Must-Do Activities in August

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It’s a month full of street fairs, festivals, food carts, and more! Make the most of the last days of summer at some of the state’s best events, from the legendary shows at the State Fair to a dip into the mythical with Bigfoot or fairies. Or stick closer to home and enjoy a few favorite streets all ready to party. There’s something for all ages, all month long. Read on for our top picks of what to do in August!

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The Great Oregon Steam-Up

Get the chance to see some truly amazing machines in action! Steam saw milling, steam trains, trolley rides, and vintage tractors are all ready to move. Watch a parade of history come alive, visit a blacksmith, check out the flea market, and enjoy the food carts. Kids under 12 are free, and they’ll get their own passport to the fun (like kid tractor pulls!), along with the chance to win great prizes. This is a really cool event for any kid that loves trains and moving things.

$12/person, free for kids 12 and under
August 4-5, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3995 Brooklake Rd NE
Brooks, OR

Mineral and Fossil Festival

Ever been curious what’s inside a rock? Or how a gemstone is polished? Find out at the 15th annual Summer Fest from the Rice Museum of Rocks and Fossils! This event is jam-packed with things kids will love like gold panning, geode-cracking, and lots and lots of pretty rocks. Visit the indoor museum with your admission, then head outside to the festival where you’ll find more kids activities, local food, live music, and a rockin’ good time.

$6/person, free for kids 5 and under
Aug 4-6, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR

Movie in the Vineyard Night

Enjoy a movie under the stars in the middle of a vineyard. Experience a movie outdoors like the old drive in theaters but instead of cars bring your blankets and chairs to relax in right up close to the huge outdoor movies screen while enjoying award winning wines.This year’s screening will be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. An 80’s classic good for the whole family.

King’s Raven Winery
Aug 4
11603 S New Era Rd.
Oregon City

2018 Soulful Giving Blanket Concert

Join Soulful Giving Foundation in supporting the efforts of Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Providence Cancer Institute – Oregon to treat children fighting cancer. The Soulful Giving Blanket Concert is a day-long, outdoor celebration of life and hope filled with great food, beer, wine, local arts & crafts, free games, incredible silent auction items, special prizes, and live rockin’ amazing music!

Sat. Aug 4, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Soulful Giving Foundation
29330 SE Stark St
Portland, Or.

photo: david kessler via flickr

Hit the 2018 Lents Fair

Now in its Fourth year, the Lents Street Fair is a fun, free, family-friendly summer celebration of community with the Lents International Farmers Market, Live Music, a Beer Garden, the Belmont goats, Lents history display, Community Booths, Face-painting, and fun activities like othe chicken beauty contest!

Sun., Aug 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
SE 92nd Ave & SE Harold
Portland, Or.

Alberta Street Fair

The best of Alberta Street comes out in full force for their annual street, and you won’t want to miss this year. Kids can join in with their very own parade (wear a costume and grab a musical instrument!), then explore all there is to see and do (and eat!). They’ll also find activities and games at the Kids Corner all day long.

Sat., Aug 11, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Alberta Street
Portland, OR

Bigfoot Festival

The second annual Bigfoot event promises to be a great follow-up to the hit event last year. Held in the charming setting of Glen Otto Park in Troutdale, this event attracts top researchers, entertainers, vendors and merchants in a rousing celebration of everything Sasquatch. The family-friendly event is a fun rolick through one of the most popular ideas of our age– where is Bigfoot? Come look, he might be waiting in Troutdale.

Suggested donation: $5/adult, $2/kids 12 and under
Sat, Aug 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1102 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR

photo: photoateliers via flickr

Oregon State Fair

Don’t miss the biggest event of the year for any kid who’s a fan of farm animals, fried food, and carnival rides! Catch the Cirque ZumaZuma (African-style Cirque de Soleil) on the Family Fun Stage, or take a spin at the carnival on the Orbitor, Loop-o-plane, or Vortex. Little ones can have their own fun on the pedal train or the flying elephant rides, among others. And the critter lovers will have a field day around the lambs, rabbits, goats, and pigs. Put the cherry on top with plenty of funnel cake, while parents have their tastes of award-winning local wine and beer. Here’s to Oregon!

$8/adult, $6/children (save a few bucks at the pre-sale online until Aug 23!)
Aug 24- Sep 3, 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, OR


If you love all things otherworldly, or have a little one that just wants to wear fairy wings every day, then this family-friendly fantasy festival is for you! Held at the beautiful Horning’s Hideout, it combines camping with a magical event full of entertainers from around the world, artists, craftsmen, a Mythical Marketplace, workshops, classes, and more. Stop by for the Family Day on Sunday instead of camping, and show kids all the magic that still exists in the world.

Starting at $40/day, free for kids under 5
Aug 24-26
Horning’s Hideout
21277 NW Brunswick Canyon Rd
North Plains, OR

photo: david woo via flickr

Hawthorne Street Fair

The original “Shop Local” street in Portland opens itself up every year for a day of fun and festivities! Wander the shops and businesses that make this street so unique while you enjoy live music, crafts, food carts, and fun vendors. Swing by the Kids at Heart toy store for very special kid activities, or head to the Main Music Stage for some tunes to sway to.

Sun, Aug 26, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m
Hawthorne Street
Portland, OR

—Katrina Emery


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