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Fall in Love with Portland Public Street Plazas

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Portland's Public Street Plazas Banner featuring a cartoon scene of people enjoying a plaza.  People are running, biking, sitting, eating, socializing, dancing, and DJing.
PBOT Public Street Plaza Program's October newsletter. Featuring upcoming events and a spotlight on Pride Plaza's new street painting and pop-up music events.
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Happy fall from the Public Street Plazas! With a change in seasons, public street plazas are a great opportunity to watch the leaves turn. Read on to learn more about community events happening at plazas across Portland, a new street painting in Pride Plaza, upcoming grant opportunities and more.

Plaza goers walk down Ankeny Alley.  The street is painting with roses.  People are dining at a restaurant along the plaza.  A large crowd and pop-up tents are seen in the background.
Ankeny Alley Plaza at SW Ankeny Street between Second and Third avenue, during the Ankeny Alley Labor Day Festival on Sept. 1, 2023.

Upcoming Plaza Partner Events

Thursday, Oct. 5 - First Thursdays Street Gallery- Join us in the Pearl District for the final First Thursday event of the season. Come experience the work of local artists and makers from 5-9 p.m. at NW 13th Plaza on NW 13th Avenue between Everett and NW Irving streets. This event is sponsored by the Urban Art Network.

Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Threshold Brewing Makers’ Market - Stop by Montavilla Plaza at SE 79th Avenue and Stark Street to enjoy local craft beer and shop for locally made goods. Market runs from 4-9 p.m. For more information, please visit Threshold Brewing.

Thursday, Oct. 19 - SoulFul Thursdays - Come on down to the newly painted Dream Street Plaza to enjoy music from DJ Solo, fall activities and local vendors from 3-8 p.m. Dream Street is located at NE Sumner Street, just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Music Portland Events

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Jermaine performing at Ankeny Alley Plaza located on SW Ankeny Street between Second and Third avenues from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Curbside Serenade Preshow with Rainezra at Main Street Plaza located on SW Main Street between Park Avenue and Broadway from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6 – Curbside Serenade Preshow with David Pollack performing at Main Street Plaza located on SW Main Street between Park Avenue and Broadway from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6. – Curbside Serenade Preshow with Johnny Franco at Main Street Plaza located on SW Main Street between Park Avenue and Broadway performing from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 9 – Jermaine performing at Pride Plaza located on SW Harvey Milk Street between W Burnside Street and SW 12th Avenue from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 11 – Jermaine performing at Ankeny Alley located on SW Ankeny Street between Second and Third avenues from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 16 – Jermaine performing at Pride Plaza located on SW Harvey Milk Street between W Burnside Street and SW 12th Avenue from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 ­– Jermaine performing at Pride Plaza located on SW Harvey Milk Street between W Burnside Street and SW 12th Avenue from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Curbside Serenade at Ankeny Alley located on SW Ankeny Street between Second and Third avenues from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Jermaine performing at Pride Plaza located on SW Harvey Milk Street between W Burnside Street and SW 12th Avenue from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interested in hosting an event at one of our plazas? Check out our Small Plaza Activation page for more info!

New Street Painting Design and Live Music at Pride Plaza

Come on down to Pride Plaza located at SW Harvey Milk Street between W Burnside Street and SW 12th Avenueto experience the new street painting celebrating the LGBTQIA+ history of Harvey Milk Ave. A new rainbow theme painting now covers the street and extends to People’s Bike Library of Portland sculpture. The painting brings new life to the plaza. Check it out on your next shopping trip to John Fluevog and Vans shoe shops or your next meal at Jake’s Famous Crawfish or McMenamins Zeus Café.

The People’s Bike Library of Portland, a sculpture made from small bikes piled up on pole is surrounded by geometric shapes in rainbow colors.
A new street painting surrounds The People’s Bike Library of Portland sculpture at Pride at SW Harvey Milk Street between W Burnside Street and SW 12th Avenue.

This summer PBOT Public Plazas partnered with Music Portland to bring live music to the plazas. On Sept. 18th Dune Laila and Jermaine performed a Living Room Session at Pride Plaza. It was a beautiful day in the plaza as people stopped to check out the tunes, some even joined in with some dance moves. After her performance Dune Laila (@dunelaila) had this to say about the Music Portland Living Room Sessions, “I am happy to support live music around the city- especially free music for everyone. I like making people’s day better, even if it’s for a couple seconds!”

Dune Laila smiles, standing in front of a wall along Pride Plaza.
Dune Laila, following her Music Portland Living Room Session at Pride Plaza.  

Scenes from the Plazas

Visitors fill the tables at Ankeny Rainbow Road Plaza on a sunny day. Bicyclists are seen in the background using the bike lane.
Ankeny Rainbow Road Plaza located at SE Ankeny Street between 27th and 28th Avenue features tables for restaurant patrons and the public to enjoy.

Do you have a great Public Street Plaza Photo?

We'd love to feature it!  Share your best PBOT Street Plaza photo with the world by tagging @PBOTinfo on InstagramFacebook, or X (formally Twitter).  You can also email them directly to our team at PortlandStreetPlazas@portlandoregon.gov

Are you a Community Partner looking for Funding Opportunities?

Check out these grant opportunities to fund your next project or initiative!

  • Metro Community Placemaking grant due Oct. 6 - Metro’s Community Placemaking grants support community-led, equity-focused, arts and culture-based efforts. Find more info here Community Placemaking grants | Metro (oregonmetro.gov).
  • Prosper Portland Small Business Stabilization Restore Grants due Oct. 11 – These grants offer up to $25,000 in reimbursements and are open to small businesses city wide. Learn more here Small Business Stabilization Restore Grant – Prosper Portland.
  • PeopleForBikes Industry Community Grant Due Oct. 20 - These grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are intended to support on-street, recreational, or social infrastructure that improves bicycling locally. Find out more here Grants | PeopleForBikes.

Where can you find PBOT's Street Plazas?

PBOT has numerous active plazas that are ready for you, your friends, and family to enjoy! They are great places to grab a bite to eat, relax in the shade, enjoy live music, meet up with friends, and so much more. Check out our directory to find out more about plazas near you!

A map of Portland featuring the 17 street plazas across the city

What is the Portland Public Street Plaza Program?

Originally started during the Covid-19 pandemic to assist businesses and Portlanders, PBOTs Public Street Plaza program-built partnerships with community and local businesses to transform select streets into public spaces for cultural events, street fairs, pop-up markets, and more. The program uses PBOT's Livable Streets Strategy, adopted by Portland City Council in 2017 as its policy foundation to turn streets into inclusive public spaces that foster public life. In 2022 PBOT’s Planning team started work to turn the temporary, pandemic-era program into a permanent Street Plaza program. This program continues to allow PBOT to act on its values around climate action, mobility for all, and building community by creating public spaces that all Portlander should be able to use and enjoy.

Portland Public Street Plazas Funded by the American Rescue Plan

This project is funded by the American Rescue Plan, a federal economic stimulus bill designed to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession. The City of Portland is receiving $208 million of local recovery funds. Investments focus on three key priorities: houselessness response and household stabilization, business and commercial district stabilization, and community health and safety.

The City of Portland's America Rescue Plan Logo.  The subtitle reads Investing in Portland

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