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A tour of the largest mechanical structures in Oregon. Beginning at the corner of NW 2nd & Everett, visit a bridge museum, meet a bridge operator, and test for synchronous vertical excitation. We’ll do about a mile of walking and cross at least three bridges, seeing around ten in all.

WHEN: July 30th from 7-9pm.

WHERE: NW 2nd & Everett (NW Natural Building)

TICKETS: $12 per person, all ages.

No pre-registration required. This PDX Bridge Festival sunset Bridge Walk will be offered at a 25% discount over regular tour rates.


WHEN: Friday, July 29th, 6pm -12am

WHERE: theSlate, 2001 NW 19th Ave., Portland

What better way to kick off this year’s PDX Bridge Festival than a FREE BLOCK PARTY with an awesome view of the Fremont Bridge?! The event—hosted by Scion at TheSlate—features live music on two stages, $3 pints from Lagunitas Brewing Company, food and craft vendors, and live art. Open to all ages!

Music abounds, as the indoor stage features Willamette Week’s Best New Band of 2011, And And And, joined by local favorites, Wax FingersHousefireBoy Eats Drum Machine and Solovox. In addition, the Block Party will host an outside performance area featuring local multi-cultural acts and Portland’s favorite buskers, including Joy Now!, Nuestro, Worth + Bondy, All the Apparatus, Acoustic Minds, Andrew Gorny, Farafina Foly, the Amazin’ Jerks, and belly dancers! All are invited to join the PDX Bridge Festival as it launches the 2011 Festival with music, art, food and beer — some of Portland’s favorite pleasures.

Event Schedule:

theSlate Stage (indoor)

  • 6pm – Boy Eats Drum Machine
  • 7:30pm – Housefire
  • 8:30pm – Wax Fingers
  • 9:30pm – And And And (Willamette Week’s Best New Band of 2011!)
  • 10:30pm – Solovox

Busker’s Corner Stage (Outdoor)

  • 6pm – Andrew Gorny (classical guitar)
  • 6:30pm – Amazin Jerks
  • 7pm – Joy Now! (MarchFourth Marching Band Kid’s Summer Camp Parade)
  • 7:30pm – Shalyn (belly dancing)
  • 8pm – Nuestro (Latin American groove)
  • 8:30pm – Farafina Foly (African drums)
  • 9pm – Acoustic Minds
  • 10pm – Worth + Bondy, featuring Melody Kay
  • 11pm – All the Apparatus


Presented by:

Lagunitas Beer

Octopus Entertainment


PDX Bridge Festival is happy to partner with JOY NOW Summer Performance Arts Workshop, a week-long day camp for youth age 12-18.

In its first year, JOY NOW hopes to empower, excite and engage youth through music and performance arts-centered programs that value diversity, positive collaboration, self-awareness, and social change.  The inaugural summer camp with members of March Fourth Marching Band begins July 25th. Youth will spend the week working with members of the band and other talented friends to create their very own performance. Come witness brave stiltwalkers, young percussionists, singers, horn players and circus acrobats as they take the songs and dances they learn to the streets of Portland, classic M4 style.

PARADE, Last Thursday on Alberta, July 28th
Join us at 6:30, starting from Binks – 2715 NE Alberta Street.

We’ll march down Alberta Street to the corner of 20th for a small performance in front of the Rose City Vaudeville bus.  This event will be the very first parade and performance of the new Joy Now Arts Project.

FINAL PERFORMANCE & CLOSING RECEPTION, Laurelhurst Whole Foods Market, July 29th
Join us at 3 pm on Friday at the Laurelhurst Whole Foods, 2825 E. Burnside St.

This event will be the very final parade and performance of the new Joy Now Arts Project. Come cheer on the newly minted performers as they put on a fabulous show.


JOY NOW is still accepting students in the following focus areas: saxophone*, trombone*, percussion, voice & circus arts. To register, visit www.joynowproject.org. A limited amount of scholarships are still available!

* For saxophone and trombone students, we are encouraging at least one year of experience playing the instrument.


WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 2011 – Doors at 5pm, Music until 1am

WHERE: Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, Downtown Portland

Join us as we close-out the 2011 Festival at the Crystal!


Performing on two stages for seven hours, thirteen local bands will provide an all ages musical finale to this year’s PDX Bridge Festival.

In the main Ballroom, Dropa ignites the evening with magnetic and melodic electro acoustic tracks, followed by quality rock from  Water & Bodies, a true Portland circus experience with the Wanderlust Circus, folk-pop all stars The Dimes, and foot stompin’ rock with Tango Alpha Tango. Closing out the night is the electro-hip hop of Serious Business and a late night dance party with local electronic heavyweight, Copy.

Just downstairs in Lola’s Room features the CD release party for local indie-Americana all stars, The Hague. Formerly, And I Was Like What?, The Hague’s new album, “The Stark House EP,” shows music that is truly that of the Pacific Northwest, with sounds of rock, indie, pop and country influences. Also downstairs will be Seattle favorites, The Horde and The Harem, along with Symmetry/Symmetry, Violet Isle, Sara Jackson-Holman, and Mnemonic Sounds.

Event Schedule:

Main Stage
6pm – dropa
7pm – Water & Bodies
8pm – Wanderlust Circus
9pm – The Dimes
10pm – Tango Alpha Tango
11pm – Serious Business
12am – Copy

Lola’s Stage
6:30pm – Sara Jackson-Holman
7:30pm – Mnemonic Sounds
8:30pm – Violet Isle
9:30pm – The Horde & The Harem
10:30pm – Symmetry/Symmetry
11:30pm – The Hague (CD Release Party!)

Presented in partnership with:

Octopus Entertainment


WHERE: Hawthorne Bridge

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 10am-2pm

Kick off your shoes and spread out your blankets, Portland’s favorite open-air “extreme food” picnic experience is back again. On August 6, 2011, Portlanders will once again experience the Hawthorne Bridge as a grassy park, complete with trees, picnic tables, and croquet! See more details below.

Online ticketing has closed.

General Admission $25
Kids: Age 6 -11 $10
5 & Under Free!

Already got your tickets? Scroll down to the bottom of the page for important event information!

Brunch on the Bridge!

This time around, Brunch on the Bridge will be bigger, greener, and better than ever: The event will double in size to 28,000 square feet as we cover all six spans of the Hawthorne Bridge in fresh, locally grown grass.

Our focus is on food this year, and we have designed a number of one-of-a-kind experiences to tantalize your taste buds and delight your other four senses, too.

Here’s the skinny:

The magic is on the bridge this year, as Voodoo Doughnut will unveil “The World’s Largest Box of Doughnuts” in an attempt at the Guinness World Record! Attendees will not only see the current record broken, but are encouraged to bring the doughnuts home with them. (Please take some home!)

Attendees are welcome to sample from an array of brunch-y foods (which is included in the cost of entry), purchase food from the vendor food court, or bring their own picnic baskets to the event. A PDX Bridge Festival Games Master will also return with a croquet course, cornhole, and other family fun. Look for the already-surreal ambiance to be enhanced even further through the presence of musicians and colorful performers.

PDX Bridge Festival 2011 has chosen B-Shares, a local bike delivery program serving hungry populations in need, as a charity beneficiary of the event. Working with B-shares and event sponsors, the Festival looks to triple last year’s food drive donations of 700 lbs of food to local shelters. Donation barrels will be on-hand at local Whole Foods stores, as well as at the event itself. PDX Bridge Festival encourages attendees to bring canned goods to the gate!

Art is an integral part of the Bridge Festival, and local artists will once again create one-of-a-kind picnic tables, which will be auctioned off and on display at local Whole Foods locations. Winning bidders receive entry for four and a VIP brunch basket for four – and will also take the tables home with them.

Tickets to the Brunch on the Bridge are $25 for regular entry and include a sample of Portland’s finest products from leading natural food companies in the region. 

Online ticketing has closed.

General Admission $25
Kids: Age 6 -11 $10
5 & Under Free!


Food Donations:

PLEASE BRING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS to be collected at the entrance, which will be delivered to local food banks through B-Line, a bike delivery program serving hungry populations in need.


For the ease of our mobile vendors, our box office, merchandise booth and Mimosa garden, please bring cash. There will be lots of free food sampling, as well as a massive quantity of free doughnuts, but if you wish to purchase anything on-site we ask that you stop by the ATM before arriving at the event. As you can imagine, we are on a bridge, so the technology required to run credit card machines and ATMs is limited. We appreciate your cooperation.

Getting Here & Parking:

The event entrance will be located on the west side of the Hawthorne Bridge (Map It!). Vehicle parking is available downtown and at the east end of the bridge. Bike parking will be located near the gate to the event. Sidewalks will remain open to bicycles and pedestrians, so please be courteous to regular commuters. TriMet bus service will be re-routed for the period of the event. View the TriMet service map here to locate your best bus or MAX train route. The event entrance is in the Free Fare Rail Zone.


For your safety and the safety of other participants, please wear flat shoes. You may also go barefoot! Food will be available for sampling, and food vendors will be on hand should you wish to purchase at participating food carts. Of course, you are always welcome to bring your own picnic baskets. Please NO ALCOHOL! Mimosas will be available for $5 in our Mimosa Garden!



Presented by:

Whole Foods Market

In Partnership with:

Voodoo Doughnut

Made possible through the support of:

We Keep Rollin' A Lawn - JB Instant Lawn & Nursery

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WINTER EXHIBITION: The Bridges That Built Portland

The Learning Center exhibit “The Bridges That Built Portland” is on display this December at AIA in northwest Portland.

We invite you to join us at AIA as we open our winter exhibition of Portland’s early bridge history on the eve of the Hawthorne Bridge Centennial. The event includes speakers, actors, interactive installations, and projected media from this summer’s festival. Were you there? Is your picture in our gallery? Come find out! This is your chance to relax with a glass of wine, sample new vintages by Seven Bridges Winery, and enjoy some tasty snacks courtesy of Whole Foods. You can engage with festival planners and learn about our plans for the 2011 PDX Bridge Festival. We hope to see you there!

December 2-16
American Institute of Architects
403 NW 11th Avenue, Portland

First Thursday, December 2nd Opening Reception, 5-7pm
Building New Bridges: Looking Back, Looking Forward – Tucker Teutsch 3.0, PDX Bridge Festival Creative Director
The Hawthorne Centennial: A Community Celebration – Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner
Plus a special appearance by Waddell & Harrington, the original engineers of the Hawthorne Bridge!

If you plan on coming to the reception, we would love it if you would RSVP on our Facebook page


The esoteric, endlessly entertaining, and highly imaginative Bohemian Storytelling Tours weave together theater, storytelling, and lively bits of audience interaction–with a live musical soundtrack throughout! The talented troupe of Nathan Hoover and Jay Twenge offers two themes to celebrate this year’s PDX Bridge Festival, and we suggest trying to catch both! These guys are one of the newly discovered treasures of our city, and we cannot recommend them enough! For more information visit Bohemian Storytelling Tours website, or follow the links below to register for the tours.

Happy Birthday Hawthorne!

Presented specifically for the PDX Bridge Festival, this tour explores our favorite piece of infrastructure, sometimes referred to as Portland’s “living room bridge.” The tour starts at the base base of the Hawthorne at the fire station on the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, travels west over the span, then leads south under the bridge on the esplanade to loop up again onto the ramp and back onto the bridge eastbound—ending back on the Esplanade.

WHEN: July 31st from 2-4pm (Pay what you will) and August 7th from 2-4pm ($15)

WHERE: This tour begins and ends on the Eastbank Esplanade, next to the Hawthorne Bridge fire station.

Tickets: $15 Available Here!

Deep Water

This tour is a two-act performance exploring humankind’s relationship with water. Specifically, this tour considers whether a river is held captive by her bridges, and examines the life of a raindrop and its journey from sky to sea, via Portland. The performers draw from literary sources that include Rudyard Kipling, David Foster Wallace, and Billy Collins. The tour runs approximately two hours, and covers about a mile and half along the downtown waterfront. Engaging and entertaining for audiences of all ages!

WHEN: August 5th from 6-8pm($15)

WHERE: Meet at the north end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park (near Steel Bridge)

Tickets: $15 Available Here!


As one of the world’s great bridge cities, Portland is often defined and identified by her bridges. Each span is unique; each distinct in its design, function, engineering, history, and character. This year, PDX Bridge Festival took its first step toward a long-term plan to provide a permanent educational center dedicated to the bridges that make Portland such a compelling urban space. “The Bridges That Built Portland” goes beyond providing basic information to ask the question: what kind of city would Portland be if not for her bridges? Large printed photographs accompany engaging text, interactive models, and multimedia displays that explore the past, present, and future of our downtown bridges. The goal of this interactive exhibition and educational center is to demonstrate the history and value of Portland’s Willamette River Bridges.

Upcoming Exhibit:

No current exhibit scheduled.
If you are interested in hosting this exhibit in your gallery, school, or reception area, please contact Jessica Klinke.

Previous Exhibits:

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) -Portland, Oregon: December 1 – December 19, 2010

The Commons at the White Stag Building, University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts – Portland, Oregon:  July 21 — September 17, 2010