Rose Festival Hits the 2019 Finale with Oregon’s Biggest Event Day of the Year
Three Days of Festival – June 7 through June 9 – Still to Go!
Rose Festival winds up before winding down as the biggest event day in Oregon reaches the summit. Here are the highlights:
The scheduled Navy ships are coming in and ready for tours starting Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Tours of all ships will be between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Coast Guard tours started Thursday. Tour lines will cut-off at 3:30 p.m. to give remaining visitors a chance to finish their visits. All tours are free, but remember to leave your bags and anything that could be considered a weapon at home, wear closed toe flat shoes and be willing to wait in lines. Ship tours are not ADA accessible. PLEASE NOTE: each ship will determine whether or not to have a tour, or whaat the hours will be — Rose Festival has no control over these tours.
Funtastic Traveling Shows is back for more thrills and family fun. Park visitors can also have fun in the Game On Arcade, catch shows of magic and daring skills at the Artslandia Stage, relax in the Widmer Brothers Side Bar, or stop in at Chloe Cabana. Children can enjoy the Kids Zone activities while adults visit the Jim Neil Memorial Museum nearby. The popular Grand Floral Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, June 8 will again being offering prizes to successful hunters.
Enjoy the Lanphere Auto Group Stage in the RoZone on Friday, June 7, with Let’s Salute, featuring the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Navy Band Northwest (free with CityFair admission). Saturday, June 8, it’s Roots & Boots 90′s Electric Throwdown, with artists Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Ray. An extra ticket is required, available at this website, or the main gate (Yamhill & Naito).
Beginning Saturday afternoon, parade fans can come to CityFair and get a unique free close-up look at the amazing all organically decorated Grand Floral Parade Floats, lined up along Naito Parkway. The floats will stay through Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, It’s Dog Day Afternoon at CityFair in partnership with the Oregon Humane Society. Bring your pooch and meet the 2019 Canine Court, sponsored by the Oregon Humane Society. Dogs are welcome at CityFair from 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. (No dogs are allowed in the Carnival.) The Canine Court will be on hand to greet their fans at the Jim Neill Memorial Museum from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Meet the lucky court members at CityFair, including King Otto and Queen Fancy:
1:00 p.m.: Otto and Fancy
2:00 p.m.: Pooka and Ruby
3:00 p.m.: Ubu and Wall-ee
Dragon Boat Race
Watch the Dragons plow the river from ‘the Bowl’ south of the Hawthorne Bridge starting Saturday, June 8, with finals on Sunday, June 9.
Saturday, June 8 is the biggest event day in Oregon starting with:
Queen’s Coronation presented by Unitus Community Credit Union
Who will be Queen? Find out Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. which of the incredible 15 court members will be selected the 2019 Queen of Rosaria. The new Queen will reign for one year, making guest appearances and traveling for the festival. Following the crowning moment the walkers will arrive.
The Grand Floral Walk sponsored by KIND snack bars, Amazon, Care Oregon, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, GetAround, 106.7 The Eagle and The Oregonian, will step off at 9:30 a.m. Walkers can still register online at This website, or on site at walk registration at the MODA Center Courtyard near the Rip City sign. Walkers for the 4.2 mile course along the parade route who register online will get a free t-shirt, a CityFair ticket for Saturday or Sunday, refreshments and freebies at the finish line.
Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade
The 2019 Queen and Court will welcome the five Heroes of the Rose Festival as Grand Marshal: Ron and Beverly Burback of Funtastic Traveling Shows, Stacey Flinjter and her father Vern Hulit developers of the modern parade equestrian displays and Sheila Holden, founder of the Rose Festival Court Mentorship Program. They will lead an amazing mobile show of marching bands, fantastic grand floats and fun mini-floats. Highlights to look for include: the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the Shu Te High School Marching Band from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. On the Reser’s Fine Foods Float watch for giant bees flying around a giant beehive under their own power and independent of the float via the art of drone technology. The Canby High School Marching Band finally makes it to Portland for their time in the sun. Reserved seats are still available inside and outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Purchase them at this website.