- $17 for two tickets to the Starlight After-Party with Sir Mix-A-Lot on Saturday, May 30, plus two CityFair tickets ($34 value)
The Starlight Parade plays with light; flood-lit floats make their way down avenues between marchers with glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and other pieces of light-up pageantry. On May 30th, after the Starlight Parade, guests can join Sir Mix-A-Lot – plus opening acts Nu Shooz and Crazy 8s – in Waterfront Park for an after party.
The CityFair tickets can be used anytime through June 7 to check out the vendors, performers, rides, and even a live animal exhibit.
Portland Rose Festival
Known as the City of Roses, Portland has been annually celebrating its moniker for more than 100 years. Local publisher's wife Mrs. Henry Pittock and her friends held the first Portland Rose Festival in 1889, in the Pittock home's own garden. Fast-forward 120 years and this small gathering dedicated to the city's signature perennial has expanded into an annual month-long event. Gardeners whisper sweet nothings to displays featuring more than 4,000 varieties of blooms, with a focus on that year's Official Rose and its fellow honorees.
The rose show isn't the Festival's only draw. Throughout its run, various public events take place downtown on both sides of—and in—the Willamette River. During the Dragon Boat Race, more than 80 local and international rowing teams pilot festive boats against each other in a heated dash down the river. About halfway through the festival, crowds gather in Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the start of the Grand Floral Parade. Following a different theme each year, this event gathers vibrant floats bedecked in floral displays and accompanied by dance ensembles, live a capella groups, and traditional marching bands. During the parade's launch, organizers crown that year's queen and unite her with the Festival's fun-loving mascot, the Clown Prince. The Grand Floral Walk gathers revelers to follow the same route as the downtown parade.