Add Some Art to Your Summer Stroll
Tualatin Valley’s art scene is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, from murals, sculptures and musical benches to art galleries, studios and more. Tualatin Valley makes art fun and accessible to all with these art-centric events and walks.
Hillsboro Art Walk | July 6 | 5-8 p.m. | Free
The Walters Cultural Arts Center hosts creative art explorations at Hillsboro’s July Art Walk. Explore works by female artists. Then take a leisurely walk through downtown Hillsboro during the Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market and take in the area’s great art scene. Galleries and stores will keep their doors open into the evening for art lovers with snacks, wine and displays from local artists.
Downtown Tigard Art Walk 2021 | July 12-18 | Free
This event invites artists to step out of their studios, museums and galleries and into downtown Tigard for an art-themed event. Along the art walk, you’ll see all sorts of artistic mediums: painters, illustrators, photographers, metalsmiths, jewelers, potters, sculptors, musicians, actors and dancers. Join local artists and businesses for a week of art in downtown Tigard. Shop, dine, stroll and explore the arts – street side.
La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival and Pop-Up Art
Pop-Up Art: Various dates | Festival: August 13-14 | Free
This summer, the sidewalks of Beaverton become a canvas for local and renowned chalk artists. The festival starts with a number of community chalk pop-ups, showcasing unique drawings. The larger event, the annual La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival, is partnering with the Beaverton Night Market for a weekend of large-scale street painting as well as live performances by local musicians and spoken word artists.
Self-Guided Art Walks
Can’t make these events? Art lovers can also take self-guided walking tours at their own leisure.
Beaverton Public Art: Downtown Beaverton’s Public Art Project creates meaningful public places and enhanced civic identity through significant works of art that embrace Beaverton’s diverse traditions and history. Take a walk around downtown Beaverton to view the city’s public murals and sculptures, as well as visit private galleries. Download map >>>
Tigard Walking Art Tour: The City of Tigard created an interactive map allowing you to take a self-guided walking tour of its growing public art collection. Start at the Jim Griffith Memorial Skatepark and follow the 1.25-mile walk through downtown. Don’t forget to look up, down and all around as you spot art all over downtown Tigard. Explore the map >>>
Tigard Outdoor Museum: The new Tigard Outdoor Museum offers a taste of arts and culture as you walk down the 3/4-mile Tigard Street Heritage Trail. The walking and biking trail runs along old rail tracks and has a railroad theme. Along the path are plaques recognizing the multicultural history of Tigard and Tualatin Valley. Artists also created pieces from basalt rock inlaid with mosaic tiles to look like water, representing the waterways that supported the area’s earliest inhabitants. Learn more >>>
Tualatin Art Walk: Explore Tualatin’s art, culture, and natural history along the six-mile Tualatin Art Walk. Discover public art pieces, including sculptures, murals mosaics and garden art along this series of interconnected trails. Download map >>>