Welcome to May! Not only do we get flowers and sunshine, but also festival after festival of fun.  So pack up the kids and head to the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, the Pioneer Family Festival the Family Bike Safety Fair or the Faire in the Grove — all three! But, even if you can only hit one of them, it’ll be worth it. We even have evening activities like a kid-centric improv night and bluegrass tunes from Grammy-winning duo, The Okee Dokee Brothers. Okee Dokee Brothers Pony

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Party like a Pioneer
This annual event is part of Oregon City’s Family Fun Days and promises tons ‘o fun. Dance around the carnival and midway area, and to music on the festival’s Main Stage. There’s also great food, commercial goods, crafts, and community information from local vendors. On Saturday, the fan fave Teddy Bear Parade goes through downtown Oregon City, which is then followed by the Oregon City Skate Board Competition and the Lazer Tag Arena. Then, on Sunday, get set for pony rides, Go Karts and the BMX Competition. All proceeds fund youth charities through the Oregon City Optimist Club. 2-10 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., Free, All Ages. Event details.

It’s Playback Time
Playback Theater is a non-traditional, improvised show that invites kids in the audience to tell their personal stories and then watch them get “played back” by actors and musicians… all through the eyes of the family cat – or be narrated by a news reporter – or as a Broadway musical. Sat., 6-7 p.m., $5/child; $12/adult. Ages 6 and up. Event details.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Honor Mexican culture and the beginning of waterfront festival season with Portland’s 30th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.  Festival goers will be treated to live entertainment on two stages, kiddie and thrill rides, evening laser light shows, a live butterfly exhibit and food, glorious Mexican food. Speaking of food, be sure to bring a canned food item for the Snow Cap Food Drive. Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.-11 p.m., $4-$14/person; Free for children 6 and under, All Ages. Event details.

The Okee Dokee Brothers Concert
The 2013 Grammy-winning duo, The Okee Dokee Brothers, aka Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander, will be performing songs tonight from their forthcoming adventure album, Through the Woods. The inspirational, Americana, bluegrass tunes are based on their month-long hiking trek up the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. Their Through the Woods CD-DVD  will be released on May 20th.Sun., 7 p.m., $5/Mountain Park members, $10/non-members, All Ages. Event details.

Family Bike Safety Fair
Do children’s helmet fittings, free children’s helmet replacements (if needed), a bike safety course, bike safety checks and minor adjustments grab you? If your little cyclists needs a 411 on bike safety, you’re going to love The Child Safety Fair. This NW Bicycle Safety Council sponsored event takes place this Sat, and is a great way to get your family ready for all of those summer bike trips. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m, Free, Ages 16 and under. Event details.

Worth the Drive

All Ye Revelers, It’s the Faire in the Grove
Celebrate the best parts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at Faire in the Grove.  This annual celebration will see performers battling it out in heavy armor, strolling musicians, storytellers and dancing, as well as tons of demonstrations on cooking, black smithing, spinning, weaving, wood carving and more. Pst- a little tip on 16th century native speak: When your little one needs the potty, just ask, “Whither be the privies?” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Free, All Ages. Event details.

What’s your favorite festival? Tell us in the Comments section below!

—Suzie Ridgway