If you thought that festivals went away with the summer weather, you’d be wrong. Fall is full of fun family events, especially this weekend. The Sixth Annual Green Sprouts Festival is back with eco-minded fun and learning. The Polish Festival (one of the best kept secrets on our festival circuit) will feature food, beer, music, and polka, polka, polka. 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). And Oktoberfest’s lederhosen-clad fun oompahs on!
Polish Festival (pictured)
The Polish festival is an event for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concertgoers, dance enthusiasts, … everyone. Enjoy non-stop stage performances, including dance groups and music bands, a 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. No registration required. All ages. Event details.
Green Sprouts Natural Family Fest
A fun, festive and educational one-day event for the whole family that celebrates and promotes the nurturing of life through nature. Parents can learn about and explore eco-friendly, community-involved, natural, and healthy options for raising their families. There’s a full line up of music and entertainment and a beautiful park and playground for picnics and play. Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Peninsula Park. Kids free with paying adult ($2-$5). All ages. Event details.
Oktoberfest at Oaks Amusement Park
Portland’s premier German-style fall festival is back this year with authentic food and beverages, live oompah music and dancing, and activities including condiment art, pretzel toss, Oktoberfest bear hug and chicken dance contests, wiener dog races, Kinderplatz childrens activities featuring Radio Disney Rocktoberfest and much more! Fri-Sun. Hours vary by day. Parking and gate admission free. All ages. Event details.
Soundtrack of the 80s with The Radical Revolution
Portland’s most popular 80s cover act, The Radical Revolution (formerly known as The Breakfast Club), will perform two shows in one night at the Alberta Rose Theatre. The first show will be family-oriented, allowing minors accompanied by legal guardian. There is a great area in front of the stage for kids (and their parents) to dance and be silly! Sat. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. $10 Adults, $5 kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
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 lived. Civilian life is also portrayed in the fashions, cooking, music, dances, secular and spiritual life and many other ways! 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