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Visiting Metro Portland

Greater Portland’s season of fun, festivals, and events has arrived. Spring and summer in Portland brings traditions from the Festival of Balloons in Tigard and the St. Paul Rodeo to the Happy Valley Pickathon and Salem’s Marion County Fair. However, the Portland Rose Festival may arguably be the grandest of all. The official Portland festival includes CityFair – filling the 2013 calendar with parades, fireworks, and fun May 24th through June 9th – while runners visit Rose City on May 19th for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon. The Grand Floral Parade, the 125th Annual Spring Rose Show, and the Starlight Parade are all musts for PDX's spring and summer visitors.

The community of Tigard, set 10 miles southwest of downtown Portland, celebrates the official start of summer 2013 with the Festival of Balloons. Held at Cook Park from June 21st through the 23rd, the Festival of Balloons includes early morning balloon launches, daytime festivities, and the Northwest Natural Night Glow. But it’s not all about balloons in Tigard, the event also includes the Funatastic carnival, the Festival of Cars, and the GameTime Fun Zone.

Celebrate a traditional Fourth of July at the St. Paul Rodeo, set eight miles south of Newberg. Marking the 78th year of rodeo excitement, the 2013 St. Paul 4th of July Rodeo is held July 2nd through the 6th. One of the elite Wrangle Million Dollar Rodeo cities, St. Paul attracts top rodeo competitors from across the globe. Along with exceptional rodeo competition, enjoy the youth rodeo, trail tides, carnival, and BBQ cook-off.

Three wine gardens, two stages of music, and a beautiful Oregon summer evening – it’s Wine & Jazz Fest 2013 in Salem’s historic Deepwood Estate. A must for jazz music fans, the Friends of Deepwood host an evening of smooth jazz, Willamette Valley wines, and local gourmet come June 29th. Enjoy summer’s early blooms at Deepwood Estate with Salem’s finest food, wine, and music.

It’s a short drive from Portland and even shorter from Oregon City for music fans to experience Pickathon 2013. The 15th Annual Pickathon is held August 2nd through the 4th in Happy Valley – just north of Oregon City. Among the 2013 Pickathon lineup are Feist, Tift Merritt, Shakey Graves, and Diane Ferlatte. With its low crowd density, focus on sustainability, and beautiful Oregon surroundings, Pickathon is the place for music lovers to launch their August.

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