Summer Arts on Main

Look for the return of Summer Arts on Main and Noontime Showcase in 2023. This great series is curated by the wonderful Portland’5 volunteers, and we look forward to providing the fun shows next year!


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 series produced by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.

The series, presented every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm during summer months, includes free music (and other miscellaneous) performances and children’s activities. Since beginning 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 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 average about 80 visitors each week.

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


The Noontime Showcases are FREE brown bag performances presented by the Portland’5 Volunteers. The performances run from 12pm1pm 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 the summer months, and changes to a weekly schedule (Wednesdays), as part of Summer Arts on Main.

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.