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MusicFest Starts Off the Rose Festival Event Season

The Portland Rose Festival’s annual MusicFest high school band competition will be held this Saturday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Portland Music Company located at 531 SE Martin Luther King Boulevard. Admission is free to public. Eight finalist bands have been selected to participate in the 2009 MusicFest — the April… Read more »

Five Students Move on to Final Round in Historic Metro Princess Selection

Sixty-two enthusiastic metro area high school students came together today at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego competing for the position of the fifteenth Rose Festival Princess. As the seven volunteer judges watched, each took the stage and gave a short speech. The 24 girls that made the first cut were asked… Read more »

Rose Festival to Officially Kick-Start Summer

The Portland Rose Festival announced a major update in programming today at a joint press conference in front of the festival’s future home, the McCall’s Restaurant building in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Beginning this season, the Rose Festival will open one week earlier on Memorial Day weekend, providing three weekends of downtown festivities in and… Read more »

All The World is a Rose Festival Stage as the Festival Seeks Culturally Diverse Performers

Celebrating culture, diversity and ethnicity, amateur performance artists are being sought for open volunteer slots on the Portland Rose Festival’s Waterfront Village World Rhythms Stage and in the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade. Opportunities to perform all types of unique or eclectic routines are available for both children’s and adult groups daily between 11:00 a.m. and… Read more »

Rose Festival Wine Label Contest Reveals a Mosaic of Opportunities

The Oak Knoll Winery and the Oregon College of Art and Craft will partner with the Portland Rose Festival Foundation to select the 2009 Rose Festival signature wine label from submissions by OCAC students, Monday February 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Students will submit works based on this year’s Festival theme: “Bridging Communities.” Up to… Read more »

Lights! Cameras! Honk!! The Rose Festival Clown School is Back!

The Rose Festival’s award-winning Character Clown Corps has opened enrollment for the 2009 season. Non-professionals with a little silly in their swagger are being sought. Participants will train and perform with a European-style clown professional, receive a makeup kit and costume as well as develop their very own clown character. Graduates will get to participate… Read more »

Give the Gift of the Rose Festival During this Holiday Season!

With one-of-a-kind gifts, the Portland Rose Festival will appear for the first time ever at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar the next two weekends. Specially discounted merchandise, prime KeyBank Grand Floral Parade tickets and certificates for the festival’s official rose will all be available at the Christmas Bazaar during event hours Friday through Sunday, November 28-30 (this… Read more »

Rose Festival Court Brings Out New Glass Slipper

Portland’s most exclusive girls club is opening enrollment for 2009 by adding an extra chair to the Court’s table. In the most significant upgrade in its 78-year history, the international awarding-winning Portland Rose Festival high school scholarship program is inviting eligible girls from an additional 28 area schools to apply for a fifteenth (Metro) position… Read more »

Rose Festival Director of Sales and Marketing Elected OTTA President

Carol Ross, who was recently promoted to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing for the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, took office for a two-year term as President of the Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance (otherwise known as OTTA). “I am extremely excited to be able to serve in this capacity and help grow… Read more »

Rose Festival Outperforms Phelps

America had something to celebrate when swimmer Michael Phelps came home from the Beijing Olympics with eight gold medals. Now Portlanders can be equally proud of the festival that bears its name: The Portland Rose Festival! For the second year in a row the Rose Festival won nine Gold Pinnacle Awards —- the Academy Award… Read more »

Parade Clowning Characterizes New President’s Rose Festival Roots

Like every good husband, Robert Hansen ‘volunteered’ to help his wife Janie with a little float decorating in 1990. Because of his hard work (and maybe with just a little influence from ‘the boss’), Robert was rewarded with the opportunity to walk along side the float in the Grand Floral Parade as a clown. From… Read more »

Portlander Wins the Hallmark ‘Daddy of All Dance-Offs’ Contest in New York City

On June 13, 2008, Hallmark named Ronnie Bell of Portland, Oregon, the 2008 ‘Number One Dancing Dad In America.’ Bell, who was selected at the WaMu Waterfront Village contest during the 2008 Rose Festival, beat out hundreds of other dancing dads from across the country in Hallmark’s “Daddy of All Dance-Offs” — a nationwide search for America’s… Read more »

Save During Our Huge Rose Festival Merchandise Sale!

Looking for that special souvenir or unique gift item? Or maybe you want a pink puffy vest just for you? From men’s, women’s and youth clothing to bracelet charms, totes and much more — there’s bound to be something fun for everyone! Don’t miss your chance to save big on a huge variety of items…. Read more »