Thousands of Portlanders will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through meaningful service to communities throughout the weekend. You can plant trees, spruce up a local community center, read to service dogs, or roll up your sleeves for some good ol’ fashioned yard work. Or, head to Fort Vancouver and learn more about our local history and frontier life at the end of the Oregon Trail.

Out of town

Free Weekend at Fort Vancouver (pictured)
Step back in time. Imagine the life of a frontier soldier and learn more about the region’s history. Enjoy all attractions at Fort Vancouver, including Pearson Aviation Museum, for free during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Sat-Mon. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free. All. Event details.

West side

Stewardship Saturday at Tryon Creek
Pitch in and help remove invasive English ivy to protect our beautiful forest. Be prepared to get muddy! Saturday. 9:00 am –  12:00 pm. Event details.

World Sounds at Portland Children’s Museum
The 7th Annual World Sounds festival celebrates music and dance from around the world with free Sunday afternoon concert through March 4. Sunday. 11:00 am and 12:00 pm.Event details.

East side

Volunteer Day at Peninsula Park
Bring your family and friends for a super fun volunteer experience! Organize, clean, or pitch in to do some old-fashioned yard work or get your creative juices flowing and help put together some bulletin boards. Sat. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Peninsula Park Community Center. Free. All. Event Details.

MLK Weekend Tree Planting
Plant trees in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods as part of the MLK Weekend of Service. Volunteers planted more than 100 trees in this area last January. Sun. 8:45 am – 1:00 pm. Friends of Trees. Free. All. Event details.

Read to the Dogs
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to therapy dogs. This program is for children who are reading on their own. Pre-registration is required. Sun. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Sellwood-Moreland Library. Free. Children who can read on their own. Event details.

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen