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September Guide to Family-Friendly Fun in Portland

Summer’s almost over, and school will be back in session this and next week all over Portland. But there’s still lots of family-friendly fun to be had all over the metro area in September. Check out these Portland family events to keep the wild times going for you and your little ones.

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  • Vaux Swift Watch (All September, 6-8 p.m.) Vaux swift birds roost at Chapman Elementary School during their migration south for the winter. Bring your binoculars and a chair to watch these traveling birds roost every night in September starting one hour before sunset.
  • Movies in the Park  (September 1 at Mt. Scott Park, September 2 at  Montavilla Park & September 8 at Director Park) Entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by movies at dusk. Pack your picnic blanket and some outdoor chairs to catch the last three Movies in the Park of the season.
  • Art in the Pearl (September 2-4, 10 a.m.) The 20th annual Art in the Pearl festival features art, music, and an educational pavilion just for kids at the Northwest Park Blocks in downtown Portland.September Walk
  • Stumpfest! (September 3) Kids ages 6-12 can learn about conserving resources and protecting the environment as they explore at Tryon Creek State Park.
  • Music on Main Street (September 6, 5-7 p.m.) Catch Kahulanui in the final Music on Main Street outdoor concert beside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
  • Ten Toe Express Walks (September 7 at 6 p.m. & September 16 and 11 at 9 a.m.) On September 7, do the Nob Hill Stairway Jaunt or explore Hidden Downtown with Laura Foster.
  • Free Admission to Portland Art Museum (September 7, 5-8 p.m.) Don’t worry about keeping your kids quiet at the museum. On free First Fridays, the crowd will drown them out.
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival (September 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Stroll along the streets in downtown Forest Grove and watch thousands of people paint the sidewalk. It’s free to check out the art, and only $12 to claim a square of the sidewalk for the day.
  • Museum Day Live (September 23)  Museums across the nation follow the lead of the Smithsonian in offering free admission for one day only. Participating Portland-area museums include the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, the Portland Art Museum, the OregonSeptember Crater Lake Historical Society Museum, and more. Don’t forget to get your free ticket in advance by visiting the website.
  • American Indian Day (September 25, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.) Local American Indian groups host a celebration of culture including food, dancing, drumming, and vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • National Public Lands Day (September 30) In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Parks, enjoy free admission to various public lands including Crater Lake National Park, Fort Vancouver, and the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Fairs and Festivals

  • Oregon State Fair (August 25-September 4, 10 a.m.) Featuring rides, events, and concerts, the state fair has something for everyone in Salem!
  • The Standard Volunteer Expo (September 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Volunteers and organizations can find perfect matches at this annual expo at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • Beaverton Celebration Day (September 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Run a 5K at 9 a.m. or catch the parade starting a 10 a.m. Stay for activities in City Park for the rest of the afternoon.
  • Tigard Street Fair (September 9).  Downtown Tigard’s Main Street is your place for food, vendors, kids’ activities, and more during this street fair.
  • may-poleCarlton Crush Harvest Festival (September 9, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Competitive grape stomping, a barrel-rolling race, a watermelon-eating contest, and lots of food and drink are just a few of the fun activities in store for you at this harvest festival in Carlton.
  • Mt. Angel Oktoberfest (September 14-17) Oregon’s oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest, hosted in the small community of Mt. Angel, just outside Salem also boasts the largest folk festival in the Northwest. Featuring hundreds of food and craft booths, several venues of live, Bavarian music, a kindergarten for the little ones, and three biergartens with local NW beer, wine, and spirits, it is four whole days of family fun!
  • Mexican Independence Day (September 16) El Grito Fiestas Patrias at Rose Quarter is a celebration of independence from Spain for Mexico and other Latin American countries complete with mariachi, dancing, and traditional food and beverages.
  • Oktoberfest at Oaks Park (September 22-24) Put on your lederhosen and head down to Oktoberfest at Oaks Park. Visit the Kinderplatz (kids’ place) or cheer on your favorite hound in the dachshund race as you chow down on authentic German food and beverages.
  • Oktoberfest at McMenamins (September 24-25) Bop to the polka beat and grab some bratwurst at your favorite McMenamins locations.
  • Portland Juggling Festival (September 29 – October 1) Learn to juggle or improve your juggling skills with the Portland Jugglers at the Kaul Auditorium at Reed College.

As you can see, the end of summer is just the beginning of a new kind of fun in Portland.
Any September events we missed? Please let us know in the comments!

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One Response to September Guide to Family-Friendly Fun in Portland

  1. Charryse September 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    Mom Made Market at Alpenrose Dairy on 9/10 and 9/11!