Makers

Portland is a bustling hub for artists, entrepreneurs and makers of all stripes.

The Rose City is a haven for makers, with a seemingly endless supply of community studios, warehouses and makerspaces that let you DIY your way around town. Whether you make it yourself or buy it from a local artist, finding a made-in-Portland souvenir should always be on your to-do list. Read on for our guide to the city’s maker scene, then check out our events calendar for upcoming maker events in Portland.

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Maker Events

Visit with local artists and find inspiration for your own next project at these events.

Portland Open Studios

For two weekends every October, Portland Open Studios invites visitors to explore the houses and offices of artists across the city.

Design Week Portland

This annual springtime festival showcases Portland's creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.

Portland Saturday Market

Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.

Makerspaces to Visit in Portland

A bustling hub for artists and entrepreneurs, Portland is leading the maker movement in America. See the creative process up close at these makerspaces.

Local Makers

The Rose City's maker community crafts an endless array of unique, handcrafted goods.

Upcoming Maker Events

Explore the city's vibrant maker scene at one of these upcoming events.

Canceled
Portland Adult Soapbox Derby
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby

Mt Tabor Park Free

The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby at Mt. Tabor Park pits grown-up kids against each other every August in pursuit of speed and laughs.

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Portland Flea + Food
Aug. 16–30, 2020

Portland Flea + Food

Portland Flea Free

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Portland Flea + Food is not running on its usual schedule and the location will vary for every market. Please check Portland Flee + Food’s website before visiting. The Portland Flea + Food is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of the month in Portland, Oregon. Every market…

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Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta
Ongoing

Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta

Alberta Street

LIVE EVENT CANCELED. This event will now be held virtually, please visit the event website for current information. This boisterous street fair attracts independent artists, performers, local bands, troupes of acrobats, buskers, makers and more to celebrate their art on Northeast Albera Street. Held year-round, the event is biggest from June through August, when the…

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Northwest Quilting Expo
Sept. 24–26, 2020

Northwest Quilting Expo

Portland Expo Center

Portland’s original sewing and quilting festival returns every fall, providing attendees with creative inspiration and all the tools and classes to expand your quilting skills. There are hundreds of juried quilts to see, and thousands of dollars in award prizes.

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Portland Night Market
Ongoing

Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District

The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.

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Postponed
GeekCraft Expo
Nov. 14–15, 2020

GeekCraft Expo

Oregon Convention Center Free

GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art . . . if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. Cosplay is highly encouraged and admission is free (you just need to pre-register).

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For Kids
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Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
Dec. 3–5, 2020

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

Portland Expo Center $10 for all three days. 50% off admission coupon available at event website.

At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, you will find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies, along with make ‘n’ takes, free demos, daily door prize drawings and more.

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St. Johns Bizarre & Parade
Saturday, May 8, 2021

St. Johns Bizarre & Parade

St Johns Portland, OR 97203 Free

The St. Johns Bizarre is a uniquely crafted celebration that kicks off the summer street fair season in Portland with music, kids’ activities and more. Held annually on the second Saturday in May, the Bizarre brings music, crafts and food to the crowds attending the St. Johns Parade. After the parade, the entire six block…

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