What You'll Get
Roses, the most useful of flowers, can act as fuel for romance, a mouthguard for tango dancers, or the weapon of choice in flower fights. Celebrate the versatility of these rosy blooms with today's Groupon to the Portland Rose Festival's CityFair, which takes place May 27–30, June 2–5, and June 9–12. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get two one-day admissions to the Rose Festival CityFair (a $10 value).
- For $10, you get a five-ride card at the Rose Festival CityFair (up to a $25 value).
Celebrated for more than 100 years, the Portland Rose Festival spotlights the general wonder and whimsy of the area, with the CityFair hosting the family-friendly activities, culinary delicacies, and energetic performances of the three-week fiesta. Numerous special events await attendees, starting with a free Curtis Salgado concert and fireworks on May 27, and including the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Championship from June 3–5. The free Walk on the Wild Side exhibit displays a menagerie of international reptiles, birds, mammals, and arachnids that educate and enthrall creature-loving fair-goers. An eclectic assortment of food, from barbecue to Vietnamese, nourishes hungry visitors in the Culinary Courtyard.
A five-ride card encourages fest-goers to tempt g-force’s wrath and spit in the face of gravity with more than 30 thrilling Funtastic Traveling Shows rides, including the Kamikaze, the Inverter, and the brand-new Vertigo, as well as tamer carnival classics such as the merry-go-round. Younger humans can frolic amid the neon aura of Kiddie Land, stuffed with rides scaled to kid-friendly size. The card can be used among people, allowing quintets to ride one ride or 2.5 people to ride two rides together.
While covering nearly every ride at the festival, the five-ride card is not good for the Hot Shots Human Slingshot, Double Bungee Jump, Krazy Bike, Scream at the Beach Thrill House, Mojo Sports attractions, or the rock-climbing wall.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 13, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for RoZone Concert Series. Ride card not valid for Hot Shots Human Slingshot, Double Bungee Jump, Krazy Bike, Scream at the Beach Thrill House, Mojo Sports attractions, or the rock-climbing wall. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.