Viva Mexico! Portland is marking Mexico’s 202nd birthday celebration with a big “fiesta” in Portland’s living room. You can enjoy canoe rides and treasure hunts at Aquifer Adventure, a pirate-themed family festival about groundwater. (Oh, Portland. Thanks for keeping it weird 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. Pack a picnic and enjoy these perfect sun-dappled days of September.

In the City

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.

Leyendas de Mexico
In this family-friendly bilingual performance, Nuestro Canto fills the theatre with the magic of masks, movement and imaginative storytelling! Sat. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Milagro Theater. $4 advance/ $7 door. Ages 5 and up. 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 Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico. Sat. 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest
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.

Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival
The 23rd Annual Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival features all day entertainment, lots of good things to eat, cabbage bowling and a sauerkraut eating contest. Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Heritage Park. 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.

 — Cheyenne Terbrueggen