Special Event     Series: Family Day

Family Day: Fall Festival

Free and open to the public

Saturday, September 21, 2019
12PM – 4PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Special EventAudience(s): Family-friendly, TeachersLocation: Portland

Celebrate the return of fall with a family festival of performances by local music groups and dance troupes. Throughout the afternoon, experience five vibrant performances by Haldeman’s OOM-pah Boys (12pm), Kalabharathi School of Dance (1pm), Bravo Youth Orchestras (1:45pm), East Dream Chinese Dance Group (2:15pm), and Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance (3:15pm). Enjoy free admission to our museum exhibits, and make a harvest-inspired craft to take home!

Activity Stations

  • Oktoberfest Alpine Hat
  • Rangoli Chalk Designs
  • Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Chinese Lanterns
  • Aztec Mosaic Mask
Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Performance Schedule

12pm – 12:45pm

Haldeman’s OOM-PAH Boys

Lynn E. Haldeman, a fugitive from the late, great Rheinlander Restaurant, leads the OOM-PAH BOYS, a three-piece band featuring accordion, clarinet, and tuba. In additional to classic German, French, and Italian music, the trio also dazzles children with their repertoire of Disney-themed musical melodies and famous movie and television themes. A CD featuring music performed at the Rheinlander during its 50-year existence will be available for sale for $16. WARNING: The CD contains yodeling and the “Chicken Dance.” Listener discretion is advised.

Haldeman's OOM-PAH Boys - Courtesy Lynn Haldeman

1pm – 1:30pm

Kalabharathi School of Dance

The Kalabharathi School of Dance is a premier dance school and dance company located in the Bethany area of Portland. Celebrating its 33rd year in Oregon, Kalabharathi is committed to promoting and presenting Bharathanatyam, an ancient South Indian dance form, through instructional classes and professional performances. Over 100 students are currently enrolled, and many of the group’s award-winning, sold-out productions have been partially supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Kalabharathi School of Dance - Courtesy Shivy Vanka

1:45pm – 2pm

Will also perform twice during East Dream Chinese Dance Group costume changes between 2:15 – 3pm

BRAVO Youth Orchestras

Founded in 2013 and inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema program, BRAVO Youth Orchestras transforms the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music instruction emphasizing collaboration, promoting self-confidence, and creating a community where children thrive. BRAVO's sixth and newest site is BRAVO Roosevelt. BRAVO’s Roosevelt students are in their first year of high school, but in their fifth and seventh years of BRAVO. The winds and stringss at Roosevelt are working on chamber arrangements that they are pleased to share with audiences in the greater Portland community.

BRAVO Youth Orchestra Strings at Roosevelt High - Courtesy Sharon Eldridge

2:15pm – 3pm

East Dream Chinese Dance Group

The East Dream Chinese Dance group will perform Chinese folk dances while adorned in spectacular costumes. The mission of this Corvallis based non-profit is to enrich diversity within the local community by sharing Chinese culture through music and dance. All are welcome to check out one of their weekly classes or join them as a member.

East Dream Chinese Dance Group - Courtesy Hong Li

3:15pm – 4pm

Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance

Founded in 2015, the Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance group, preserves and promotes traditional culture. Participants develop high self-esteem by learning about their heritage and roots and staying in touch with mother earth. The group encourages the youth in their community to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to participate in cultural events and activities. They provide a family environment where parents and children can learn about ancestral culture. Join them for a dynamic and lively celebration of ancient Aztec traditions!

Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance Group - Courtesy Daniel Koatlehekatl