2015 Free Downtown Portland Concerts – Summer Arts on Main Street

From press release:
Summer Arts on Main Street2015 Summer Arts on Main Street
Wednesdays, July 8 – September 2, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
More info: portland5.com

SW Main Street, between SW Broadway & Park Ave.

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 11AM2PM 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.

Music Noon – 1PM

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


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