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Winter 2017 Events and Happenings

Winter 2017 Events and Happenings

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING On Saturday, November 26, from 4:30 until 6 p.m., the always festive Pearl District holiday season kickoff lights up Jamison Square Park. Mingle with friends, sing carols, and watch the lighting of the 30-foot-tall Oregon Cascade fir tree, with its radiant RGB lighting. It’s a great time to check out local boutiques

Fall 2016 Arts and Events

Eco-Chic Aiming to showcase environmentally friendly products and creations, the Portland Urban Air Market (featured above) takes place the last Sunday afternoon of August at NW 13th and Hoyt. Check out some wonderfully original and functional green products from Nature’s Kindle home accessories, Spacycloud apparel, Anther housewares, and Humbleseed jewelry. Sunday, Aug. 28. urbanairmarket.com Vote for

Labors of Love

Art in the Pearl celebrates 20 years Begun in 1996 by a group of 15 dedicated local artists, the highly acclaimed Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival has developed over the past two decades into one of the foremost juried arts events in the Pacific Northwest. Held over the three-day Labor Day weekend

The Pearl Brews-up a Tasty Block Party

Thousands of people came out in the 100 degree heat to cool-off with some cold pints, and celebrate the amazing beer culture in the Pearl. Four Pearl District breweries, BridgePort, 10 Barrel, Fat Head’s and Deschutes served-up delicious locally-crafted pints at last weekend’s Pints in the Pearl event. The limited edition beers (listed at BrewPublic) that

Summer 2016 Gallery and Theater Events

Portland Center Stage Preview Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, 503-445-3700, pcs.org When: Sept. 10, 2016–June 18, 2017 Although Portland Center Stage is on hiatus each summer, the Pearl’s acclaimed theater company has an exciting 2016–2017 lined up, starting with Little Shop of Horrors on the U.S. Bank Main Stage in

Summer 2016 Events and Happenings

Oregon Berry Festival It’s a comment made often by Portland newcomers and visitors upon first sampling local blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and other jewels of Oregon’s bounty of berry-growing farms and fields: “I didn’t know berries could taste so sweet!” Whether you’re a casual raspberry muncher or a marionberry aficionado, you’re sure to have a blast

Pints in the Pearl

Inaugural Pints in the Pearl, a celebration of craft breweries atrom Portland’s Pearl District is coming June 4th Portland has a new beer festival for the calendar. The Pearl District Business Association (PDBA) has announced the debut of Pints in the Pearl, a one-day craft beer festival that will showcase some of the best beers Pearl District breweries have to offer.

Bunny Hop Through the Pearl 2016

The weather was perfect for the annual Bunny Hop through the Pearl  held on March 26th. Over 500 children and parents enjoyed activities like face painting, bracelet making and hunting for eggs at the 35 participating businesses, collecting stamps at each stop along the way. Also hopping about the neighborhood was the Easter bunny who was

Spring 2016 Events and Happenings

FIRST THURSDAYS IN THE PEARL One of the liveliest, longest-running evening art strolls in Portland, this festive, arts-centric gathering spans the Pearl District, with more than 40 galleries, restaurants, bars, and other businesses hosting exhibit openings and other parties and receptions. Most events take place from 6 pm until 9 pm, with a number of

Winter Events and Happenings

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING This year’s much-anticipated Pearl District holiday season kicko takes place Saturday, Nov. 28, from 4:30 to 6 pm at Jamison Square Park. Join your friends for caroling and the illumination of the 30-foot-tall tree designed in the style of an Oregon Cascade ir and decked spectacularly with colorful lighting. Local businesses will

Portland Center Stage Winter Season

Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, 503.445.3700 // pcs.org When: Santaland Diaries, Dec. 2–27; Twist Your Dickens, Dec. 9–31; Great Expectations, Jan. 16–Feb. 14; Forever, Jan. 30–Mar. 20; Each and Everything, Feb. 6–March 27 “Irreverent and di erent” is how PCS artistic director Chris Coleman describes Twist Your Dickens, which returns

Pearl District Block Party

On September 11, the Pearl District Neighborhood Association welcomed residents, workers, and more than a few visitors for great food, live music and dancing, and craft beverages from Rogue Distillery and Public House during the 24th annual installment of this fête and fundraiser on NW 13th Avenue. pearldistrict.org Photos by Amy Ouellette  

Art in the Pearl

Art lovers and buyers talked with artists and explored a fantastic selection of paintings, photos, sculptures, and crafts during this Labor Day Weekend festival, September 5–7, on the North Park Blocks. Photos by Amy Ouellette, except last photo by ComeWeCreate  

Stage Right

The crown jewel of the Brewery Blocks celebrates its 10th season as home to Portland Center Stage. In 2004, the venerable Portland Center Stage (PCS) theater company— which formed in 1988 as an offshoot of Ashland’s prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival— launched a campaign to construct a state-of-the-art performance complex inside a compelling but challenging existing

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