Connect with fellow attendees at this legendary party that launches hundreds of events across the city. This is a kickoff you won't want to miss, with design activations, food trucks, a street closure with parklet installations, and our famous live photo booth. You'll also get a first look inside Custom Blocks, our hosts and inner SE Portland's newest creative space.

Plastic Sunshine, our lead design partner for the Opening Party, is making sure there will be plenty of eye candy to enjoy. They're curating contributions from OMFGCO, Jolby & Friends, Holst Architecture, Factory North, Craig Winslow, and Ian LeBlanc, and installations printed by PVS Graphics and lighting by Gearhead. Relax for a tick in a zome from Kodama Zomes, light up your life with features from Acme Scenic and, as always, get your countenance recorded for posterity at our Live Photo Booth. Scott Edwards Architecture will provide a rad VR booth, too!

Imbibe beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery (the Official Beer of Design Week) and wine from our official wine sponsor, Cerulean Wine, served up by Merit Badge at the bar. Come hungry because we'll have tacos, burgers and pizza.

Custom Blocks by Shane Kucera of Fortis Construction

The opening party venue will be Custom Blocks, which was once a manufacturing facility for Custom Stamping & Manufacturing, built in the 1940s and 1950s. Portland's Capstone Partners transformed the buildings into 72,000 square feet of creative office space across two blocks, and gave it a name that honors the history of the space.

Custom Blocks preserves the industrial soul of the the Central Eastside, complemented by modern design and infrastructure upgrades. The space has ceilings of up to 30 feet, expansive floor plans braced by exposed 200 year-old timber, two rooftop decks, bike parking, conversation alcoves, and many other amenities. This is chance to see how the Central Eastside is adapting to the future of Portland jobs.

We can't wait to launch the week with Portland's design community, and give everyone a first look at this incredible space. Head over to the event page to get your ticket!

Event Details

Where: Custom Blocks, 925 SE Main
When: Saturday, April 14, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Organizer: Design Week Portland
Cost: $15