Art Vendors & Performers



Buskers and Visual Artists: In the US, free speech is considered a fundamental right of every individual, guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth constitutional amendments, and in the majority of legal cases it has been concluded that practicing artistic free speech is legal. Busking is legally considered to be artistic free speech and clearly not vending. Buskers are not vendors. 

Art Vendors-DON’T BE A VENDOR! How? Do not put prices on your work. You are protected under Freedom of Speech to share your work in public. People may ask how much for that painting. Your response; people have paid $200 for similar paintings. Money is donated into a jar or basket on your table for you to take later. (No money should change hands.) display and share your work and you are no longer a ‘vendor’.

Art Vendors may set up and display their wares along Alberta Street following the set up guidelines below.

Set up when you please but keep in mind that the businesses along Alberta Street need to be able to do business without interference all day long. From May – September,(ALERT: Mayor Hales is only supporting the closing of Alberta St. June, July & August, 2015.) during our warm months, the street will be closed from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. (No parking on Alberta after 5.) You may set up at any time during the day.

There are no assigned spaces so please self-manage in partnership with the community and other vendors. We do not provide an electricity source.

Art Vendors are artists, artisans, craftspeople, buskers, musicians and performers. Products should be 100% handcrafted.

Non-art vendors that sell products and services that are not hand-made. please keep in mind, Last Thursday is not a garage sale and you are not protected under freedom of speech. You may be subject to fees or fines the Mayor is attempting to impose.

We do, however, ask that you read and comply with the Last Thursday Guidelines, below.

To maximize foot traffic and minimize conflict with local business owners and neighbors, please provide these courtesies:

  1. ASK FIRST.  Before setting up in front of a business, please receive their permission.
  2. CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.  After packing up at night, take a look around and pack out all trash.
  3. SET UP according to guidelines below

All side streets and intersections up to Alberta St. must be clear of booths for emergency vehicles.

Leave sidewalks open 5 ft for pedestrian and wheel chair access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Maintain clearance within 3 ft radius of fire hydrants.

Keep a clear 18 ft path through the center for people and for emergency vehicle access.

Please avoid blocking all driveways.

Doors and pathways to Alberta businesses must remain clear and open.

Please refrain from placing your table, merchandise, etc. in the street before 5 pm. At 5:00pm you may move into the parking lane; however, for the safety of all, please vend strictly from the sidewalk until after the 6 pm closure.

Parking on Alberta is for load in and load out only. Exceptions:

-vehicles engaged in active vending.

-performer support vehicles.

-special-abled vendors

Last Thursday complies with city sound ordinances. Code requires that street musicians should not be audible farther then 100 feet away (about 1/2 block). If you flow over the specified decibel level. You may be at risk for a citation if you get too loud. (Please be aware that noise violations from the City are $500 for each musician.)

Quiet hours start at 10 p.m.  Alberta neighbors ask that you be respectful and leave quietly and promptly at 10 p.m.

                                                           Thank you! 


For livability/community impact concerns and questions we refer you to Chad Stover:  503-823-4120

While you’re talking to him let him know this event belongs to this community and not in the Mayor’s Office. Tell them they need to work WITH and SUPPORT our community.


  1. Is there a registry or some way we are supposed to sign up for this? Or do we just show up?

    • That depends on what you are planning to vend, but for anyone selling their own art, just show up and find a spot!

    • Ya show up.
      During the peak months, May-Sept. the street is closed and fees are usually required for non-art vendors.
      It is free for all artists, musicians, and performers.

  2. When is the last day for Last Thursday? I am planning to go this Thursday Aug 28h.

  3. I dont see any current comments. Is this still a free event? We are looking for places to sell our wares

  4. Is there a chance this will change in the near future ?

    • Yes, things will change. Mayor Hales will hopefully be leaving office after this summer! (Fingers crossed!)

  5. I want to set up my fruit cart to sell fruit on LT am i able to do so by just showing up?will i have to pay a fee? Who can i call please

  6. Will there be a street closure tomorrow Sept 25 for the event?

    • There will not be a street closure (due to our Mayor) but yes, there is a Last Thursday and all creatives are encouraged to come out, enjoy the beautiful weather and vend.

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