Local Activities for the Summer of 2022



Gresham might be small, but it offers some great activities

Britney Henderson, Staff Writer

With summer approaching, there are plenty of events and activities right here in Gresham to keep you occupied over the next three months.

Gresham has a long running tradition of farmers markets. The most famous being every Saturday from 8:30am-2:00pm in the Arts Plaza, downtown Gresham. This market features a wide variety of vendors selling anything from fresh fruit and produce to handmade products and crafts. In addition to vendors, many food and drink carts are positioned alongside other booths.

Another famous market in the area is the Peoples Market at Rockwood. Located at the Rockwood Market Hall, it is open every Sunday from 1:00pm-5:00pm all the way until August 28th. This indoor and outdoor market showcases nearly 40 vendors with a focus on diversity. Some of the many products sold include food and homemade remedies.

More outdoor events this summer include Music Mondays and the Gresham Arts Festival. Music Mondays are a weekly event held every Monday from July 5th to August 30th in the Arts Plaza. Live music from a variety of genres will be highlighted alongside local food vendors. The Arts Festival is a single day event. July 16th from 9:00am-5:00pm, visit the Arts Plaza to walk through vendors of handmade artwork. Jewelry, photography, painting, and many more forms of art will be for sale. On top of that, free interactive activities are available to create your own art.

All events can be found on the City of Gresham website, under the events tab, if you wish to attend or find more details.

For those who prefer to do things on their own time, the Multnomah County Library is hosting their annual Summer Reading Program. This program begins June 16th and ends August 30th, the objective being to read 45 days over the summer. Reading doesn’t have to be picking up a physical book, it also includes listening to podcasts or audio books.  To participate, visit your nearest library location (downtown Gresham or Rockwood) and pick up a game board. You may also participate online by downloading the Beanstack app. Fill out your digital or physical game board and return to the library after every 15 days you’ve read to get a prize. After completing the challenge, return one last time to the library to get a free shirt as well as enter your name to win a grand prize drawing. Visit your nearest Multnomah County Library, or their website, for more information.