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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).

Opening Weekend

Weekend Theme: Superheroes and Villains


Opening Night
Opening Night Fireworks is on Friday night, May 25, featuring a concert in the RoZone with local favorite Hit Machine and the legendary One More Time Around Again Marching Band kicking it off at 7:00 p.m.! (Free concert with CityFair admission.)

Join us on Saturday, May 26, as Disciple Records takes over the RoZone stage, bringing the hottest in dubstep and bass music! Show starts at 6:00 p.m.! (Free concert with CityFair admission.)

Memorial Day
We’re open all day on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 — bring the entire family out for Kids, Clowns and Characters from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 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 28.

Second Weekend


Weekend Theme: Princes and Princesses

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 Old Town Brewing Taphouse or a local cocktail from the Eastside Distilling Lounge and enjoy Rose Festival after dark!

Dog Day Afternoon
Canine companions on a leash are welcome at CityFair on Saturday, June 2 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity to donate to the Oregon Humane Society (the Rose Festival’s 2018 Official Charity), and amenities for four-legged friends will be provided. Visit the Jim Neill Memorial Museum every hour on the hour for special meet & greet opportunities with members of the Canine Court and the Canine Grand Marshal for the Grand Floral Parade, Diesel!

Starlight Scavenger Hunt
Our Starlight Scavenger Hunt will run on June 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Final Weekend


Weekend Theme: Pirates and Mermaids

The final weekend of CityFair starts on Friday June 8 with 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 9 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.


Admission Specials

  • The Rose Festival 2018 Souvenir Pin is a season pass — the pin is $10 at Fred Meyer stores, the Rose Garden Store, select Duck Stores, select Bank of the West locations 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 (plus one guest)
  • Fridays FREE before 5:00 p.m. — gate admission is free from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday June 1 and June 8, 2018
  • FREE admission for Sprint customers ‪on Saturday, May 26, 2018‬ – Simply show your Sprint phone at the gate!


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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.

Stage Schedules


Rose City Stage Schedule

As of May 21:
Rose City Stage Schedule [PDF]

Artslandia Stage Schedule

As of May 21:
Artslandia Stage Schedule [PDF]

Kids Zone Stage Schedule

As of May 21:
Kids Zone Stage Schedule [PDF]

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2019 CityFair Food Vendor Application [PDF]

2019 CityFair Exhibitor Application [PDF]

2019 Volunteer Performer Application [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.