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With over a hundred different events taking place, Design Week Portland is guaranteed to have something that sparks your interest. From art history walking tours to a variety of workshops, these events are covering topics ranging from virtual reality to letterpress printing. As I’m sure you already guessed this celebration of art takes place over the course of a week. This year the event is going on from April 14th to the 21st.

One of the first events to take place during this week is a walking tour that will be discussing the history of Portland's urban landscape. Bright and early Sunday morning this group will be heading to the Willamette River to learn all about Portland bridges. You’ll get to learn about their history, design, and infrastructure while taking a stroll in (fingers crossed) nice weather. This is also a perfect opportunity to meet the cities newest bridge. If you, like many others, haven’t had a chance to walk across the Tilikum, now's your chance! If, by the end of the tour, you’re left with a craving to learn more be sure to pre-order our upcoming book, Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People.

Last year the party kicked off at Pioneer Square with Cole Gerst—author of Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry, and designer of The Field Guide to Drinking in America and The Tall Trees of Portland—as one of the speakers. This year the opening party is taking place at the Custom Blocks in SE Portland.

Image by Cole Gerst

Image by Cole Gerst


Starting at 7pm they’ll have beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery and wine from Cerulean Wine. Also there you’ll be able see the feature installations from OMFGCO, Jolby, Holst Architecture, and Factory North.

If you have young kids, you’ll definitely want to check out the Made You Look Art Show! Taking place Thursday, April 19th at 5pm on E. Burnside, this event is Design Week’s first kid-friendly art show. All the artwork in this show is designed with, by, and for kids! There will even be a mystery grab-bag giveaway. And I haven’t told you the best part yet! It’s totally free!

If your ready to jump into a week of art and design head over to Design Week Portland’s website and check out their list of events to find the ones that spark your creativity.


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