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Your Guide to DWP

PHOTO CREDIT: Fernando Rodriguez and Celeste Noche

Not sure where to start, but know you're ready to attend events during Design Week? We kick off this Saturday. Here's the quickest way to register for events and make sure you've got a spot at the best programming during the week.

Step 1:
Sign up for an account to get started.

Step 2:
Pick from the 350+ events and open houses that still have space and register. Your account isn't enough to get you into events – you need to sign up. Feeling overwhelmed? We've got itineraries to help you browse by areas of interest.

Step 3:
Follow us on Instagram for previews and daily recommendations during the festival, and use #dwpdx to share your view from the ground.


Does membership get me into events?

No, membership alone does not get you into events. The festival is a collection of independently organized events, and each is managing its own registration process. You need an account to be able to easily organize and register for the events that interest you, but you must secure a ticket for the events you’re planning to attend.

Do events cost extra?

While many events are free or low cost, some do charge a fee. Each organizer determines their own ticketing, and whether they need financial support from attendees in order to make their event possible. Design Portland doesn’t take any proceeds from ticketing.

What if I only want membership for a year?

No problem! Once you register, you can let us know that you don’t want a renewing account. Just press a button and it’ll be a one-time charge.

Why are things different this year?

After 7 years of providing a lot of things for free, our organization is facing some realities for the long term: either we get support from our community, or we won’t be able to survive. Membership in Design Portland will sustain our shared community by enabling us to continue this work. And it will provide value beyond the festival, all year round, through an ongoing calendar, a directory of community members, and editorial content.

What if I can't afford membership?

We’re working on a model for everyone to be able to join, but in the meantime, please get in touch with us if membership presents a hardship. We want you to be part of this.