Free Family Activities in Downtown Portland

Looking for some fun activities to do with the family during the holidays but don't have a lot of money to spend? Courtney Ries, Director of the Downtown Marketing Initiative, joined us with some great ideas that wont cost you a dime!

Free Events Downtown December 28, 2010 – January 9, 2011:

  • Holidate: December 30 – Free in-store events with free parking at Smart Park when you enter between 4 pm and 6 pm.
  • Mondays on the Mall:  January 3 - Free events & activities on Downtown's Transit Mall brought to you by Portland Mall Management, Inc. in partnership with TriMet and Pioneer Courthouse Square.   Events include: Fliptography (11:30am to 1:30pm), Moonstruck Hot Chocolate sampling(12:30pm to 1:30pm) and Moondrops Roasted Nuts (2:00pm to 3:00pm).
  • Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft:  January 6 – Admission is free to everyone on the first Thursday of the month.
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden Eight Free Days:  January 2-9 -- To kick off 2011 and a year full of events, Lan Su Chinese Garden will open Sunday, January 2, through Sunday, January 9, with no cost for admission (general admission is regularly $8.50). The garden shop expands into a garden pavilion to offer a dazzling display of Chinese New Year items in preparation for the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit on February 3.
  • Portland Storefronts:  Art installations will feature four teams of artists for a three-month period through February 2011. This pilot program, called Portland Storefronts, showcases temporary art installations in Portland’s downtown retail core, which provides local artists with the opportunity to activate vacant storefronts with one-of-a-kind art installations. Artists include: Damien Gilley, Sean Healy, Bill Will and the team of Shelby Davis and Crystal Schenk. The site-specific works respond to the materials and physical features of the building as well as to the surrounding retail area and activities
  • Portland Pop-up Shops - PDX Pop-Ups showcase local independent design talent, encouraging downtown shoppers to seek out the unique gift offerings that downtown is showcasing this holiday season.

For more information, visit the Downtown Marketing Initiative's website.

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