Summer officially arrives this month, along with the end of school. There is a lot to look forward to! But how to enjoy this lovely month without breaking the bank? We’ve put together 20 ways below.
Party with us! Don’t miss our PDX Parent Family Festival event at Oaks Park on Saturday, June 18. Enjoy great musicians, kid activities, family fun, and giveaways.
Get festive. The Latino Cultural Festival is taking place on Sunday, June 5, with free admission and free parking.
Enjoy a night-time parade. The Starlight Parade has marching bands, floats, glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and more—all while highlighting Portland’s diverse community groups. Plus come on—a parade at night? How cool is that? This year’s parade takes place on June 4.
Celebrate diversity and strengthen community. Catch the Good in the Hood festival at King School Park on June 21-23. There will be music, multicultural food, kids’ activities, and a parade.
Go by bike. Join Sunday Parkways on June 26 or one of Pedalpalooza’s family-friendly rides. There’s also a free bike maintenance workshop at Beaverton Library on June 30. And don’t miss Slide Ride with Olive and Dingo (donations accepted) for the youngest cyclists!
Join a Farm Walk. Farmer Kat will be hosting a free farm walk at Topaz Farm, every Tuesday.
Explore nature. During Metro’s Free Parking Day, parking fees are waived at all your favorite Metro parks. Think Oxbow, Blue Lake, Broughton Beach, and others. This month, parks are free on June 16 and 19. Or take advantage of Free Day-Use and Camping at Oregon State Parks on June 4.
Hit the market. Love Buy Nothing? Don’t miss the Really, Really Free Market, where everything’s — you guessed it — totally free. Also enjoy visiting your local farmers market to taste your way through the delicious vendor offerings or listen to live performers. Portland Flea is another fun market to browse!
Hear tunes. Triple Rainbow will be hosting a free concert a Mississippi Pizza, or catch a free performance by the Portland Opera at Pioneer Courthouse Square. And see Angel Ocasio or Mo Phillips this month at Wilsonville’s Thursday Fun Show.
See a free performance. Beaverton Library is hosting a dinosaur themed puppet show late this month, and Juggler Henrik Bothe is coming to the Ledding Library. Plus The Portland Revels are performing three free shows this month!
Sign up for your local summer reading programs. Worried about your kids forgetting everything they learned at school the past year during summer break? The summer reading program keeps kids motivated to read and learn all summer long. Sign up for free to get a game board, encouraging your kids to read for a certain number of minutes or do a reading-related activity. At stops along the way, they can pick out a toy, book or coupon for local fun. At the end, they get a free t-shirt or onesie. Here’s the link for Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, and Clark County’s programs.
Climb aboard. Say thank you to a sailor, climb aboard a ship for a free tour, or just be awed by the size of these massive vessels. Fleet Week coincides with the Rose Festival, and will take place June 8-12 this year.
Try out a new playground. There are playgrounds. And then there are these playgrounds. These ones are unique and utterly wow-worthy—totally worth the trip.
Enjoy a free lunch. Portland Parks & Rec’s Free Lunch & Play begins on June 21. Your kids will get free lunch at parks around town, along with sports, games and arts & crafts activities. Find the schedule here. And don’t miss their Summer Free for All Kickoff Celebration at Kʰunamokwst Park on June 28.
Go for a swim adventure. Is it warm enough yet? Is it warm enough yet? Check out one of these local swimming holes for a break from the heat.
Volunteer! Try one of these family-friendly volunteering opportunities.
Bowl! Register your kids for free bowling all summer long at kidsbowlfree.com.
For more great ideas, check our popular Kids Calendar!
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