The kids are out of school, and suddenly your Facebook feed is full of pictures of your friends having summer family fun. Feeling a little behind on your planning?
Not to worry! Even if you don’t have plane tickets in hand or an epic family road trip mapped out, you and your family can have a lot of fun right here in Portland in the month ahead.
Portland summer staycation favorites
July 1, 1 to 5 p.m.
SunnyCity Family Fair
Portland Adventist Academy at 1500 S.E. 96th Ave.
Are the kids bouncing off the walls? No problem. Bring them to the campus of Portland Adventist Academy to try a giant bouncy house, tour a fire engine and ambulance, and explore a mobile fossil museum.
There will also be a music school, games, giveaways, health screenings and more. At 3:45 p.m. your crew can enjoy a fire juggling presentation. Then, at 4 p.m., spread your blanket on the lawn for a free concert by international concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer.
July 4 to 7, 12 to 11 p.m. daily
Waterfront Blues Festival
Got the summertime blues? So does Tom McCall Waterfront Park, starting July 4. Grab your sunscreen and head downtown for four days and four stages playing world-class blues music for you and your kids to enjoy.
On July 4, the event includes a spectacular fireworks display. And if you have a boat, you can enjoy the music from the Willamette River. Tickets to the event are a little cheaper if you grab them online ahead of time.
July 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and July 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sandy Mountain Festival
Meinig Memorial Park at 17670 Meinig Ave. in Sandy, Oregon
Ever imagined soaking up mountain air and sunshine while enjoying live music, a musician, a clown and hula dancers? It sounds too good to be true, but that’s what’s happening in Sandy, Oregon, during the Sandy Mountain Festival, which is now second only to the Portland Rose Festival as the largest festival in the metro area. The event also includes wares for sale by artists and crafters, as well as food and vendor booths.
July 15, 3 to 5 p.m., 5 p.m. Game Time
Portland Pickles Pre-Game Health Fair
Walker Stadium at SE 92nd Ave. and SE Holgate Blvd.
The Portland Pickles baseball team is holding a pre-game health fair before they play the Kelowna Falcons. It’s also Faith and Family Night and Kids Eat Free presented by Adventist Health Portland! All kids, 12 and under, will receive a hot dog, fruit and a water. Tickets range from $7 to $13, depending on where you sit.
July 21 to 22, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Portland Slavic Festival
Ventura Park at SE Stark Street and SE 113th Ave.
In its 10th year, this celebration of eastern European culture offers your family a chance to explore another world. The festival includes live entertainment, food for sale, children’s activities, a movie after dark and exquisite costumes from other countries.
July 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Montavilla Street Fair
SE Stark Street between SE 82nd and SE 76th
Located near Adventist Health Portland’s main campus in southeast Portland, the Montavilla Street Fair turns six blocks of SE Stark Street into a festival for the whole family. In addition to a variety of vendor booths, the fair features live music and entertainment on various stages. And this year, kids age 6 and younger will get a free season pass to Mt. Hood Meadows, so you can continue your family fun this winter.
Metro-area County Fairs
For a sense of nostalgia combined with modern family fun, head to a county fair. In the Portland/Vancouver area, there are several to choose from, though Multnomah County Fair is the early bird and already done. Check your county’s fair for submission dates if you or your kids would like to compete for ribbons and prizes!
Washington County Fair
July 26 to 29
Hillsboro, Oregon, is home to the Washington County Fair. Livestock exhibits and events (speed milking and racing pigs, anyone?), a carnival, live music, great food, freestyle motorcross and countless vendor booths mean no one will be bored at this fair.
Clark County Fair
Aug. 3 to 12
This fair comes to Ridgefield, Washington, for its 150th year this summer. Swing by to check out animal exhibits, fair concerts, carnival rides, kids’ activities and contests, bull riding, motorcross, monster trucks and more.
Clackamas County Fair
Aug. 14 to 18
Located in Canby, Oregon, this fair includes midway rides, animal exhibits galore, vendor and food booths, an arts and crafts gallery, a pioneer village, live entertainment and a classic rodeo.
Whatever you do to have fun this summer, be sure to keep it safe with plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray and life jackets. And if something does go wrong, Adventist Health Portland’s urgent care clinics and emergency room are standing by to speed you back to health and healing.
Author: LivingWell PDX Blog
Adventist Health is committed to creating a healthier Portland community.