The summer festivals and concert series are starting to roll out their lineups, which means it's time to start planning your weekends. If you're savvy (and have a lot of time on your hands), you could probably catch a concert every day between July and September, and we can help with the scheduling. We'll be adding more concerts and lineups as they are announced, so check back frequently.
OUTDOOR CONCERTS A LA CARTE
- July 19—Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
- Aug 1—Sarah Brightman
- Aug 6—Sara Bareilles
- Aug 9—Foster the People with Nonono
- Aug 11—Grouplove and Portugal. The Man
- Aug 12—Ray LaMontagne
- Aug 30—The Head and the Heart
- Aug 21—Beck
- Aug 27—Jack White
- Aug 31—Panic! At The Disco
- Sept 5 & 6—Avett Brothers
- Sept 20—Heart
- Sept 26—Sam Smith
- July 10—Rodney Atkins
- July 12—Carolina Chocolate Drops with Sally Ford
- July 17—Amos Lee
- July 18—Tori Amos
- July 25—Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
- July 27—Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with Rick Springfield
- July 30—Lucinda Williams
- Aug 1—Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
- Aug 8—John Hiatt & The Combo
- Aug 13—Huey Lewis and The News
- Aug 16—Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Aug 22—Pink Martini
- Aug 23—Pink Martini
Sundown at Ecotrust
- July 10—Portland Cello Project
- July 17—Magic Mouth
- July 24—The Builders and the Butchers
- July 31—Alela Diane
- July 26—Cathedral Park
- Aug 2—Laurelhurst Park
- Aug 3—Peninsula Park
- Aug 9—Grant Park
- Aug 10—Washington Park
Music on Main Street
All concerts are free and at 5 pm.
- July 9—Billie and the Holidays – featuring Liz Vice
- July 16 —Nowhere Band
- July 23—Brothers and Sister
- July 30—Vagabond Opera
- Aug 6—Morning Ritual with Ben Darwish
- Aug 13—Melao de Cuba
- Aug 20—Swan Sovereign
- Aug 27—Obo Addy Drummers
- July 16—Linda Hornbuckle Band, Dawson Park
- July 21—Love Gigantic, Sellwood Riverfront Park
- July 25— Brothers of the Baladi, Wallace Park
- July 25—Morning Ritual, Columbia Park Annex
- July 30—Brownish Black, Dawson Park
- Aug 7—Pete Krebs & His Portland Playboys, Couch Park
- Aug 13—Vagabond Opera, Ventura Park
- Aug 14—Sneakin' Out, Berrydale Park
- Aug 15—Thara Memory & Marylin Keller, Lovejoy Fountain
- Aug 27—Copper and Coal, Parklane Park
All concerts are free and at 6 pm.
- Aug 8—Opera in the Park: Norma
- Aug 9—Portland Taiko
- Aug 10—Portland Festival Symphony
- Aug 11—Ural Thomas and the Pain
- Aug 12—Jerry Joseph & the Jack Mormons with Ashleigh Flynn
- Aug 13—The Wizard of Oz (begins at dusk)
- Aug 14—Little Boxes: The Songs of Malvina Reynolds & Pete Seeger
- Aug 15—PDX Jazz presents Nancy King: Just Friends
July 3–6—Waterfront Blues Festival
It's going to be hard for the Blues Fest to top Robert Plant last year, but it's going to try with the likes of Gregg Allman, Los Lobos, Maceo Parker, Lee Field and the Expressions, and more to come.
July 4–6—Sasquatch Weekend #2 - Cancelled
July 17–20—Northwest String Summit
Yonder Mountain String Band invite their many-stringed friends, including some of the biggest names in bluegrass (Sam Bush Band, Railroad Earth, the Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers), to a weekend-long bluegrass jam that keeps folks stomping well into the night.
July 18–20—PDX Pop Now!
PDX Pop Now is the pulse of Portland's musical body—pretty much every band you love in town has played here at one time or another. The fest turned 10 last year by moving to a new location—read our feature looking back at the past 10 years. This year it will return to Audio Cinema.
July 18–20—Wildwood Music Fest
Larry & His Flask, Hillstomp, and Charlie Parr headline this Americana and blues festival outside McMinnville.
July 24–26—Timber Outdoor Music Festival
Family-friendly indie music fest set outside Seattle in Carnation features Charles Bradley, J Mascis, Rocky Votolato, and many Portland artists such as Damien Jurado, the Physics, and Battleme.
July 25–27—Capitol Hill Block Party
A wide variety of local and international rock bands keep Seattle’s densest one-weekend neighborhood up all weekend long. Lineup coming soon.
July 25–27—Northwest World Reggae Festival
Midnite, Don Carlos, Romain Virgo, and Queen Omega headline the 10th anniversary.
Grammy Award winners Nickel Creek. X, Blind Pilot, War on Drugs, Warpaint, Angel Olsen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Valerie June, Foxygen, Son Little, Della Mae, and a slew of other artists for one of the country's best set and organized festivals (can you say "free water" and "delicious food"?).
Aug 1–3—Watershed Fest
Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and Jake Owen head up the three-day country hoedown in the Gorge.
Aug 8–11—Beloved Sacred Art & Music Festival
Vieux Farka Toure, Groundation, Polish Ambasador, and Odesza headline this spirituality-saturated celebration of world and dance music near the Oregon Coast in Tidewater.
Aug 16–17—MusicFest NW
MFNW is undertaking a seismic shift this year. Instead of a week-long fest spread over the entire city, the fest is hunkering down to focus itself on a single weekend at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Girltalk, Phantogram, Spoon, Haim, and Future Islands headline. Early bird tickets go on sale Friday, May 2.
Aug 30–Sept 1—Bumbershoot
Iconic Northwest festival; no lineup announced.
Sept 5–7—Sisters Folk Festival
Blues and bluegrass fans can expect the Duhks, Eric Bibb, Ruth Moody Band, and Sara Hickman, among others at this year’s event.
Worth a Trip
- July 3—Steely Dan
- July 17—Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band
- July 18—Amos Lee
- July 9—Slightly Stoopid with Stephen Marley
- July 10—Jurassic 5
- July 18—Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, and Plain White T's
- Aug 10—ZZ Top and Jeff Beck
- Aug 17—Rebelution
- Sept 17—Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Aug 2—Styx and Foreigner
- Aug 23—Frampton's Guitar Circus featuring Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy
- Sep 13—Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson
Set under the stars in Jackson, Oregon. Some of the highlights who aren't appearing in Portland include:
- Aug 27—Matisyahu with Ozomatli
- Aug 28—The Beach Boys
- Aug 31—Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with The We Shared Milk
- Sept 11—Creedance Clearwater Revisited