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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Friday Markets | Friday, May 26 | 4-8 p.m. | Triskelee Farm, 29700 SW Mountain Rd., West Linn | Free | Bring a blanket and hang out on the lawn, shop from local makers, and get your farm fresh produce.
Spring Art Jam | Friday, May 26 | 6-11 p.m. | The Haven, 819 SE Taylor St., Portland | $10 | You will find vendors, live music, limited free supplies for painting and collage, and cozy corners to create in.
Hillsboro Hops vs. Tri-City Dust Devils | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Ron Tonkin Field, 4460 NE Century Blvd., Hillsboro | $8-$52 | You know what goes great with an evening of baseball? Weather in the 70s and a three-day weekend.
“A Dream Play” | Friday, May 26-Saturday, June 3 | Times vary | Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland | $6-$15 | In a modern context, this 1901-written performance that challenged realism on stage now speaks to the “seemingly insurmountable gap between our hopes and troubling realities.”
Saturday, May 27
PSU Farmers Market | Saturday, May 27 | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | South Park Blocks, Portland | Free | Portland Farmers Market’s flagship market boasts up to 100 vendors selling handmade wares, produce, and other items beneath the canopy of giant elm trees on the Portland State University campus.
2023 Portland’s Funniest - Preliminary Round | Saturday, May 27 | 3 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE Ninth Ave., Portland | $15-$20 | Watch the best local comedians wield all the tomfoolery, wisecracks, and wit at their disposal as they battle to be best.
“West Side Story” | Saturday, May 27-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $45-$115 | The iconic American musical has another dimension with an electrifying live score while the film is shown on the big screen.
Sunday, May 28
Sip & Paint | Sunday, May 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Freeland Spirits, 2671 NW Vaughn St., Portland | $60 | Feel the creativity flow with a delicious cocktail in hand.
During a meeting interrupted by protests, the TriMet board of directors voted to increase single-use fares on its trains and buses in the Portland area. The hike takes a typical 2.5-hour ticket from $2.50 to $2.80 and will go into effect on Jan 1, 2024. (OPB)
Ready to drool over state-of-the-art digs? The 2023 Portland Modern Home Tour is back Saturday, June 3, presenting the chance to tour stunning properties around the city. This year’s event will not only focus on interiors, but also show a little love to the landscaping. Tickets start at $45. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Laurelwood Brewing Co. is streamlining its food menu and downsizing its staff as it pivots away from operating as a full-service restaurant. Now, you’ll have to put your order in at the counter. The Northeast Sandy Boulevard pub will have new hours — 3-9 p.m. daily — starting Friday, June 9. (Willamette Week)
We like Matt Wastradowski’s silver-lining attitude — the Portland Monthly writer recently penned a piece encouraging hikers to get out and explore forests previously burned by wildfires, like in the Columbia River Gorge. Nature doesn’t take long to rebound with vibrant wildflowers and singing songbirds. Know how to visit these areas safely. (Portland Monthly)
After 33 years downtown, Bora Architecture & Interiors has moved its office to the Central Eastside’s Electric Blocks. The Volta building, which the company renovated itself, will offer the firm improved collaboration and eco-conscious activity in a LEED Platinum-certified facility. (Portland Tribune)
Oregon City wants help naming its new street sweeper. Before you go online and propose “Sweepy McSweeperson,” you should know the competition is only open to kids under the age of 17 and submissions must be completed at the city’s library. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16. (KOIN)
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Busy travel periods like Memorial Day are when PDX earns its soaring reputation. | Photo via Port of Portland
Looking to get away this weekend? You’re in luck — a new report from Price4Limo ranked Portland International Airport No. 12 for on-time flight departures on Memorial Day weekends, with 87% of flights leaving on time.
If you’re traveling this weekend, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Hawaiian Airlines tends to be the most punctual, with only 9% of flights being delayed.
Price4Limo’s report showed Allegiant Air as the most frequently delayed, with 22% of its flights leaving later than expected.
Leave on Saturday if possible, when 86% of flights make it out on time.
Consider delaying your return trip until Tuesday — Monday is the worst travel day for the weekend, with 21% of flights delayed.
If you’re delayed, don’t panic — over the past five years, only 2% of flights have been completely canceled.
Last Sunday, my wife and I finally tried Takibi and it did not disappoint. We splurged on a full spread since it was our first time, but the standouts were the chicken karaage (so tender and salty), grilled black cod (melt-in-your-mouth delicious), and beet shiraae (root veggies never tasted so good). The service was also excellent.