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Waterfront Village Opens With FREE Admission Thursday (June 3)

Due to combined efforts of the Rose Festival and Portland Park Bureau, Waterfront Village will be open for business at 11:00 a.m. – with FREE admission all day courtesy of KOIN Local 6 – for Thursday, June 3. Come and enjoy Barbecue & Brew and BOOTS weekend! It’s time to fire up the barbie and pull on your designer… Read more »

Waterfront Village Will Be Closed Today (Wednesday June 2)

The Rose Festival and Portland Park Bureau are working together to mitigate the ‘perfect storm’ we’ve experienced in Portland for the past few weeks, which has led to wet conditions in the park. We’ll check out the park condition and the forecast tonite and decide about tomorrow’s status. The current plan is to open Thursday… Read more »

Historic Hero Leads Danner Memorial Day March

Davy Crockett, one of the many American Heroes at the Battle of the Alamo will lead the second annual Danner Memorial Day March at 1:30 p.m. today carrying a Texas flag that was flown over the historic mission in honor of the Rose Festival April 23, 2010. Also marching in the Rose Festival’s newest Parade:… Read more »

The Rose Festival Marches into Memorial Day

All-American spirits lift on Monday, May 31 with the second Portland Rose Festival Memorial Day Commemoration, welcoming home the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Oregon Army National Guard. The Rose Festival’s newest parade, The Danner Memorial Day March, leads the festivities at 1:30 p.m. with a commemoration ceremony at 2:15 p.m. that includes… Read more »

Rose Festival 2010 Has Arrived!

Welcome to the season of the Rose. For the next three weeks no matter what, the Rose Spirit happens in Portland, Oregon. With three weeks of unique fun and celebration, the 103rd Portland Rose Festival opens this Friday (May 28 at 5:00 p.m.) with a human powered vehicle parade around Waterfront Park, featuring the 2010… Read more »

Join Us for the Rose Building Open House on Saturday, May 22

Come and tour the new home of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, the historic building originally opened in the late 1940′s as Portland’s Visitors Information Center. See festival memorabilia (like princess dresses and the Crown of Rosaria), meet the 2010 Rose Festival Court and Living History characters Mayor Harry Lane and Georgiana Pittock and enjoy… Read more »

Elmer’s Restaurants Offers Official Rose Meal

Elmer’s Restaurants has been a Northwest favorite for 50 years! In honor of their 50th Anniversary, Elmer’s Restaurants are offering an official Rose Meal option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The special anniversary entrees will be available from May 22 – June 13, 2010 and include: A Colonial Pan-San, a Chicken Strip Sandwich and Steak… Read more »

Starlight Parade Adds Glam to the Glitter with 2010 Grand Marshal

The parade with the most glitter just got more fashionable as the Portland Rose Festival announced Vancouver resident Seth Aaron Henderson — winner of Lifetime’s “Project Runway Season 7″ — will be the 2010 Grand Marshal for the Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade (Saturday June 5 at 8:30 p.m.). “My family and I love parades…. Read more »

Rose Festival Unveils 2010 Signature Art at Renovated Waterfront Offices

Portland’s Official Festival unveiled its ‘Rose Spirit’ in a series of collectable artwork at the newly renovated and renamed Rose Building (located in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park). Invited guests and media were introduced to the 2010 Rose Festival collectors pin, the colorful 2010 themed poster and the festival’s winning wine label art. Christopher Francis… Read more »

Parade Grand Marshal Brian Grant Stands Tall in Philanthropy

Portland Rose Festival President Robert Hansen introduced Brian Grant — former NBA Star and renowned children’s health advocate — as the 2010 Grand Marshal for the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade (to be held Saturday June 12, 10:00 a.m.). “Brian has consistently been involved in philanthropic projects assisting seriously ill children and their families, as well… Read more »

The Group Synapse Wins MusicFest 2010

Crisp, well-constructed and tightly presented original songs featuring strong individual performance skills led Central Catholic high school students Alex McDougall, Max Pinder, Zac Rego and Istvan Varga-Roman of the group Synapse to first place in the 19th Annual MusicFest competition at Portland Music Company Saturday evening April 24, 2010. Synapse captured the 125 audience members… Read more »

Al Reser Sweepstakes Award

The death of Al Reser on April 12 left a void in the local community and was deeply felt at the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. Al Reser left a legacy of giving in his generous support of community projects and nonprofits. He was a longtime friend of the Rose Festival, which he loved and supported…. Read more »

Make a Pledge to be Positive in Your Community!

The Pledge to be Positive — the top promotion in the world for festivals and events –is returning for 2010 with an opportunity for individuals and groups to do something positive for their community, AND earn financial assistance (up to $5,000!) from KeyBank, through a simple grant application. Projects small and large, new or already… Read more »

New Rose Festival eNewsletter Subscribers Can Win KOOZA Tickets

Are you a subscriber to the Portland Rose Festival’s eNewsletter (and eBulletin)? If not, here’s your chance to get the latest behind-the-scenes information about the festival — and have a chance to win tickets to Cirque du Soliel’s KOOZA when it appears in Portland! You can sign up on the Home page, or by goingHERE. Subscribers… Read more »

Dragons Awaken Saturday at High Noon

The public is invited to the official beginning of the Dragon Boat race season at Saturday’s ‘Awakening the Dragons’ annual ceremony. At noon on Saturday, March 27, an ancient Buddhist ceremony will take place at RiverPlace Marina (1510 SW Harbor Way — at the flag circle at the south end of Waterfront Park), where the… Read more »

Rose Festival Offers Public Rare Opportunity to Attend Princess Announcement

Kicking off the final week of Princess announcements, a special free-to-the-public ceremony will be held at the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland Monday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. to introduce the Metro selection to the Rose Festival Court. Three juniors and two seniors (from Glencoe, Aloha, Sherwood, Tigard and Sunset High Schools) will appear on… Read more »