The annual Portland Rose Festival takes place this year from May 26th to June 11th, in Portland, Oregon. The flower-filled event will give tourists and residents the chance to enjoy parades, marathons and, of course, roses like never before.
The festival’s floral show highlights more than 4000 blossoms in total, so there will be plenty of chances to stop and smell the roses. The beautiful buds and blooms are back again this year as an opportunity for the public to gather in celebration of nature, and to come together in support of diversity and unity.
Bringing Tradition Into Modern Times
“Brilliant” is the theme for this year’s Portland Rose Parade, and there’s no doubt that the displays and the entire experience will be brilliantly planned and delivered. This event, which has been part of Portland’s culture for more than a century, has roots in tradition but it offers contemporary programming.
During the first decade of the 20th century, the city of Portland’s leaders aimed to claim their spot on the map by branding their destination as the “summer capital of the world.” They did this by attracting visitors with the first Rose Festival. More than 100 summers later, the event is award winning, famous and a premier community involvement opportunity, as citizens take part in volunteerism and environmentalism.
Activities for the 2018 Portland Rose Festival
This year’s Portland Rose Festival will feature:
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- Waterfront concerts
- A Fleet Week show
- Marathon runs and walks
- An Auction
- A Golf Championship
- The Annual Rose Show
The Annual Rose Show is the 129th annual spring Rose Show and it’s free to attend. Rose growers from all over the Pacific Northwest participate and trophies go to entrants who grow the most beautiful roses.
You can learn more about events and activities happening at the Portland Rose Festival by visiting the festival’s website.