Summer Festivals, From Spam to Lebowski

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-05-23T22:19:53Z

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Portland Rose Festival, Portland, Oregon/May 17-June 20

Some 4,000 blossoms are on display at Portland's Lloyd Center Ice Rink Annual Spring Rose Show. The festival attracts more than 500,000 viewers and plenty is going on, from amateur car racing (expect to pay from $5 to $12) to North America's second-largest, all-floral parade, complete with marching bands, floats, singers and even equestrian groups. This year's theme is Rock 'n' Roses. You can get indoor or outdoor seating.

Price: $3 for the Rose Show, up to $12 for car racing, $15 to $30 for parade seating.