Weekend Warriors: September 26-28
Friday, September 26th
Open Studio at the Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Get unlimited studio time and use of materials at this creative, kid-friendly space. $10. Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm.
Ladybug Nature Walk in NW PDX. Preschoolers and parents can explore nature in Portland's parks with trained naturalists. This week, go on an expedition in Wallace Park. $4/preschooler. Friday 10-11:15am.
Annual Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary. Time is running out to see the spectacle of thousands of swifts converging on Chapman Elementary school's chimney. Audubon society volunteers will be on hand to share information. Free. Friday 6-8pm.
Girl Be Heard at the Sellwood Playhouse. This unique performance will raise awareness around issues such as bullying, homelessness, mental health, body image, race, and identity, among other issues facing girls today. $10-15. Friday 7:30-8:15 pm.
Saturday, September 27th
Hopworks Handmade Bike & Beer Festival in SE PDX. Can't get much more Portland than this festival! It will feature 30 custom bike builders as well as a bike-throwing competition, break dancing, BMX stunt crew, music, and more. $10. Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12-5pm.
Multnomah County Library's 150th Anniversary Celebration(Central branch). Celebrate this milestone with interactive activities, giveaways, live entertainment, crafts, and more. Featured entertainment includes performances by Oregon Ballet Theatre, Aaron Nigel Smith, and Bollywood Dreams Entertainment, among others. Free. Saturday 11am-5pm.
First Annual Spelling Bee in NW PDX. Re-introduce your kids to the fun of learning with this spelling bee, hosted by Mobile Minds Tutoring. Children in grades K-8 are welcome to participate. Please pre-register. Free. Saturday 11am-3pm.
Kids' Storytime with Author Mike Curato at Powell's. Author and illustrator Mike Curato will read from his book Little Elliot, Big City and offer a drawing demonstration. Free. Saturday at 11am (downtown Powell's) and 12:30pm (Cedar Hills Crossing).
Grand Opening for Trackers Earth. This event will feature an open archery range, music, dancing, apple cider pressing, competitive cornhole, free sausages, and more. Free. Saturday 4-7pm.
Sunday, September 28th
Southwest Portland Sunday Parkways. Finish up the Sunday Parkways season by taking advantage of the lovely SW route. Streets will be closed to traffic so you can enjoy an extra safe ride. Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village, and other locations are included. Free. Sunday 11am-4pm.
Harvest Century Family Ride in Hillsboro. This three mile ride is a great way to include all abilities in a fully-supported bike/trike/wheelchair/walking adventure. The event includes a midpoint rest stop, craft table with bike decorations, and face painting. There will also be live music and BBQ. Please pre-register. Free. Sunday 12:30-5:30pm.
Professor Banjo at the Village Ballroom. Professor Banjo returns to Portland! Check out his family-friendly, easy style in this interactive folk performance. Sunday 4pm. $5/person.
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.