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100 Years of Roses Centennial Celebration

Saturday, August 26, 2017 // 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM

| Free

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this iconic Portland treasure! Wander the garden and discover music, art, and fun for the whole family among the roses.

11:00 AM – Event Kickoff and Free Cupcakes (while supplies last)

6:30 PM – Free Concert by Pilón de Azucar 

All Day Activities

  • Multicultural Music and performances among the roses
  • Rose Finder: discovery guide to the most interesting blooms
  • Easel Painting
  • Kids Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Rose temporary tattoos
  • Rose Garden Tours
  • Student art from 60 Portland Public Schools

Food and Special Treats

  • Premiere of Centennial Rose ice cream by Salt & Straw
  • Rose ice tea samples
  • Food vendors

Parking is Very Limited at Washington Park

Guests are urged to park at the SmartPark Garage located at SW 10th Avenue and Yamhill Street ($5 for the day) and hop on TriMet Lightrail MAX to Washington Park. The free Explore Washington Park shuttle will take you to the International Rose Test Garden.

We’ll help you get there by supplying 1,500 FREE TriMet passes! Pick up your tickets (while supplies last) at the IRTG Centennial Celebration booth outside the SmartPark garage, facing SW 10th Avenue.

About the Garden

The International Rose Test Garden is consistently named as Oregon’s best free attraction, and has delighted visitors from around the globe for 100 years. The Garden serves as a trial ground for new rose varieties, as well as an exhibition space. Incorporated in 1917, the garden helped solidify Portland’s title as the City of Roses, and also created a sanctuary for European-grown roses during World War I that were threatened by bombings. It is now the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and hosts nearly 700,000 visitors each year. The garden covers 4.5 acres, and is home to more than 10,000 individual rose plants and approximately 650 varieties. Roses are typically in bloom from May to October, peaking in the month of June.

The International Rose Test Garden is owned and managed by Portland Parks & Recreation.


Saturday, August 26, 2017
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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Washington Park Amphitheater
410 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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