Memorial Day Weekend
is upon us, as is some great weekend weather. Time to get outside and check out the great fairs and fests happening throughout the city including a county fair that brings a little country flavor to Oaks Park and the Rose Festival’s CityFair which will attract people from all over Portland to the opening night fireworks celebration and kicks off Portland most celebrated festival of the summer season. This weekend will even give us the Rose Fest’s first sanctioned beer fest.
Friday May 26 – June 11, 2017
CityFair has carnival rides, exhibits, beer, a food fair, and live music all taking place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Friday’s opening day culminates in a spectacular fireworks display that can be seen from both sides of the Willamette River. Before the sun goes down, The One More Time Around Again Marching Band will play a full concert, followed by Hit Machine. There will be an encore by Hit Machine immediately following the fireworks display.
Sat.-Mon., May 27-29, 2017
The friends of the Multnomah County Fair present the 111th annual Multnomah county fair! Adults and children, both returners and newcomers are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings of the Fair, including great food, entertainment, activities, and attractions that include camel rides, exotic animals and a floating water ball ride that allows you to walk on water! This weekend Oaks Park will also be the site of Art in the Park, where local craftsmen and vendors offer beautiful jewelry, clothing, photography and delicious confections.
Sat., May 27, 2017
Meteorite and Family Fun Day includes seeing and touching meteorites from outerspace, kids’ games, scavenger hunts, and talks by a meteorite expert at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro.
Willamette Valley’s Wine Country Weekend
Sat.-Mon., May 27- 29, 2017
More than 150 wineries in the Willamette Valley are open for tastings and tours on Memorial Weekend in “wine country.” Taste new wines from your favorite labels, sample from the barrel with winemakers, or savor specialty food pairings and live music. Enjoy a winery tour or vineyard picnic while sipping Pinot noir, Pinot gris and other exciting wines from the 2016 Wine Region of the Year. This is a chance to visit some of the region’s smallest producers that are rarely open to the public.
Sat.-Sun., May 27-28, 2017
City of Goses, the largest and possibly first celebration strictly dedicated to gose-style beers is also the Portland Rose Festival’s sanctioned beer fest. The Memorial Day weekend event will feature 30 goses from Saxony to Stumptown. Thirsty attendees will discover über traditional versions on this salty, sour beer including imports from its source in Leipzig, Germany to takes from around Portland and across the globe. The fest takes place three blocks from the Albina/Mississippi Max station just one stop north of the Gose Quarter at LABrewatory. Admission includes a souvenir glass and additional tasting tickets will be available for $1 each.