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Rose Festival CityFair on the Waterfront

City Fair

Enjoy Entertainment, Food and Rides on the Waterfront

Rose Festival’s waterfront activities kick off on May 24 at 5:00 p.m. for Memorial Day weekend and three consecutive weekends at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park (May 24-May 27, May 31-June 2 and June 7-9, 2019), in downtown Portland.

May 24-27 | May 31-June 2 | June 7-9, 2019
Gates open at:
May 24: 5:00 p.m.
May 25 & 26: 11:00 a.m.
May 31: 3:00 p.m.
June 1 & 2: 11:00 a.m.
June 7: 3:00 p.m.
June 8 & 9: 11:00 a.m.
All other days: 11:00 a.m.
Fair CLOSES at 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
10:00 p.m. on Sundays and Memorial Day
Location Waterfront Park
Admission $8 for ages 7 and over

Opening Weekend

Weekend Theme: Superheroes and Video Games

Opening Day
Rose Festival Opening Day presented by Xfinity
Friday, May 24
Nothing says celebration quite like fireworks — so the Portland Rose Festival will get the festivities started off for 2019 on an awe-inspiring note! Your admission to CityFair will include the fireworks display — choreographed to music — plus additional entertainment.
Be there on Friday, May 24, 2019, for the Rose Festival Fireworks powered by Xfinity at 9:50 p.m.
And enjoy a FREE concert at the RoZone on the Lanphere Auto Group Stage! The RoZone gates open at 7:30 p.m. ANDRE MARC will play a full concert, followed by Hit Machine — plus an encore by Hit Machine immediately after the fireworks display!

Join us on Saturday, May 25, as Sir Mix-a-Lot takes over the RoZone stage! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.! (Free concert with CityFair admission.)

2019 CityFair Ukulele Jam
Sunday, May 26, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Join the fun at CityFair (located at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in downtown Portland, Oregon) inside the Widmer Brothers Side Bar. Local ukulele performers will play, and there will be a strum-and-sing-along all during the event.
If you bring your ukulele you’ll get in for FREE. If you wear a Hawaiian shirt or muumuu, you have the chance to win cool prizes, like a brand new ukulele!
Download the MUSIC for the Jam and start practicing.

Memorial Day
We’re open all day on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 — bring the entire family out for Kids, Clowns and Characters from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an event featuring the best in children’s entertainment including magic, clowns, bubble shows, face painting, kindie rock music and much more! (Free event with CityFair admission.)

Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt
Our Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt will run from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27.

Second Weekend

Weekend Theme: Sci Fi and Video Games

The second weekend of CityFair is jam-packed with music on the Rose City Stage, performing arts on the Artslandia stage, crafts and puppet shows in the Kids Zone, and cool artifacts in the Rose Festival Museum – all FREE with CityFair admission. The Game On Arcade is open all day for kiddos and all night for adults. Grab a brew at the Widmer Brothers or a local cocktail from the Eastside Distilling Lounge and enjoy Rose Festival after dark!

Starlight Scavenger Hunt
Our Starlight Scavenger Hunt will run on June 1 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Final Weekend

Weekend Theme: Fairy Tales

The final weekend of CityFair starts on Friday, June 7 with Let’s Salute a Military Band Showcase, honoring all branches of the military. (Free concert with CityFair admission.)

Grand Floral Scavenger Hunt
Our Grand Floral Scavenger Hunt will run on June 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fleet Week
Fleet Week is a highlight this weekend with ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy along the waterfront sea wall, and the amazing all-floral float creations from the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade will line Naito Parkway on Saturday afternoon and Sunday for up-close viewing, punctuating a rosy end to Rose Festival Waterfront activities.

Grand Floral Float Showcase

See the floats up close:

Admission Specials

  • The Rose Festival 2019 Souvenir Pin is a season pass — the pin is $10 at select Fred Meyer stores, the Rose Garden Store and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation Office (in the Rose Building) [while supplies last]
  • Kids 6 and under are always FREE thanks to Pamplin Media Group
  • FREE admission for Veterans, Reservists, and Active Military with Valid Military ID thanks to T-Mobile
  • Fridays FREE before 5:00 p.m. — gate admission is free from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday May 31 and June 7, 2019

Carnival Specials

  • Unlimited Ride Wristband: $37.50 through May 23, 2019 online only, $50 on-site. Includes one full day of unlimited rides, 3 games, and one food item from a Funtastic Shows food vendor (choice of corn dog, small popcorn or small soda).
  • Tickets for $50 – A $10 Savings! Available online only. Each ride takes 9-10 tickets.

Get more information about TICKETS!


Jim Neill Memorial Museum at CityFair

Each year at CityFair, the Rose Festival Foundation displays treasures from the archives to the public.

The Jim Neill Memorial Museum was named in honor of Jim Neill, who was a long time Director of the Rose Festival Foundation and avid collector of Rose Festival memorabilia. We are delighted to be displaying pieces donated by Jim Neill’s family and the law firm where he worked, Davis Wright Tremaine, presently on display at the Rose Festival offices on Naito Parkway.

Kids Zone

Get entertained and inspired by the Dragon Theater Puppets & Princesses presenting puppet shows, magic shows and crafts.

2019 Stage Schedules

RoZone Schedule

As of June 3:
RoZone Schedule [PDF]

Rose City Stage Schedule

As of June 3:
Rose City Stage Schedule [PDF]

Artslandia Stage Schedule

As of June 3:
Artslandia Stage Schedule [PDF]

Kids Zone Stage Schedule

As of June 3:
Kids Zone Stage Schedule [PDF]

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Partnership Opportunities

If your company falls within one of these categories : Automotive, Beverage, Casino, Communication, Credit Card, Financial Institutions, Home Improvement, Hot Tubs & Spas, Hotel Industry, Insurance, Medical Facilities, Mobile Tours, Retail Stores, Technology, or United States Military — please contact our Sponsorship Department at 503.227.2681 for partnership opportunities.

CityFair Sponsorship

Contact Christie Owens (Wong), or visit the Sponsorship Page for more information.