Gresham Arts Festival

  • Friday, July 19 – Saturday, July 20, 2019
    Historic Downtown Gresham

    Art in the heart of the city

    The 18th annual Gresham Arts Festival turns the city's historic downtown in a giant art gallery featuring "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun. Join us the third weekend in July.

  • Arts Festival Events

    All Gresham Arts Festival events are free.

    Friday, July 19, 2019

    Art Under the Stars

    Friday, July 19, Main Avenue, Historic Downtown 
    6:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Kick off Arts Festival weekend with a free concert featuring rhythm and blues artist the Norman "Boogie Cat" Sylvester Band. Dance, enjoy a glass of wine, outdoor dining, pop-up parks and a silent art auction. Artwork donated by Gresham Arts Festival artists. 

    Saturday, July 20, 2019

    Gresham Arts Festival

    Saturday, July 20, Historic Downtown and Arts Plaza
    9:00 am-5:00 pm
    Artisans from all over the Pacific Northwest fill the streets with an amazing array of unique art. Featuring live music and cultural performances all day, over 100 shops and restaurants, and the Gresham Farmers' Market.

    Kids Village

    Saturday, July 20, Arts Plaza 
    9:00 am-5:00 pm
    Art fun for kids is on the Arts Plaza, just steps from downtown. Enjoy free craft stations presented by sponsors, face painting, bounce houses, sports obstacles, live music and more. Splash in the Children’s Fountain.

    Guinness World Records Event

    Saturday, July 20, Arts Plaza
    12:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Help us create the largest display of origami turtles to support Gresham's Western painted turtles.

    Breakin' on Main 

    Saturday, July 20, Second Street and Main Avenue
    12:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Breakin' on Main presented by the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce takes the art of dance to a whole new level. Watch it unfold with 32 talented break dance teams from around the west coast. Hosted by OSK with music by djblessOne.

    Team sign-ups: Got moves? Now accepting teams of two for the break dance competition. First place prize $1,000; 2nd place, $500. To sign up, contact Oskar Villalobos at

    Breakin' on Main poster

    Summer Jam

    Saturday, July 20, Arts Plaza
    6:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Join us for the first-ever Summer Jam concert featuring Portland-based duo The Talbott Brothers and internationally-acclaimed country star Tenille Arts. Enjoy live music, local cuisine, the Migration Brewing beer garden, with wine from Buddha Kat Winery and cider from Hood View Ciderworks.


    Artist applications are closed for the 2019 Gresham Arts Festival.

    To be added to the wait list contact or call 503-618-2264.

    Artist booth zones map

    Rules for participation and condition of entry

    City of Gresham fire prevention planning guide for special events

    Important dates

    March 15: Final application deadline.
    March 29: Notification of jury results by email.
    April 26: Artists notified of booth assignments by email.
    May 10: Commitment deadline for all 2019 artists. The City of Gresham must receive a signed artist agreement and booth fee payment by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 10.
    July 19: Art Under the Stars event (optional); all artists receive vouchers for food and drinks.

    Wait list artists

    May 13: Wait list artists will be notified of availability
    May 17: Wait list artists' signed artist agreement and booth fees due

    Entertainment Application

    The Gresham Arts Festival has three areas of live music on Saturday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. We are looking for family-friendly musical acts, dance or similar performances.

    For more information, read the stage performance application.


    Sponsorship information

    A big thank you to all the sponsors of this year's Arts Festival! Without your generous contributions, this event would not be possible.

    See the 2019 Gresham Arts Festival sponsors.

    Become a sponsor

    It's not too late to become a sponsor of this year's Arts Festival.

    Learn about 2019 sponsorship opportunities.

    Contact Event Coordinator Shannon Chisom, 503-750-3785 or for more information.


    Join our team as an event volunteer 

    The Gresham Arts Festival is the largest event of the year, and each year our trusted volunteers are the key to a successful event. Our sponsors and community partners always take great care of our volunteers, with lunch vouchers, treats, t-shirts and more. We have different times and stations for all! 

    Questions? Email

    Sign up to volunteer


    The Gresham Arts Festival takes place in historic downtown Gresham. Here's how to find us.

    Map and directions

    • Gallery Arts Festival Wolf Painting
    • Glass blown fish at the Gresham Arts Festival.
    • Gallery Arts Festival Turquoise Ring
    • Gallery Arts Festival Leaf Pottery
    • Gallery Arts Festival Fiber Work
    • Gallery Arts Festival Tiki Carving
    • Gallery Arts Festival Basketry
    • Face Painting at the Gresham Arts Festival
    • Artwork on display at the Gresham Arts Festival
    • Musicians performing at the Gresham Arts Festival

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  • Contact

    For more information about the Gresham Arts Festival, contact Sasha Konell, Community Marketing Specialist, at or 503-618-2264.