It’s been a while since Portland families have been able to enjoy our area’s family-friendly festivals. But they are back! Old and new celebrations are rolling back in along with Oregon’s warm summer weather, and you don’t want to miss out on the festivities. Hang with Robin Hood, watch hot air balloons take flight and get down with local musicians. Read on to find out more.
Lake Oswego Arts Festival
The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is a fantastic craft fair with over 110 booths! They have a music stage, a food court, and a wine and beer pavilion for those over 21. This year this annual Lake Oswego festival falls on June 25-26 at George Rogers Park and you can expect hands-on art activities, demonstrations, educational displays, live music, and lots of opportunities to meet and chat with new friends!
368 S. State Street Lake Oswego
Sherwood Robin Hood Festival
In the historic and picturesque town of Sherwood, Oregon you can find one of the most unique community events in the state! The annual Sherwood Robin Hood Festival attracts nearly 20,000 revelers of all ages. You can expect modern and medieval activities to fill the streets of Old Town Sherwood. The old fashioned community parade will wind its way through Sherwood. Featured in the parade will be Maid Marian and her Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men in addition to over 70 imaginative entries. Come for the dancing, entertainment, live music, interactive performances, swordplay, magicians, comedians, and so much more! There will be over 100 booths with a large variety of shopping, crafts, and unique activities. The festival is free including the entertainment on both the Main and Family stages however please note that some vendors charge fees for various activities.
Sherwood Old Town, near the City Hall
22560 SW Pine St., Sherwood
Oregon Midsummer Festival
Don’t miss this local tradition. Spend the day at Portland’s own beloved amusement park enjoying delicious Nordic cuisine, sipping traditional beverages and nibbling on sweets. If you are feeling artsy, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own colorful flower crown and other crafts and the kids will love dancing around the Maypole and singing Nordic folk songs. With two stages of entertainment which include live music and traditional dancing, you are sure to have a memorable day.
Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Festival of Balloons
You don’t have to travel far to experience The Festival of Balloons, which is located in Tigard. While viewing the hot air balloons as they ascend and descend is the featured attraction, this festival offers even more! Catch the pre-dawn hours of the festival as approximately 20 hot air balloons launch into the morning sky (weather and pilot permitting) then spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and vendor booths, eating great food from local food carts and enjoying thrilling carnival rides and games. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Festival of Balloons without the ever impressive Night Glow (weather permitting), live music and an incredible kid zone for your youngest festival goers!
17005 S.W. 92nd Ave.
Northwest Art & Air Festival
This beloved festival provides a weekend full of hot air balloons, artists, live music, and delicious food! What a great combo! Every morning at 6:45 a.m. you can watch the hot air balloon lift-off. Lift-off takes place on the south end of Timber Linn Park. Some of you may even want to try and catch a ride on one of those beautiful balloons. Rides cost $250 per person and require pre-registration. Find more information here. You won’t want to miss out on the Night Glow! The Night Glow takes place on Friday evening right at dusk where brilliantly colored balloons tower over the crowd and light up the sky!
Timber-Linn Memorial Park
900 Price Rd. SE, Albany, Or
Latino Cultural Festival
The 16th Annual Washington County Chamber Latino Cultural Festival provides families an opportunity to learn about our local Latino community with a celebration that won’t soon be forgotten. The celebration kicks off with a parade featuring Hillsboro elementary students, dancers, and musicians. Parents and kids alike will enjoy entertainment featuring both renowned performers and showcasing local youth talent, while a variety of food vendors serve up delicious Latino cuisine. The event includes cultural entertainment, an art village, and a competitive futsal tournament for more than 200 players.
Ron Tonkin Stadium
4460 NE Century Blvd