Gresham Arts Plaza

  • 401 NE Second St.

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    About the Arts Plaza

    The Arts Plaza's picnic areas, Children's Fountain, concerts and events makes it a popular, open-air community venue.

    Located conveniently in the heart of historic downtown Gresham, 20 minutes from downtown Portland, the Plaza's easy to access with ample parking and nearby public transit. 

    The Children's Fountain adds a splash 

    Read more about the Children's Fountain.

    Book the Arts Plaza

    The Plaza is programmed with events year-round but can also play host to your special event. The possibilities are endless at Gresham’s premier outdoor wedding and event venue. The paved Arts Plaza, framed by adjacent lawns, provides a versatile space that can be enjoyed on a moonlit night or tented to create an elegant and protected outdoor event. 

    • Capacity: 3,100 people
    • Total Square Footage: 86,400 square feet
    • Electricity: multiple electrical outlets to meet the majority of electrical needs
    • Accessibility: fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Restrooms: four single-use, accessible restrooms
    • Availability: available for rental year-round from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm


    Event registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your date is secured once the application has been completed including submission of fees, deposit and proof of insurance.

    Special exemption for nonprofits

    Rental fees for the Plaza may be waived if the organization is a recognized nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status.

    • Nonprofits should include proof of status when submitting the application.
    • The application/cleaning fee of $150 and $500 refundable security deposit still applies.

    More information

    Call 503-618-2623 for assistance. 

    About the plaza art – Fine Tuned Tulle

    The Arts Plaza's public art, Fine Tuned Tulle, is the inspiration of Seattle artist Claudia Fitch. Each pillar represents one of the four aspects of art – visual art, music, literature and dance. Visually, the pillars resemble a paint brush, trumpet, fountain pen and tutu.

    Video of Claudia discussing Fine Tuned Tulle

    The public art was funded by the Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation.