If you drive about 30 miles north of Portland on Hwy 30, you will wind up in my hometown of St. Helens, Oregon. If you just happen to make that drive this Thursday, June 6th, you will be rewarded with being able to enjoy the first of a series of concerts called 13 Nights On The River. This family-friendly, outdoor summer event happens every Thursday all summer long, starting June 6th and going until August 29th, and, it’s completely FREE!
Held at Columbia View Park on the Columbia River ( it’s a fenced park, a safe distance from the water, btw), the concert also offers an open air market with vendors selling food and refreshments, jewelry, art, crafts, and more. Grab the kids, load up the car, grab dinner at one of the booths and kick back to watch some great family-friendly bands and enjoy the river. You can also pack up your own dinner for a picnic in the park. Bring along blankets, chairs, and maybe an umbrella if the weather is having a moody day 🙂
Here’s the schedule ( * note: I provided a link to their page, but the concert schedule is not yet posted. Concerts schedules are subject to change or cancellation at any time, so try checking their site frequently before heading out!).
I have been attending these concerts since they began a few years back, and I can honestly say that they are always enjoyable. They usually have a great selection of food, and, as long as the weather holds out, it makes for a fabulous evening, kicking back in the grass, watching little kids twirl and couples dance. Do yourself a favor, and head out, at least once, early in the concert season. You might just wind up with a new Thursday evening tradition for your family!
Fun For Pennies Tip:Just go to the concert. It’s fun. Ok? and FREE. What more do you want?
I know I promised that the next post would be the Portland Aquarium, but I wanted to get a post up for those of you planning your weekend as well. There is ALWAYS a multitude of things to do in the Portland area on any given weekend, but here are a few fun, easy, and cheap or free things to keep you and the family entertained!
Pinkalicious Party! Friday at 10:30 am at Piccolo Mondo Toys Progress Ridge Location, join the Pinkalicious Party! Make beautiful tiaras, read Pinkalicious stories, and enjoy tasty , fancy snacks! Pre-registration is required, call (503)579-8100. Free!
Sofia the First Extravaganza at Clackamas Town Center. Join Radio Disney AM1640 for a royal extravaganza! Listen to the story of Sofia, learn some royal manners, and do some royal arts and crafts. Kids 16 and younger can enter to win a Sofia the First Prize Pack. Dress up for the royal occasion and be crowned by the royal Radio Disney Road Crew. Saturday 10-11:30am. Free! Dino Party at the Children’s Museum. Opening weekend of the Museum’s newest exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. Join them for storytime, puppets and clay. Saturday 11am-2pm. Free with museum admission.
Multnomah County Fair at Oaks Park. Snowcap food drive, mutton bustin’, barnyard fun, walk on the wildside, alpaca pavilion, petting zoo, pony rides, thrill rides, miniature golf, roller skating and more! Saturday, Sunday & Monday 12-7pm. Free admission, activity costs vary.
Creature Cabins at Tillamook Forest Center. The animals of the Tillamook State Forest have made themselves at home. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come and learn about the special places where animals live. Saturday 1:30pm and Sunday 11:30am. Free!
Morning Bird Walk. Saturday 8a.m. to 11 a.m. Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on bird identification, behavior, and exploring resident bird populations. Great for all ages, but dress and pack accordingly, bring binoculars and water/snacks. Pre-registration is necessary. Call 503-636-9886 . For more events like this, visit their events page.
Ladybug Nature Walk: Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster (2 – 5 years old) and a nature guide. All walks begin at 10am rain or shine, $3 per child*, no charge for adults. Friday 10am.
The metropolitan fair features live exotic animals, a wide variety of shopping, carnival rides, special attractions and a customized fireworks show choreographed to your favorite classic rock hits on May 24 at 10 pm. Weekends May 24-27, May 30-June 2 and June 6-9. $7 ages 7 and up.
Mo Phillips Rocks Out for Kids at Flying Cat. Fun, rockin’ music for your little ones. Sunday 10-11am. $5 suggested donation.
OMSI Star Party: Planet Parade. May 25 – May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, Corbett, Or. For all ages. Celebrate Astronomy Day with an opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include the planet Jupiter and Saturn. On the day of the star party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 503 797-4610 #2, or check the OMSI Star Parties website for weather-related cancellation. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome. Free, $5 parking per vehicle.
With Monday being memorial day, Skateworld in Hillsboro is offering an all day skate for just $5.75, 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
So there you have it, a small sampling of what’s on the table this weekend in Portland! For even more tips, I suggest you visit one of these sites: