Activities and Outings

The Short List: Jun 30-Jul 2

We have lots going on this weekend. From late night arcades to festivals and fun in the parks, there’s something for everyone!

All Weekend

Waterfront Blues Fest

It’s that time of year again! This Saturday through July 4th, get your crew down to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the 30th anniversary of the Waterfront Blues Fest! This festival is always a blast, and with a landmark like 30 years, it’s bound to be a real celebration. Get grooving to some of the best blues acts from regional staples, up and comers, and true blues legends. It’s bound to be good! Several levels of passes available, basic entry: $10-50,

Jun 30

Quarterworld Arcade

Step into this retro-style pinball museum for some serious arcade action! Switch between two sides, Q Lab and Q Lounge, to play all the games you can from over 35 different pinball games and 60 classic and new arcade games. Enjoy pizza, carnival-inspired goodies and a full bar where adults and minors can hang in the same area. Plus, if you get there on a Sunday or Tuesday be sure to check out the musical Tesla Coil! Pay for games, entry free,

Jul 1

Family Game Day

Saturdays from now through September, Holladay Park invites you and your family to come out and enjoy Family Game Day. Participate in super fun games like giant checkers, dominoes, bowling, ping-pong, and many more! When you’re ready for a break, grab a nice spot in the shade and relax in the beautiful Holladay Park. Free,

Jul 1

Northrup Station Luau

Feeling like you could use a little more aloha in your life? Well, this weekend Northrup Station is hosting its 2nd Annual Summer Luau, so you’re in luck! Get your grass skirts and flower leis ready for a fantastic community event featuring complimentary eats from Noho’s Hawaiian Café, tastings from Coffee time and Bull Run Distillery, a free caricature artist, photo booth, drinks and more! Get in touch with the community and the island spirit. Free,

Jul 2

Family Day at the Portland Craft Beer Festival

Did you know Portland is still voted the best beer city in the world?? Kick off Oregon Craft Beer Month with a family day at Portland Craft Beer Festival. It’s a party at Fields Neighborhood Park where you’ll find one of the broadest selections of local beers, ciders and wines (including a few you can’t find outside the breweries!) and local foods. Grab the family and kick back with a local brewski! $25-35,

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!