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Enjoy Entertainment, Food and Rides on the Waterfront

Everything is Brilliant. as the Rose Festival’s waterfront activities kick off on May 26 at 5:00 p.m. for Memorial Day weekend and three consecutive weekends at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park (May 26-May 29, June 2-4 and June 9-11, 2017).

City Fair

Opening Night Fireworks on Friday night, May 26, features a dance party in the RoZone and a huge fireworks display synchronized to great music. If you’d like to save on admission, get a CityFair Season Pass (the 2017 Rose Festival Souvenir Pin) and wear it to get in any day CityFair is open (CLICK HERE for the following pin purchase locations). We’re open all day on Memorial Day, May 29, too – bring the family out for a holiday tradition!

The second weekend of CityFair is jam-packed with music on the Rose City Stage and the Bridgetown stage, along with A Walk on the Wild Side exotic animals, arts and crafts in the Kids Zone, and cool artifacts in the Rose Festival Museum – all FREE with CityFair admission. Grab Portland Brewing Company’s Rose Festival Brew or a local cocktail from the Eastside Distilling Lounge and enjoy Rose Festival after dark!

The final weekend of CityFair starts on Friday (June 9). Fleet Week is a highlight this weekend with ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and Canadian Maritime Forces 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 2017 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
  • FREE admission for Veterans, Reservists, and Active Military with Valid Military ID (plus one guest)

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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.

Come and see the Crown of Rosaria, on display on select weekend afternoons! Since 1922, the Queen of Rosaria has worn a beautiful crown made of 14-carat gold filigree, featuring a blue zircon at its tip, six hundred and fifty white sapphires and eight rare pigeon-blood rubies. The crown is removed from its bullet-proof vault once every year for the official Coronation of the new Rose Festival Queen, and now you can see it up close in exquisite detail.

There will also be artifacts on display from over a century of festival history, with a special section to honor 1916 Queen Muriel Sailing (of Pendleton, Oregon), the 1916 Columbia River Highway celebration and past carnivals.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 Reading Corner

CityFair will feature a Reading Corner in the Kids Zone, kicking off on May 26 at 5:00 p.m. for Memorial Day weekend and three consecutive weekends at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park (May 26-May 29, June 2-4 and June 9-11, 2017). The Kids Zone Tent will have bean bag chairs, books and be a quiet place for kids to read during the festival, with free arts and crafts as well. Celebrity Readers will come to the Reading Corner each weekend day.


Rose City Stage Schedule


Bridgetown Stage Schedule


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2017 CityFair Food Vendor Application [PDF]

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