It takes a fair amount of rain to keep Portland’s trees green and flowers blooming, so by June, we’re all more than ready for a long string of warm, sunny days. That pent-up desire for sunny weather may explain our skill at making the most of the long days and warm nights with outdoor concerts.
Get to as many as you can!
The concerts on the lawn at the Oregon Zoo span summer and the decades — 2013 was the 35th year for the beloved series, which draws big names like the Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty and Chris Isaak. Tickets include full-day admission to the zoo, so you can say hi to baby elephant Lily while you’re there.
These ticketed performances include the unparalleled perk of evening admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Beer, wine and dinner boxes are for sale (and you can pre-order dinner).
On summertime First Thursdays, head to the rooftop of the Ecotrust building in the Pearl District for a free concert — plus local pizza and beer for sale, and environmentally themed displays.
These free concerts on the patio at Doug Fir Lounge feature fun local bands and great food and drink deals.
Downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts free lunchtime concerts every Tuesday and Thursday.
Free Wednesday-evening concerts in the plaza next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Food and drink for sale; limited seating available.
Free weekend concerts, performed by a full symphony orchestra, in some of Portland’s most gorgeous parks.
Free concerts in parks around the city almost every night in July and August.