Saturday, June 27, 2015

Celebrating Independence Day in Washington, DC

Independence Day Fireworks at the National Mall in Washington, DC
Celebrating Independence Day in Washington, DC is unlike any other place in the United States! Marching bands, floats and military units parade through the streets for the National Independence Day Parade. You can catch a glimpse of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights with a trip to the National Archives or check out what’s happening at the White House on the Fourth of July. A patriotic concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and celebrity performers takes place over the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. Finally, an amazing fireworks show lights up the National Mall including everything from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial and Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Our nation's capital provides a memorable, one-of-a-kind Independence Day experience! Check out the Official Visitors Guide to Washington DC for more information.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Celebrating Father’s Day!

Take a guided tour at Tryon Creek Park.

Is your dad outdoorsy or hipster? Maybe he’s a sporty or gearhead dad? No matter what kind of dad you have, there will be plenty to do to celebrate this father’s day weekend. Check out some of these fun activities around the Portland Metro area:

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Tryon Creek Park - (Portland) free

The Friends of Tryon Creek have you covered when dad wants to get outdoors with the kids. They offer fun, educational and entertaining guided hikes to keep dad and tiny hikers learning and exploring in the big outdoors. Start your littlest ones with the preschool story and stroll hikes, and your older kiddos can join the guided nature walks. Registration required for the preschool stroll 30 minutes beforehand in the Nature Center.

Preschool Story and Stroll “Some Smug Slug”
Fri., June 19, 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 recommended

Guided Nature Walk “Fish of Tryon Creek”
Sat.,  June 20, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
5 & up recommended

For the Hipster Dad

Beer in The Garden! (Silverton) June 19 - 21

Try beer from 68 breweries, enjoy good food, and hear live music on Father’s Day weekend at Oregon Garden Brewfest at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The festival is held indoors, but you can also explore the 80-acre botanical garden with your beer. At Brewfest, you’ll enjoy:
  •       68 breweries, pouring 136 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country
  •       12 great regional bands on two stage
  •       Free Shuffleboard, Skee-Ball & Foosball
  •       Amazing food from local vendors
  •       80-acre botanical garden
  •       Kid’s coaster-making activity & free root beer on Sunday

For the Gearhead Dad

World of Speed! (Wilsonville) Tues.- Sun., 10a.m.- 5p.m. $10/adult, $5/youth 6-12, Free for 5 & under

Just opened two months ago, World of Speed will take old and young race enthusiasts on an adventure like no other. Through hands-on exhibits and activities, visitors will explore all the world of racing has to offer. Whether you love drag, road, land speed, or motorcycle racing, the marvel that is NASCAR, or are fascinated by the history of it all, there is something for everyone.

For the Sporty Dad

Take Dad to a Portland Timbers Game! (Providence Park) Sat., June 20, 7:30 p.m., $18-$142/ticket

Every Portlander’s bucket list should include cheering along at a Timbers Game. Don your hunter green and yellow stripes and grab your little lumberjack and join the soccer obsession!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rose Festival: A Portland Tradition for 100 Years

World famous for its remarkable events and intricate rose covered parade floats, the Portland Rose Festival is celebrating its 100th year with the 2015 theme: “Bloomin’ Good Time.”  The Rose Festival is a beloved Portland tradition comprised of many events including: three parades, run/walks, Dragon Boat Races, Rose Festival Court, Fleet Week, and the waterfront fireworks, concerts, and fair.

The Rose Festival Court is comprised of up to 15 outstanding young women chosen from Portland Metro-area high schools. Beginning May 5, they travel full-time 5 days a week for 5 weeks, visiting community events, business leaders, hospitals, senior living centers, youth organizations and civic groups. Court Members also receive one-on-one mentorship from top female executives, a $3,500 scholarship, and participate in the parades.  

The Rose festival includes three parades: The Junior Parade, The Starlight Parade and the exciting Grand Floral Parade on June 6th featuring 14 all-floral floats, 17 marching bands, 19 equestrian units, vintage vehicles, flag-festooned marching groups, colorful dancers, the Clydesdale horses and much more. 

The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy.  Tours of the military vessels are free during Fleek Week. Another fun tradition of the Rose Festival is the Dragon Boat Races. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races feature exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than 80 different teams – local, national and international – compete to win.  

Come out and enjoy the many exciting events of the Portland Rose Festival! For more information, visit