Thursdays in July: Ecotrust Sundown Concert Series

Sundown at Ecotrust - Thursdays in JulyEcotrust heats up July evenings with the fifth edition of the Sundown Concerts. Sundown is quintessential summer in Portland – equal parts indie concert, block party, and classic Portland street fair. It’s back, for an even better fifth year, Thursdays in July starting 7/10 at 5:30 pm, at the Ecotrust Natural Capital Center. And it’s still free.

Each evening, the musical performances will be complemented by a themed street fair-style Showcase, featuring over 40 organizations working in the Pacific Northwest, delivering inventive solutions within conservation and environmentally-responsible enterprise. These family-friendly events feature the “Sundown Kid’s Corner” hosted by Metro Parent’s Kids Calendar, with art and educational activities to keep the little rockers happy. Cold frothy beverages and tasty local fare will be provided by Hot Lips Pizza and Laughing Planet. The series will be powered by a green power source.

WHEN: Thursdays in July (10, 17, 24, 31) from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

WHERE: Ecotrust’s Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Parking Lot. 721 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97209

JULY 10 | ENERGY Music: Portland Cello Project and an All Ages Dance Party

Sundown Kids Corner features fun free activities for kids of all ages, including:
Handmade crafts with Portland Child Art Studio. Kids will have the opportunity make little puppets, paint with straws and create other toys out of craft materials
Finger puppets with Little Wing. Energize those little fingers by creating your own Rock ‘n’ Roll finger puppet. Inspired by the Jackson 5.

JULY 17 | WATER Music: Magic Mouth with Brainstorm

Sundown Kids Corner features fun free activities for kids of all ages, including:
Blue art with Portland Child Art Studio. Kids will have the opportunity to create beautiful art with different shades of blue.
Jelly fish tambourine with Little Wing. Make your own jelly fish tambourine using repurposed materials. Inspired by the Beatles’ Octopus’ Garden.

JULY 24 | FORESTRY Music: The Builders and the Butchers with Melville

Sundown Kids Corner features fun free activities for kids of all ages, including:
Leaf art with Portland Child Art Studio and Northwest Children’s Theater. Kids will have the opportunity to work with nature to create beautiful art. They can also make figures and other forest creations.
Learn how to identify clouds with The Oregon Virtual Academy and K¹² and take home your very own cloud camera.

JULY 31 | FOOD Music: Alela Diane with Lost Lander

Sundown Kids Corner features fun free activities for kidsof all ages, including:
Art crafts with Portland Child Art Studio.
Create fun balloon animals with Northwest Children’s Theater.
Travel to Japan with The Oregon Virtual Academy and K¹².  Make your own beginner chopsticks and then bring home your practice Bento box and use them at home.
Crafts with Kids Klubhouse.

All concerts will be powered by a biodiesel/wind/solar generator and bike commuters will be rewarded with a free bike valet on-site.

Pedal, Listen and Connect on Thursdays in July at Ecotrust.

About Ecotrust:
Ecotrust’s mission is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies and ecosystems here and around the world. Over more than 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $80 million in grants into more than $800 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust’s many innovations include co-founding the world’s first environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and
environmental decision making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it takes inspiration from the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership. Learn more at

About Portland Children’s Art Studio:
Portland Children’s Art Studio is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the perceptual development of children through artistic learning. Our studio space is designed to be an integral part of the learning process, allowing children to be fully immersed and engaged in their own creative process of exploration and discovery.  

About Little Wing: 
Little Wing, the most innovative music classes for your pre-schooler. Here at Little Wing we are all about enabling creativity and confidence. Music is that magical avenue into a little soul with untapped ideas, images, and movement. We aim to unearth that potential.

About Northwest Children’s Theater: 
The mission of Northwest Children’s Theater and School is to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of young audiences. NWCT produces four Mainstage shows per year and administers one of the largest theater schools on the west coast.

About The Oregon Virtual Academy and K¹²
The Oregon Virtual Academy and K¹² give students in grades K–12 across Oregon the chance to learn in the ways that are right for them. ORVA is a full-time, non-profit, public charter school that allows families to learn at home with K12’s award-winning curriculum, individualized learning plans, the support of Oregon-certified teachers, and an active community of local families.

Emily Bobbe

Emily Bobbe

I am a student at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, majoring in advertising and minoring in fine art. I enjoy traveling, reading and being with my family.
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