Little critters and cultural celebrations are all the rage this weekend. If your family loves little dogs, big dogs and all dogs in between, take them to see their favorites, along with dog breeds they never knew existed, at the Rose City Classic Dog Show or, if they’re more into cold blooded creatures,  get up close and personal with some scaly, slithery beasts at the Reptile Expo.  For an educational and cultural kick, experience the Native American Winter Powwow or the Vietnamese Tet Festival.  Or, if you’ve had a long week and just want to sit back and laugh with the kids, check out the Disney Junior Live! show at the Moda Center. Rose City Classic Dog Show


Disney’s Pirate and Princess Adventure
Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure will see Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates take to the stage in this musical, thrill ride with loads of surprises. With help from Izzy, Cubby, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, the whole family will be hooting and cheering for more. 10 minutes before each performance, kids can join Doc McStuffins for a free pre-show and help her take care of one of her favorite toys. Fri., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., $23-$55, All Ages. Event details. 

Sit and Stay! It’s the Dog Show
The best of the best of 175 individual breeds from around the region will be on their best behavior this weekend, and being judged on their confirmation (aka breed), rally, agility and obedience for the Rose City Classic Dog Show. Young handlers, ages 9 and up, are a kids’ favorite, as are the agility competitions. Student art will be displayed and range from first to 12th grades. Fri.-Sun. 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m., $10/person; $20/family per day; $15-$30 two-day pass; Free for Seniors 62 and over, All Ages. Event details.  

Reptile Expo
Who wants a new snake for the new year? If it’s you, the Reptile Expo is an event you won’t want to miss. More than 120 tables, filled with live reptiles and amphibians for sale. Books, cages and other supplies will also be available, as will spiders, feeder mice and insects. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $4/child; $9/adult, All Ages. Event Details.

Year of the Horse
Tet ushers in the new lunar year and is the single most important holiday season for traditional Vietnamese people.  This year marks the Year of the Horse. Celebrate with Oregon’s Vietnamese Community at the Tet Festival. Activities include lion dancing, lucky money, martial arts, the Miss Ao Dai Vietnamese Pageant and an art contest, as well as traditional food and games.Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $4, free for ages 5 and under and seniors, All Ages. Event details.


Family Opera-to-Go
The Mountain Park Recreation Center is launching their family-friendly concert series this weekend with the Portland Opera-to-Go, which delivers English adaptations of well-known operas, fully staged with costumes, piano accompaniment and sets.  The debut performance in the series will feature a kid-friendly, 50-minute performance of “La Boheme.” Fri., 7-8 p.m., $5, All Ages. Event details.

Winter Powwow
Join drummers, dancers and 1000 of the other expected attendees for the Wacipi Winter Powwow. Wacipi literally means, “They Dance.” In addition to music, there will be Native American crafts, food, activities for children and raffle prizes. No cooking tonight.  The powwow offers a free community dinner. Proceeds from the event help support the Native American Student Scholarship at PCC.  Sat., 12-9 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Hobbit in the Grove
J.R.R. Tolkein’s book, The Hobbit, comes to life on stage with the Theatre in the Grove. The play, adapted for families by Patricia Gray, follows the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, on his incredible adventure after he receives a visit from his wizard friend, Gandalf.  Though all ages are welcome, the play is best suited for older elementary school kids. Sat.-Sun,7:30 p.m., $14/adults; $12/youth, All Ages. Event details.

What’s your can’t miss cultural event?  Let us know in the comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway

Photo credit: Tim Bernard