Good travel is like good art in that we lose ourselves in both. The experience of new art in a new place is an unmatchable alchemy. Feel the magic for yourself with art-drenched festivals in the Tualatin Valley. The Greater Portland region art festivals are where artists both live and play. Come see their work and the place that inspires it. Whether you’re in the market for a new investment piece of art or just like to collect trinkets from your travels, plan a Tualatin Valley getaway in the coming months around one of these great events.
Faire in the Grove (June 3-4)
Forest Grove’s McMenamins Grand Lodge transforms its front lawn into a Renaissance village. The Middle Age revelry is complete with historically-specific merchants selling handmade leatherwork, weavings and woodwork, ranging from carved bowls to chess sets.
Celebrate Hillsboro (July 15)
The Celebrate Hillsboro event turns the city’s Main Street into a hubbub of artsy fun. Think arts and crafts, special gallery openings, live music and the drag’s impressive collection of antique dealers coming out in full force.
ArtSplash Art Show and Sale (July 21-23)
Tualatin’s ArtSplash Art Show and Sale is the ultimate summer art festival. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it. Though, we suggest perusing each artist’s stall with open eyes, letting yourself be drawn to whatever inspires you most.
Faerieworlds (August 25-27)
North Plains’ Horning’s Hideout is enchanting all on its own. Add a little fairy dust and the grounds become downright magical. Faerieworlds is an annual art and musical festival that takes places in the middle of the forest. The fairy-minded will find sparkly wings, healing crystals and other whimsical treasures.
Plein Air in Washington County (September 27-30)
Plein Air provides a welcoming atmosphere for artists to make the Tualatin Valley their muse. Artists paint al fresco, inviting spectators to watch their craft in the open air.
If your trip doesn’t fall during one of these art festivals, then don’t fret! Art and culture is always pulsating throughout the Tualatin Valley with professional theater companies, art galleries, museums and D.I.Y. studios.