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Monthly + Self-Guided Art Walks in the Portland Area

  |  Local Happenings, Neighborhood Insight, Portland

There’s no denying that Portland and its surrounding communities maintain a thriving arts community, fueled by local artists, arts organizations, art galleries and those of us who appreciate art.

The cities in the Portland Metro make an intentional effort to celebrate the arts on a regular basis, through a variety of arts-centered events, including art walks. These monthly, seasonal or annual art walks are filled with all things local, including shops, restaurants, breweries, musicians and of course — artists and art galleries. Mark your calendars for these artsy events to add some color and creativity to your life!



First Thursday | Portland (Pearl District + Downtown)

Since 1986, First Thursday has taken over the streets of the Pearl District and downtown Portland on a monthly basis. On the first Thursday of each month, local galleries and businesses stay open late for an evening filled with art, wine and music. Travel from gallery to gallery to view new art exhibits, mingle with artists, people-watch and be a part of the exciting arts community in the heart of downtown. Check each gallery’s website for more information, including exact times and show details.


Last Thursday | Portland (Alberta Street)

PDX Last Thursdays

Photo Courtesy of Greg Raisman/Portland Bureau of Transportation

This lively art walk stretches 15 blocks along Northeast Alberta Street and has become Portland’s largest art event since its inception over 20 years ago. It takes place from 6–9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month all year long, but the peak season is during the summer (June, July and August) when the street is closed to all vehicle traffic. Support local artists as they share their wares along Alberta, including jewelry, bags, paintings, sculptures, woodwork and more. Plus, enjoy food, street performances and more excitement!


First Friday | Portland (Eastside)

In Portland’s vibrant Eastside Arts District, First Friday takes place on (you guessed it!) the first Friday of each month from 6–9 p.m. all year long. This popular event offers a gateway into Portland’s thriving arts culture, debuting more than 23 independent galleries, shops and studios, in addition to street exhibition. This self-guided tour of art is free and open to both locals and visitors!


First Friday | Milwaukie

On the first Friday between May and October, the downtown Milwaukie community comes together for First Friday. At this free event, you’ll find food trucks, a beer garden, muralists, poetry readings, art gallery openings, dance performances, live music, local vendors and lots of art all around.


First Friday Art Walk | Troutdale (Downtown)

Historic Downtown Troutdale hosts a monthly art walk on the first Friday of each month (except January!), displaying the works from dozens of local artists. Plus, enjoy live music, local shops, and mingling with neighbors and friends in Troutdale.


Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk | Hillsboro (Downtown)

Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk

Photo Courtesy of the City of Hillsboro

Businesses and artists in downtown Hillsboro come together for this community celebration of art on the first Tuesday of each month. Enjoy refreshments, drinks, local musicians, and of course, lots of art, at this free event!



Tualatin ArtWalk | Tualatin

ArtWalk is a self-guided tour of Tualatin’s diverse public art, natural history and cultural history. Locals and visitors alike are invited to explore the public artwork on display throughout the city as you take in fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors. The ArtWalk consists of several interconnected trails and each stop is clearly marked. Use this map to create a plan for your personalized tour of art in Tualatin!


Downtown Beaverton Public Art Project | Beaverton

Explore the many incredible works of art scattered throughout Beaverton with help from the Downtown Beaverton Public Art Project. Their vision is to create meaningful public places and enhanced civic identity through significant works of art that embrace Beaverton’s diverse traditions and history. Use this map to discover the many incredible public art pieces on display in this artsy city!


Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls Tour | Lake Oswego

Explore the incredible art of Lake Oswego in a gallery without walls. The unique Gallery Without Walls Tour features over 75 permanent and loaned works of art on display all year long. Download this brochure or the L.O. Art Tour mobile app for more information about each piece of art and a complete map.



Downtown Tigard Art Walk | Tigard

The Downtown Tigard Art Walk is an annual weekend-long art event taking place each summer since 2014. Join local artists and businesses as you shop, dine, stroll and explore the arts — streetside. The Art Walk is sponsored by the Downtown Tigard Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving downtown. Proceeds from the event are used to fund dynamic art for downtown Tigard and related events. Keep an eye out for details about next summer’s art walk!


Sherwood Center for the Arts Art Walks | Sherwood

Sherwood Center for the Arts hosts one art walk during each season throughout the year. Old Town Sherwood comes to life with local art, live music, food and beverages, demonstrations, and more. Chat with artists, participate in activities and enjoy the lively art community of Sherwood all the while. Pick up a map of the route at any participating business, visit each stop to get a stamp, and turn in your finished map for a chance to win a fantastic prize basket! Keep an eye on the Sherwood Center for the Arts calendar so you don’t miss the next art walk.



What art walks are you looking forward to? Tell us about your favorite — whether or not it’s on this list!

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