The Portland Rose Festival is well underway, yet far from over.
This weekend’s highlight includes the festival’s prized Grand Floral Parade, as well as live music, games and other entertainment.
The parade is a visual and auditory delight that draws thousands of people of every age. This year, it features 14 all-floral floats, 17 marching bands, 19 equestrian units, as well as many other special entries.
The 4.2-mile parade will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6. It will begin traveling through the Memorial Coliseum then ventures down MLK Jr. Boulevard, across the Burnside Bridge and into downtown Portland ending at Lincoln High School.
Save yourself from the weather with reserved indoor seating. Spectators can watch from inside the Memorial Coliseum and see three events for one price: the Queen’s Coronation, the Grand Floral Walk and the Grand Floral Parade. Cost is $15 to $30. Reserved outdoor seating also is available but does not include all three events. Cost is $25 to $30. For ticket information, go to rosefestival.org/parades/grand-floral-parade/event-info.
The Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race take place
The Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, at the south end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park. (Photo: Courtesy of Portland Rose Festival)
But the parade is not the only excitement happening in Portland this weekend. The festival also features a carnival, dragon boat race and live music.
The CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, hosts carnival rides plus other festival highlights. This weekend you can check out Fleet Week featuring ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard and Canadian Maritime Forces. The ships will be along the waterfront sea wall. Addtionally, get a close-up viewing of the all-floral float creations from the Grand Floral Parade Saturday afternoon and Sunday along Naito Parkway.
The dragon boat race, which features more than 80 local, national and international teams, take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, at the south end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park. During the race, four-team heats are held every nine minutes. There is no cost to watch.
River Rock Concerts feature country, pop, Celtic rock
Rock the Roses will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, It features three classic rock bands, Great White, Slaughter and Vixen. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show.
Kink on the Waterfront will take place 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6. It will feature headliner Walk Off The Earth, with opening acts Scars on 45, Kopecky and The Wind + The Wave.
Concerts take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Each show costs $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. Tickets includes admission to Rose Festival CityFair. Cost for CityFair alone is $7 for ages 7 and older or $5 in advance. Rides cost extra. Purchase tickets in advance at ticketmaster.com.
For more information on other events happening during the festival, which also includes a rose show and art show, visit rosefestival.org.