Thrill rides, bike films, cotton candy and petting zoos at fairs and festivals on both sides of the Willamette aim to keep your family entertained for the entire Memorial Day weekend. Friday, take in a world music concert with 1World Chorus, then go check out the fireworks along the waterfront for the official opening night of the Rose Festival’s CityFair. Then, prepare to be inspired by movies about bike culture around the world, as well as by seeing speedy kids race around the track for the TrackTown Youth League’s All Comers Track Meet. Read on to see our top picks for the long weekend ahead.

ROSE FESTIVAL CITYFAIRphoto: Rose Festival CityFair

West Side

See Fireworks at the Rose Festival CityFair
CityFair offers up thrill rides, kiddie rides, exotic animals (tigers, lions, snakes and spiders!) and live national performances in the Ro Zone. Fair food, local brews and micro distilled spirits round out the experience. Opening night fireworks choreographed to KINK FM tunes will start at nightfall, around 10 p.m. (Friday, May 22nd) and can be seen from either side of the river. Buy a $10 souvenir pin, which doubles as a CityFair season pass, at Fred Meyer, the Rose Garden Store and PRFF Office while supplies last. Fri.-Mon., various start times (see website), $10/person weekend pass/souvenir pin; $7/person daily admission; free for kids 6 & under, All Ages. Event details.  

East Side

Go By Bike to the Filmed By Bike Festival
This 13th festival features a wide variety of movies about bike culture around the world, including 50 short films that will show for three days, with five unique programs. 11% of the films come from Portland, the rest are from around the world. Opening night features a New Belgium Street Party, a free, all ages event with a beer garden, live entertainment, a video storytelling booth, a photo booth and a gigantic bike parking arena. The Street Party takes place behind Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue. Fri.-Sun., 5-11 p.m., $11/person, All Ages. Event details.

Strut Your Stuff at the Multnomah County Fair
Now in its 109th year, this first county fair of the season features pony rides, fair food, petting zoo, water balls, arts and crafts exhibits and rides. Don’t miss the local performers on the Main Stage and the Comcast Stage, along with a talent competition that anyone can enter for a chance to win $50-$300. Fri.-Mon., noon-7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Find Your Groove at Aaron Nigel Smith’s 1World Chorus Concert
Fans of Aaron Nigel Smith and his local 1World Chorus kids’ crew, from King Elementary School, the Oregon Trail Academy in Boring and the SW Charter School, will sing a variety of folk songs from around the world, as well as a couple of Bob Marley tribute tunes from their album Celebrate Bob Marley. Fri., 5:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Ready, Set, GO! It’s a Kids’ Track Meet
The TrackTown Youth League is a series of free all-comer track meets across the state, open to all levels of boys and girls ages 8-14.  No experience needed. Events include the 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump and turbojav. The second of two Portland meets will take place June 8th at David Douglas HS. The top finishers will advance to a Championship Meet at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon following the USA Track & Field Championships on June 27. Sun., 10-11:30 a.m., Free, Ages 8-14. Event details.

What are you up to for Memorial Day weekend? Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway