Art in the Open - Old Town Performance Art Festival

Art in the Open: Old Town Performance Art Festival

Wisdom Arts Academy's Orchid & Bamboo Ensemble performs in Lan Su's courtyard on NW 3rd and Everett for Art In the Open, Portland's Old Town Performance Art Festival, August 18 & 19.

Art in the Open runs Friday, August 18th, 11 am – 4 pm, and Saturday, August 19th, 11 am – 8 pm with locations throughout Portland's Old Town. Learn more about Art in the Open »

About Art in the Open

Art In the Open is a public art experience, leveraging local businesses to activate the neighborhood via performance art, with the aim to bring art to everyone where they are, engaging and inspiring Portlanders to build community.

Art In the Open is a two day outdoor performance arts festival that activates Old Town Chinatown by hosting a myriad of outdoor performances that engage the local residents and draws people in from all over the city. Performing artists will be scheduled August 18th & 19th at different locations throughout the district in front of businesses and on a main stage in the heart of Old Town on 3rd & Davis for performances on Saturday evening. Whether it’s a singer/songwriter playing her guitar, a Street Roots vendor reading his poetry, or open air kareoke, audiences will experience a wide variety of performances and actively engage in art.

Art builds community. Art reaches across racial stereotypes, religious barriers, and socio-economical levels and prejudices. Seeing the creative expression of others allows people to feel less isolated, and participating together in art creates connection.

Art in the Open will run Friday, August 18th, 11 am – 4 pm, and Saturday, August 19th, 11 am – 8 pm with locations throughout Portland's Old Town. 

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For more information, contact Ann Sanderson at

Art in the Open participating businesses and organizations:

Bar XV
Barrel Room
Captain Ankeny’s
Charlie’s Deli
Even Keel Coffee
Everett Street Lofts
Grove Hotel
Innovative Housing/Fox & Hound
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Leopold Kotel
Old Town Pizza
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Platinum Records
Portland Chinatown Historic Museum
Saturday Market
Society Hotel
Star Theater
Street Roots
U of O
VooDoo Donuts

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As a member, you and a guest may visit as frequently as you like. Enjoy discounts on Lantern Viewing tickets and other special events, discounts in the Teahouse and Garden Shop plus so much more.

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