Four huge festivals, one giant circus and one enormous comic convention are happening around Portland this weekend. From Mt. Angel’s Oktoberfest to Rose City Comic Con, you can celebrate the end of summer in style. Get the scoop on each one below.
photo: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest by meetup via creative commons
Worth the Drive
Eat a Schnitzel and Catch Wiener Dog Racing at Oktoberfest
Let the wiener dog races begin! Oregon’s oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest celebrates 50 big ones this year, and offers traditional Bavarian-style food, drink, music and dancing for all. Kids activities take place in the Kindergarten, but it’s not just for the itty bitties. In addition to a bouncy house, hay maze and petting farm there’s also a rock wall, stunt jump, face painting, pony rides, mad science activities and special performances on the family stage all weekend long. Fri.-Sun., various start times (see website), $5-$30/adult; Free for everyone under 21, All Ages. Event details.
The Force is Strong at Rose City Comic Con
Set phasers to fun because this star-studded comic convention for the kid in all of us features tons of comic book artists, illustrators, game inventors and high-octane celebs, including Carrie Fisher, Robert Englund (Freddie Kruger!) Karan Ashley, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. and Manu Bennett. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5-$25/person; $30/pass; All Ages. Event details.
Do the Chicken Dance at the Polish Festival
Pierogies, beer and polka are all the rage at this popular annual, cultural festival filled with live music, dance troupes and so much delicious food. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., noon – 6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Experience the Circus that’s Built to Amaze!
See trapeze artists, acrobats, motorcycles, amazing animals and more clown antics than you can handle at this circus that’s been around since 1919. Fri.-Sun., various start times (see website), $15 and up, All Ages. Event details.
Get Hooked on Slabtown’s Community Festival
Celebrate the Slabtown neighborhood with a bouncy house, kids’ games, a parade and entertainment from The Alphabeticians, Red Yarn and His Puppet Band, Leapin’ Louie the Roping Fool and others at this ninth annual event. Sat., 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Do Good While Having Fun at This Harvest Festival
This fifth annual harvest fest includes a hay maze, hay rides, dancing and live music by Don’t Tell Mary. The proceeds from ticket sales will go towards supporting local domestic violence shelters, helping to fight human trafficking and offering grants to deserving girls and women. Sat., 4-8 p.m., $5-$10/person, All Ages. Event details.
Which festival will you make it to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!