Portland residents – or anybody visiting Portland from late May to early June – the Portland Rose Festival is coming and you won’t want to miss it!
The Portland Rose Festival is an annual tradition in the “the City of Roses.” The event features thousands of blooms each year to admire and purchase, as well as fun activities that can be enjoyed throughout the course of more than two weeks.
About the Portland Rose Festival
The Portland Rose Festival takes place this year from May 27th to June 12th, and it’s a celebration of a beloved flower that takes over many areas of the city. For more than 100 years, the Portland Rose Festival has entertained residents and visitors to the city, offering great ways to appreciate the rose and bring it’s beauty even more into the spotlight than it already is.
The grand Portland Rose Festival is the second-largest rose festival in the United States. It features three parades, activities for three full weekends, and many community involvement opportunities that focus on the rose and on how beautiful it is for people to come together.
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This year’s Portland Rose Festival’s theme is “Excessive Celebration,” which seems fitting considering that the festivities for this event will include dozens of things to do and see like dancing, fireworks synced to music, a “fun and wacky” illuminated Starlight Parade, a Starlight After-Party, and more.
There’s an all-children parade as well as traditional Chinese dragon boat races going on at the Portland Rose Festival, and there will be ship displays from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Canadian Maritime Forces as part of Portland’s “Fleet Week.”
The 2016 Portland Rose Festival will offer Opening Songs and Blessings, the revealing of the 2016 Rose Festival Court, rides, cultural events, special food vendors, dances, and more as festival-goers of all ages have a splendid time at various venues throughout the city of Portland (all with roses as the highlight).
There are events and activities for everyone, so visit the Portland Rose Festival website to learn more and to schedule your Portland trip around the fun!