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Weekend Warriors: 7/8-7/10

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

With 4th of July weekend a thing of the past, it is officially summer in Portland.  There are so many fun summery activities to keep you busy.

Concerts in the park are in full swing, with everything from street cabaret to jazz.  Check out the full schedule here.  

You can also check out a summer concert through the Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts, featuring Afrocubism. AfroCubism is the long–awaited collaboration between Cuban and Malian musicians meant to take place when the Buena Vista Social Club was born.  Friday at 7.  $19.

Another great way to enjoy a show at the park - Trek in the Park presents a live performance of the Star Trek classic episode Mirror, Mirror.  (I just love this!)  At the Woodlawn Park on Saturday and Sunday at 5.  Free!  

And what screams summer more than ice cream?  Check out the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Ice Cream Churn-a-Ment. A summer celebration of all things ice cream! Portland chefs will compete from to create the ultimate summer treat. The public is invited to watch the action and cheer on their favorite chef while enjoying samples of ice cream from a variety of Oregon’s best ice cream brands while they last.  Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday from 11 to 1:30 (chef competition from 12-1).  Free!

Here’s a must-do -- the 10th Annual Mississippi Avenue Street Fair. 5 entertainment stages, 32 bands, 100+ local vendors and crafts, kids’ corner, rib-off competition, and more. Among the bands will be Lorna Miller at 12 and Mo Phillips at 4.  Saturday from 10 to 9.  Free!

Portland’s Bastille Festival in the Pearl is this Saturday from 12 to 8 in Jamison Square Park. Featuring main stage entertainments acts (including a children’s area), French-style food, and the 7th annual Portland waiters’ race.

Check out LotsandLots Puppet Festival with Mudeye Puppet Company at the St. Johns Farmers Market on Saturday from 10 to 1 (show at 11). Live music, puppet building workshops, and a wear-a-puppet station.

The Portland International Day Festival is Saturday from 10 to 5 at NE 72nd and Sandy in the Park Blocks.  Last year 500 folks showed up to help us celebrate a multicultural theme. A Caribbean band, Irish Dancers, and Latina dancers are just some of the performances children danced to. Face painters and balloon artists entertained while community leaders listened to concerns and answered questions about the importance of understanding other cultures.

Tanabata, the Star Festival, is at the Japanese Gardens, with custom of making origami paper ornaments, writing wishes (in Japanese!) on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku and hanging them on fresh-cut bamboo branches in the hope that your dreams will come true.   Sunday from 1 to 3.  Included with admission.

And here’s some indoor stuff going on this weekend, just in case:

Smokey the Bear will be coming to the Children’s Museum for hugs and photos for the opening of the museum’s new exhibit. Friday from 10 to 12.  Included with museum admission.

Watch Space Shuttle Atlantis’s Final Launch at OMSI’s planetarium. Be sure to check for cancellations – last I heard there was a chance of rain which would delay the takeoff.  Friday at 7 AM.  First come, first served.  Free!

Check out Animated: A Company-Wide McMenamins Film Festival, encompassing traditional cell animation titles to computer-generation imagery to stop-motion animation, both short and long versions and more.  Titles include The Hobbit, Wallace and Grommit, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and more.  At select McMenamins Friday through Sunday, “early ‘til late.”  $3 per film/$1 for kids.  $10 event pass.

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

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