Waterfront Events

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CityFair Opening Fireworks

Opening Night Fireworks

Because nothing says “celebration” quite like fireworks, the Portland Rose Festival gets the festivities started off on an awe-inspiring note. This year you’re invited to join us for an amazing nights of fireworks! Be there on Friday, May 22 for the Opening Night Fireworks, the Portland Rose Festival’s kick-off event. The fireworks will be choreographed… Read more »

RoZone Concert Series

101.9 KINK on the Waterfront: May 24, 2014

2014 Headliner: Vintage Trouble Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 out of the ashes of a few other bands, when Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. They entered The Bomb Shelter Studio, recorded an album’s worth of material in three days. The Bomb Shelter… Read more »


101.9 KINK on the Waterfront: May 25, 2014

2014 Headliner: Capital Cities Los Angeles duo of composers Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian initially met on craigslist in 2008 and worked as jingle writers until they formed the indie electro band Capital Cities in 2010. They released an EP independently in 2011 that included the song “Safe and Sound,” an upbeat mesh of synths… Read more »

Justin Moore at the RoZone

98.7 The Bull CountryFest: June 1, 2014

2014 Headliners: Clay Walker and Justin Moore Clay Walker first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with “What’s It to You” and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart including such additional chart toppers as “Dreaming with my… Read more »


Live 95.5 Fresh Faces Concert: June 6, 2014

2014 Headliner: Heffron Drive Heffron Drive began in 2008 as a passion project in a bedroom studio in Burbank, California, and has now become a whirlwind endeavor, with energetic and dedicated fans across the globe. Kendall Schmidt (23), lead singer of Big Time Rush is founder of the passionately-adored electro-pop band, Heffron Drive. With constant… Read more »


Dragon Boat Race

A Waterfront Tradition for 26 Years and Counting The Rose Festival is proud to host the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race, an event that has been bringing an exciting Chinese tradition to Portland for more than 26 years. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races feature exciting four-team heats held… Read more »

Portland Rose Festival


Always Featuring RoZone CityFair’s outdoor entertainment venue, featuring national acts on the OneMain Financial Stage is accessible through the main gate at Yamhill ST on SW Naito Parkway. Admission to CityFair is included in your purchase of a RoZone Concert ticket. Visit the RoZone page for concert lineups and ticket information. Come see what all… Read more »


Grand Floral Float Showcase

View the Grand Floral Floats up close If you’d like to have a closer look at this year’s floats, be sure to visit the Grand Floral Float Showcase on SW Naito Parkway, adjacent to CityFair on Saturday, June 6 (3:00 – 10:00 p.m.) and Sunday, June 7 (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

Fleet Fire Boat

Fleet Week

Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of… Read more »

City Fair


Enjoy Entertainment, Food and Rides on the Waterfront Portland’s waterfront comes alive with fun and festivities during the Rose Festival CityFair, part of Portland’s Official Festival. This amazing metropolitan fair is open for three full weekends (starting Memorial Day weekend) in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park downtown. Fair-goers can enjoy exciting midway rides, live music… Read more »

Portland Rose Festival

Hero’s Picnic

Celebrate Memorial Day at CityFair with a free picnic! Visitors to CityFair on Monday, May 26 will receive a free hot dog, potato salad and soda, beginning at 2pm in the RoZone, while supplies last. Thank you to Reser’s Fine Foods, Franz Bakery, and Pepsi for their generous donations! Don’t miss Slick’s Big Time BBQ!… Read more »


Hit Machine Free Concert: June 7, 2014

Appearing for an encore concert performance, the popular Hit Machine (created by Bart Hafeman) began more than 12 years ago. This five-member cover band transitions effortlessly between Prince, the Bee Gees and AC/DC, and has become a staple of metro-area festivals. Come enjoy this concert, FREE with paid admission!