Oregon_Renaissance-FestivalAh, back-to-school time—time to embrace the joys of learning something new. Step into a recreated 16th century European village for 13 days of medieval merriment (and, yes, that means jousting) at the Oregon Renaissance Festival. Discover the wonderful world of vultures on International Vulture Awareness Day. Learn how to stay safe and have fun while hiking with your dog in the Tillamook State Forest. Go on an educational camping trip along the Pacific Crest Trail. Or join volunteers to celebrate and clean up the Clackamas River. Class dismissed!

Suburbs

Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro (Pictured. Photo courtesy of Oregon Renaissance Facebook page)
Yes, there will be jousting. And you can eat, play, laugh, and marvel at the pageantry of a day in the life of the Queen, her royal court and village merchants. Sat and Sun. 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Adults $20, children ages 5-12 $10, children ages 4 and under free. All ages. Event details.

Down the River Clean Up
Enjoy a day on the beautiful Clackamas River—floating and joining volunteers as they clean up the waterway and have fun. Sun. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Fido in the Forest
Learn some tips for enjoying the outdoors with your furry friend, and join us for a short hike. Sat. 11:30 am. Tillamook Forest Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pacific Crest Trail Days
Check out the latest outdoor products and gear, participate in classes and activities play in the disc golf tournament, listen to music, watch movies, and celebrate the past, present and future of the Pacific Crest Trail. Fri-Sun. All day. Thunder Island/Marine Park, Cascade Locks. Free admission and camping. All ages. Event details.

Glass Float Art Drop
Handcrafted glass sand dollars and glass crabs along with glass floats will await discovery along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches. Sat. 9:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

In town

Vulture Day at Audubon Society
Activities at this family-friendly event will include crafts, learning stations, and a chance to meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture. Sat. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

What wondrous new subjects or inspiring activities will your family discover this season?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen