Celebrate your three-day weekend at one of these free and cheap Memorial Day weekend events in Portland.
I’ve compiled a list of activities and events to get you out and exploring our awesome city this holiday weekend. There is something for everyone, from festivals and train rides to markets and farm experiences.
Find an event you’ll enjoy from the list below.
Free and Cheap Memorial Day Weekend Events in Portland
The Portland Rose Festival is back in full swing this year. Events start right in time for Memorial Day weekend. Best of all, many activities are free or cheap to attend. View Portland Rose Festival Free and Cheap Events, including opening night fireworks, CityFair and a treasure hunt this weekend.
This Memorial Day weekend, head to Oaks Park for some good, old-fashioned fun at the Multnomah County Fair. This three-day event features competitive exhibits, music and stage performances, a car show, pioneer village, and more. It is free to attend. Parking is also free.
While you’re there, take advantage of all Oaks Park’s free and cheap activities. You can ride the carousel and train at Oaks Park for free. The Oaks Park Roller Rink offers year-round skating. Admission is $12.
For Memorial Day weekend, Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum is open to the public. The century-old mausoleum at the funeral home takes up three city blocks with nine miles of corridors. Inside are marvelous stained glass windows, a replica marble statue of Michelangelo’s “La Pieta” and three foundations that cascade down multiple floors.
On Monday, you can visit the Rae Room, an immaculate tomb that is only open for public viewing once a year.
Take a scenic ride aboard the vintage Willamette Shore Trolley in Lake Oswego. During Memorial Day weekend, trolley service is on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with multiple departure times each day.
Tickets are $8 for all ages. Learn more about get tickets.
Southeast Portland’s botanical oasis grows a collection of rare species and hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, shrubs, companion plants and unusual trees. The rhododendrons and azaleas are in peak bloom making Memorial Day weekend a great time to visit. Tickets are $5. Admission is free on Mondays.
Visit the Sauvie Island farm and build your own bouquet this weekend. Choose from you pick and pre-cut flowers. Columbia Farm is open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price is $2 per stem.
Washington Park is the keeper of many of Portland’s best attractions. Access these attractions on the Washington Park free shuttle. It is also the location of one of Portland’s best free rose gardens, which overlooks the city for a great view and place to stop and spend quality time. The shuttle and rose garden are free.
Explore local arts, crafts, food and performers at Portland Saturday Market. The market is back every Saturday in Downtown Portland. It features more than 250 booths filled with handcrafted goods and is free to attend.
Take a day trip and visit the crown jewel of the Columbia River Gorge. The historic 1918 Vista House at the top of Crown Point offers visitors an incredible view of the Columbia River Gorge. It is free to visit.
If you’re looking for a great outdoor event on Saturday and Sunday, go to Portland Flea. This vintage and handmade market has grown to two locations in Portland. Keep in mind, the location is different each day.
Do you have affinity for vintage clothing and decor? Thankfully, our city is chock full of places where bargain hunters thrive. Spend a day finding new-to-you items at Portland’s more than 50 thrift and consignment stores all over the city.
Head to the Farm
There are two urban farms to explore during Memorial Day weekend. Zenger Farm is hosting an Open Farm Day where you’ll learn about skin wellness and salve making. Sliding scale donation options start at $5. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close with a camel and other farm animals, Frog Pond Farm has a Farm Walk About every Saturday. The price is $12 per person.
You don’t even have to leave the city to go on a nature adventure. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is explore our area’s awesome parks. These 6 urban parks have lots of parking, family-friendly trails and beautiful sights.
The Clackamette Mineral and Gem Club’s annual Gem and Mineral Show May 27 and 28. One of the special events is the florescent rock show. The show is free to event. View all the details here.
National Hamburger Day is this Sunday. Stop by one of three Next Level Burger locations in Portland for buy one, get one Class burgers.