As the illustrious City of Roses, we Portlanders take our Rose Festival quite seriously. But even if you've lived in the area for several years, you may not know just how diverse the activities are, beyond the more than a century-old tradition of our Grand Floral Parade.
For example, there's a treasure hunt! A staple of the festival for almost twenty years, this year the hunt begins online. Hunters compete to decipher clues to locate a Rose Festival medallion hidden on public property that will entitle them to cash and prizes (and bragging rights).
Explore the Rose Festival website for full details, paying special attention to these awesome events:
Opening Night Waterfront Fireworks - Friday, May 23
Dragon Boat Races - June 7th and 8th from 8am to 4pm
Rose Cup Races at Portland International Raceway - June 13th thru June 15th from 8am to 6pm
Fleet Week - June 4th thru June 8th from 9:30am to 3:30pm