First Thursday Street Gallery
Although Pearl First Thursdays date back to 1986, the especially festive and creative First Thursday Street Gallery—held April through October on 13th Avenue between Hoyt and Kearney—celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer. The Portland Urban Art Network (urbanartnetwork.org) hosts this free party that runs from 5 until 10 p.m. and features some amazing artists. River Pig Saloon continues the good vibes for another block south with its own First Thursday party.
Art in the Pearl
Now in its 23rd successful year, one of America’s most exciting arts festivals returns to the North Park Blocks over Labor Day weekend (Aug 31–Sept 2). The free, juried three-day event offers the opportunity to mingle with and peruse works by more than 130 talented artists working in a variety of media, from paintings and photography to metalwork and textiles. The fun also includes family activities, performances by talented local musicians, and food vendors. artinthepearl.com
Check Your Swoosh at Gallery IDL
Join IDL and Nike on First Thursday on August 1st for the third annual “Check Your Swoosh,” a charity art show at Gallery IDL (formerly Gallery 135, 135 NW Park Ave, idlww.com ) benefiting Make-A-Wish Oregon. The show features artwork from renowned Nike designers and innovators, and all of it will be available for purchase during the event. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Oregon. Entry is free and open to the public.
New Art Gallery in the Pearl
The newly opened Arlene Enns Art Gallery (424 NW 12th Ave, 503-222-1183, arleneennsgallery.com) showcases the boldly striking works of Canadian artist Arlene Enns and is operated by her cousin, Harold Peters. “I’m equally attracted to abstract and realism: one seems to balance the other on a creative level. My favorite subjects are landscapes and floral,” says Enns. Open Saturdays 10 a.m.–6 p.m., monthly First Thursdays 5–8 p.m., and by appointment.
More Portland Summer Events
My People’s Market (May 31–June 1, mypeoplesmarket.com). This multicultural marketplace returns for its fourth year at the former U.S. Postal Service site. Themed the Market of the Future, the first day is a trade show for local entrepreneurs to network and showcase their products and services. And the second day features a bustling pop-up marketplace with live music, art, food, and more.
Portland Pride Festival and Parade (June 15–16, pridenw.org). The city’s premier LGBTQ celebration, which this year coincides with the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall Rebellion, takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and includes concerts, food, a community fair, and the Sunday Pride Parade, which proceeds throughout Northwest Portland.
Oregon Brewers Festival (July 24–27, oregonbrewfest.com). Nearly 100 craft brewers from around the country—including Deschutes Brewery, Rogue Ales, and Von Ebert Brewing— showcase their ales and lagers at this Waterfront Park gathering.
Providence Bridge Pedal (Aug 11, providence.org/bridge-pedal). Join your friends and neighbors for the one opportunity each year to bike or walk on Portland’s car-free streets and bridges, including the upper decks of both the Marquam and Fremont bridges, and the Pearl District–adjacent Steel Bridge.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Aug 24, act.alz.org). This year’s 3.7-mile walk, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to help battle a disease that affects some 30 million people worldwide, kicks off at 11 a.m. at Rose Quarter Commons, just across the Willamette River from the Pearl District.