Due to COVID-19 concerns this year, the 2021 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts will focus on their outdoor exhibit Art in the Park, as well as smaller events throughout the year as health guidelines allow. Art in the Park will feature a two day sales event in June held at George Rogers Park with original, handmade works by arts across the Pacific Northwest. You can find current event programming on Lakewood Center for the Arts' festival page. Read about the 2018 festival below for insights about typical festival events and year-round art in Lake Oswego.
Art comes in many different forms, and the art filled community of Lake Oswego celebrates arts' diversity every year during their annual Festival of the Arts. This three day event takes place Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24, 2018 and welcomes more than 25,000 enthusiasts each year. The festival is even more special this year as it's the 55th celebration, and with endless art exhibits, live music, food booths, arts and crafts and free admission, its a great event to bring the family while also enjoying the beautiful weather.
There will be a myriad of art to enjoy, like the student exhibition, the Juried Artists Vision - a photography exhibit, Art in the Park focusing on regionally and nationally recognized makers and the very special exhibit titled "Layers: The evolving art of 3D printing." Emerging artists will get the spotlight shown on their work at an open show at the student's art literacy exhibit. Across the street you'll hear bands playing at the main-stage at George Rogers Park too, delighting a multitude of senses at once.
The event will most significantly benefit the Lakewood Center for the Arts and their Theatre Company which puts on theatrical entertainment year-round. Head to 368 S. State Street, across from George Rogers Park to experience the event and throughout the year to experience one of their fantastic musicals, comedies or dramas.
The City of Lake Oswego puts a high premium on art and has adorned the community in outdoor sculpture pieces as part of the Gallery Without Walls rotating exhibition. Featuring more than 70 permanent and loaned works of art, brought to you by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, these pieces can bring a child-like wonder to an onlooker's eye when they turn a corner and see an over sized replication of a dog made out of recycled metal and other larger than life pieces.
So, as you can see, Lake Oswego is THE place to visit for fantastic art, whether at the Festival of the Arts or year-round. They also have top tier shopping, dining and lodging options to make it a well rounded trip.
Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home.