montinore_vineyardsEncourage your little ones to stomp this weekend. It’s crush time at local vineyards, and Montinore Estates puts on a fabulous family-friendly crush party. If your child is a llama enthusiast (and, really, what child isn’t?), head to Canby for the annual Flock and Fiber Festival. Take a stroll around a delightful Hillsboro neighborhood in the Harvest Century Family Ride. Or take to the skies on the wings of a…peach? Anything is possible in the NWCT’s production of James and the Giant Peach.

Portland

Portland Juggling Festival
Visit Reed College for one of the largest regional juggling festivals in the United States, featuring hundreds of juggling friends, non-stop workshops, and thrilling shows. Fri-Sun. Hours vary by day. See website for festival and show prices. All ages. Event details.

NWCT: James and the Giant Peach
James Trotter discovers a magical escape from his dreary life with aunts Spiker and Sponge. Climb aboard with James and his crew of giant, friendly insects, as they sail an enchanted peach across the Atlantic in search of a new home. Based on the Roald Dahl classic. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 28 – Oct. 27. 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm shows. $18-$22. Bst for ages 6 and up. Event details.

Kruger’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
Along with acres of pumpkins, the farm offers hay rides, a family corn maze, an animal barn, a hay pyramid, caramel apples, corn stalks, gourds, Indian corn, fresh autumn produce, and family activities. <b>Sept 28-Oct 31. 9:00 am (closing time varies by day). Corn maze admission: adults $6 (one free child with every adult) and kids 4 and under free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Montinore Crush Party(picturesd photo from Montinore Facebook)
Compete in the grape stomp competition, listen to bluegrass, enjoy delicious food, go on a vineyard tour via hay ride, drink freshly pressed grape juice, have your face painted, and enjoy the fruits of our labor from years past with some wine tasting. Sat. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Forest Grove. Free. All ages. Event details.

Harvest Century Family Bike Ride
Tricycles, wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers—this safe, 3-mile family-friendly bike course is for you. It is a separate course from the three longer Harvest Century routs, but everyone will celebrate together at the finish line! Sun. Check-in at 1:00 pm, ride begins at 2:00 pm or 2:30 pm. Free. Washington County Fairgrounds. Please pre-register online. All ages. 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.

Will you take flight on a bike or a giant peach? Feel grapes under your feet or fuzzy fur with your hands?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen