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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Portland Rose Festival


One of the Portland’s most famous events is the Rose Festival. It first occurred in 1907 and actually a whole series of events that kick off over Memorial Day weekend. This year’s festivities will take place from May 18 through June 15, 2014.

The festivities will get started on Friday, May 23rd, with a literal BANG in form of fireworks. The fireworks will be choreographed to music provided by 101.9 KINK FM. The Rose Festival fireworks are one of Oregon’s largest and most spectacular firework shows and will take place beginning at nightfall at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.


Portland’s waterfront comes alive by the Rose Festival City Fair. There will be rides, live music, local beer and tasty treats, as well as a wide variety of shopping. The fair is open for three full weekends. A part of the City Fair is the RoZone Stage which will host the headliners Capital Cities and Vintage Trouble. Marc Broussard, Vicci Martinez, Valerie June and Scars on 45 will be rocking the stage the upcoming kick off weekend.

Over the next weeks Portland Center Stage will show daily musicals and rock shows like “Lizzie” America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess. Also there will be art shows around the city like the 15th Annual Wilsonville Festival of Arts and the Frank Hirahara Photo Collection. The 23rd Annual Canby Wine, Food & Brew Fest.

On May 31st Oregon’s most popular fun run will take place, a race of ridiculously dressed and costumed runners along the 3.1-mile Starlight Parade route. The craziness continues after nightfall when diverse floats and traditional marching bands hit the Starlight Parade. The parade draws more than 250,000 spectators to downtown Portland.


Each year, the Lloyd Center Ice Rink is transformed into a colorful rose garden for the Annual Spring Rose Show, the largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The port of Portland opens its ships for Fleet Week and the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race will take place on Willamette River.

The Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade is the second largest all-floral parade in North America and the single-largest spectator event in Oregon. More than 500,000 spectators line the 4.3 mile parade route which begins inside the Memorial Coliseum and continues through Downtown Portland. Bands are judged near the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Boulevard and NE Multnomah Street.


Major Portland Rose Festival Events:

Fireworks Experience
May 23
This kick-off event features a lighting ceremony followed by a grand display of fireworks over the Willamette River
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Rose Festival City Fair
May 23 – 26May 29 – June 1June 5 – 8
Held over most days of the festival, the CityFair offers all the favorite fair activities – live entertainment, carnival rides, food booths, and arts and crafts.
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Starlight Parade
May 31
Floats and marching groups decked out in lights of all kinds.
(Downtown Portland)

Fleet Week
June 4 – 8
View and tour naval vessels from the United States Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Maritime Forces.
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show
June 5 – 6
(Lloyd Center Ice Rink)

Rose Cup Races
June 13 – 15
A variety of races and exhibits.
(Portland International Raceway)

Queen’s Coronation
June 7
(Memorial Coliseum)

Grand Floral Parade
June 7
Colorful floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, and more.
(Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland)


The Portland Rose Festival has a lot to offer and is fun for everyone! The hostel will be leading special activities during the festival. Please check our activities board at the front desk for more information.

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