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Activities & Attractions:  Monthly Art Receptions

- Updated January 2015 -

Alberta Arts District Last Thursday Every last Thursday of the month from spring through fall, check out NE Alberta Street when galleries, studios, restaurants and other art venues open their doors for a celebratory evening of art. Generally the galleries are open between 5 to 9:30 p.m.  See the web site for a downloadable walking map, which identifies the art activities, sponsored by Art on Alberta members.
Beaverton Last Tuesday (June, July & August)
During the summer, Beaverton's Last Tuesday brings together live music and local art to the Plaza at the Round (Beaverton Central MAX stop).  Usually starts at 5:30pm with the evening concert getting things started.  Beaverton Last Tuesday is presented by the Beaverton Arts Commission and sponsored by the City of Beaverton.
Beaverton First Friday
The Beaverton Downtown Association sponsors this monthly event when participating businesses host a variety of activities each month - from food tasting and musical entertainment to discounts and demonstrations.  Please see web site for a map of participating businesses.
Camas First Friday
After-hours shopping, dining and art. 5:00pm - 8:00 pm on the first Friday of every month year round in downtown Camas, WA.
Central Eastside Portland First Friday Art Walk First Friday every month in the close-in SE area of Portland, galleries, studios and other venues show art from about 6pm-9pm.  See web site for galleries and map.  Description from web site:  "The First Friday of every month features galleries, boutiques, eateries, & unique spaces that open their doors to promote culture & the arts on Portland's Eastside."

Click here for a Google map of participating venues.
Forest Grove First Wednesday
Historic downtown Forest Grove is the scene every first Wednesday of the month from May - December with several artists, wineries, live music and activities,  5:00pm - 8:00pm. 

In addition, during the months of June October, the event joins the Farmers Market and closes down Main and 21st streets to vehicular traffic for several booths featuring artisans, local businesses, wineries and live music.
Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk Downtown Hillsboro offers a monthly self-guided art walk the first Tuesday of every month.  Participating businesses sponsor different artists in cooperation with the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery and Studios.  First Tuesday hours are generally between 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Lower Fremont Second Friday Art Walk & Sidewalk Sale
NE Fremont at 13th & 14th Avenues.  Dine, drink and enjoy fashion, jewelry, art and crafts from over 40 local artists.  Festivities occur from 5:00pm - 9:00pm every second Friday of the month. 

This event has been discontinued.
McMinnville Third Saturday Art and Wine Walk
Every third Saturday is McMinnville's Art and Wine Walk, as businesses feature works by local artists and wineries from the Willamette Valley pour samples of their wines.  Hours are generally from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, though start times will vary depending on merchant and season.
Multnomah Village First Friday
Westside Portland, First Fridays in Multnomah Village features restaurants, shops and galleries open late from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.  Many shops and galleries provide complimentary refreshments and beverages during First Fridays.

The event has been discontinued.
Newberg First Friday Art Walk Come check out Newberg the first Friday of every month (except January) as they feature food and beverages, wine tasting and artists and crafters in their historic downtown.  Hours are generally from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
Portland First Thursday On the first Thursday evening of every month many Portland galleries extend their hours to host receptions for that month's new exhibitions. Often the featured artist is at the gallery during the opening. Times and dates are usually in the neighborhood of 5:30pm - 9:00pm, but please check the web site for specific hours. 

In addition to the galleries belonging to the Portland Art Dealers Association, the Downtown Art Gallery Association also promotes other galleries hosting receptions during First Thursday, and the Pearl District often lists First Thursday openings within their boundaries, so be sure to check out all three web sites for details.
Sherwood First Friday
Every month, businesses in Old Town Sherwood stay open until 9:00pm
Vancouver, WA First Friday
Description from web site:  "Every First Friday of the month from 5 to 9pm, galleries are open and local restaurants and businesses are ready for your visit.  You'll know by the flags outside of the participating businesses.
Come downtown Vancouver for a night of art, food and fun."
West Linn First Wednesday in historic Willamette
From OregonBeat.com:  "Monthly event highlighting the local retail, service and health care providers. Stroll down the sidewalks and listen to live music, peruse the local artistry and craft shops, hop on the trolley, enjoy dinner, or relax with a massage or free consultations."

This event has been discontinued.

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