Portland Rose Festival

Visionary city leaders started the Portland Rose Festival in 1907 to put the Rose City on the map and brand it “the summer capital of the world.” Little did they know that more than a hundred summers later the Rose Festival would be world-famous – both for its remarkable, award-winning events (including three parades, an urban fair and waterfront concerts) and as a leader in celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism and environmentalism.