Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival

Enjoy live blues music and fireworks from the shore or on the water.

Waterfront Blues FestivalThe Waterfront Blues Festival draws crowds every Fourth of July weekend.

Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park. This Independence Day celebration of America’s most heartfelt musical genre has featured masters like the Steve Miller Band, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, Booker T, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant, Taj Mahal Trio and more alongside acclaimed upstarts. This year’s lineup is headlined by Chris Isaack and Joss Stone.

Wailing into the waters of the Willamette since 1987, this annual event is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and second biggest in the U.S. Five days of music bring thousands to the popular Portland park, where more than 80 acts jam from morning until night.

Midnight blues cruises and after-hours shows help spread the music all over town. But, no doubt, the biggest scene is on the waterfront, where festive sunbathers soak in the tunes, stretch out on blankets and dance on the grass while the talented musicians fill the air with blues and everything benefits the Oregon Food Bank.

From the Calendar

30th Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival

June 30, 2017 – July 4, 2017

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Oak Street and Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97204

The annual Waterfront Blues Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with another lineup of the best in blues music, including Chris Isaac, Joss Stone, Big Head…


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