Ah, back-to-school time. Here’s to the joys of learning something new! Why not explore some new subjects as a family? This weekend you can hunt for spiders and insects, participate in a Native American powwow, and learn about sustainable living. When you’re done, 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. Class dismissed!

In the city

Wonderful World of Bugs
If your children are afraid of bugs, The Bug Chicks can turn fear into fascination! Meet live animals, go on a bug hunt in Leach Garden’s meadows and pond and stream, and get an up-close look at insects through the microscope! Please pre-register to help them plan for group size. Sun. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Leech Botanical Gardens. $5/person or $20/family of 4 or more. All ages. Event details.

Muddy Boot Festival
A celebration of sustainable living with information on everything from goat and chicken keeping to envirofuels to alternative medicine. There are also kids’ and family activities like face painting, animal track casting, veggie derby car racing, and a square dance. Sat-Sun. 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm. St. Philip Neri Church. Free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

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. 

Out of town 

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 Saturday night welcome to all. Sat-Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 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! A great day to visit, with all stations open for hands-on pioneer experiences all around the Farm. Sat. 1:00 am – 4:00 pm. Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site. Eagle Creek. $5.00/person, $20.00/family. All ages. Event details.