In the Rose City, there’s no reason to enjoy only one great thing at a time. Portland is chock-full of delightful collaborations (maple bars and bacon, anyone?). One of the city’s favorite and most hotly anticipated duos, however, comes only once a year: MusicFestNW presents Project Pabst. This annual music festival has rocked the city since 2000, and was named one of the most authentic American experiences by Time magazine.
Returning Aug. 26–27, 2017, to Tom McCall Waterfront Park, MusicFestNW presents Project Pabst (or “MFNWpPP,” for short) brings together two of the things locals love the most: beer and live music. Rain or shine, attendees will enjoy a weekend of major headliners and up-and-coming artists — along with plenty of beer, of course.
MFNWpPP’s diverse range of performers gives attendees the opportunity to see their longtime favorites while also discovering new and emerging musicians. Best of all, the fun is condensed into one weekend and a single venue. Several Portland-based musical acts are included in the lineup, showing off the city’s thriving music scene.
This year brings a bevy of major national and international acts to Portland’s waterfront, including Beck, Spoon, Father John Misty, Nas and Iggy Pop. Emerging artists also hitting the festival’s two stages include rapper Noname, hip hop up-and-comer Lizzo and Portland’s own The Last Artful, Dodgr.
- Bring your ID. This event is open only to attendees 21 years and older, so be sure to bring some kind of photo identification with you.
- Stay hydrated. Attendees are permitted to bring two factory-sealed water bottles, and there will be water refill stations on site. Beer, wine, water and soft drinks will also be for sale, and several local food carts and restaurants will be selling food.
- Stay cool. This is an entirely outdoor event, so organizers recommend bringing plenty of sun protection. Double up on sunscreen and consider wearing a hat and sunglasses. Lightweight, unrestrictive clothing and comfortable shoes are also recommended for keeping cool (and dancing!).
- Take public transit. Car parking is limited, so consider taking public transportation or commuting by bike or foot. Plenty of bicycle parking will be available at the venue, and the park is accessible by TriMet bus and MAX light rail. Check TriMet’s website for more information.
- Know what not to bring. Be sure to leave the following prohibited items at home: weapons, professional cameras (SLR/DSLRs with detachable lenses), illegal substances, spray bottles, laser pens, glow sticks, chairs, musical instruments, sleeping bags, umbrellas, walkie-talkies and outside food and drink.