The Rose Festival dominates the city this weekend with sanctioned events happening on the eastside, like the new Tango and Salsa Dance Festival and the westside, including the beloved Grand Floral Walk and Parade and the Dragon Boat Races. If you’re looking to get out of Dodge, head to French Prairie’s Berries, Brews and BBQ just down the road in St. Paul, Oregon.
Happy 109th Birthday to Oaks Park
If anyone knows how to host a birthday party, it’s Oaks Park, “Where the fun never ends.” Join the park as it celebrates its own special day with ride bracelet discounts and free birthday cake for everyone (while supplies last). Help KGW’s Drew Carney open the new ride, Chipper’s Choppers, with 20 other well-known Oregonians. Sat., 12-7p.m., Free event; $8 Deluxe Ride Bracelets, All Ages. Event details.
It’s All in the Hips: Tango and Salsa Dance Festival
This first ever event at Portland International Raceway, presented by Portland Parks and Rec, will feature four live tango and salsa bands, as well as lessons for all ages and levels, at this multicultural dance party. Sat., 3-9 p.m., $10/person, free for children 12 and under, All Ages. Event details.
Curious Garden Improv
The Curious Garden takes to the stage with its wacky cast, Razzie the Fairy, Ribbit the Frog, Flappy the Chicken, Meowzers the Cat, Renard the Raccoon, and Dottie the Ladybug. The show carries on with a basic plot line, then twists with hilarious suggestions from the kids in the audience, making the story even more intriguing. At the end, kids line up and take a turn at the mic with their best joke, short story or song. Snacky food, like popcorn and hummus plates, as well as beverages are available for purchase. Sun., 10:30-11:30 a.m., $5 suggested donation, Ages 8 and under. Event details.
Claim Your Spot for the Grand Floral Parade
Grab your lawn chairs and sidewalk chalk and get ready for the beloved annual tradition that is the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. The parade will offer up local, national and international entries, including stunning all-flower floats, marching bands, scout troops, horses and rodeo queens that travel from the Coliseum to downtown Portland. Sat., 10 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Grand Floral Walk
Register in advance online, then grab your strollers and walk your way down the 4-mile Grand Floral Parade route to the finish line, with fans cheering you the whole way for the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk, to benefit the Knight Cancer Challenge. Don’t forget to drape yourself, your kids and the stroller in real or silk flowers. Prizes will be awarded to the best individual, group and stroller getup. Sat., 9:30 a.m., $22 adult; $10/child 7-12; free for kids 6 and under, All Ages. Event details.
Dragon Boat Races
Watch on the banks of the Willamette River on one or both days as teams of paddlers race each other in authentic dragon boats, provided by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association. Heats run both days with the winning team being determined on Sunday. Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Tasty Berries, Brews and BBQ
Down home family fun starts this weekend and picks up again for Father’s Day weekend with U-pick strawberries, hay rides, farm animals, pig barrel train rides, tube and pyramid slides, BBQ competitions and beer tasting from Oregon Craft Brewers. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free admission and parking (some activities are a small fee), All Ages. Event details.