy canoe rides and treasure hunts at Aquifer Adventure, a pirate-themed family festival about groundwater (fun and ecologically educational.) And the beginning of autumn is the peak of pear harvest and the ideal time to explore fruit stands and attractions all along the Hood River valley’s scenic Fruit Loop.

In town

Belmont Street Fair
Thousands of visitors will visit the Belmont/Sunnyside neighborhood for music, food festival, children’s activities, and tons of booths. Sat. 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mexico’s 202nd Birthday
Celebrate Central American and Mexican Independence at El Grito! The celebration will feature authentic Latino food, dance, and live music. Sat. 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Aquifer Adventure
Enjoy canoe rides, treasure hunting, and an obstacle course while you learn about the precious resource that flows beneath your feet. Sat. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Portland Water Bureau Canoe Launch. Free. No registration required. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest

Let the wiener dog races begin! It’s Oregon’s oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest offers traditional food, drink, and dance. Enjoy family activities and kids’ amusements: balloon hats, face painting, pony rides, large straw maize, and a 4-H Petting Farm. Also enjoy the free talent, comedy, and magic shows, along with Wiener Dog Racing and more. Thur-Sun. 11:00 am. Mt. Angel. Most events are free. All ages. Event details.

Hood River Fruit Loop Pear Celebration
Sample more than 18 varieties of pears, enjoy pear desserts, artisan foods, a glass of pear wine, live music, a corn maze, and more. Sat-Sun. Events and times vary. Mostly free. All ages. Event details.

Glass Float Art Drop
Handcrafted glass sand dollars and glass crabs along with glass floats will await discovery along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches. Sat. 9:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pack a picnic and enjoy these perfect sun-dappled days of September! What will you be doing this weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen

(photo: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Facebook)