Not Always Here but Worth Seeing When They Are
First Thursday, last Thursday, who cares which Thursday it is?

On the First Thursday of each month many of the art galleries in the Pearl district stay open late for the First Thursday art walk. In nice weather this can draw a large enough crowd to fill the streets in the heart of the district. This in turn draws numbers of street vendors and performers. The result is an ephemeral street fair that can be well worth a visit if you happen to be in Portland at the right time.
This has produced imitators in just about every Portland neighborhood. In most cases the density of galleries and people is not enough to create a destination. The exception is
Last Thursday on Alberta street. Alberta has fewer galleries but a much livelier crowd and so last Thursday is much more street fair than an art walk but, if the timing is right, it is worth a visit too.

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