Win Tickets ($200+): 2013 Portland Rose Festival CityFair @ Waterfront Park | Schedule, Video, Fireworks, Admission Specials

We are giving away a family 4-pack of the following to the Portland Rose Festival CityFair: Opening Night Wristbands ($29), 4-Ride Cards ($24), and Admission Tickets ($7). The festival runs May 24 – June 9, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Wednesday, May 22.

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May 24 – June 9, 2012
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Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park
(in Downtown Portland) [directions]

Regular CityFair Admission:
$7 for ages 7 and over

Rose Festival CityFair, part of Portland’s Official Festival, is open for three full weekends starting on Memorial Day weekend.

This amazing metropolitan fair features local beer, live exotic animals, a wide variety of shopping in the CityFair Shopping Center, the return of everyone’s retro ride favorite: Sky Diver, special attractions and a fireworks show synchronized with a brand-new system. It’s the first time this music-to-fireworks synching system will be used in the United States and it will be used on opening night! Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland comes alive as CityFair presents the attractions listed below.

Admission Specials:

  • Rose Festival Souvenir Pin is a season pass – $10 at Fred Meyer stores, Rose Garden Store & PRFF Office [While supplies last]
  • Kids 6 and under are always FREE, courtesy of KOIN Local 6
  • FREE admission for EVERYONE Thurdays, May 30 and June 6
  • FREE admission for Veterans, Reservists, and Active Military with Valid Military ID and ONE guest, courtesy of Jeep


Dates and Hours:

Weekend of May 24 – 27
May 24: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
May 25 – May 27: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Weekend of May 30 – June 2
May 30 – May 31: 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
June 1 – June 2: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Weekend of June 6 – 9
June 6 – June 7: 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
June 8 – June 9: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.


CityFair will be CLOSED:
May 28
May 29
June 3
June 4
June 5


Opening Night RoZone Fireworks Experience presented by Pacific Power
Friday, May 24, 2013
Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. | Included w/ regular admission

Grand Floral Fireworks presented by CityTarget
Friday, June 7, 2013
Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. | Included w/ regular admission

The RoZone is Portland’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue for national acts! The RoZone Concert Series is back for 2013! You can experience three unique shows, with performances by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Fitz & The Tantrums — plus many more! Access for ticketed concerts is available through the main gate at Yamhill Street on SW Naito Parkway. (Go to the RoZone PAGE.)

Funtastic Traveling Shows
The Pacific Northwest’s biggest, best and family-friendliest carnival, Funtastic features a full array of family fun, including gentle Kiddie Land rides, tried and true family favorites and over-the-top twisters for older, more adventurous thrill seekers. It’s Funtastic — Just Possibly the World’s Best Carnival!

PLEASE NOTE: Riders must be 2 years of age or older and meet height requirements to ride.

The Big Sling
This human catapult is big, fast, and thrilling as it slings riders skyward nearly 25 stories high at over 3 Gs of gravitational force. As the highest flying ride in the Pacific Northwest, the Big Sling is perfect for big thrill seekers.

A Walk on the Wild Side
This popular live animal exhibit brings a diverse mix of exotic mammals, birds, reptiles and spiders. Tigers and lions, snakes and spiders – these unusual creatures will delight all animal lovers. This exhibit’s presence helps fund an animal rescue program and 40-acre country sanctuary.

Food Fair
In addition to all of your festival favorite foods, this year’s food court offers barbecue, Hawaiian, deserts, charcoal broiled hamburgers, pizza, and more!

Pavilion Stage and Rogue Pub
New this year, the Pavilion Stage, features a selection of diverse cultural performances, some of Portland’s favorite indie bands, cover bands and more. The Pavilion also features Oregon’s own Rogue Brewery pouring its limited edition Rose Festival Ale and spirits.

PLEASE NOTE: The following schedule is accurate for 2013. Please check back regularly for changes in this schedule.

As of April 26: FULL Pavilion Stage Schedule [PDF]

Rose Festival Video:

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77 Responses to Win Tickets ($200+): 2013 Portland Rose Festival CityFair @ Waterfront Park | Schedule, Video, Fireworks, Admission Specials

  1. Ron knight May 20, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Would love to take my family to the best festival of the year.
    My daughter who attends college is coming to visit and it would be great to bring her, she’s never been..
    And I’m trying to convince her to switch colleges to PSU do who’s a great time for this to be happening.

  2. Gigi May 20, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    My family has lived here for 7 years and we’ve never been! Would love to go.

  3. Josh May 20, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    It’s got something for everyone. Fantastic family time!

  4. Janet Madura May 20, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Love the Rose Festival! It’s a family tradition !!

  5. rogueDC May 20, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    We so need a family day/night and things are pretty tight right now. This would be a wonderful birthday gift to ME since my birthday is June 1.

  6. nicole May 20, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Would be nice to take our 11 month old to it!

  7. Jess May 20, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    We just moved to Portland and would love to check out this festival!

  8. Chris May 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    I’m moving to STL next month and would love a lasting PDX memory for the family.

  9. Cari May 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    My husband would love to take our kids to Rose Festival. Usually, I work weekends, and it’s hard to go, but he loves the rides as much as the kids do, and they would have a BLAST!

  10. Lacey May 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    My husband works 12 hour shifts, I take care of my disabled mother, we have two sons, and rarely get out or have the money for it. This would be nifty.

  11. Jason May 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I have three wonderful nephews (aged 5, 7, and 9) that I would LOVE to take to this!!

  12. Jeff May 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m new to the city and can’t wait to explore the city and this looks like a great place to start.

  13. Dan Wheeler May 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I’d love to check it out. Sounds like fun! =)

  14. Kir May 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Rides in the rain!

  15. Mandi Rundstrom May 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    I would love to win tickets…I have never been to the festival and it looks fun!

  16. Alysha May 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    My boyfriend and I are nice enough to babysit his niece and nephew. It would be awesome to take them to the carnival for the first time when they’re old enough to remember and play games. Also to prove to my BF you can have fun without drinking.


  17. sunchicka May 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Would love some tickets!

  18. Briana May 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    I haven’t been to the rose festival since I was a kid! Now my kids are perfect ages (4 & 7) and I would love to take them!!! Our fam probably can’t afford to go otherwise, so we would be pretty stoked to get free tickets!

  19. khoori May 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    We moved to PDX recently. Its a great place to live.
    I follow pdxpipeline and just love the website

    Looking forward to explore this first summers of ours here
    Winning tickets for the most wonderful event of rose city would be nothing like it.

    Thank you!

  20. sunran May 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    From all over the france to rose festival.

  21. mel b adler May 21, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Well, I haven’t been in 8 years… And since being reconnected with my long lost brothers, I’d love to take them, as they will be in town during opening night of the festival…. Looking forward to the fireworks atleast… It’s been a long time since us kids have been together… ;)

  22. Rick May 21, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Looking forward to the 2013 Portland Rose Festival CityFair !

  23. Rick May 21, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    2013 Portland Rose Festival CityFair will be great this year!

  24. mike cummings May 21, 2013 at 5:50 am #


  25. Kreg Boggs May 21, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Thank You for giving the community the opportunity to do this! I would like to throw my hat in the ring because my little 8 1/2 year old Ava and her family would LOVE to go.


  26. Tim S. May 21, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I have not been to Rose Festival in years but my teenage daughter has been and she really wants to go and to enjoy some rides again this year. If you’ll give them. . . . we’ll take them! : )

  27. Martay May 21, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I need to keep my kids busy this weekend!!!!!

  28. Abby May 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Yes, please!

  29. Heather Primeaux May 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    My husband is from Louisiana and hasn’t been to the Rose Festival, plus I would love to be able to take my 3 kids!

  30. Carly May 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    You know it is Rose Festival time as the rain has started again! :) However… this weekend is supposed to be CLEAR and I would love to go and check out Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros this weekend in the new Pavilion at the Fest!! “Home is where ever I am with you!”

  31. James Worthen May 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Pdx pipe line, I have heard how wonderful the waterfront is at this time. IWould love to attend such wonderful event my very first time. How great it will be to invite a out of town guest with such opportunity. Thx pdx only you guys can make such thing happened.Please give me my first chance to see such beauty.

  32. Chuck weeks May 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Been away from home for 8 years. My honey and I are back to retire. Just celebrated our 40 th anniversary. Love to take her to the festival.

  33. Tamara Colpitts May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I have wanted to take my family for a few years now and it just never is in the budget. I would love the opportunity to let them experience Portland in this fun and exciting way.

  34. Becky Richied May 22, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    I’d really like to win this package, my daughters and I haven’t got to get out and do I would say many things, but actually it’s more like nothing to be honest. This would be a true blessing to be able to surprise my daughters and be able to take them to this. I haven’t even been down to the Rose Festival since I’ve moved here to Oregon and that’s been 25 years. thanks for the opportunity.
    Becky :)

  35. Sandy Kittel May 22, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Thank you for your great site, my husband and I will be visiting for an early anniversary get-away that weekend. And now,due to your site, we are now both excited about the City Fair and other events this fantastic city has to offer. We, of course, would love to win tickets to the City Fair. If we do, since we wouldn’t be using all of the tickets, we would give them to a family right at the gate. Thank you once again for your site and fun contests. Sandy and Dustin Kittel

  36. Heather May 22, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    I’d love to win these tickets. A friend from my home town is coming up as well and I think it would be a fun Portland staple to do.

  37. Shaun May 22, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    This would be a great time with the family!

  38. Sian May 22, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    We are a very large family and would love for all of us to attend

  39. Sarah May 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Would love to take my kiddos! My son has never been.

  40. Nikki May 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    This morning on my way into work I saw the carnies on the road next to me with semi-loads of games, corn dog stands and rides. Now I got the itch. Tickets please!

  41. Victoria May 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I’m coming to Portland to visit my little sister who’s turning 12 on Thursday. I would LOVE to take her and my two other siblings for an excellent bonding experience!

  42. Kelsey May 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    What are the odds of winning tickets to the one and only Portland Rose Festival?? currently: 1:40.. I’m terrified of the ferris wheel but if I win these tickets, you better believe I’ll take the chance of being stopped directly on the top to see the view this festival will create

  43. Lisa May 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    I would love to take my kids to the City Fair, they have never been! Or I could take my husband there on a date and leave the kids at home… Either way it would be a fun night!

  44. Dustin May 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    If I win, Kelsey^^^ I will ride the ferris wheel with you and keep you safe

  45. Kayla Couts May 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I just moved to Portland last August and have never been to the Rose Festival. Winning these tickets would make for a great first Rose Festival experience impression. Plus my boyfriends family is visiting this weekend and I know they would love this.

  46. molly May 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    My son is finally old enough (and tall enough) to ride some “real” rides…we can’t wait!!

  47. Loretta Davis May 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m in the dog house with my Partner. She would absolutely let me off the hook if I took her the festival. Help bail me out!!

  48. Dawna Haner May 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    I’ve lived in Portland my whole life, and in 30 years I have never been able to make it to the Rose Festival! This is my year of change, I’m going!

  49. Kat May 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Never been to the Rose Festival and would love the opportunity to go.

  50. Angela DeHaven May 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    We are adopting, and we meet our son for the first time on Sunday. This will be our first Rose Festival together as a family, so this would be a tremendous gift for our family.

  51. Erica May 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I would love this!! I haven’t been able to take my son to the Rose Festival, and this would be the perfect year! Please pick me!

  52. Talitha May 23, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I would really love to win, I work for a non-profit and help needy people who need medicine get free medicine every day, but although I love my job, as a single mom with six kids, I simply cannot afford to do things like the Rose Festival :( My kids would have so much fun if I was able to take them and make this magic moment happen. I have never been able to take them and haven’t gone since I was 19 years old, now I’m older than that but its been almost 20 years or so …. :) So pick me!

    • michelle May 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      She should win if the story is for real. I work in a nonprofit and have one child I can’t afford to take. I can’t imagine having six times 7 dollars entry and rides. Budget blown for the rest of the year.

  53. Ally May 23, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I’m a single mom which makes it hard financially! Not to mention both kids and I have never been. It would make for a great family trip from Salem!!!!

  54. Bryce! May 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I would love two tickets so I can enjoy my home town (PORTLAND!) with my girlfriend before I go to Okinawa Japan to volunteer on a military base for 2.5 months.

  55. Connie W. May 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I have twin special needs daughters (age 23). Their friend (also special needs) is visiting from Arizona. We would love tickets to go this weekend!!!!!

  56. Stacey May 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    My 21 month daughter LOVES rides!!! It would be fun to be able to give her that family experience.

  57. Starr May 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    We love the festival and things are too tight to go this year, would be amazing to win tickets, thanks for providing the chance!! :)

  58. Alysha May 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Can’t win if you don’t enter…. :)

  59. Shalee May 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    My children are FINALLY old enough to take…ages 5 and 6 yet I don’t have the money to take them myself. Would love the chance to take them out for a great day!!! Their great boys they deserve it :)

  60. Olivia May 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I would love to attend the Rose Festival this year because I’ve never been, plus I’m home from college out of state and really want to have fun in Portland while I’m here for the summer :)

  61. Brian May 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Let’s go to the Rose Festival!

  62. andy May 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    The Parade is a blast,
    Family Fun and Mystery
    you have to attend it
    its part of Portlands History

  63. Octavia May 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Roses are great, Portland is great! festivals are above the top awesome! and i’d love to go :)

  64. brent May 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    I want to ride the sling shot and check out the great fireworks. Can’t wait to go.

  65. Meredith May 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    It is my birthday on Monday & I would love to be able to enjoy it in Portland at the Cityfair!

  66. Colleen May 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Do I have a chance to win such a fun giveaway?

  67. Michelle May 24, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    My husband and I are both students with two children and would love to be able to take our children to the festival and experience Portland!

  68. Dana May 24, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    I want to go! Pick me! Amazing celebratory rose festival for this celebratory weekend!!

  69. Rory May 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Send it all my way because [sob story] and [something about my kids].

  70. Kim McClain May 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    I would soooo love to win this!!

  71. Karson Ellis May 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Who doesnt love a goooood time??? I Do! :)

  72. Jace May 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    My boyfriend has never been!

  73. Jill May 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I just wanna go, man! =D

  74. Miguel Cortes May 26, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Just moved to Oregon. Would like to have a fun experience.

  75. Janine Kuromoto March 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    will be arriving to spend time with our family and to win and enjoy this event with them would be a great way to kick off our vacation. Thank you for the opportunity.

  76. Kristen Kohashi April 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    I love the Rose Festival and CityFair!

    Even now that I’m over 20, I’m still a big kid at heart and love the game booths, greasy fair food, animals, and of course the rides! I usually go with a dedicated group of my friends who are also hard riders and we laugh and scream and spin until we get sick — and then we take a breather and ride some more.

    I go every year, and winning tickets would be such a treat, especially since it would allow some of my lower income friends to join us this year. Thanks PDX Pipeline for the opportunity!!!

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