Upcoming Events

We are proud to be a part of your community. Below is a list of events, activities, and seminars that we are involved in.

May 2020 Events

Rose Festival Re-mix: Parading in Place at River View Cemetery

May 16, 2020 to May 30, 2020

River View Cemetery will participate in the 2020 Portland Rose Festival by “Parading in Place” May 16 – May 30th https://www.paradinginplace.com. The cemetery has built six small “floats” that will be placed at the gravesites of suffragists and civic leaders:  Abigail Scott Duniway, Oregon's strongest voice for the cause of woman's suffrage; Katherine Gray, an African American suffragist who helped create a strong link with Oregon’s white and African American suffragist leaders; Henry and Georgianna Pittock, founders of the Portland Rose Festival and suffrage supporters; Dorothy McCullough Lee, Portland’s first female mayor; Lola Baldwin Greene, America’s first female police officer; Hazel Ying Lee, who was the first Chinese American woman to earn a pilot’s license and fly for the U.S. military and was a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASPs). Oregon celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote at events and programs across the state. Follow hashtags #SuffrageSisters and #SuffraGents to track goings on in social media.


The public is requested to keep physical distance while visiting River View Cemetery’s 165 acres while getting some exercise and inspiration from some of Portland’s visionaries. As visitors explore, they are encouraged to take pictures of the displays and tag @riverviewcemetery and @pdxrosefestival and use #riverviewcemetery, #paradinginplace,  #RFporchparade, and #rosesforhope on social media so that people who aren’t able to get out can see the amazing displays, can also enjoy them. A gentle reminder to the public to respect the solemnity of the cemetery and privacy of others:  no pets are allowed, but may stay in vehicles, and please drive slowly.


River View will have a tour map for the displays in the cemetery outside the main office at 300 S. Taylors Ferry Rd., Portland, OR 97219 as well as other self-guided walking tours for the public to have for free and to further explore the stories within River View. River View Cemetery encourages the public to visit other displays in the city, you can find where they are by visiting https://www.paradinginplace.com/the-porch-parade-map.

Rose Festival Re-mix: Parading in Place at River View Cemetery
December 2020 Events

Holiday Memorial Service

Dec 12, 2020 01:00 PM

Our Holiday Memorial Service is dedicated to families who have encountered the loss of a loved one. We invite all families to join us at this special service for a time of reflection and a special time to honor and cherish those they love. It is also an opportunity to mingle with others who have also encountered a loss, and understand. We realize the holidays can be a difficult time; our goal is to give each visitor a special time and place where they can find comfort and support. The service also includes uplifiting music and refreshments.

Memorial Tree - River View also has free tree ornaments available for placement on our memorial tree. We encourage you to decorate one and use it to eulogize or commemorate a loved one. Your completed memorial ornament may be placed on our holiday tree or taken home to keep as a cherished keep sake from River View Cemetery.

Our service is open to everyone!

River View Cemetery
Adams Chapel
0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd., Portland
Information: 503.246.4251
Fax: 503.246.9653

National Children's Memorial Day Candlelighting Service

Dec 13, 2020 07:00 PM

Each year, River View Cemetery joins sites all around the globe that participate in the National Children's Memorial Day event.  Everyone, in every time zone around the world is invited to light a candle in honor of children who have died. To commemorate this special day, we will have our service in Adams Chapel at River View Cemetery.  If you have a picture of your child of any age that has passed and would like to share with us for a slideshow presentation, please contact Jessica Repp at 503.246.4251  If you have previously provided a picture, we have kept it and it will be in the presentation this year and years going forward. 

River View Cemetery
Adams Chapel
0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd., Portland
Information: 503.246.4251
Fax: 503.246.9653

April 2021 Events

Easter Sunrise Service

Apr 4, 2021 06:30 AM

We invite you, your family & friends to attend a very special outdoor Easter Sunrise Service held high above the Metro area atop the majestic West Hills. 

Join us for a brief service of music and an inspirational non-denominational message.

Dress warmly, as the early spring weather can be chilly at this early hour.

Employees will be at all entrances to assist in directing you to the service location.


Group Presentations

River View personnel are available to give group presentations to your civic, service, religious, or social group - FREE.  We have various presentations from informing the public about River View and its history, to answering your questions on the topic of pre-planning your funeral and cemetery arrangements.  Call for more information.

Group Presentations

Annual Membership Meeting - POSTPONED

River View Cemetery Association of Portland - Annual Membership Meeting - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

River View Cemetery Adams Chapel
0300 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland
Information: 503.246.4251

Annual Membership Meeting  - POSTPONED

Cemetery Walking Tours

River View Cemetery also offers self-guided cemetery walking tours. Relive some of Portland's and Oregon's past by leisurely strolling, at your own pace, through River View Cemetery's majestic arboretum grounds. Our self-guided tours are set up for short tours, approximate time to complete each is around 20-30 minutes and outlines 10-15 notable sites. Partake in the adventure of locating such celebrities and notables as Virgil Earp, Portland founders and mayors, Oregon governors and statesmen and war veterans. The serene and peaceful setting has visitors encountering trees well over 100 year old, a charming inner cemetery road system and one picturesque scene after another. If you're wanting to know who many of Portland's main streets and landmarks are named after, a stroll through River View Cemetery will provide the answer - names like Terwilliger, Mulhulland, Pittock, Ladd, Corbett, Failing, Benson and Weinhard are just a few.

Simply stop by our office and ask for a free "walking tour". Please allow 30 minutes to complete each self-guided tour. Our terrain is hilly in some places, so please wear comfortable and practical walking shoes.