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Royal Rosarians Will Plant the 2014 Official Rose at the Rose Building

On Saturday, April 12, the Royal Rosarians will plant the 2014 Official Rose ‘Royal Scepter’ at the Rose Building, the home of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. This annual VIP rose planting takes place at 1020 SW Naito Parkway in downtown Portland and will honor the Rose Festival Board of Directors. The event takes place… Read more »

NASA to Honor 100th Rose Festival Queen

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced today that astronauts on the next space shuttle mission schedule for an early June launch will take a side-trip to the moon to lay a plaque in honor of the 100th Queen of the Portland Rose Festival. Government officials cited the Navy’s canceling of Rose Festival Fleet… Read more »

Rose Festival Joins the Knight Cancer Challenge

ENDING CANCER AS WE KNOW IT For the first time in its 107-year old history, the Portland Rose Festival (Portland’s Official Festival) is devoting key parts of the multicultural celebration to a single charitable cause — helping to end cancer as we know it through Oregon Health & Science University’s Knight Cancer Challenge. The Rose… Read more »

The Fleet is Back!

To a modern Navy fleet, the ocean is like a super highway and the mighty Columbia River a scenic weekend drive. The U.S. Navy announced this week that after a short hiatus last year, they’re once again taking the scenic route upriver to appear at the traditional Fleet Week for the Portland Rose Festival. The… Read more »

The Awakening of The Dragons Happens This Saturday!

The public is invited to view the ancient Chinese Eye Dotting Ceremony, “The Awakening of The Dragons,” tomorrow (Saturday, March 29) at 12:00 noon at the Riverplace Marina at the Flag Circle (south end of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park bowl), in downtown Portland. Both local and visiting dignitaries will paint red dots on the… Read more »

Court Judging Cancelled for Saturday, February 8

Because of predicted winter weather problems, Court judging scheduled to be held this coming Saturday, February 8, has been CANCELLED. The Court Committee and Rose Festival are focusing on the safety of candidates (and others) involved in the judging process. The next round of judging — which takes place on Saturday, February 22 — will… Read more »

Grand Floral Parade Tickets Available for the Holiday Season

Give a gift of ROSES — and Making Memories — with tickets to the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade! Rain-proof tickets will be on sale November 28 (Thursday, Thanksgiving Day), to view the Grand Floral Parade at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Saturday June 7, 2014. The only major parade in the country to pass through… Read more »

Potential Rose Festival Princesses Apply Now!

Hannah Rice admits she did not know much about the history of the Rose Festival Court program. She was under misconceptions that it was a popularity contest or beauty pageant, but she still felt it would be a good chance to improve her speaking skills, so she took a big step outside her comfort zone… Read more »

The Rose Festival Auction Goes Online

Items include: Grand Floral Float Ride & Diamond Necklace The Tailgate & Roses Dinner & Auction is coming up on Friday, October 11, 2013. Tickets for this famously fun fundraiser supporting the mission-based events and programs of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation are on sale now (see details and RSVP HERE). Bidders who can’t attend… Read more »