May 29, 2024 - Things to Do

Weekend Guide: Rose Fest, State Parks Day and more

A photo of a beach from a cape-side hike.

Visit Cape Lookout State Park free this weekend during Oregon State Parks Day. Photo: Meira Gebel/Axios

The beauty of a four-day workweek is that the weekend is here before you know it. So let's start planning.

Here are eight events happening around town.

Thursday

🌹 Portland Rose Festival continues — several regional and local artists will perform at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the fair's inaugural wine walk will take participants to downtown hotspots for small plates and shopping with glasses in hand.

😆 Every week, a surprise guest hosts Kickstand Comedy's late-night improv show, which usually guarantees a laugh — though sometimes with a cringe. $15 at the door, 8:30pm.

Friday

🍕 Fridaze at Cafe Olli is back for the summer. The all-day cafe dishes out seasonal specialty slices while Division Winemaking Co. provides the vintages. Beer from Breakside Brewing will also be available, plus live music. Free to attend, 5-8pm.

ğŸ‘©ğŸ»â€ğŸŽ¤ The all-femme David Bowie tribute band Major Tomboys take the stage at Polaris Hall for a night of glitter and costume changes. Tickets $16, 7pm. 21+.

Saturday

🌲 Celebrate Oregon State Parks Day with free admission to any state park — take your pick of over 250. Day-use fees are waived on the first Saturday of June every year, and park rangers are on-site to provide info for self-guided tours.

🌟 The Starlight Parade will light up the city's center from 8-10pm with marching bands, glow-in-the-dark floats and dancing. The Sports Bra's Jenny Nguyen is the grand marshal.

Sunday

🍓 Indulge in local summer produce at the King Farmers Market, where 30 vendors will sell baked goods, fruits and veggies, and warm meals against a backdrop of live music and dogs in a baseball field. 10am-2pm.

🏳️‍🌈 Lake Oswego will host its first-ever Pride Festival, featuring on-stage performances from the Portland Gay Men's Chorus and a drag show from Poison Waters & Friends. 12-4pm at Millennium Plaza Park.

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