Memorial Day is coming up! Marking the unofficial start of summer, this extended weekend is filled with a variety of events from fireworks shows to wine tasting events, but more importantly — it is a time set aside to honor those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces.
Take a look at the festivities and special memorial services taking place during Memorial Day weekend in the Portland area.
May 22–June 4
Taking place in the central Pioneer Square, Festival of Flowers is one of the city’s most innovative and beloved annual festivals. For over 30 years, the Square’s non-profit management organization collaborates with regional growers to create a one-of-a-kind, large-scale design of vibrant color using over 20,000 flowers and plants. Be one of the first to see this magnificent display on the first weekend of the festival — and enjoy it all month long!
Kick off the festivities of the annual Portland Rose Festival at CityFair, which includes three weekends packed with activity starting on Memorial Day weekend. The festival begins with a spectacular fireworks show on Friday night, complete with live music from Andrew Marc followed by local favorite Hit Machine. Return to the park on Saturday night for a free concert (with admission) from Sir Mix-a-Lot. The Portland Rose Festival Ukelele Jam, featuring local ukulele performers, a special strum-and-sing-along, and prizes, takes place on Sunday afternoon from 1–3 p.m. And of course, Monday is packed with events for the whole family, including a special event for kids from 1–5 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! Wineries with the ✮ symbol are offering a discount to veterans and current members of the armed forces.
Hosted by Lady Raven Productions, Vampire’s Masquerade Ball is a formal event of gothic elegance and decadence held at the Portland Art Museum. More than 850 guests from around the nation gather to socialize and dance the night away in their darkest and finest attire, all while enjoying the best in visual performances, gothic/synthpop/EBM dance music, regional vendors and catering. Get your tickets for this one-of-a-kind event taking place on Saturday!
Photo Courtesy of Multnomah County Fair
The Multnomah County Fair provides a weekend filled with old-fashioned fun for all ages. Adults and children, and 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. And new this year is the “Dog Days of May at the Fair, including a dog parade at 2 p.m. and a dog costume contest at 3 p.m. on opening day, Saturday, May 25. Also new, “Bugs Galore and More” allows visitors to see unusual bugs, reptiles, and other creepy crawlers.
The 113th 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!
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.
Each year, 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.
Get moving on Memorial Day at the Up the Lazy River 10K Run & Walk, traveling throughout the picturesque hills of West Linn. The course features a downhill finish in the canopied forest and recreational fields of Mary Young Park with the lazy Willamette River meandering nearby. Donations to this race will go to Willie Fit, a running program for students at Wilsonville High School. You may sponsor a Willie Fit runner with a donation of at least $5 during the registration process.
Anywhere (Virtual Race)
If you can’t make it to the Up the Lazy River 10K, you can compete in the first annual virtual Memorial Day 1-Mile, 5K & 10K. This virtual race means you can complete your race any time, at any location during the month — but it’s even better if it’s on May 27. The cost to participate is $20 and at least 15 percent of each registration will be donated to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and first responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.
Memorial Services on Monday, May 27
Foothills Park in Lake Oswego — 11 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park in Beaverton — 11 a.m.
Willamette National Cemetery in Portland — 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.
We Wish You a Wonderful and Safe Memorial Day Weekend
We are filled with gratitude for those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces. And we would like to thank all military veterans and active military personnel for your sacrifice and service!