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Memorial Day Weekend – Portland

What to See and Do to Kick Off the Summer Season


Honoring Veterans

May 27 - May 30
Throughout the weekend, the Portland Rose Festival will honor veterans and those who still serve. The Rose Festival’s City Fair admission is free to all veterans, reservists, active military and their legal dependents with valid Military ID.

Other Portland Rose Festival Memorial Day events:

May 27 - May 30
Visitors are invited to the Danner Tribute Wall to post pictures and notes to honor all veterans, living or fallen, and all service personnel currently serving.

May 30
1:30 p.m. – Danner Memorial Day March on Naito Parkway from the Burnside Bridge south to Salmon Springs Fountain.

2:15 p.m. – Commemoration Ceremony on the Main Stage in the RoZone, located in Tom McCall Waterfront Park next to Salmon Springs Fountain, includes tributes to all branches of service.

3 p.m. – Recognized by the White House as an official National Moment of Remembrance, a moment of silence followed by an F-15 jet flyover and 21-cannon salute. Located downtown at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.


This weekend is typically the first weekend for outdoor concerts, many of which are a few hours away. Here are a few reasons to head out of town to see a show:

Bend - Les Schwab Amphitheater
May 27
Death Cab For Cutie
May 29
The Decemberists

The Gorge Amphitheater
May 27 – 30
Sasquatch Music Festival featuring Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, and the list goes on.

For other local listings, check the schedules at Portland's best concert venues.

Wine Country

The best way to see wine country is to either beg one of your friends to be a designated driver, or go on a guided wine tour. That way, you can still enjoy your day, drink the wine, and not have to worry about a thing.

Memorial Day is a popular time to visit the wineries, which means you might hit traffic--another reason why having a driver will make you happy. Get help planning your excursion from the Oregon Wine Country website or the Wines Northwest website.

Have a Sip Outdoors

If the weather cooperates, grab an outdoor table at one of Portland's best bars with outdoor seating.

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