May 25, 2023 - Things to Do

Long weekend fun in Portland

A rose garden

Roses in Washington Park. Photo: Greg Vaughn/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Looks like lovely weather this holiday weekend, and if you're staying in town β€” perhaps saving on gas? β€” there is so much to do.

πŸŽ‡ The Rose Festival starts with a bang Friday night; the fireworks over Tom McCall Waterfront Park begin at 9:50pm. CityFair rides open there at 5pm Friday and run noon–9pm Saturday through Monday.

  • More details can be found in our quick guide to the 10-day fest.

🐐 The Multnomah County Fair runs all weekend too. Small farm animals, a wiener dog costume contest and race, multicultural dance performances, singalongs, food and some shopping. Noon–7pm Saturday through Monday at Oaks Amusement Park.

  • Fair admission is free, parking $5 and ride prices vary.

πŸͺ¦ It's your once-a-year chance to tour Wilhelm's Mausoleum, a sprawling building looming over the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Sellwood. Saturday through Monday, 10am to 4pm.

  • Rae's Room, a gorgeous family vault with a torrid backstory of wealth, love and a corpse moved across the river, is only open on Monday.

🍷 Try chocolate and wine pairings at Hip Chicks Do Wine. Afternoons Friday through Sunday. Reservations requested.

🚲 Learn to lead a public bike ride at a Saturday evening workshop, then sign up to do it during this summer's Pedalpalooza.

πŸš— Of note: Starting tomorrow and running through Labor Day, timed-entry permits are required to park at the main Multnomah Falls parking lot.


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