The Tualatin Valley is a hot bed for creative juices. Our arts scene is thriving throughout the year with live theater, art galleries, museums and even a few D.I.Y. studios. That’s all great—really great, in fact!—but it’s summer and many of us want to soak up the sun. For a dose of vitamin D and creative inspiration, don’t miss the five must-visit summer art festivals, which are conveniently located close to Portland.
Five Must-Visit Summer Art Festivals
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
Held on the perimeter of Tualatin’s beautiful Lake of the Commons, the ArtSplash Art Show and Sale has one of the best juried art shows in Oregon, drawing 50 northwest artists to show and sell their art from a full range of mediums. The Century Hotel is mere steps away from the action.
First Tuesday Art Walk
August 1, September 5
Hillsboro Main Street is really upping its summer art events with its First Tuesday Art Walks. Pedestrians can peruse the al fresco art showings on the sidewalk, enjoy refreshments in the stores and dance to live music floating through the air.
August 6, September 4
The Beaverton Flea offers nearly 50 sellers of amazing vintage and retro finds. Go on a hunt for a sought-after collectibles or a surprising new piece of home decor.
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 with artsy goods that range from super sparkly (hello, fairy wings) to spiritually-minded (think healing crystals). In addition to camping at Horning’s Hideout, you can take your fairy loot to the nearby Larkspur Landing Hotel.
Plein Air in Washington County
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 out 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.