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The Spark: Best Oregon art walks to enjoy while high

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Galleries and showings are a way of life in Oregon, and cannabis goes right along with them. The following are the best of the best in Portland and Eugene.


Pearl District

According to Portland history, the Pearl District got its name from a local gallery owner who felt that the buildings in the old warehouse district were like “crusty oysters and that the galleries and artists’ lofts within were like pearls.” So it should come as no surprise that this little patch of artistic paradise regularly caters to more than 10,000 visitors during its vast and widely celebrated art walk. Grab some buzzworthy Oregon Pinot Noir for a close-to-home strain that will make you feel like a tried and true local before heading into the clean, bright Basic Space Gallery owned and operated by two Oregon natives. Hanging on the walls you’ll find Karen Cruickshank‘s oil paint collection that’s sure to take your breath away with its bursts of color and soft, rainy details.

Date: First Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

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Eastside Portland

Show Portland’s Eastside a little love by crossing the Willamette River to the charming Eastside art walk. Pop into Bridge City Collective where you’ll find delectable edibles, including a wide selection of gluten-free to vegan options to satisfy your personal dietary needs while stimulating your mind. After munching on an infused caramel or two (we love Periodic Edibles‘ Sativa Orange Vanilla), ready yourself for a mystical time with an elevated mind at pushdot studio on 11th, where you can view some expertly shot photographs from the Lightleak Los Angeles series currently on display.

Date: First Friday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Alberta Street

Last Thursday on Alberta Street is on its 19th season, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon. This popular event takes over 15th through 30th Street, encompassing galleries, shops, open sidewalks, and restaurants. Come hungry for the plethora of food trucks that cater to the growing crowds, but stop by Tea Bar first to quench your thirst with their Sparkling Rose Lemonade sweetened with Egyptian rose petals. Keep those summer vibes going when you swing by The Green House to pick up a few energizing strains like Lemon Skunk to get you in the mood for a clear, warm night and thoughtful works of art.

Date: Last Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Downtown Eugene

Explore the artistic scene on your own or opt for a guided tour—either way, you’ll get a dazzling experience at Eugene’s First Fridays. Be entertained by complimentary events that occur throughout the walk, such as Fiesta Cultural or the upcoming Mural Tour on August 4. Mary Jane’s on 7th stocks something to satisfy all your cannabis needs, and if you opt for the tour we mentioned, nab some medicated gummies to chew on while you’re guided around the local art spaces. Keep your buzz going into the night and head over to the intersection at West Broadway and Charnelton to listen to the funky, post-R&B Chanti Darling from 8 to 10 p.m. on August 4th.

Date: First Friday, year-round

Time: 5:30pm–8pm

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Hannah Meadows is an associate editor at Leafly, where she contributes to lifestyle content.

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