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.

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Fade To Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020

Fade To Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom $20–$150

Fade to Light aims to not just be a fashion show, but to be an experience that leaves the viewer with a solid understanding of each designer and the collections being shown. Fade to Light* routinely showcases the work of both established and emerging designers within the Portland fashion community, including Project Runway winners and…

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Portland Flea + Food
Ongoing

Portland Flea + Food

Portland Flea Free

The Portland Flea + Food is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of the month in Portland, Oregon. Every market features 80+ local artists, makers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade and locally-sourced goods in town.

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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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Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
Apr. 16–18, 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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Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market

Oregon Convention Center Free

Portland’s biannual art and craft fair boasts unique handmade wares from 225+ local vendors.

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St. Johns Bizarre & Parade
Saturday, May 9, 2020

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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GeekCraft Expo
June 20–21, 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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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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