This weekend is filled with all the fantastic pomp and circumstance one expects durning Rose festival season. There are parades in the streets and parades in the waterways. A queen will be crowned and the local theaters are filled with shows that delight. Sound like a whole lot of fun? Then read on to find out where you need to be this weekend.

photo: Scott Swigart via flickr


Check Out Lotte Grimm’s Cinderella: A Story of Sisterhood & Magic
Charlotte Grimm (Lotte for short), the only sister of the famous Brothers Grimm, simply cannot cook one more meal or wash one more pair of underpants! When her friend Dortchen suggests taking a trip to lift her spirits, Lotte sets off on a journey that quickly turns magical. Meeting three different “Cinderellas” from stories told around the world, Lotte comes to realize that sometimes a little kindness can make even the dirtiest dishes a little more enjoyable to wash, and that there really is no substitute for family and friendship.

Lotte Grimm’s Cinderella is adapted from the letters of Charlotte Grimm; Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon; Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe‘s Norwegian folktale Katie Woodencloak; and the Zuni Nation legend of The Turkey Girl. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Downtown Portland

Rose Festival Fleet Week
Ships from the US Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and US Coast Guard return to the Waterfront Park seawall Grand Floral Parade weekend for shore leave and ship tours.

Time: Ships arrive throughout the weekend. Tour times vary, see website for details. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Celebrate Fathers at the Portland Tram
Get the kids ready for Father’s Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. Bring home a hand-made craft for Dad or take a family portrait at the Tram photo booth. Temporary tattoos and the Portland Tram Activity Book will enchant the young ones, and everyone will love the views from above. For an extra treat take a picnic to the Willamette Greenway (just two blocks east) and enjoy the river up close. Sat. Event Details.

Watch the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade
Spectacular all floral floats, bands & equestrians march from the Memorial Coliseum to downtown in this beloved Portland tradition! Watch the parade that draws hundreds of thousands of cheering viewers of every age for free along the 4.2 mile route or buy tickets for weatherproof seating inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum! The Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade live telecast is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and will be aired on FOX 12 Oregon. Sat. Event Details.

Attend the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk
Be part of the pre-parade as you join friends and fitness fans for a 4-mile or 2-mile stroll along the Grand Floral Parade route before the parade! Finish line freebies are a fun perk for everyone who is registered for the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk – register now! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss Parents Night Out at the Wiggle Room
The Wiggle Room is partnering with A Brilliant Nanny to bring you the first ever The Wiggle Room Parents’ Night Out! Drop off your littles at The Wiggle Room, and you can leave and go catch dinner out without kids!

Due to the later nature, and insurance limitations, kids must be potty trained and at least 36 months old! Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Get Up Close
Showcasing TPB’s Career Track dancers and alumni, Up Close is a chance to see the professional dancers of today perform alongside those of tomorrow. Held in TPB’s intimate studio theatre, the program will feature new works by faculty member Michelle Davis and TPB alumna Caroline MacDonald as well as Philip Neal’s Grand Avenue Blues and Christopher D’Amboise’s Pandoras Box.

This is a rare chance to see TPB’s superbly trained dancers in an intimate setting, with only 80 seats available per show. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Make a Coffee Cup Planters
Celebrate Dad or the coffee lover in your house by giving them a planted coffee mug for their desk. This project is sure to be a big hit with kids and dads alike! Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the Water Center: National Get Outdoors Day
The Water Resources Education Center’s regular June Second Saturday will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities to help get you and your family outdoors! Attend National Get Outdoors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Be sure to visit the Water Center’s booth at the event as you discover your gateway to the great outdoors. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend the Queen’s Coronation Presented by Unitus Community Credit Union
Witness the crowning moment of the 2018 Rose Festival Queen live inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Queen’s Coronation presented by Unitus Community Credit Union. Ticket includes seats for the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade! Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti