Make the Most of Your Rose Festival - Convention Experience!
Navy League Organized Events
Friday, June 8
Private Dinner Cruise on Willamette Star*
Embark on a private dinner cruise on Friday, June 8, where you’ll get a glimpse of all the naval ships in town for Portland’s Fleet Week. On Willamette Star, guests will enjoy fresh regional cuisine prepared onboard and access to a cash bar for alcoholic beverages. This exclusive nighttime event is limited to 120 guests. We will board the boat a short walk from the hotel. 7:15 p.m. $120.
*Only available for purchase via registration.
For Independent Steaming:
The Oregon Fun Card makes exploring and visiting local attractions easy and fun! By grouping family-friendly landmarks together, it saves time and money. By purchasing one card, you can use it once at each of the 10 locations. Each card gets entry for four people (any combination of adults & children) into each participation attraction.”
Attractions include: Oregon Zoo – Pittock Mansion – Oregon Film Museum – Lan Su Chinese Garden – Oregon Garden – Oregon Historical Society – G6 Airpark – Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum – Washington County Museum – Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. $79 per card – admissions valued over $400.
Saturday, June 2
This nighttime fan favorite lights up the city with dazzling community floats and dozens of marching bands. Free. 8:30 p.m. Downtown Portland.
Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3
Rose Festival’s ultimate waterfront gathering place 11 am. – 11 p.m. Weekend theme: Princes and Princesses.
Wednesday, June 6
The nation’s oldest and largest all-children’s parade celebrates 100 years in the historic Northeast Portland neighborhood. Free. 1 p.m. Hollywood District — NE 52nd and Sandy Blvd.
Wednesday, June 6 through Saturday, June 10
Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The city of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans. The Portland Rose Festival is one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years, and over 80 years of visiting Portland during the Rose Festival. It is a significant commitment by the Navy to make the Rose Festival Fleet Week one of the premier Fleet Week events in the country.
Ship tours will be available throughout the visit of the Rose Festival Fleet. Although these vessels are not ADA accessible, you can still enjoy the ships during Fleet Week. Check in at the tent at the front of the tour line, and ask for a dockside tour. You’ll meet with a service person who can tell you all about the ships, and life at sea — right from the safety of the seawall. For the best experience, please arrive prior to 2:00 p.m. — and don’t forget to bring your government-issued ID.
SHIP TOURS NOTE: Visitors may be subject to personal search. No bags, strollers or wheelchairs will be allowed onboard. There will NOT be any holding area for personal items. Visitors MUST be able to maneuver onboard the ships, including climbing narrow ladders.
Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8
America’s oldest Rose Society displays hundreds of locally grown roses in this colorful contest. Free. Thursday: 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2201 Lloyd Center (MAX light rail service stops one block from Lloyd Center at Holladay Park).
Saturday, June 9
For more than 100 years, the Rose Festival has crowned a young local woman to lead the festival court as the Royal Ambassadors of goodwill. 8:30 a.m. Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The second largest all-floral parade in America, showcasing cultures with colorful costume dancers, marching bands and fantastic floats of many sizes in this two-hour moving spectacle. Military marching groups include contingents from Fleet Week ships. 10 a.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10
This is one of the only Dragon Boat races in the country to use the ornately carved traditional dragon head boats. More than 50 teams take turns pushing these magnificent beasts down the Willamette River, vying to be the first to capture the flag. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. RiverPlace and Tom McCall Waterfront Park – south end.
Thursday and Saturday evenings are “Dinner on Your Own” nights. Here are just a few places apart from the Convention hotel in Downtown Portland where you can find enjoyable dining experiences.
Porter Hotel – Downtown’s newest hotel. Just two blocks from the Convention hotel. Upscale Italian restaurant and a rooftop sports bar and lounge that has a terrace with city views.
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Less than two blocks away. Upscale chain for aged prime beef, seafood and other traditional steakhouse fare in a clubby space.
Higgins - Longtime classy spot for local and sustainable Northwestern fare, with a lively bar, many beers and Oregon wines.
Nel Centro - Hip Italian eatery in the Hotel Modera featuring innovative fare, happy hour and patio with fire pits.
Raven & Rose - Warm space for British- and Irish-inspired comfort food and drinks in the historic Ladd Carriage House.
McMenamin’s Market Street Pub – Near Portland State University. Pub food, beer, comfy atmosphere and friendly people.
Jake’s Grill - American fare including steak and seafood, plus whiskey, in old-school eatery with popular happy hour.
Portland City Grill - New American dishes with an Asian touch, plus a happy hour, served with a 30th floor skyline view.
Ringside Steakhouse - Upscale, old-school spot for steaks and chops, features tuxedoed servers and a 10,000-bottle wine cellar.
Portland has many, many excellent restaurants, downtown and throughout the city. Check out OpenTable for more suggestions (and reservations). If you can’t find a cuisine to suit your tastes here, it probably doesn’t exist.