Polish Festival, Polish Library Hall, 3900 N Interstate, Sat Sept 24, 11 am-10 pm; Sun Sept 25, noon-7 pm, free

Last year 10,000 people showed up at Polish Fest, so it's a big deal. Not surprising though with the wealth of sausages, potato and cheese-filled pierogis, potato pancakes, and plenty of other diet-destroying delights. If you're brave, join the polka contests taking place or just observe the folk dancing, music, and polka from a distance. KS

East Burnside Street Fair, Wild Oats Parking Lot, NE 29th & Burnside, Sun Sept 25, noon-9 pm

This highly under-publicized event takes place this Sunday and is worth a cruise through if you're in the 'hood. Last year they had a beer garden, massages and manicure services, tons of food like hot dogs, pizza, gelato, sandwiches, and pastries, plus live entertainment. While we're not sure exactly who is going to be there, it sounds fun. KS

Oktoberfest at McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, 492-2777, Sun Sept 25,

11 am, free

If you need an excuse to get out of downtown Portland, head out to the Edgefield for celebration of October. Stilt walkers and balloon artists will be roaming the property and bands are playing at various locations. Check out the Gypsy Caravan Belly Dancers at 5 pm at the Little Red Shed, followed by the Dickel Brothers at 6 pm. KS

Portland Cooks!, Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, 800-791-2250, Thurs-Sun Sept 22-25, 10 am-5 pm, $10

Are you a sucker for those cooking shows on the Food Network? Here's a chance to get your nose right up in the frying pan? (And to taste the food, as well as scarf up a bunch of other free samples.) The stupidly named four-day event, "Portland Cooks!," has two football fields worth of displays and exhibitions on everything from specialty foods to in-person cooking shows to model kitchen setups with the latest gadgets. PB