With summer just around the corner, Memorial Day weekend (May 27–29, 2023) always promises a slew of vacation-level-fun events and activities in the Rose City. Start the holiday with a bang at the Portland Rose Festival’s opening night fireworks show at downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park, followed by the first weekend of CityFair. Scroll down for even more ways to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.
Portland Rose Festival
Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Roses throws itself a massive party in the form of the Portland Rose Festival. Declared the city’s official festival in 2010, the celebration includes more than 60 events, starting in late May and ending in mid-June. With the festival comes parades, carnival rides, art shows, dragon boat races, fun runs and more.
Vanport Mosaic Festival
The Vanport Mosaic Festival invites you to join in the “memory activism” effort to honor and preserve the history of Vanport City, which was once the second-largest city in Oregon. The festival celebrates the silenced histories through art performances, screenings, exhibits, tours, dialogues, gatherings and celebrations.
Multnomah County Fair
The Multnomah County Fair has been going on since 1906 and is a place for anyone to exhibit their skills in gardening, fiber arts, food preparation, arts and crafts and photography. held at Oaks Amusement Park, the fair features three days of family fun that includes stage performances, a car show pioneer village and animal activities.
Considered the “hub” of the annual Portland Rose Festival, CityFair fills Waterfront Park with carnival rides, concerts, food and fireworks for multiple weekends during the festival.
Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront carnival rides, concerts, races, fireworks and plenty of roses.
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