City Hall Grand Opening Event

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us to celebrate the completion of Lake Oswego's new City Hall and plaza! The Lake Oswego City Hall & Plaza Grand Opening celebration will take place on Tuesday, September 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 380 A Avenue.

Please note, the City will be following all state COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks in all public indoor and outdoor settings.

Festivities will include:

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony (6 p.m.)
  • Building tours 
  • Live music 
  • Games & activities
  • Touch-a-Truck (fire truck, police cars)
  • Food trucks 
  • Free snow cones 
  • Time capsule display
  • Atrium art sneak peek - information on the new public art piece that will be installed later this year from the “Percent for Art Program” will be available on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The design will be a Mobius strip that symbolizes the changes of land over time and provide a sense of connection for the community as they partake in civic engagement in this grand new building. Artist Lillian is the creator. Ms. Pitt is a Pacific Northwest Native American artist whose ancestors lived in and near the Columbia River Gorge. The focus of her work is creating contemporary fine art pieces that delight today’s art lovers, and at the same time, honor the history and legends of her people.  
  • Historic Then and Now exhibit: City Hall Through the Years by the Oswego Heritage Council

There’s more!

New Sculptures, Docent Tours, People’s Choice Dedication, ARTspace Exhibition

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is teaming up with the City of Lake Oswego on September 21 to celebrate the new City Hall building, and the addition of 12 new Gallery Without Walls rotating public art pieces.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Arts Council’s ARTspace Gallery, located in Suite A of the new City Hall building, will host a variety of activities for the whole family to celebrate the new Gallery Without Walls sculptures. Visitors will have the opportunity to take a docent-led tour, meet the artists to hear about their process, and be a part of this year’s People’s Choice dedication, Dependent Arising: Owl and Lemming with artist Terresa White. Dedication will be at 6:15 p.m. and docent-led tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. To be a part of the docent-led tours, community members are to gather in front of the ARTspace Gallery by 6:20 p.m. Kids can pick up a celebratory coloring book and all visitors are welcome to view the ARTspace Gallery and the amazing artwork from 45 artists in the exhibition, Abandoned: Images of What Remains.

Booktique

The BOOKtique will also celebrate the building’s grand opening at their City Hall location in Suite B. For the Grand Opening, following the theme of “Books Open the Door to the World,” most books will be 20% off. Refreshments from around the world will be served and there will also be door prizes and other surprises including a visit from the Cat in the Hat. 

The BOOKtique has been selling used books, movies, and puzzles in Lake Oswego since 1991, when it was founded by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. All profits go to support Library programs such as LO Reads, author series, summer reading programs, and other programs.