Portland Oregon Rose Festival 2013: Schedule Of Events


It’s time again for the sights, sounds and celebrations that make the Rose Festival a centerpiece of summer in Portland. The theme for 2013 is Portland’s Party. For a complete calendar of parades, roses, races and more, see website. Main events various times and dates through June 16. Various Portland locations; prices vary (see website); http://www.rosefestival.org or 503-227-2681

Rose Festival RoZone Fireworks Experience Presented by Pacific Power: Fireworks at the opening celebration kick off the Rose Festival at 9:45 p.m. Fri, May 24. (For 2013, a second night of fireworks is offered during the Grand Floral Fireworks show presented by CityTarget, 9:45 p.m. Fri, June 7). Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/fireworks or 503-227-2681

Legacy Health Starlight Run 2013: The 5K fun run marks its 35th anniversary following the route of the night’s Starlight Parade. The Rose Festival run begins and ends at the Lincoln High track. Mail-in registration must be received by May 30; online registration closes May 30. Day-of-race registration 5:30 p.m. Sat, June 1; costume judging 7 p.m.; race starts 7:45 p.m. Lincoln High School, 1600 S.W. Salmon St.; $15 adults, $10 ages 7-12, $5 ages 6 and younger (fees $5 more after May 20); additional $15 for T-shirt; race registration required for costume contest; http://starlightrun.com/info.htm or 503-227-2681

Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade: Bring chairs and blankets, and find a spot along the route to take in the lights, sights and sounds of this annual Rose Festival parade. The Portland Winterhawks team, 2013 WHL champions, will be grand marshal. The parade includes the usual marching bands, floats and other parade staples, but what makes it special is that it takes place at night and the parade units are illuminated. The parade follows the Starlight Run (which starts at 7:45 p.m.). Parade begins at 8:30 p.m. Sat, June 1; see website for route. Downtown Portland; free; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/starlightparade or 503-227-2681

Rose Festival Fleet: See website for list of ships. Vessels arrive at the festival Tue, June 4; they leave Mon, June 10. Ship tours daily June 5-9, usually 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free tours based on availability; see website for security guidelines; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/fleet or 503-227-2681
Fred Meyer Junior Parade: The children’s parade features kids riding floats, trikes and bikes; dancing; and walking the route dressed in costume. The parade starts in the Hollywood District and disbands at Grant High School. To be part of this Rose Festival parade, see the website; for a map of the route, click the link Join the Parade at the website, then Parade Route Map. 1 p.m. Wed, June 5. Hollywood District, Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 52nd Avenue; free; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/juniorparade or 503-227-2681

Lloyd Center/Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show: The ice arena will be filled with thousands of blooms for the 125th annual Rose Festival show as growers from across the Northwest compete for honors (awards ceremony 5 p.m. Fri). 1-9 p.m. Thu, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri, June 6-7. Lloyd Center Ice Rink, 953 Lloyd Center; $3; tickets from Ticketmaster outlets or at the door (not available online or by phone); http://www.rosefestival.org/events/roseshow or 503-227-2681

Rose Festival Creative Youth Awards: The event honors the best in song and film from two events: the Rose City Sing-off, and the International Youth Silent Film Festival. 7 p.m. Thu, June 6. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.; $10 adults, $8 students ages 18 and younger; http://rosefestival.org/events/creativeyouthawards or 503-281-4215

Rose Festival Grand Floral Fireworks Presented by CityTarget: For 2013, this second night of Rose Festival fireworks is offered as the Grand Floral Fireworks show presented by CityTarget, 10 p.m. Fri, June 7. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/fireworks or 503-227-2681
Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race: There will be 80 teams (local to international) competing in boats provided through the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association. Four teams race per heat. Races take place on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat-Sun, June 8-9. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free to spectators; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/dragonboatrace or 503-227-2681

Queen’s Coronation Presented by Pacific Power: The Queen of Rosaria will be crowned during this Rose Festival event prior to the start of the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. For details, vist the website and click on the Queen’s Coronation link. 8:30 a.m. Sat, June 8. Memorial Coliseum, One Center Court; $30 includes indoor seating to also view Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk and the Grand Floral Parade; http://www.rosefestival.org

Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk: Lead the way for the Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade by walking along the same four-mile route, followed by a continental breakfast for all participants. Registration and costume-contest information at http://www.grandfloralwalk.org. Nonprofit partner for the walk is the Home Builders Foundation. 9:30 a.m. Sat, June 8. Portland; $22 adults, $10 ages 7-12, free ages 6 and younger; group discounts available; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/grandfloralwalk

Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade: The grand marshal for 2013 is Gerry Frank — author, speaker, veteran, businessman and fourth-generation Oregonian. This Rose Festival parade begins at Memorial Coliseum, travels down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, across the Burnside Bridge, through downtown Portland, ending at Lincoln High School. 10 a.m. Sat, June 8. Free to view along parade route, reserved parade seating $15-$30 at the coliseum; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/grandfloralparade or 503-227-2681

Grand Floral Parade Float Showcase: Get a closer look at the Rose Festival floats by visiting the showcase, on Southwest Naito Parkway next to CityFair. 3-10 p.m. Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun, June 8-9. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free; http://www.rosefestival.org or 503-227-2681

Milk Carton Boat Race: The Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race, a Rose Festival tradition, features children and adults racing and showing off their handmade boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively crafted watercraft compete in seven categories for the coveted Best in Show milk-can trophy. 11 a.m. Sun, June 9. Westmoreland Park, Southeast McLoughlin and Bybee boulevards; free admission, but donations suggested (benefits Oregon Food Bank); http://www.dairyfarmersor.com/103-milk-carton-boat-race or 503-229-5033

Rose Cup Races: The Rose Festival event features daily racing, exhibits and the 53rd running of the Rose Cup Race on Sunday afternoon. It’s one of the featured events of the Sports Car Club of America group. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri-Sun, June 14-16. Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.; three-day admission $20 advance, $25 at the gate; Fri $5 advance, $7 gate; Sat $8 advance, $10 gate; Sun $10 advance, $12 gate; ages 11 and younger free with paying adult; http://www.rosefestival.org/events/rosecupraces or 503-227-2681


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