Memorial Day marks the official start of summer, adds an extra day to the weekend, and is usually filled with lots of food, fireworks and other festivities. But much more importantly, it is a day set aside to honor those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces.
There are a number of events and services planned throughout Memorial Day weekend in and around Portland to help you maximize your three-day weekend. Don’t miss the special services at memorials and cemeteries throughout the region designed to honor and remember those who gave their lives.
Friday, May 25
Kick off the weekend by cheering on the Portland Thorns FC as they take on the Utah Royals at Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets for this exciting game to be a part of a beloved Portland tradition!
Friday, May 25
Photo Courtesy of Vern Uyetake via the Portland Rose Festival
Don’t miss the festivities at the Portland Rose Festival’s CityFair, which includes three weekends (including Memorial Day weekend) packed with activity at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The festival kicks off on Memorial Day weekend with a spectacular fireworks show on Friday night, complete with live music from local favorite Hit Machine and the legendary One More Time Around Again Marching Band. Return to the park on Saturday night for a free concert (with admission) from Disciple Records. And of course, Monday is packed with events for the whole family, including a special event for kids from 12–4 p.m. with magic, clowns, bubble shows, face painting, kindie rock music, and more! Plus, there will be a special Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. All activities, concerts and events are free with CityFair admission.
Considered one of the largest events in the area and one of the region’s longest-running events, Memorial Weekend in Wine Country caps off Oregon Wine Month with a celebration you don’t want to miss. More than 150 wineries and tasting rooms kick off the summer wine tasting season with a number of tastings at their various locations throughout Willamette Valley. Taste new wines from your favorite labels, sample from the barrel with winemakers, or savor specialty food pairings and live music. Explore the full list of participating wineries and all the activities they have in store during Memorial Day weekend!
Photo Courtesy of the Multnomah County Fair
The Multnomah County Fair provides a weekend filled with old-fashioned fun for all ages. Adults and children, returners and newcomers alike will have an enjoyable time experiencing all the fair has to offer, including great food, entertainment, activities, and a myriad of attractions, like carnival rides and roller coasters. The 112th Annual Multnomah County Fair will take place at Oaks Amusement Park on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The best part about this event? Parking and gate admission are completely free!
Saturday, May 26
Graphic Courtesy of the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble
Follow the stories of two unique towns in Oregon’s history, Maxville and Vanport, with this live performance of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble’s “From Maxville to Vanport,” featuring inspiring poetry, music and video. This piece of community-guided music tells the story of the two towns, which both had significant multicultural populations during a time when Oregon was particularly unfriendly to non-white residents. The producers and performers of “From Maxville to Vanport” believe the towns’ histories deserve to be heard and better understood by all Oregonians. Tickets are $35 for preferred general admission, $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and veterans, and $5 for Arts for All (at the door only with an Oregon Trail Card).
Saturday, May 26
Photo Courtesy of Hip Chicks Do Wine
Hip Chicks Do Wine is a boutique urban winery in the heart of an industrial area in Southeast Portland. Their special Memorial Weekend wine tasting is the perfect way to experience wine country without the drive. Plus, this weekend is one of only two weekends a year where Hip Chicks Do Wine pours all of their wines! Admission at the door is $18, which includes a tasting of 10–12 wines, including new releases, appetizers, live music, and a logo glass. There are non-alcoholic options and discounted admission available for designated drivers. Check out the schedule of musicians, get your tickets (for $15 in advance!), and stay up to date as the event draws nearer by RSVPing to their Facebook event.
Monday, May 28
The Oregon Zoo celebrates Memorial Day by offering free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, in addition to their family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel will also be given free admission on Memorial Day. This is just a small way to honor the sacrifice of our military personnel, both past and present. To receive free admission, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers, or other official military identification. Families of deployed personnel must show an active duty ID.
The entire focus of Memorial Day is to honor and remember those who lost their lives serving our country in the armed forces. Amidst all of the activity of the three-day weekend, take a moment to pause and remember their bravery, selflessness, and ultimately, their sacrifice. There are several memorial services taking place in Portland and surrounding communities.
Veterans Memorial Park in Beaverton — Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m.
Willamette National Cemetery in Portland — Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m.
Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Washington Park in Portland — 10 a.m.
Korean War Veterans Memorial at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland — 11 a.m.
Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City — 10 a.m.
Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby — 11 a.m.
Washington County Veterans Memorial in Hillsboro — 10 a.m.
Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard — 11 a.m.
Winona Cemetery in Tualatin — 10:45 a.m.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver — 10 a.m.
Oregon Korean War Memorial in Wilsonville — 11 a.m.