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Weekend Warriors: 8/24-8/26

Street fairs, Sunday Parkways, Italian Festivals…. There’s a lot going on.  For even more ideas for kid-friendly events, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Festa Italiana hits Pioneer Courthouse Square on Thursday and continues through Saturday from 11 to 11. Italian food, music, marionettes, and much more.  Free admission. 

Matt Clark and Mr. Hoo are joining forces at Jam on Hawthorne on Friday from 5 to 6:30.  Enjoy some of the best Kindie musicians around! $10/family.   

The Fulton Park Ice Cream Social is Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Fulton Park Community Center. Make your own sundaes, climb the rock wall, and enjoy the great outdoors.  Free! 

It's Open Cockpit Day at the Pearson Air Museum.  Climb into the cockpit of specially selected airplanes.  Kids ages 8 to 17 can also get free airplane rides, weather permitting.  Saturday from 9 to 5.  Admission ranges from $0-7 based on age.  

Powell's Books is celebrating its 41st anniversary with food carts, games, authors, music (including from Tallulah's Daddy), activities, and more.  Saturday from  2 to 9. Free! 

Aaron Nigel Smith is having a CD Release Party for his new CD at Mississippi Pizza on Saturday at 4.$15/family or $5/person.   

Check out some Shakespeare in the park on Sunday at 1.  Original Practice Shakespeare Festival will be performing As You Like It at Mt Tabor Park.  Free!  

TheHawthorne Street Fair and SE Portland Sunday Parkways areconverging on Sunday.  Hawthorne is known for its eclectic mix of boutiques, cafes, and music - and its annual street fair does not disappoint!  This year it is being held in conjunction with Sunday Parkways, so lots of streets will be closed all the way from Laurelhurst to Mt. Tabor. And there will be even more music and mayhem than usual. Should be a fantastic time. The Hawthorne Street Fair is 10 to 5, and Sunday Parkways goes from 11 to 4.  Free!  

Interested in seeing a "Dive-In" movie?  Puss in Boots will be showing at Sellwood Pool on Friday, Wilson Pool on Saturday, and Grant Pool on Sunday at 8.  Watch from the comfort of the warmly-heated pool.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 youth ($3.50 for Wilson Pool).   

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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Don't forget Bug Fest on Saturday - I went last year and it was great! Lots of opportunities for kids to explore the world of insects.

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