Memorial Day weekend is here! Swimming pools are opening, families are on vacation or dreaming about being on vacation. It’s not officially summer, but it kind of feels that way. And everything is turning up roses here in Portland. The Timbers have the home field advantage. The Portland Rose Festival kicks off weeks of family fun. OMSI’s new Narnia exhibit holds secret delights. And three train tours chug into motion, including the Oregon Zoo’s seldom seen steam engine. All aboard for an action-packed weekend!

 

Westside

Rose Festival CityFair (pictured)
CityFair features exciting new attractions (Vertigo!), a new entertainment venue with national acts, carnival rides, and the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Championship. People are also invited to visit the Danner Tribute Wall during Memorial Day Weekend to post pictures and notes to honor all Veterans (whether living or fallen) and service personnel currently serving our country. Weekends through June 12, see website for complete schedule, age 6 and under are free, $5 all-day ride wristbands for ages 7 and over. Event details.

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United
“Soccer is the game and winning is our aim!” It’s Scout night at JELD-WEN field. Tickets for Scouts are only $25 each and include a meal voucher and a Timbers scout patch! Sun, 2:00 pm, all ages, Scout tickets $25 with meal voucher (see website for other ticket prices). Event details.

 

Eastside

 

OMSI Narnia Exhibit
Most schools are closed on Monday, May 30, but OMSI isn’t. It’s an ideal time to check out their new exhibit. Step through the wardrobe and into Narnia, The Exhibition. See creatures, genuine artifacts, and costumes from the blockbuster film series. Opens Sat and runs through Sept 25, 2011, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm,, $2 plus museum admission, all ages. Event details.

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Tyleena the Fairy Funkmother
All hail the Funkmother! Join Tyleena for a musical sing-a-long at Mississippi Treehouse. Pick up a tambourine, drum, or shaker, and jam while learning some basic rhythm skills. Fun for the whole family! Fri, 10:00 am, free, all ages. Event details.

Out of Town

 

Western Train Robbery!
Travel back with the Mt. Hood Railroad to a time when the Wild West was full of excitement and traveling by train meant you had to hold on to your valuables. Sat, 10:00 am., Hood River, adults $35, Seniors $31, Children $23, 5+. Event details.

 

Oregon Coast Steam Train
Steam Train Season Begins! The train runs on the Oregon coast between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach every Saturday and Sunday starting on Memorial Day. Sat and Sun, rides begin at noon, Tickets: $16 (adults), $9 (kids 3 – 10), kids under 3 free. See site for complete schedules. Event details.

 

– Cheyenne Terbrueggen