With the St. Johns Bizarre and Sunday Parkways this weekend, Portland's outdoor season has officially begun, and under dryer conditions than normal, not that anyone's complaining. The Rose Festival is about to rear its big, rosy head as well. This year they've put together a very respectable concert lineup as part of the festival's "RoZone"—a breathtaking portmanteau of a word—but seriously, there are some good bands playing. Take a look at the highlights:
Sun May 27 - Alabama Shakes (5:30 pm)

Fri June 1 - Lost Lander (5 pm), And And And (6:30 pm), Black Prairie (8 pm), Y La Bamba (9:30 pm)

Fri June 8 - The Minus 5 (6 pm), The Parson Red Heads (7:45)

Sun June 10 - Radiation City (3:30 pm), The Robinsons (5 pm), Corin Tucker Band (6:30 pm), The Thermals (8 pm)

That Alabama Shakes show costs extra to get in, but the others are all part of the Rose Festival's CityFair thingamajig at the Waterfront and you can see 'em by paying the $5 admission. Those are some very solid lineups—the June 1 and June 10 shows, in particular, should be ones to catch. To see the full music schedule (and find out exactly when Floater is playing), go over here and grab the PDF.

Although the main part of the Rose Festival doesn't kick off until Friday, May 25, the half marathon is on this Sunday, May 20. And it's not just any old half marathon—it's a ROCK 'N' ROLL Half Marathon, with 20 bands spread out over the marathon route. Nothing says fitness like the sound of music receding in your ears as you run away from it as quickly as you can. A PDF of Sunday's marathon schedule is on this page.