Alberta Arts District

Lined with street art, galleries, restaurants and bars, this Northeast Portland neighborhood is perhaps best known for its colorful monthly street fair, Last Thursday.

Alberta may, perhaps, be most well known today for its quirky monthly street fair, Last Thursday — but this vibrant, street art-filled avenue is bursting with things to do any day of the year. Follow our guide for a perfect day of exploring Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District.

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Play on Alberta

Experience the “art” in Alberta Arts District by venturing inside the Guardino Gallery. This expansive exhibition space has hosted monthly shows by Northwest painters and sculptors since 1997, and has grown to include multiple gift shops selling items like silver gemstone jewelry, silkscreened clothing and hand-printed cards.

An evening of entertainment awaits at the historic Alberta Rose Theatre toward the street’s east end. First opened as a motion picture house in 1927, the quirky theater now hosts an eclectic array of acoustic concerts, cabaret and circus performances and storytelling shows.

Need a place to sleep? Alberta has a creative alternative to the run-of-the-mill hotel: Caravan, the world’s first tiny house hotel. Each cabin includes a kitchen, bathroom, dining area and loft bed — all in less than 200 square feet (18.5 sq m).

When summertime arrives, Alberta welcomes back its iconic monthly street fair, Last Thursday. The neighborhood’s response to “First Thursday” (an elegant arts walk in Northwest Portland’s upscale Pearl District neighborhood), Last Thursday closes traffic along the main drag of Northeast Alberta Street, inviting local vendors, artists, musicians and some of the city’s most unique performers to showcase their talents and wares on the last Thursday of every month of summer.

Alberta Arts District Activities

Famed for its monthly Last Thursday street fair, this northeast Portland street offers entertaining options any day of the month.

Eat on Alberta

Case Study shares a patio with one of Portland’s most popular (and most dog-friendly) brunch destinations, Tin Shed. Chow down on the Thai-inspired “Tim Curry” with roasted sweet potato and organic tofu or try “Everything Nice,” a sampler platter piled with potato cakes, sausage, French toast and scrambled eggs.

When your stomach starts to growl, head to lively Bollywood Theater to feast on Indian street food and small plates (think lamb samosas, pork vindaloo, chicken curry and fried sweet and sour cauliflower).

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Alberta Sipping Spots

Get a taste of Alberta at these recommended watering holes.

  • Les Caves

    Les Caves is an atmospheric underground wine bar serving rare and natural wines, plus a menu of light bar snacks.

  • Teote Mezcaleria

    The Teote Mezcaleria features original works of art and fine craftsmanship. Enjoy smooth tequilas and smoky mezcals at their expansive bar, or take your spirits outside to one of their fire pits.

  • Radio Room

    Radio Room is a full-service café, restaurant and lounge serving tasty, unpretentious food and drink, priced right and happily served to a diverse patronage.

  • Alberta Street Pub

    This neighborhood bar offers up great food and a hearty rotating draft list. Alberta Street Pub also has a sizable covered patio where they host outdoor live music.

  • Great Notion Brewing

    Great Notion Brewing (formerly The Mash Tun) serves up their own craft beer creations, inventive cocktails and pub snacks.

Wake up with a cup of direct trade coffee at hip local roaster Case Study Coffee, which serves seasonal java in an inviting café filled with warm wood beams, leafy potted plants and ample natural light.

Kick back with a mason jar of boozy peach lemonade at the Bye and Bye, a stalwart watering hole where locals chow down on bowls of brown rice, Brussels sprouts and barbecue tofu on a sun-dappled patio.

More Dining on Alberta

Diverse Alberta offers food for every taste (vegan to carnivore), craving (foie-gras to fried chicken) and budget (PBR to Dom Perignon).

Shop on Alberta

One of Alberta’s most unique shops, Cord styles itself as “a collection of ranked and well stowed objects.” The shop is stocked with axes, knives, waterproof speakers, titanium sporks, wooden sailboats and other assorted gear for outdoor adventure.

Right next door, you’ll find another curiosity shop, Ampersand Gallery. Visitors can admire installations of contemporary artwork and anonymous, found photography as they browse a tightly curated collection of fine art books with names like One Hundred and Four Digitally Printed Color Photographs of Graffiti-Removal.

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Unique Shopping on Alberta

Find a Portland souvenir at these shopping spots on Alberta Street.

  • Collage – Alberta

    This popular art-supply store stocks drawing, painting, jewelry-making, stamping, mixed-media, card-making and other supplies, including children's.

  • Frock

    Frock offers an eclectic and affordable mix of vintage and locally designed fashions and accessories. You can find unique pieces, as well as baby items, menswear, accessories and more.

  • Amelia

    Amelia is a boutique that showcases feminine, vintage style with a modern sensibility. They focus on unique and limited-quantity products that aren’t found in other stores.

  • The Pencil Test

    This cozy shop specializes in foundation wear for women with cup sizes D and up, and with band sizes from 28 to 48. They carry fashion and activewear brands and styles not featured in department stores.

  • Close Knit

    Friendly staff and a wide selection of wool make this one of Portland’s favorite yarn stores.

More Shopping on Alberta

With its many boutiques, galleries and indie shops, Alberta Street is made for leisurely shopping strolls.