Broadway in Bloom 2023


By Burgin Utaski

On July 14th, the streets of NE 17th between Broadway and Weidler came alive with the vibrant and eco-conscious event, Broadway in Bloom! The community gathered to celebrate health, sustainability, and active transportation in a lively atmosphere filled with music, food, and engaging activities. Thank you to the Bottleneck Blues Band, who set the perfect tone for a night of fun and festivities.

What made Broadway in Bloom stand out from other events was its strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental consciousness. The event was made possible by the collaboration with Bold Reuse, a sustainable company that provides reusable containers for food and beverage vendors. The initiative was a resounding success, boasting an impressive 97.7% return rate of the reusable containers, reflecting the community’s dedication to reducing waste and promoting reusable solutions!

Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of participants, all dedicated to fostering a greener and healthier community. Go Lloyd provided free bike repair services, encouraging eco-friendly transportation options for locals. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation’s booth offered information about their vital pollinator work. Meanwhile, Ridwell took the lead in supporting the low-waste initiative by providing onsite plastics recycling and sharing valuable insights about their expanded recycling services.

The sustainability theme continued with The Realm Refillery, encouraging attendees to bring their own jars and bottles for refills of various household products. Way of Being displayed an array of zero-waste home goods, inspiring visitors to adopt more sustainable practices in their everyday lives.

Gardening enthusiasts were not left out, as Master Gardeners shared valuable tips and tricks for nurturing plants and creating green spaces. Feed Em Freedom offered locally-grown produce for purchase, promoting the importance of supporting local farmers and reducing food miles.

Broadway in Bloom wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors, Happy Leaf Dispensary, and Portland Events & Film. Their commitment to the community and environmental consciousness contributed to the event’s success.

Broadway in Bloom demonstrated how a community can come together to celebrate health, sustainability, and transportation while having a great time. With such enthusiastic participation and a strong commitment to sustainable practices, it’s evident that Broadway in Bloom will continue to bloom and inspire positive change in the community for years to come.