2011 Rose festival festivities


The newly named CityFair at Waterfront Park begins the nearly three weeks of fun and frolic of the Rose Festival on Friday, May 27.

Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. and Portland favorite Curtis Salgado help open the festivities at CityFair, and it's free to the public. Waterfront Park has been redesigned with a major entertainment venue, featuring several concerts (including Fitz and the Tantrums, May 28; Justin Moore, May 29; Craig Morgan, June 11). The new Vertigo will reign as the tallest amusement ride in Portland.

Later, during the Rose Festival parades, new mascot Clown Prince makes its debut.

Here's a quick check on big Rose Festival events, and more info can be found at rosefestival.org:

May 27-30, June 2-5, June 9-12

• CityFair, Waterfront Park

5 p.m. May 27-30, 3 p.m. June 2-3, 11 a.m. June 4-5, 3 p.m. June 9-10, 11 a.m. June 11-12

June 4

• Starlight Parade, downtown

8:30 p.m. (KGW)

June 8

• Junior Parade, Hollywood

1 p.m.

June 8-12

• Fleet Week, Waterfront Park

June 9-10

• 123rd Annual Spring Rose Show, Lloyd Center Ice Chalet

1 p.m. June 9, 10 a.m. June 10

June 11

• Queen's Coronation, Memorial Coliseum

8:30 a.m. (KGW)

• Grand Floral Walk, Memorial Coliseum

9:30 a.m.

• Grand Floral Parade, Memorial Coliseum to downtown

10 a.m. (KGW)

June 11-12

• Grand Floral Float Showcase, CityFair

3 p.m. June 11, 11 a.m. June 12

• Dragon Boat Race, Willamette River

8 a.m.

June 17-19

•Rose Cup Races, Portland International Raceway

8 a.m.