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Do you want to oompah, wander, or polka this weekend, Portlanders? One of the best-kept secrets on Portland’s festival circuit is The Polish Festival. It’s an event for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concertgoers, dance enthusiasts … everyone. The lederhosen-clad fun continues with Oktoberfest celebrations, including the family focused fun at Oaks Park. (Let the wiener dog races begin!). Enter the labyrinth and find your way through the “Keep Portland Lost” Corn Maize. And Civil War buffs and cabbage-bowling enthusiasts will find nirvana just outside Portland (at the Civil War Re-enactment in Estacada and the Sauerkraut Festival in Scappoose, respectively).

In the City

Polish Festival
Enjoy non-stop stage performances, including dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer. Sat (11:00 am – 10:00 pm) and Sun (12:00 pm – 6:00 pm). Polish Library and St. Stanislaus Church. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Amusement Park
Portland’s premier German-style fall festival is back! With authentic food and beverages, live oompah music and dancing, and activities including condiment art, a pretzel toss, bear hug and chicken dance contests and wiener dog races. Fri-Sun. Hours vary by day. Parking and gate admission free. All ages. Event details.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Amusement Park (Laurelfest)
Celebrate Fall! Laurelwood Public House & Brewery Laurelfest! Live music, bouncy house, BBQ specials and … wait for it … fresh hop beers! Sat. 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Free admission. All ages.Event details.

Out of town

Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival
The 24th Annual Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival features all day entertainment, great food, cabbage bowling and a sauerkraut eating contest. Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Heritage Park. Free. All ages.Event details.

Civil War Re-enactment
Witness historic battles with over 400 re-enactors. After the battles, visitors can also visit the camps to see and touch how the soldiers and civilians lived. Sat-Sun. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Adults $6 and kids 6 and under free. All ages.Event details.

Cabbage bowling? Weiner dog racing? What wondrous cultural trip can you take with your family this weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen