Get ready to polka and oompah, 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. Oktoberfest’s lederhosen-clad fun continues (Let the wiener dog races begin!). And Civil War buffs and llama enthusiasts will find nirvana just outside Portland (at the Civil War Re-enactment in Estacada and the Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, respectively).

In the City

Polish Festival (pictured)
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.

Chagall for Children
Arranged like a miniature art gallery, this one-of-a-kind exhibit allows kids to play with the art—and the art will play back. Sept 23, 2011 – Jan 21, 2013. Portland Children’s Museum. Free with admission. Best for ages 3-10. 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, 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.

Aventuras de Don Quixote
In this charming new touring play from Teatro Milagro, children and adults alike will be pulled into a fun and exciting interactive bilingual drama inspired by the famous novel of Cervantes. Sun. 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm. $4 advance, $7 at the door.  Ages 5-10. Event details.

Out of Town 

Flock and Fiber Festival
A weekend filled with animals (llamas, sheep, goats, alpacas and more!), music, hands-on activities and crafts, dozens of fiber arts’ workshops, and kids’ activities. Sat-Sun. 9:00 am. Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby. Most events are 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.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen