Tom McCall Waterfront Park Southwest
Fri May 25, 5 pm, May 26–June 10, Fridays–Sundays, 11 am & Mon May 28, 11 am All Ages
Recommended by Wm. Steven Humphrey
If you’re a Portland newbie, then allow me to introduce you to one of the biggest Portland shebangs of the year: the annual Rose Festival and CityFair. The Rose Fest features nearly a month’s worth of special events including parades, fun runs, concerts, and dragon boat races—all to celebrate the awesomeness of Portland. And CityFair is the hub around which all this bacchanalia revolves. Located on the waterfront downtown, CityFair is a combo platter amusement park and concert venue that features food, fun, and on the opening night (Friday, May 25), FIREWORKS. In a way, it’s the way Portland ushers in summer—oh, AND THEY SERVE ELEPHANT EARS. (Jeez, way to bury the lede!) There’s going to be a lot of fun to be had in the next few months, and CityFair is Portland’s welcome wagon.
1020 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204