Have you heard of the Portland Night Market? This is free weekend market brings together local vendors of crafts and goods, food, and artists in the Central Eastside Industrial District, right near the well known and loved City Liquidators. The Portland Night Market is free and is hosted every couple months for a weekend, with the next date coming up on Friday and Saturday February 10 and 11, 2017 4 – 11 PM at 100 SE Alder.
If you’ve ever been to one of the First Thursday in the Pearl District or Last Thursday on Alberta, the feel will be similar to that when visiting the Portland Night Market. You will find all these vendors, all local, many of which are small business makers. Unlike the street fairs, you are all protected from the elements inside this giant warehouse transformed into market with bright lights so you can really see the goods even if it’s evening, or under a big tent with twinkly lights giving you a feel of a high end street bazaar in Europe or Asia and much much cleaner. Here are a few examples from my visit to the last market in November.
Similar to First or Last Thursday, you can find art pieces, performance artists, live music, and this visit I even found a wall where everyone could contribute their thoughts and artistic touches as well.
It’s an adventure just browsing the various stands to see what is for sale and the amazing creative ideas out there. A lot of artist markets seem to be full of a lot of photography booths and homemade jewelry, but Portland Night market has a great variety of types of items.
One thing that’s unique to this market is that you can grab a beverage at one of the bars to keep you “hydrated” while you are browsing. There are also some artisan food booths, varying from salami to baked goods to chocolate or hot sauce and more. Outside, under tents with some heat lamps (at least in November when it was chilly) there were multiple food carts offering a variety of food varying from pastrami sandwiches to crepes or steamed buns or fried chicken or fresh kettle corn or mini doughnuts.
Bible Club even had a cash pop-up bar where they were pouring draft cocktails like Gold Rush, Singapore Sling, and Hemingway, as well as crafting classic drinks.
This is a great experience by yourself or with friends or on a date or with a family to explore what great local makers are creating and even see some performance art. And, did I mention again that admission is FREE and all ages and FREE?
The only caution I would give is that it can be difficult to find parking in this area since there are so many people who may come visit the market and there is only street parking. This is an industrial area under Morrison Bridge and a few freeways and also divided by train tracks. If you can find parking, but it may be several block walk away and be aware of your surroundings in the evening as there may be sometimes sketchy portions. The Portland Night Market is also only 2 blocks from the Portland Streetcar.
Have you heard or been to The Portland Night Market before?