Welcome to Portland’s Famous Hawthorne Street Fair!

Hooray for summer! Join us on Sunday August 18, from 11 am to 7 pm as we celebrate Hawthorne District!



The following is a list partial list of activities that will be taking place throughout the day:

Main Stage SE 34th and Hawthorne

11:00AM -12:00PM The New Iberian’s
12:00PM – 2:00PM Angel Bouchet Band
2:00PM – 4:00PM The Ben Rice Band
4:00PM – 6:00PM No Hero
6:00PM – 7:00PM Portland School of Rock Performance Band

Kids at Heart Toys (North on 35th Avenue)

The last 6 years, Kids at Heart Toys has put together the kids events for the Street Fair. They’ve assembled an amazing line up of entertainers and musicians for the whole family to enjoy. There will be free face painting, arts and crafts and lots of outdoor fun for kids of all ages.

Here’s the Kids at Heart Toys stage lineup:

11:00AM – Lorna Miller – long time children’s entertainer and folk musician
2:00PM & 2:00PM – Penny Walter puppet show
1:00PM – Ukelele performance by Mr. Ben
3:00PM – The Amazing Spaghetti will be performing throughout the day with the grand final show

Mighty Mites Session Beer Fest Returns (outside Bazi – 1522 SE 32nd Ave)

In a world full of Double IPA’s and Imperial Stouts a hero will rise to stand up for the small, lighter, sessionable beers of equal flavor and tastiness. Faster and tastier than a can of Silver Bullet, The Mighty Mites session beer fest is back for a sequel.

Featuring beers that fall under the “Session” style category as defined by being 5% abv or below The Mighty Mites presents a selection as varied as they are flavorful from single hopped IPA’s to tart refreshing Berliner-Weisse’s and Lagers and even a session Cider our taplist has multiple Great American Beer Fest medal winning beers.

This family friendly event will runs from 11AM-7PM and features ice cream from Salt & Straw, a Hot Dog cart and the Timbers No Pity Van. To keep the party going DJ Forrest Avery will be spinning records. At the bar Bazi has created a special (non-sessionable) beer cocktail for the occasion dubbed the Aquamighty for $7, it contains Aquavit vodka, Hoegaarden, orange juice, demarara syrup, tiki bitters, served on the rocks with an orange zest. There will also be a full menu available inside Baz

Hawthorne Wellness Center (North on Cesar Chavez Blvd)

Complementary massages from 12-4 PM in their parking lot. Arrive early as slots are sure to fill up fast!

Walking, biking or riding public transportation is highly encouraged! Bike parking will be available at SE 32nd Ave, SE 34th Ave and Cesar Chavez Blvd. Additional vehicle parking is available at Wells Fargo on SE 38th Ave (cars will be towed if left after August 18).

Other activities and more details about the events can be found at www.thinkhawthorne.com

FREE Live Music, Vendors, Sales, Family Activities and so much more!

Come visit Portland’s original “shop local” district and explore over a hundred businesses dedicated to community involvement and making the area a desirable place to live, work, and shop. The street fair happens every year in August, mark your calendars and plan to visit us that weekend. SE Hawthorne Boulevard has a long history of tradition and is known for its eclectic mix of boutiques shops, cafes, food carts, bars, restaurants and music related destinations. We continue to be a thriving community of residents, business owners and visitors. We welcome you to visit our neighborhood and join the celebration!

That ambition fits in well with Nancy’s advice to us all: “Celebrate the community that you love by being there to help make it happen.”
That ambition fits in well with Nancy’s advice to us all: “Celebrate the community that you love by being there to help make it happen.”

Hawthorne Street Fair is organized and managed by the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association. Visit thinkhawthorne.com for more information and other Hawthorne-related events throughout the year.


Many Hands Make Great Street Fairs


By Karen Hery


It’s festival and street fair season with a party every weekend. It’s great if you are looking for things to do and challenging if you are just trying to get across town in normal traffic patterns.

For most of us, participation in these events consists of strolling through to enjoy the festivities.  There’s a whole world behind the joy of the day that people like long time community event coordinator Nancy Chapin know very well.

Chapin was there when the Hawthorne business district held their first street fair in ‘92 and worked with Reach Community Development as the Belmont Street Fair came into being in ‘96.  She’s on the front line this year putting the finishing touches on the 100th Birthday of the Broadway Bridge block party noon-7, Saturday, August 10.

Nancy Chapin will be happy to hear from you for the Broadway Bridge bash and the Hawthorne Street Fair: nchapin@tsgpdx.com

Many hands do make a great community event.  There are months of planning, the booking of bands and plenty of things that need doing right before and the day of to make it all come together as smoothly as possible.

Looking to set up a booth for selling your arts and crafts or to promote a new business?  There is still time to get in a booth request in for the Belmont Street Fair which takes place Saturday, September 12, noon – 7  pm. Application deadline is August 16 before booth rates go up.

There may even be time to slip in a last minute booth request for Hawthorne Street Fair on Sunday, August 18, 11 am -7 pm.

As for bands looking for places to play: the staff at TSG Services, where many of these events are coordinated, get over 200 inquiries a month from everything from African drummers to Irish folk singers to punk rock bands. Portland is a musical town and band slots at the various stages have been booked up for months.

Some of the real unsung heroes of these events are the community volunteers that close down the streets and open them back up, help vendors navigate the set up maze of trucks and carts and boxes, and pick up the trash, so businesses and neighbors are willing to do it all again next year.

Annette Schaff-Palmer, a volunteer coordinator in her day job, is happy to give back to her own Sunnyside neighborhood by coordinating the many volunteers it takes to make things happen.

Whether you have a school/court obligation to pick up community service hours or just know it’s even better to give than to receive, Annette can be your contact for helping out at the Belmont Street Fair (email


Volunteering comes with interesting perks and opportunities. Bike trailers will be lined up and ready for the volunteer bike brigade that closes down the Belmont Street Fair this year. You and your bike can be part of a new, green clean up crew.  All volunteers, both on bike and on foot, get a free souvenir street fair t-shirt.

Participating in these fairs is its own kind of community “job” summed up best by a letter Nancy keeps in her office for inspiration all year round.  Lanara Canaday wrote into her neighborhood association after stumbling accidentally onto her community’s parade and street fair back in April . . .

After a lot of traffic-related confusion on Holgate and maybe some uncharitable remarks about the disruption of the status quo, I wandered towards my destination and  . . . didn’t make it.  The 82nd Avenue of Roses parade was just beginning. . .  I suddenly just had to get closer. . .  the great displays and groups just kept coming.

Until this morning, I couldn’t have guessed that these groups existed. . . So this is what my neighbors do in their spare time and this is what they care about.  Suddenly it occurred to me that by watching, I played a part in this spectacle also. 

Being surrounded by neighbors and families and unexpectedly feeling like a part of something threw into stark relief the difference between lurking on Facebook and actual interaction with my community.  Seeing smiling faces of all shades and ages gave me some needed perspective on how I might fit in. 

All of a sudden I had ambitions to see my particular interest reflected in next year’s event. Maybe next year I will attend on purpose, meet up with new friends, share what I am proud of and add something to my community that wasn’t there before.



Welcome to Portland’s Famous Hawthorne Street Fair!

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