Traffic Advisory: Demonstrations downtown may lead to limited road closures Saturday, Aug. 17

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Mayor Wheeler invites all Portlanders to gather at community events across the city
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(Aug. 13, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public to expect a limited number of road closures in downtown Portland west of the Hawthorne Bridge on Saturday Aug. 17 for demonstrations where some publicly available social media postings indicate some participants intend to engage in criminal acts of violence.

Organizers have not sought event permits from the City of Portland, so information is limited about the plans for the free-speech events. The closures are expected to vary, from about 11 a.m. through the afternoon.

The public is advised to avoid the area from SW Madison Street to SW Alder Street, and from SW Fourth Avenue to Waterfront Park, because roads may be closed for access for protesters or for police activity. PBOT’s First and Jefferson SmartPark Garage will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday night and remain closed to the public all day on Saturday.

Check before heading out on transit, or sign up for TriMet service alerts by email or text message at If Police determine an area has become unsafe, TriMet will adjust their service for the safety of riders and employees.

"People coming here intent on violence should stay away,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “I invite all Portlanders to do what we normally do on a beautiful Saturday in August: Gather with family and friends at the many community led events happening downtown and other neighborhoods across the city.” 

Potential road closures west of Hawthorne Bridge

Map of affected area downtown

Map by Portland Police Bureau.

Enjoy family-friendly community events across Portland this weekend

While hundreds of people are expected to gather in one part of downtown for the demonstrations, thousands of Portlanders will have the opportunity to enjoy permitted, family-friendly community events in and around the downtown area and across the city. 

The Portland Thorns soccer team will host the Washington Spirit at Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Thorns are also sponsoring the Roses on the River 5k Run & Walk on the Eastbank Festival Plaza at 10 SE Main St., starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

Also downtown, the Heaven to Earth Festival will be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby will celebrate its 22nd year at Mt. Tabor Park, with family-friendly fun, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

PBOT will host a free guided walk, Hillsdale to the Sixth Sextant, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as part of the bureau's Ten Toe Express series of walking tours across Portland. Meet at the Wilson High School parking lot, at SW Sunset Blvd and Capitol Highway, and hike a challenging 4.5-mile route through George Himes Park to South Portland's trails, sidewalks, and hidden stairways.

Learn about other PBOT sponsored events at the bureau's publicly available Facebook events page.

Community events in Portland streets permitted by PBOT this weekend include: 

On Saturday: 

  • SE Uplift hosts The Exchange: A multi-cultural marketplace: SE Main between SE 35th and SE 36th avenues. 
  • Green Hop’s 2nd Annual Block Party to benefit NECN: NE 16th Avenue, between NE Killingsworth and NE Jarrett. 
  • Multnomah Days in Multnomah Village. 
  • Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University 
  • Hollywood Farmers Market 
  • St. Johns Farmers Market 
  • Woodlawn Farmers Market 
  • Mississippi Farm Stand Market 

On Sunday: 

  • Street Roots Street Party: NW Davis Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues
  • The Kenton Hotel Grand Opening: N McClellan Street, between N Fenwick and N Denver avenues
  • 16th Avenue Farmers Market 

Note: Event times on the city events calendars show the times of permitted street closures. Check with event websites for start times and other details.

For more events, see or this citywide map produced by Portland Police showing events including festivals and concerts See tips from police about how you can prepare and stay informed about Saturday's demonstrations downtown


The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.