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June 4 kickoff celebration to have art, live music, Kid's Zone throughout downtown Troutdale

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TROUTDALE - The main drag through downtown Troutdale will be closed to allow visitors to spread out and celebrate the return of First Fridays. A cornerstone celebration of the art community and businesses that make downtown Troutdale such a special place is making a roaring return after a year pause during the global pandemic.

Troutdale's First Friday Art Walk is making its long-awaited return Friday, June 4. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. when the East Historic Columbia River Highway closes to vehicle traffic between Buxton Road and Kibling Street — allowing for social distancing and the celebration to spread throughout downtown. Visitors are asked to wear masks.

"I am excited for this year's First Friday Art Walk. It marks the 20th anniversary of the (event)," said Mayor Randy Lauer. "What a fitting year to celebrate such a milestone."

Downtown galleries will showcase local artists while many restaurants and businesses will expand services onto adjacent sidewalks and patios. There will be live music in Mayors Square as well as a Kids Zone, operated by Shooting Star Adventures. An hour before the festivities, local disc golf guru Jason Hardin will be teaching the basics of the game at the pop-up course at The Confluence, which can be accessed by the Depot Rail Museum, 473 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy.

Everything is free to attend. First Friday is sponsored by the city of Troutdale and the Cascadia Arts Association. The gatherings will run from 5-8 p.m. the first Friday of the month through October.

"We need community, we need culture, we need activities that take us out of our homes and back outside," Lauer said.

Upcoming events

There are several exciting events on the horizon in addition to the First Fridays, despite cancellation of the 2021 SummerFest due to COVID-19 restrictions.

On the calendar:

n Kiwanis Scholarship Pancake Breakfast — 8-11 a.m. Sunday, July 4, at Corbett High School, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. For more information, visit columbiagorgekiwanis.org

n 17th Annual Troutdale Cruise-In — Saturday, Aug. 28, in downtown Troutdale. Visit columbiagorgekiwanis.org for more information.

If you go:

What: First Friday kickoff

When: 5 p.m. Friday, June 4

Where: Downtown Troutdale


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