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2016 Rose Festival Opens Essential Summer of Celebration

Get Ready for FOUR Big Days Filled with FUN!

The Portland Rose Festival kicks off the 2016 season with an un-ceremonial ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 27 at CityFair in Tom McCall Waterfront Park at Yamhill Street. Opening Night Fireworks presented by The Oregonian I OregonLive highlight the evening with music by the Rocktarts and Pride of Portland Chorus with shells bursting starting at 9:50 p.m. All Festival is about to break loose with thrill rides, tasty food, and the world’s SHORTEST half marathon — and that’s just the first weekend! As Rose Festival’s CityFair opens for three weekends from May 27 through June 12!

All three weekends be sure to enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s biggest, best and family-friendliest carnival, Funtastic features a full array of family fun, including gentle Kiddie Jumpers for sale Land rides, tried and true family favorites and over-the-top twisters for older, more adventurous thrill seekers. It’s Funtastic — Just Possibly the World’s Best Carnival!

Friday, May 27, enjoy a FREE concert on the Bob Lanphere’s Beaverton Honda Stage in the RoZone by The Rocktarts and Pride of Portland Chorus at 8:00 p.m., and an encore from The Rocktarts immediately following the fireworks display. The show is one of Oregon’s largest fireworks displays, with thunderous pyrotechnics that soar above CityFair. The concert and fireworks are FREE with CityFair admission.

Baby I’m Back! Rose Festival brings back party-starter Sir Mix-A-Lot for a special concert on Saturday, May 28, 2016. After a booty-shaking debut in Waterfront Park for the 2015 Rose Festival Starlight After-Party, Sir Mix-A-Lot returns to the RoZone along with special guest Andy Stokes and music by DJ Doc Rock. Tickets available at this website.

Grimm Actors Join Rose Festival’s Kids Zone Reading Corner at Cityfair on Saturday! On May 28 at 2:30 p.m., Claire Coffee (who plays Hexenbiest Adalind Schade on the NBC hit program “Grimm”) will be joined by Hannah R. Loyd (who plays her daughter ‘Diana’) and read out loud from “A Visitor for Bear.” The Kids Zone Reading Corner is part of the Rose Festival’s commitment to the 2016 Official Charity SMART (Start Making A Reader Today). The Rose Festival will honor SMART with a special Kids Zone Reading Corner at CityFair, kicking off on May 27 at 5:00 p.m. for Memorial Day weekend and three consecutive weekends at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park (May 27-May 30, June 2-5 and June 9-12, 2016). Other readers include: musician Patrick Lamb, Teacher of the Year Heather Anderson, the Rose Festival Clown Prince and members of the Portland Winterhawks, Portland Steel and Hillsboro Hops.

Keeping the running tradition alive, the Portland Rose Festival is introducing the world’s SHORTEST Half Marathon: the Point One Run! Forget about those other 13 miles. We’re focusing on the most important part, the final one tenth of a mile to the finish line! This event takes place on Sunday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m., with an official course that starts AND stays inside CityFair, racing from the Morrison Bridge south to the RoZone. Register for the run at this website.

Surrounded by the serene ambience of the festival’s CityFair food court, the Point One Run invites runners to ‘race’ 528 feet in less than 45 minutes, while negotiating unique beverage stations, groups of clowns and cheering family and friends. Runners who successfully complete the course on time will burst through the finish line at the RoZone to the sound of live rock and roll music with the Rolling Tones and Candy O from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Come down Monday, Memorial Day, May 30 and see the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra “Symphony Safari.” Get up close and personal with violins, cellos and more! The orchestra will perform “Americana” themed music in honor of Memorial Day, and will be set up in a way that allows guests to take a safari and walk among the musicians — a truly unique experience. The concert takes place 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and is FREE with CityFair Admission.