Portland Rose Festival 2016 - A Guide for Visitors

Roses at the Portland Rose Garden
(©Angela M. Brown)

The climate conditions in Portland, Oregon, are perfect for roses. It wasn't long after Portland was established that it became known as the "Rose City." The first official Portland Rose Festival was held in 1907.

When is the 2016 Portland Rose Festival
The Portland Rose Festival is actually a whole series of events that kick in mid-May and run well into June.

Where is the Portland Rose Festival
Rose Festival events take place all around Portland.

Venues include:

  • Downtown Portland
  • Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park
  • Memorial Coliseum
  • Portland International Raceway

Major Portland Rose Festival Events

  • Opening Night Fireworks
    May 27
    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 CityFair (formerly the Waterfront Village)
    May 27 - 30, June 2 - 5, June 9-12
    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
    June 4
    Floats and marching groups decked out in lights of all kinds.
    (Downtown Portland)
  • Fleet Week
    June 8-13
    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 9-10
    (Lloyd Center Ice Rink)
  • Queen's Coronation
    June 11
    (Memorial Coliseum)
  • Grand Floral Parade
    June 11
    Colorful floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, and more.
    (Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland)

Other Portland Rose Festival Events

  • Historic home tours
  • Concerts
  • Dragon boat races
  • Grand Floral Walk
  • Junior Parade
  • Starlight Run

Official Portland Rose Festival Event Calendar

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