North Park Blocks Welcomes Back “Art in the Pearl 2023”

Art In The Pearl® is back this weekend. Enjoy art, music and food in the cool shade of the North Park Blocks towering elms.

Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country (source: Art Fair Source Book).

Scroll through the gallery of photos from the first day 2023

Art In The Pearl is Portland Oregon’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. It is held every year on Labor Day weekend. The 27th annual festival will occur Labor Day Weekend, 2023 in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks -September 2, September 3 and September 4, 2023.

10am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday (September 2nd and September 3rd, 2023)
10am-4pm, Monday (September 4th, 2023)

The Festival is FREE and requires NO TICKETS for entry. Our festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages.

More info here

North Park Blocks: The Home of “Art in the Pearl” Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to spend your Labor Day weekend? If so, you should check out Art in the Pearl, Portland’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. This event showcases the work of over 130 artists from across the country, who will display and sell their original creations in various media, such as painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and more. You can also enjoy live music, theater, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Art in the Pearl is located in the beautiful North Park Blocks, a historic green space in the heart of the Pearl District. The park is surrounded by trendy shops, cafes, galleries, and restaurants, making it a perfect destination for a day out in the city. You can stroll through the park, admire the art, chat with the artists, and sample some delicious food from local vendors.

The 2023 festival is free and open to the public, and runs from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday (September 2nd and 3rd), and from 10am to 4pm on Monday (September 4th). No tickets are required for entry. Art in the Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country by Art Fair Source Book, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity to experience some of the best art and culture that Portland has to offer. Come and join us for a memorable and inspiring weekend at Art in the Pearl!

2023 Mondo Croquet World Championships back in the North Park Blocks

Mondo Croquet World Championships
July 30, 2023
Noon-5PM | Free
More info:

North Park Blocks
NW Park Ave & Everett

From the Oregonian: Mondo Croquet Takes over North Park Blocks

Well m’Lords and Ladies and all the rest of you lot. It’s time for the 26th annual World Championships and Mad Hatter Picnic!


  • Bring a bowling ball and a sledgehammer.  Don’t worry if you don’t have, we’ve got plenty of extras to loan out
  • You’ll enjoy yourself more if you’re dressed appropriately in lawn whites, or Mad Hatter gear, or simply appropriately inappropriate.  Peruse some of our photos for ideas.
  • Bring along something to share for the picnic and something cold to drink.
  • …and you might want a chair.

It’s a smashing time.  Tell your friends!  Taunt your enemies!

Join North Park Blocks’ Monthly SOLVE Cleanups

Thank you to all that were able to participate in July’s North Park Blocks and surrounding area SOLVE event. We had over 20 volunteers for the first time and collected 21 bags plus 1 bucket of trash. A really great clean up effort, thanks to you all!

We are officially on the SOLVE schedule to clean up the North Park Blocks and surrounding area again on Wed Aug 25th from 10:30a-12pm! 

Please click here to register for the event.

These cleanups will be held the 4th Monday of each month

We will meet in the PCNA parking lot at the north end of the park blocks (511 NW Broadway) corner of NW Glisan and 8th Ave at 10:30am. I’ll order all the supplies from SOLVE for everyone registered and bring with me on the morning of the event. Please feel free to invite any other friends that want to help out. They will just need to register for the event so I can pick up enough supplies for them.

We’ve made it an open event on the SOLVE site so NPB neighborhood residents and local businesses can join. And we’ll be adding an event for the same time each month on the 4th Wednesday of the month. SOLVE requires us to register for each event individually.

Thanks in advance to everyone that can participate and be part of keeping this beautiful Portland Park clean and happy. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 8/25!

My People’s Market in North Park Blocks – August 6-8

My People’s Market is back in person for the seventh time, offering an immersive, in-person marketplace featuring 75+ BIPOC vendors each day, cultural performances, musicians, food, and beverages. The three-day event, sponsored by New Seasons and Portland State School of Business, takes place Friday-Sunday, August 6-8 at between NW Davis and Flanders in the North Park Blocks. Find a full vendor list here.  

Explore culinary offerings from across the globe including Spice of AfricaMeals 4 HeelsEleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian FoodEverybody EatsWe Grub, Lo’s Burgers & FriendsKaah MarketHapa Pizza, and Favela Brazilian Cafe, among others. Cool off with custom drinks crafted with mixers and syrups direct from market vendors, served at a libation station, Sante Bar (411 NW Park Ave), a woman of color, queer-owned, and operated bar. Wind down with a relaxing wellness activation featuring a sound bath and shoulder massage. Delight and dance along with interactive performances, musicians, and artists curated by Y.G.B. Portland, performing on two MPM stages with the main stage located at 220 NW 8th Ave.  

“This year’s market continues to be a safe space for market-goers of color and allies to shop local and support BIPOC business,” said Amanda Park, Prosper Portland project manager. “We’re excited to welcome our community back for a culturally immersive shopping experience that only My People’s Market can provide.”  

This year’s theme is In It Together,  a celebration and honoring of all that was lost and all that was born during the pandemic. BIPOC businesses were among those hardest hit during the pandemic. The spirit of the market is to celebrate community, culture, and business while reimagining ways to support local multicultural entrepreneurs with broader exposure to grow and support their businesses. Follow the market on Instagram for event updates. 

COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for both vendors and marketgoers. In addition, My People’s Market is happy to host NXNE Community Health Center Mobile COVID Vaccination Unit.
To register (attendance is free), visit EventBrite.  
Market dates and times  

  • Friday, August 6 — 4-8 PM  
  • Saturday, August 7 — 12-6 PM 
  • Sunday, August 8 — 12-6 PM 

~ Reposted from Prosper Portland