Tons of festivals are going on this weekend — like the cultural World Beat Festival in Salem, the kid-friendly Organic Brewers Festival in NoPo and the inspiring Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver. So jump on your bike, or pack the car for a mini road trip. Summertime fun in the sun awaits.
Worth the Drive
We Got the Beat: World Beat Festival
Nine stages will see over 125 multicultural music acts perform and 70 cultures represented at the World Beat Festival. Families can not only boogie down to everything from Hawaiian music to Bollywood, but they can also try delicious food from around the world, watch Samoan fire-dancing, cheer on dragon boat races and get a Nigerian hair braid. Kids’ activities include getting a play passport stamped at each of the World Village stations – Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Cultural crafts for the kiddies, among other things, will include making Peruvian friendship bracelets, playing the German chestnut tossing game, Wurfkastanien, creating an Edelweiss hat and jumping sticks like they do in the Philippines. 10 a.m. Saturday is the children’s parade. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $5/person or $15/family suggested donation. All Ages. Event details.
Sip and Play at the Organic Brewers Festival
Bring the kids to the family-friendly, 10th annual North America Organic Brewers Festival, where two of Portland’s favorite things – beer and sustainability – combine into one big happy place. Organic beer and cider for the sipping will be served up alongside music and the Chipotle Kids’ Zone, featuring free activity books, flower pots and kids’ meal cards. Good to know: This event is cash only and parking is not available for this event, so bike or take Tri-Met if you can. Fri.-Sat. 12-9 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m., Free admission ($6 glass, $1 taste tokens), All Ages. Event details.
Kids Dig Fort Vancouver
Kids can learn about archaeology by helping excavate this historic site using trowels and screens, along with mapping and measuring with guidance from Ft. Vancouver’s park staff, volunteers and students from the Public Archaeology Field School. Reserve a spot ahead of time or day-of, but space is limited to 20 kids. The digs will take place at 2 different times. Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Free for kids 15 and under; $3/person ages 16 and up, Ages 8-12. Event details.
Abracadabra! It’s the All-American Magic Show
Are you ready for two hours filled with mind-bending illusions, music and the side-splitting comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis? The theater has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Sat., 2-4 p.m., $8 Kids and Seniors; $14 Adults; $45 Family 5 Pack (adults+kids); $50 Family Snack Pack, All Ages. Event details.
Gettin’ Scrappy at The Recycled Arts Festival
Enjoy live Zydeco, marimba, gypsy swing and old-time country music while you shop for one-of-a-kind artwork made from recycled or reused materials from over 120 art vendors at this 9th annual event. Kids can do free art activities with OMSI and SCRAP and be entertained by jugglers, stilt-walkers and clowns. Sat.-Sun., Jun 28 – Jun 29 at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun, Free, All Ages. Event details.
Party with the Mayor at Beaverton Picnic in the Park
Mayor Denny Doyle, Beaverton City Council, and Neighborhood Association Committees, host the annual Picnic in the Park series, inviting residents to enjoy a free meal as they meet with local leaders. Family-friendly activities are provided, as well as entertainment from the Beaverton Community Band and Tim Alexander, the Strolling Magician. Fri., 6-7:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
What’s your family’s can’t-miss summer festival? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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