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

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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 portlandpride.org or pridenw.org.

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

We, The People Weekend: North Park Blocks


Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 AM 
Sunday, June 27, 2021 6:00 PM
North Park Blocks

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Music, poetry, pop-up exhibits, a zine machine, vendors, and more in North Park Blocks

Join the Vanport Mosaic for the culminating event of this annual Vanport Mosaic Festival to Remember Repair Reclaim Re-imagine our collective story.  Gather in the North Park Blocks for live music, performances, conversations, vendors, the History is Now pop-up exhibit and a Zine Machine offering free memory activism resources.

On June 27, 5pm, join us for a community procession to celebrate We The People

With: Albina Music Trust, American Music Program, Darrell Grant, Kent Ford/Black Panthers, Chisao Hata, Latoya Lovely, Ken Yoshikawa, Ed Edmo, John Edmo, Michael Stevensons/People For Mutual Education, Friends of Noise, This Happened Here team, Shalanda Sims/World Stage Theater and more.

My People’s Market: North Park Blocks

My People's Market

The market is back! We are excited to host My People’s Market 7—IN REAL LIFE — August 6, 7, and 8 on the North Park Blocks in NW PDX

About this FREE event

My People’s Market is back in real life. Join us Friday-Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8 on the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland, for a market experience that only the MPM crew can deliver. Immerse yourself in the vibrancy Portland has to offer at My People’s Market. Connect with BIPOC entrepreneurs, makers, artists, culinary wizards, and beverage crafters. And experience the sounds of local Portland artists and performers, curated by YGB. 

  • Enjoy shopping 75 different vendors each day
  • Explore culinary offerings from across the nation and across the globe 
  • Imbibe libations featuring some of your favorite mixers and syrups from the market. Served all market long at MPM exclusive partner Sante’s 
  • Delight in interactive performances, musicians, and artists on two MPM stages