This upcoming weekend, April 24th-26th, marks the 5th annual Gathering of the Guilds, held at the Oregon Convention Center. Over 150 local artisans from groups including the Creative Metal Arts Guild, Oregon Glass Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Portland Bead Society, and Portland Handweavers Guild will be displaying beautiful, hand-made items for sale at this free event.
While you may have seen the tongue-in-cheek “We Can Pickle That” sketch on Portlandia, it’s not that far from reality. There is a strong DIY ethic amongst many Portlanders – as you visit the city, take note of its multitude of community gardens, microbreweries, and shops selling local and handmade clothing, food, and just about anything else you can think of! This is a great place to shop locally, especially if you are a visitor in search of those great one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, or just a unique souvenir for yourself. Try some kombucha while you’re here, whether it’s Brew Dr. (sold at our front desk!), Lion Heart, Herbucha, or one of the many other brewers in town.
And if you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Gathering of the Guilds for a peek at some locally-made crafts. Admission is free!
2015 Gathering of the Guilds schedule:
- Friday April 24th, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday April 25th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sunday April 26th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A – 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland OR