Ah, back-to-school time. After all the excitement, the whole family could use some down time. Kick back and coast on a kayak on the Tualatin River while enjoying the soothing sounds of the riverfront music festival. Or create a chalk art masterpiece at the Hillsboro Farmers Market. Or celebrate the joys of learning something new and participate in a Native American powwow in the Gorge. Class dismissed!

Out of Town 

Cascade Locks Festival of Nations (pictured)
Celebrate the beauty, natural resources and communities of the Gorge at this annual Native American arts and culture festival. Activities include children’s crafts, demonstrations and performances of tribal culture, and a mini powwow. Sat-Sun. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Cascade Locks Marine Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pioneer Dutch-Oven Cookoff and Music Jam
Taste the history and hear the jam as musicians play folk songs and Dutch-oven cooks compete for prizes! Sat. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site. Eagle Creek. $5.00/person, $20.00/family. All ages. Event details.

In the City 

Fiesta Fun at Oaks Park
Enjoy a day of south-of-the-border style fun.  Live music and dancing, ethnic food, giveaways, contests and more. Sun. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Belmont Street Fair
Thousands of visitors will visit the Belmont/Sunnyside neighborhood for music, food festival, children’s activities, and tons of booths. Sat. 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Tualatin Riverfront Music Festival
Enjoy music, food, beer, wine, and artesian crafts on the banks of the river. Kayaks are available for those who want to paddle the Tualatin River. Sat. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tualatin Community Park. $5 admission/$5 boat rental/free for ages 15 and under. All ages. Event details.

Chalk Art Festival
Participants of all ages can enjoy free chalk as they produce art throughout the campus! Live music and shave ice, too! Sun. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Hillsdale Farmers Market/Rieke Elementary. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen