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PBOT News Release: Last Thursday street festival will be better than ever in June, July & August -- but not this Thursday

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(May 22, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation wishes to remind the community that there will not be a street festival event for Last Thursday on NE Alberta Street this Thursday, May 25. Last Thursday street closure events were funded this year for June 29, July 27 and August 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Alberta Street from NE 15th Avenue to NE 30th Avenue.

PBOT is the new manager of the program and is pursuing a mission to build on Last Thursday’s tradition as a fun, family-friendly showcase of grassroots art and music.

PBOT will share more information about the upcoming season in June. There will be a number of new interactive art activities and community organizations at the event this year. 

For this month, the Alberta Street galleries and shops will still have their Last Thursday openings and events. However, there will be no street or sidewalk vending permitted. Last Thursday vendors should not plan to vend this month because there will not be the support services necessary to keep the event safe and sanitary for May. 

People who plan to visit NE Alberta Street this Thursday are encouraged to take public transit, or bike or walk to the area. Expect crowded conditions on sidewalks, because the street will remain open to vehicle traffic. Use caution, as vehicles including buses will serve NE Alberta Street as normal.

Vendors who wish to register for the June, July, and August events may do so at


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