It’s Fleet Week and the ships are coming to the Portland Rose Festival this weekend. Some of the tours start as early as 9 am Thursday, but you’ll have to wait until 9:30 am Friday if you want to see the big Navy ships. You’ll want to get there early because the lines are really long. I took the kids last year and we waited in line for about four hours. Most of the ships leave Monday morning, so expect delays. Note: the photos on this page were taken last year.
It’s Rose Festival Fleet Week. Unlike last year, ships from the US Navy will be in Portland this year. Yay! Schedules will vary by ship, but the general tour hours are from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Public tours are free, but will be on a first-come basis.
The Rose Festival CityFair opens at 5pm on Friday. The Portland event will be open for three full weekends starting this Memorial Day weekend. Once again, CityFair take place in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park downtown. There will be midway rides, live music in the RoZone, local beer and tasty treats, exotic animal displays, a wide variety of shopping, and other special attractions. In addition, there will be fireworks on opening night.
More Portland Rose Festival activities this weekend. It’s Fleet Week. Naval vessels from around the world will be available for tours along Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The tours are free, but the Navy ships will leave on Monday. The Grand Floral Parade is also taking place this weekend.
Today is the start of the Rose Festival CityFair. The fair features carnival rides, local beer, live exotic animals, a shopping center, special attractions and a customized fireworks show choreographed to classic rock hits on opening night. Admission is free for everyone today (Friday, May 25th). Like the previous years, the fair is taking place at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.