Weekend Warrior: 9/28-9/30
Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas for what to do with the kids this beautiful fall weekend, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.
The Seventh Annual American Indian Day Celebration comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday from 12 to 7. There will be drum groups, dancers, vendors, and booths from many tribal organizations. Free!
Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival at 100th Monkey Studios on Friday from 10 to 12. Paint with washable ink and brushes, make a votive candle holder, and take home a recipe for a mooncake. $8/hour. Best for ages 1 to 6. Registration encouraged.
Numerous museums across Portland are free on Saturday for Smithsonian Museum Day. Participating museums include the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Oregon History Museum, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland Art Museum, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Fort Vancouver, and the World Forestry Center. Be sure to print out your ticket, good for 2 free admissions, here.
Gather on the north side of the pond at Laurelhurst Park on Saturday from 10 to 2 for Dragonfest. Expect music, games, activities, crafts, a BYOpicnic, bake sale, costume contest, jousting, and other activities. Best for ages 12 and under. Free!
Get ready for one of the last street fairs of the season with Fun on Foster on Saturday from 10 to 5. Artists, djs, food, face painting, movies, bikes, tango, and more. On Foster between SE 49th and 93rd. Free!
Start gearing up for Halloween with Spooky Science at the North Portland Library on Saturday at 11. Mad Science will show exciting and engaging scientific Halloween surprises - melting goo and floating objects included. Best for ages 5 to 12. Free!
Get your little Star Wars fiend ready for a Star Wars Party for Little Kids at the Beaverton Library Saturday from 2:30 to 4. Pretend play with games and crafts. Please feel free to come in costume! Best for ages 2 to 8, preregistration required. 503 350 3600. Free!
The final Sunday Parkways of the season comes to East Portland on Sunday from 11 to 4. Seven miles of streets and trails will be closed to traffic and brimming with activities, music, food and vendors. View the map here. Free!
Listen to a performance of traditional Irish music by Innisfree at the Northwest Library on Sunday from 2 to 3. In between singing and playing, the musicians will share the history of the music and show some dance steps. Free!
Check out the Harvest Century Family Ride in Hillsboro - a three mile, flat course great for families. Check in and registration is Sunday from 1 to 2, with the ride beginning at 2:30. The family ride is free.
White Bird will honor its 15th anniversary of bringing the best dance from around the world by presenting The Continental, a line dance, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. There will be two 30-minute performances - one on Sunday at 2, the other at 4. Both are 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.