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The Rose Festival Announces New Leadership and the 2011 Theme

Nearly 20 years ago, Sue Bunday’s dad encouraged her to get her kids involved with the Rose Festival’s Junior Parade. She ended up taking nearly 75 Cub Scouts and Bluebirds to the parade and being recruited as a Rose Festival volunteer. Today Sue’s positive get-it-done attitude and increased skills at organizing kids of all ages… Read more »

The Rose Building Added to the National Register of Historic Places

In March of 2010, the Portland Rose Festival Foundation moved into the historic John Yeon Building (located in Tom McCall Waterfront Park), now unofficially dubbed as the ‘Rose Building.’ Nearly two years of work by a large group of people went into the planning and implementation of the restoration of the building, which had been… Read more »

Rose Festival Court Becomes Even More Inclusive

4A Schools Added to Eligibility List Applications are out and recruiting is underway for the 2011 Portland Rose Festival Court Program presented by Pacific Power. After successfully unveiling its expanded Court program in 2009 to accept metro area schools, the Rose Festival is again loosening its eligibility requirements to allow students from metro area 4A… Read more »

2010 Pinnacle Awards Includes Gold for the Youth Silent Film Festival

In its debut year the with Portland Rose Festival, the Youth Silent Film Festival (featured in June at the Hollywood Theatre), was named the Best New Event in the world by the International Festival and Events Association. The announcement took place during IFEA’s 55th Annual Convention & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, September 15, 2010…. Read more »

Buy Your Vegas Rose Auction Tickets Today!

Join us at the Rose Festival’s annual major fundraising dinner and auction, Vegas Rose! On Friday, October 15, catch a glimpse of vintage Las Vegas right here at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. In true Vegas style, there will be lots of delicious food and beverages, as well as chances to win fabulous auction items…. Read more »

Winner of ‘Watch and Win’ is Wowed by Winning

Rose Festival Contestant Wins Disneyland® Dream Trip Kimberly Wagner Sabang of NE Portland has won an evening’s stay in one of the most special places in the entire Disneyland® Resort, the Disneyland® Dream Suite. Ms. Sabang entered the 2010 Alaska Airlines Watch and Win Sweepstakes during the Grand Floral Parade Saturday, June 12, 2010. She… Read more »

More 2010 Festival Encore Events Still to Come!

Though the 2010 Rose Festival Celebration Events have ended, there are a number of Encore Events happening that you’ll want to check out! These include Good in the Neighborhood Multi-Cultural Food and Music Festival, Mock’s Crest Production Presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” World Beat Festival (in Riverfront Park in Salem, Oregon), the Royal Rosarians 73rd Rose Garden Contest Awards Ceremony… Read more »

More 2010 Festival Award Results

View the results for the 2010 Youth Silent Film Festival! List of Awards [PDF] Check out the winning VIDEOS at Vimeo: First Place: “All Alone” by Eddie Wallrabe (Slapstick) Second Place: “Shoplifter” by Tanner Ward (Mystery) Third Place (tie): “The Surprise” by Greg Philbrook (Mystery) Third Place (tie): “The Remote” by Hogan Fritz (Mystery) Audience Award:… Read more »

Parade Fans Keep Rose Festival Clean and Green

‘Our Roses are Red, But Our Actions Are Green’ Starlight Parade highlights the Rose Festival’s commitment to the environment this Saturday with one of the nation’s most cooperative sustainability efforts, the parade cleanup program. Rewarded as the nation’s cleanest and greenest festival for over a decade, Rose Festival parade fans and volunteers will once again… Read more »

Barbecue & Brew and BOOTS — Plus Boats and Bands!

The Rose Festival Waterfront Village is open for business, and is pleased to welcome the public to have some fun and come out to play in their rain boots! Starting Friday (June 4), guests who are spotted wearing their boots will receive a coupon good for a FREE return admission, valid any time during the… Read more »

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 »