The Portland Rose Festival is back and blooming

The theme for 2023 is “Focus on Fun” and will features mainstay events like the Grand Floral Parade, CityFair, and dragon boat races.

A woman dressed as Rosie the Riveter flexes as she marches in a Portland Rose Festival parade in Portland, Oregon.

The Rosie Convention is coming to the PNW for the first time this year.

Photo via Portland Rose Festival/Naim Hasan

The Portland Rose Festival is a tradition that blossoms like no other, rooted in the city since 1907. On Friday, May 26, it returns for more than two weeks, bringing a “Focus on Fun” to Stumptown’s streets.

Take a moment to stop and smell these events.


CityFair is the perfect place to clown around.

Photo via Portland Rose Festival/Patrick F. Smith

Opening Night | Friday, May 26 | 5-10 p.m.
CityFair’s rollicking rides and carnival games get up and running and bloom go the fireworks (at 9:50 p.m.).

Treasure Hunt | Sunday, May 28 | 10 a.m. until found
Brush up on local history and geography, put on your Sherlock Holmes hat, and polish your magnifying glass to search for a hidden rose medallion— and $1,000.

Oregon Brewers Festival | Friday, June 2-Sunday, June 4
Cheers to the rescue mission that brought this sudsy occasion back from the brink of almost not ever happening again for a tap takeover.

Starlight Run | Saturday, June 3 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Participate in the annual costume contest and warm up the pre-parade crowd as you speed through this 3.1-mile downtown course.

A navy vessel is pulled by tugboats along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.

Ships will moor along the northern stretch of Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Photo via Portland Rose Festival/Dickie Adams

Fleet Week | Wednesday, June 7-Sunday, June 11
Massive ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy will make Portland their port of call, offering tours of the vessels and interactions with service men and women.

Queen’s Coronation | Friday, June 9 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Find out who will rise from the Rose Festival Court to take up the mantle as the next Queen of Rosaria.


The Rose Festival will host three parades: the Starlight Parade, the Junior Parade, and the Grand Floral Parade.

Photo via Portland Rose Festival/Naim Hasan

Grand Floral Parade | Saturday, June 10 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
What’s not to love about floats made of flowers, marching bands, and vintage vehicles? Familiarize yourself with this year’s route.

That’s just a whiff of what’s planned, and volunteers are still needed to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. Find out how you can contribute.