Weekend Warrior: 8/3-8/5
The Washington Park Summer Festival kicks off tomorrow and continues through August 12. In the next few days, you can catch BodyVox (Thursday), The Strange Tones (Friday), Opera in the Park (Saturday) and Portland Festival Symphony (Sunday). All performances begin at 6 at the Rose Garden Amphitheater and are free!
The Clark County Fair kicks off this weekend. Carnival rides, farm animals, medieval jousting, air bikes... it goes on and on. Admission ranges from $7-10, with kids under 7 free. Parking and carnival rides are additional charges. Friday from 8 AM to 11, Saturday from 10 to 11, and Sunday from 10 to 10.
The World Forestry Center is hosting a free kids workshop on Friday from 9 to 2 for kids ages 5 to 12. The workshop will teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. Free!
Free admission to the Children’s Museum on Friday from 4 to 8!
Dance the night away at Director Park on Friday with the Alex Krebs Tango Quartet. Take a free lesson from 6 to 6:45 before the dancing begins at 7. Free!
Fremont Fest is this Saturday from 10 to 6. There will be a parade, multiple kid zones, face painting, music, and a chance to explore the Fremont neighborhood (Fremont between 41st and 52nd). Free!
OMSI is hosting Dirt to Dinner, a bilingual festival-style health and wellness event on Saturday and Sunday that will look at the life cycle of food from farm to table and beyond. Check the website for the full schedule. At the OMSI Front Plaza. Free! (Oh, and Sunday is $2 admission to the museum.)
Before texting there was the telegraph. Learn about this old form of communicating at the Museum of the Oregon Territory on Saturday at 1. Best for ages 6 to 16. Free!
Trek in the Park opens this weekend. Yes, it's just what it sounds like - a reenactment of a classic Star Trek episode. This year: Journey to Babel. Saturday and Sunday at 5 at Cathedral Park.
Curious about bugs? Check out Adventures with Bugs with the Bug Chicks at the Troutdale Library on Sunday from 1 to 2:30. Free!
Celebrate the children with glasses in your life during Glasses Play Day at Custer Park on Sunday from 2:30 to 4. Free!
Check out Sundae in the Park, the Sellwood Park tradition featuring 50 cent ice cream sundaes, music, puppets, science, rock climbing, the Muppet Movie at dusk, and loads more. Sunday from 12-11. Free!
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.