© Stanton Teters Abundant colors and heavenly fragrances are the hallmarks of the Portland Rose Festival and Rose Gardens.

Family Vacations in Oregon: Portland Rose Festival and Rose Gardens

After a busy day of sightseeing and traveling, there's no better place to stop and smell the roses. Portland's climate is perfect for growing the popular plant, and in 1889 local rose enthusiasts created the Portland Rose Society to encourage amateurs to cultivate the aromatic flower. A few years later, society members organized the festival and floral parade that has become an annual June tradition.

In its early years, the Rose Festival was highlighted by horse-drawn floats and fireworks. The present-day event includes the flower-festooned Grand Floral Parade. Other favorites are the evening Starlight Parade and the kids-only Junior Parade. The festival's program of events now has hundreds of family-friendly activities and performances, which include a children's stage complete with clowns, jugglers, magicians, and musicians. Dragon boat and milk-carton boat races and tours of naval ships are big attractions for children. Auto races, air shows, a carnival, a Wild West area, food booths, an art show, and musical performances round out the experience. In between the nonstop fun, drop by Portland's famous Rose Gardens and enjoy the abundant colors and heavenly fragrances.

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Portland Rose Festival and Rose Gardens Information

Address: 850 SW Rose Garden Way, Portland, OR

Telephone: 503/227-2681

Hours of Operation: First two weeks in June

Admission: Varies by Event

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