Autumn is full of surprises in Portland. There’s something different to do every weekend. This weekend doesn’t disappoint. make your way through a maze, watch a ventriloquist make magic, or hit a festival. Grab your pen and paper, we’ve rounded up all the best things for your family to do this weekend.

photo: Darin Barry via Flickr

SE Portland

Attend the Portland Fresh Hops Festival
Oregon’s biggest fresh hops festival is back. The 16th annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival returns to Oaks Amusement Park in September with a few new wrinkles, including collaboration beers from farmers and breweries, conversations with innovative brewers, early-entry tickets, live music, and 60-plus fresh hop beers from Oregon. Fri. Event Details.

Head to the NW Kids & Trackers’ Guide to Portland Expo
Portland is a special place. There is so much to explore; so much to do; so much to see; so much to taste and so much to learn! And whether your family is new to Portland or new to parenting (or both!), NW Kids has an expo planned just for you! Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the All American Magic & Ventriloquist Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and Ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, Nachos, Hot Pretzels, plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Experience Princess Ida Or, Castle Adamant
Princess Ida; or, Castle Adamant is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The piece concerns a princess who founds a women’s university and teaches that women are superior to men and should rule in their stead. The prince to whom she had been married in infancy sneaks into the university, together with two friends, with the aim of collecting his bride. They disguise themselves as women students, but are discovered, and all soon face a literal war between the sexes. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Bring the whole family for fantastic entertainment, food & drink, and prizes! BOOSTAPALOOZA! features musical performances by Tallulah’s Daddy and The Alphabeticians and an incredible comedy juggling act by the internationally renown Henrik Bothe. There will be a silent auction and raffle, a balloon twister, and a face painter.Sun. Event Details. 

NW  Portland

Don’t Miss the Big Foot Theme Corn Maize at the Pumpkin Patch
Don’t miss some Big-Time fun in Oregon’s Original corn MAiZE. “We Believe”. You will have the time of your life as you navigate the 8 acre corn maze and follow in the footsteps of this Oregon legend. Who knows, you just might get a glimpse of the famous hairy hominid as you stalk through our our a-mazing field. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check Out “How I Became a Pirate”
Avast, ye mateys! Set sail on a high-seas adventure with a motley crew of bumbling pirates as the fearsome Captain Braid Beard lands at a quiet family vacation spot in search of an expert digger to join the crew. This slapstick swashbuckler will delight children, parents, and every pirate-at-heart. Most enjoyed by ages 4 and up. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Attend a Portland Cider Pressing Party
Bring the whole family for the annual Portland Cider Pressing Party! A celebration of the apple harvest and our PDX Apple & Fruit Drive, where you can be a part of pressing the apples for our annual Community Cider. More kid friendly than ever, they’re going to have a petting zoo, bouncy house, old school apple mill and press, plus cider floats. Don’t worry, there’s Hard Cider Floats for the grown-ups too! Plus they’ll have Cider Slushies & NEW cider releases: Crangerine, our fall & winter limited release, and a small-batch of Pumpkin Spice, an old favorite returning exclusively at the Portland Cider pubs. Plus get a pint of our new Peach Berry cider. Sat. Event Details.

Lake Oswego
Experience Diversity & Inclusion in Organ Music
Organist, Jeff Wood, opens ears to a wide representation of composers for the pipe organ. This concert will feature a variety of music by women and people of color. Admission is free. Reception to follow. Free childcare is available. Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti