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!

Head to the North Park Blocks for the Pearl District Beer and Arts Fest July 29, 2023

North Park Blocks, Portland, OR

The festival is Saturday, July 29, 12pm – 8pm.

Mug and ticket sales close at 7:30pm.

Food and beverage service hours are Noon-8pm.

GENERAL ADMISSION – $30 Includes a souvenir mug and 10 drink tokens. 15% of all Pearlfest Beer & Arts Festival proceeds will be donated to Caldera Arts.

Photo courtesy of Mindysbeergear

More Info and Tickets

MUSIC: A lineup of talented Portland musicians takes the stage amongst a backdrop of beverages and fun. From folk, to funk, to covers, the Pearlfest musical sets represent the diverse soundscape of the city.

Backwoods Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery have joined forces to throw our own special brewfest during what would have been the traditional calendar slot for OBF.

Our “Pearlfest” will be held near the traditonal brewery blocks where craft brewing began in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to raise money for charity by showcasing some of the best beer and cider in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

We are inviting over 20 breweries and cideries to participate in this one day festivus. In addition to beer and cider, we plan to include local artists showcasing their work (with some live demonstrations happening throughout the event), local vendors marketing their goods and local bands keeping us vibing throughout the event as well.

The North Park Blocks: A Place of Pride and Joy

Every year, the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland, Oregon, become a place of pride and joy for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. The park is the starting point of the Portland Pride Parade, one of the largest and most colorful events in the city.

The parade route is about two miles long and takes about two hours to complete. It begins at the North Park Blocks, a city park that spans 12 blocks between West Burnside Street and Northwest Glisan Street. The park is one of the oldest in Portland and has a history of hosting cultural and social events.

The park offers a spacious and scenic setting for the parade participants to gather and prepare for the march. The park has grassy areas, trees, benches, fountains, sculptures, and playgrounds. The park also has restrooms and drinking fountains for the convenience of the visitors.

The Portland Pride Parade is organized by Pride Northwest, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to celebrate and support the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in the Pacific Northwest. The parade is part of a week-long celebration that includes various events, such as concerts, parties, workshops, and more.

The parade attracts thousands of participants and spectators who march in solidarity for the LGBTQ+ rights and visibility. The parade features floats, bands, dancers, performers, activists, politicians, businesses, and community groups. The parade also showcases the rainbow flag, a symbol of pride and diversity for the LGBTQ+ people.

The Portland Pride Parade and Waterfront Festival are free and open to everyone who wants to join the celebration. They are also family-friendly and accessible to people with disabilities. The events are expected to draw more than 60,000 people this year.

If you are looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Portland, don’t miss the Portland Pride Parade on July 16, 2023. For more information, visit or