Activities and Outings

The Short List: May 19-21

Get out and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather this weekend! As always, there’s lots of fun stuff to do around town.

All Weekend

Pioneer Family Festival

Celebrate the pioneer spirit of Oregon at this weekend’s Pioneer Family Festival! Sponsored by the Oregon City Optimist Club, this family festival will have a full carnival, yummy food, vendors to shop, rides and a full stage with music all weekend. Check out the K9 Demonstration and the Teddy Bear Parade on Saturday! Free,

May 20

Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market

This weekend at the Oregon Convention Center is one of the largest craft fairs in Portland! Not only will you be able to shop and browse 225 local crafters and artists, but you and your little makers will get the chance to craft out on your own. Make your own drawstring canvas bag, make a spring and summer banner, and more! Goodie bags to the first 200 people through the door. Free,

May 20-21

21st Annual Armed Forces Day

Take a look back in time at the United States’ military history this weekend at the 21st Annual Armed Forces day/ Living History Day. Get up close and personal with military vehicles from WWI through today, authentic uniforms, arms and equipment, and chat with living history experts and collectors to share their knowledge of military history. Bust out the camo and get ready for a history lesson! All adults should be prepared to present valid I.D. Free,

May 21

Kenton Street Fair

This weekend, head to the Kenton Street Business District for the 8th Annual Kenton Street Fair! After kicking off with the children’s parade, check out the Coaster Car Demo, three stages of live music, over 80 vendors, a children’s area with pony rides and so much more. A wonderful way to wrap up your weekend, with fun for the whole family! Free,

May 21

Wildflower and Music Festival

Everyone can learn something and have a blast at the 2017 Wildflower and Music Festival. Feast your eyes on over 300 wildflower species on display and groove out to live music happening all day. There will also be nature crafts, face painting and microscopes for the kiddos, nature walks guided by experts, plant sales, yummy food, arts and crafts and more. Members and kids under 12 free. Suggested donation of $8,

About Ruth Plourde

It was the summer of 2015, and Ruth had had it up to here (read: her eyeballs) with east coast livin’, sensing that, for her, Philadelphia might be more lovable from afar. Perhaps she had listened to Tom Waits’ Goin’ Out West two too many times that day, or perhaps dreams of wine country, the Cascades, and temperate rain forests had finally stolen her heart, but once she bought that plane ticket to Portland, OR, there was no going back. Ruth is a barista by day and a poet by night/lunch break. She is currently working on her first poetry collection to be published sometime this year. She couldn’t be happier to be interning for NW Kids Magazine and to be a part of the NW Kids community!