Last Thursday on Alberta

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Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 19th season!
Artists, musicians and performers line the street from 15th through 30th Ave.s, galleries hold their monthly openings and restaurants and bars hang new artwork for sale. Last Thursday is the largest art event in Portland as well as the most entertaining place to buy local art.


Last Thursday happens year round, but during the peak summer months the street is closed from 6:00-9:00 to all vehicle traffic (June-August) and runs from 15th to 30th Avenues.

Last Thursday is a community grown event, free to all artists and art vendors, musicians, performers & visitors.

Want to be an Artist Vendor? There is no fee and no assigned spaces, so grab your handmade wares and a table and head on out to Last Thursday on Alberta. Please make sure to read the Artist or Non-Art Vendor pages to answer any questions.

Last Thursday is for creatives, artists, musicians and performers.


Last Thursday is not for re-sales, imported goods, corporate promotions or retail.

Parking can get difficult so please ride your bike or use public transportation to cut down on the congestion and we’ll see you out there!


Arts and culture are vital to community life. We also believe that community is vital to arts and culture. We’ve seen that the organizations who thrive are the ones who understand and connect with their communities. -National Arts Strategies


  1. All the info you need is on the website:
    Are your necklaces, keychains, etc. handmade? Then look under artist vendors, if not look under non-art vendor.
    Please ask if you have further questions.

  2. Went tonight, 7-31-14, and it was so amazing and it reminded me of why I continue to feel grateful to call the NW home.

  3. It’s not about the toilets, it’s about what Last Thursday has become – an excuse for teens and twenty somethings to get sh*tfaced. Just last night – trash in the garden, car blocking my driveway for over two hours, two separate cars that parked, let out a load of pot smoke, and then rolled on.

    Make it about ART (like the yearly weekend street fair) and you’ll get support from the neighborhood. Until then, I’m fully fed up, as an Alberta resident for 10+ years will fight to get this shut down.

    • You do understand that the Mayor has taken the event from the community’s hands and has governed the event since June 2013 without public or City Council input. We too have seen the event quickly go downhill in the time they have been ‘managing’ the event. Please call Chad and tell him it’s getting bad.

  4. Last Thursday happens year round with the street closed off during the busiest summer months. Alberta has been traditionally closed for Sept. but our Mayor Hales is not planning on closing the street this year. You are still welcome to come and set up for LT in Sept. Vending will be on the sidewalks only.

  5. Peter Fitzwilliam

    My wife and I are Brits and have invested in and own a second home here in Portland, close to Alberta. We spend around 5 months a year here. One of the attractions in our decision was Last Thursday and we are sad and disappointed in how its spontaneity, vibrancy and originality has declined and the fact that it’s limited to just a few months. Last month I counted close to 30 members of the Police before stopping the count. This is gross overkill as is the huge number of “honey buckets”. At the growing trend, there’ll soon be more police, wardens and honey buckets than people setting up stalls. Wake up and remove the mayor’s heavy hand. Don’t drag yourselves down with bureaucracy as have so many European cities.

  6. I am glad to see Last Thursday is still going strong!

  7. Once Last Thursday became large enough, the city decided that it could be made profitable by eliminating Friends of Last Thursday and taking away all the benefits that allowed the poorer artisans to participate.

  8. I started going to last Thursday in 2008 and at the time it was completely different. There were NO corporate vendors, it had a very small town vibe to it. It was down to earth and and so authentic to the “weird” artsy vibe here in inner NE Portland. It’s changed for the worse, unfortunately. I still go and enjoy it but it pales in comparison to it’s early years. And every time I pass a corporate sponsored booth, or people selling mass produced items from China, I cringe a little. I guess that’s how it goes.

  9. I am a part of a Native American drum group and was just asked to leave by Portland Police. We had a wonderful response from the community. They stood up for us and we would like to thank them. We will be there next month however would love support from the community. Possibly even a human barricade around the drum.
    We don’t want to make this political. Our goal is to bring awareness and visibility of the Native American culture to the community.
    Last Thursday has been a big part of my life for almost a decade.
    Arts and culture is what makes Portland the amazing city that it is.

  10. I remember going back when I moved here in 2004 and how funky unique and avant garde it was and in 2005 when my my then boyfriend sold handcrafted lamps on the sidewalk..sadly I came tonight and realized it not only had morphed as things do when people capitalize on it , but that it is no more ..i am saddened by the loss for the community..but it is not the same community as when the unique artists who lived here and older longtime natives of this neighborhood were priced out of here many years ago , such is change .it is a new beast …

  11. It says they are looking for an organization to run it instead of the mayor. Someone get on that!

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