thursday 21 – monday 25
For over 50 years, Grants Pass has thrown the biggest Memorial Day party in the Rogue Valley. The main event is the Memorial Day Hydroplane Boat Race, where the loudest boats you have ever heard scream down the usually serene Rogue River at breakneck speeds vying for first place. Sprint boat races, fireworks, a golf shoot-out, a pizza-eating contest, a parade and a carnival are sure to keep Memorial Day weekend booked solid. See boatnik.com for the full schedule.
friday 22 – monday 25
Portland 2015 Rose Festival
Unless you live under a rock—or out of state—you know that the Portland Rose Festival is not primarily a flower show. Even without the carnival rides, the parade, fireworks and kids' activities, the Portland Rose Festival is the ultimate food and beverage party. Portland Brewing Company will be unveiling their new Rose Festival brew, Velvet Majesty, and tasty bites from local chefs throughout the weekend are sure to sustain. If you are out of town this holiday weekend, never fear. The party continues over the next two weekends, May 28 – 31 and June 3 – 7. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. $5 adv., $7 at gate.
The Broadcast: My Best Failure
As it turns out, you aren't the only one who has failed. The Siren Nation Storytelling event will host all different types of women telling their most vivid memories on the topic, "My Best Failure." Featuring female artists who are telling their stories in front of a live audience for the first time, The Broadcast will entertain you with real life. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll relate. 8 pm. The Secret Society. $12 adv., $15 door.
The 13th Annual Eugene Scottish Festival
Better tune your bagpipes and pick up your kilt from the cleaners, the Eugene Scottish Festival has a dress code. (Not really.) But when else would the Scottish citizens of Lane County get to strut their stuff in the plaid of their forefathers? From demonstrations to history lessons, the Festival promises the closest thing to a trip across the big pond. Authentic music is also on the docket, including fiddles, guitars, harps, and—you're bringing the bagpipes, right? 10 am-5 pm. Irving Grange. $5 donation and one can of food (under 12 free).