Once again, it’s time for the annual Rose Festival! This Portland summer tradition has been celebrated for over 100 years, and this year the theme is “Excessive Celebration!”
Here’s a quick guide to some of the big events taking place this summer — Avoid the hassles of traffic and parking downtown and let us take you there!
CityFair: June 2-5 and June 9-12
For just a few weekends, CityFair takes over the South Waterfront! Take a ride on the Ferris wheel, get your face painted and eat something deep-fried before it’s too late! CityFair closes at 11 p.m. all nights.
Starlight Parade: June 4
This year, the Starlight Parade celebrates 40 years! This crowd-favorite parade runs along a 2.25-mile route and lights up the streets of Downtown Portland from 8:30 p.m. through 11 p.m.
Fleet Week: June 8-12
Since the very first Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront — and this year is no different!
One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans.
Junior Rose Festival Parade: June 8
The Junior Parade has been an official Rose Festival event since 1936! Join in on the nation’s oldest and largest children’s parade from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Hollywood District.
Grand Floral Parade: June 11
This floral-filled parade is a beloved annual tradition. The Grand Floral Parade is reflection of all the co-existing communities in Portland, and every year hundreds of thousands of cheering viewers come out to watch this parade wind through the 4.2-mile route through city streets and across the Willamette River.
The Rose Festival parades are typically our busiest days of the year, so please plan extra time and don’t forget your fare!
You can purchase tickets in advance on the TriMet Tickets app, at the grocery store, the TriMet Ticket office, or online. (Also available on the app is a new feature to help you connect with transportation options, like Lyft and car2go.)