Carnival rides crank up, kids show up and fireworks blow up — it's Rose Festival time as CityFair opens on Waterfront Park and the city prepares to party for the next three weeks.
CityFair gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Waterfront Park, welcoming the older and younger alike.
Fireworks, choreographed to music, explode over Waterfront Park, starting at 9:50 p.m. Friday.
And the partying continues through the Memorial Day weekend. CityFair will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The weekend theme is Superheroes & Video Games. The weekend includes music on the RoZone Concerts stage, the Ukulele Jam at 1 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt at 11 a.m. Monday and "Kids, Clowns & Characters" at 1 p.m. Monday.
CityFair features many attractions: Funtastic Traveling Shows, Game-On Arcade, Artslandia Stage, Widmer Speakeasy, Eastside Distilling Lounge, Chloe Cabana, Capital One Cafe, Jim Neill Memorial Museum and Kids Zone Activities.
• The RoZone Concerts series gets started with Andre Marc and then Hit Machine at 8 p.m. Friday, and then it'll be the one and only Sir Mix-a-Lot at 8 p.m. Saturday. Portland's Nu Wavers also perform, and DJ Doc Rock opens.
Perhaps the great one-hit wonder of all time with his iconic "Baby Got Back," Sir Mix-a-Lot has appeared at Rose Festival since 2015. After all, it's only a short drive on Interstate 5 from his hometown of Seattle.
Turns out Sir Mix-A-Lot, aka Anthony Ray, isn't such a one-hit wonder in life. He has starred in his own DIY Network house-flipping show, "Sir Mix-a-Lot's House Remix" — he has long designed and flipped houses. And "Baby Got Back" has inspired a new slot machine developed by Bluberi Gaming Canada Inc. along with Ray/Mix-a-Lot. "I like big BUCK$" is the branding.
• Many of the notable Rose Festival events are coming up the next two weekends, but a new event has been added to the festival calendar. And organizers hope its stays.
The Professional Disc Golf Association event takes place May 25-27 at Blue Lake Disc Golf Course in Fairview. There'll be an $80,000 purse.
The PDGA previously held an event, the PDGA Pro World Championship, at Blue Lake in 2014, but it's now returning and hopefully becoming an annual event. Tour organizers contacted the Rose Festival and wanted to be more prominent in the Portland area.
"We're excited," says Jeff Spring, PDGA tournament director. "It'll be one of the biggest events in the country. We aim to grow our event to hopefully higher heights, and come back every year. This is year one."
For more: www.portlandopendg.com.
• For complete info, see www.rosefestival.org.