Converge 45

Various locations


Converge 45 is a multi-day series of lectures, exhibitions, and other events organized by a committee of curators, gallerists, and business owners.  


TBA (Time-Based Art Festival)

Various locations



TBA is an annual event organized by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) that showcases a variety of performances, installations, workshops, and more by contemporary artists from Portland and around the world.  Visit the event website for more information or purchase a guide to events at PICA’s headquarters.


First Thursdays

Pearl District/Chinatown/Oldtown

First Thursday of every month


First Thursdays coincide with the opening receptions of most galleries in Portland’s Westside neighborhoods and will also feature street food and entertainment in summer months; check gallery websites for specific reception times and dates.


Last Thursdays

NE Alberta Street

Last Thursdays of Summer months (May-September)


Last Thursday on Alberta Street began as a semi-spontaneous local arts event with street side entertainment, and is now an organized street fair featuring food and apparel vendors and musical performances.  The event coincides with some gallery openings in the neighborhood, check gallery schedules for specific times and dates.


First Fridays

Central Eastside Neighborhoods

First Friday of every month


Many galleries in Southeast Portland open their new shows on First Fridays.  Check individual gallery schedules for times and dates of show receptions.


Portland Open Studios

Various locations


Portland Open Studios is an annual event that invites the public to visit participating individual artist’s studios around the city over the course of two weekends. Studio maps may be purchased through the event website.