It’s official! Fall is here and with it comes a colorful array of celebrations and events for your family to attend. Does sipping on fresh squeezed cider, noshing on German cuisine and dancing to oompah bands sound like a good time for both the big and little members of your clan? Read on to find out more about where you can grab a mug, dance, sing and usher fall in with a whole lot of fun this weekend.


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SE Portland

Attend Oktoberfest in SE PDX

Head over to Portland’s premier fall festival. It features authentic German food and beer, local wines, live oompah bands, polka dancing, wiener dog races, cooking demonstrations, Kinderplatz children’s activities, and much, much more! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Peruse the Portland Night Market
Grab your kids and join 100 of Portland’s best vendors in a celebration of local food, culture, music, drinks and retail.The Portland Night Market showcases the many unique & diverse businesses that call the great City of Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Industrial District. Fri. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Annual Family Fun and Health Fair
Help Keep your family healthy and head on over for interactive and fun games on the back lawn at Taborspace (hula hoop lessons, Qi Gong for kids, yoga for kids, bunny rabbits, face painting and more). Your family will also enjoy music, food and beverage, and a clinic for kids and families to explore self-care with medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, nutritional therapists. Sat. Event Details

Enjoy Live Theater at Four Found a Mountain
This is a play for all ages that explores the value of community. Through the lenses of multiple generations, your family will witness  a community come together to reclaim connection to one another, to history, and to the value of individual talents. Sun. Event Details.


Join the Sing-Along at Vista House in the Columbia Gorge
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and  some chairs and join musicians for a Song Circle with a view of the Columbia River Gorge. Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy both folk and campfire songs. Sat. Event Details. 

NE Portland

Check Out Story Time with Olive & Dingo

Grab your little story lovers and head to one of the most unique story times in Portland. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter, it’s sure to get your little jumpers jumping, your little dancers dancing, and your little wigglers wiggling. Olive and Dingo are bright and cheery, cartoony characters who love inspiring kids and families to be silly, to love improve and creative performance and to be the best audience members Portland has ever known! Fri. Event Details.

NW Portland

View My Friend Raffi at the German Film Festival
This adventure will become a family favorite. Raffi the hamster is 8-year-old Sammy’s pet and best friend. The little rodent is something very special – he can kick goals with a football and also sniff out smuggled goods better than a tracker dog. When Raffi is kidnapped by a scheming criminal, Sammy goes on an adventure through the city of Hamburg to rescue his friend. This is an adventure for brave hearts and hamster lovers. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Make a Difference at the 18th Annual Portland Metro and SW Washington Buddy Walk
Participate in the Buddy Walk and help bring awareness to Down Syndrome and show support for The Northwest Down Syndrome Association. Enjoy live music and family entertainment, games and bounce houses, auctions and raffles, and tasty food and snacks. Hear from amazing self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond. Sat. Event Details.


Stroll Through Canby Farmers Market
Make your way to this vibrant weekly event that promotes healthy eating, buying local, and strengthening the community. Produce, flowers, crafts, wine tasting, live music, tons of delicious foods and more! Sat. Event Details.

Eagle Creek

Squeeze Cider in Eagle Creek

Grab your apples and head to the cider squeeze to celebrate the arrival of fall. You can press your own apples or some of there.There will be activities, food, craftsmen and musicians all day. Fun for the whole family! Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite fall event to attend? Share in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti