Summer Arts on Main Street

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and the Portland’5 Volunteers are proud to present Summer Arts on Main Street and Noontime Showcase.
Wednesdays, July 9 - August 27, 2014, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Located on SW Main Street, between SW Broadway & Park Ave.

(next to Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, OR 97205)
In the event of rain, or extreme heat, this event will take place in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall rotunda.

Every summer, the streets of downtown Portland become a popular destination for locals, including downtown-area workers, tourists and residents. One reason for the increased foot-traffic is the free Summer Arts on Main Street series produced by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.

The series, presented every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the months of July and August, includes free music (and other miscellaneous) performances, children’s activities and outdoor booths featuring local artisans selling handmade crafts. Begun in 2004 the event has evolved into a rite of summer for downtown Portlanders, offering a wide range of family-friendly activities along Main Street between SW Broadway & Park Avenue. Adjacent to the Portland Farmers Market on the South Park Blocks and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Summer Arts on Main Street has helped transform this swathe of downtown into one of the most visible, heavily trafficked areas of the city.

Hundreds of people attend the outdoor event for either all or some of the offerings during its three hour duration. About 200-400 people alone, for example, attend the Noontime Showcase performances starting at noon. Over the years, these performances have included rock, jazz, marimba, and country acts, plus dance and aerial artistry. Most, if not all, of the performers are local. The children’s art activities and booths selling handmade crafts are also well attended as visitors stream into the area freely, participating in the activities or perusing the booths. The children’s art activities average about 80 visitors each week.

Please visit our vendors: Pdx Kids Calendar, Fairytale Celebrations, Multnomah County Library,  Art ala Carte, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Elizabeth Jewelry, Funky Flowers by Flory, Whatever Works, PGE's Green Power Oregon, Family Tree Nut Company, Art is for Everyone, Tantra Gems and Candy Amor Jewelry.

The vegetables for our "Veggie Derby" have been generously donated by the Portland Farmers Market!

NOONTIME SHOWCASE

The Noontime Showcases are FREE brown bag performances presented by the Portland’5 Volunteers. The performances run from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and feature a wide variety of performers and styles. You bring lunch and we entertain you! 

A monthly free performance held inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall during most of the year, Noontime Showcase moves outdoors to Main Street during July and August, and changes to a weekly schedule (Wednesdays), as part of Summer Arts on Main Street.

Located on SW Main Street, between SW Broadway & Park Ave.- next to Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, OR 97205.

In the event of rain, or extreme heat, this event will take place in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall rotunda.

NOONTIME SHOWCASE 2014 SCHEDULE

July 9     Marti Mendenhall - Jazz vocals
July 16   Zimba! S. African marimbas
July 23   Pendulum Aerial Arts - Aerial artistry
July 30   JT Wise Band - Rock’n’ good time music
Aug. 6    Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band - Americana
Aug. 13 Train River - Bluegrass & more
Aug. 20 The Beat Goes On - Marching band
Aug. 27 Anandi - Jazz vocals
*Performers subject to change