Music

Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

Music Events in Portland

Portland overflows year-round with live shows and music festivals.

Classical Music in Portland

Portland's opera, symphony and other companies offer an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.

5 to try

Live Music Venues

These five venues showcase some of the best live music in each of the city's five quadrants.

  • Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

    This grand Italian rococo theater is a historic building and performing arts center whose Broadway marquee is crowned by a 65-foot-high “Portland” sign illuminated with 6,000 lights.

  • Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar

    Located in Portland’s historic Mississippi District, Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar is an acclaimed former Baptist church turned recording studio turned music venue (and home of great burgers).

  • Wonder Ballroom

    The wooden floors and cozy quarters of this 1914 restored building offer an intimate setting for a variety of artists, ranging from metal and hardcore to indie, pop and beyond.

  • McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

    See shows of every genre at this historic venue, which boasts vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers and a famous “floating” dance floor. Downstairs, Lola’s Room hosts smaller shows while Ringlers Pub serves McMenamins ales and pub fare.

  • Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

    East Burnside’s iconic Doug Fir is known for live shows in the lounge downstairs, hearty brunch and generous dinner plates enjoyed in the mid-century meets log-cabin dining room.

Free Live Music and Comedy in Portland

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Upcoming Music Picks

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Siren Nation Festival
Nov. 7–17, 2019

Siren Nation Festival

Various Locations Free

The 2019 Siren Nation Festival presents a stunning musical lineup, a night of the best comedians from the Northwest, a visual art show with outstanding Northwest artists, an art and craft sale and free workshops, held throughout November 7-17. Schedule and venues vary daily; some events are free, and others require a cover. Please visit…

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The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
Nov. 12–13, 2019

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

Keller Auditorium $35-$65

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ,…

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Portland's Singing Christmas Tree
Nov. 22–Dec. 1, 2019

Portland's Singing Christmas Tree

Keller Auditorium $20-$60

Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree is back at Keller Auditorium for a spectacular new holiday extravaganza. Special guest artists Katie Harman and Georgene Rice and all-new show-stopping numbers. This is a Christmas celebration you will not want to miss.

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Sing Out, Portland! A Celebration of Community in Music
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019

Sing Out, Portland! A Celebration of Community in Music

The Old Church Concert Hall $20

Sing Out, Portland! is a benefit concert intended to showcase the best parts of a city that we love here in the Pacific Northwest. The night will consist of three to four local musical artists at The Old Church, a beautiful 300-seat venue which also happens to be a historic landmark. Every single dollar from…

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Black Nativity 2019
Nov. 28–Dec. 15, 2019

Black Nativity 2019

Bethel AME Church $7-$25

By Langston Hughes. The show was originally first performed off-Broadway on December 11, 1961 and the first play written by an African American to be staged there. Traditional holiday carols are sung in gospel style with a few additional songs selected for the show. This powerful holiday musical will appeal to everyone regardless of their…

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Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Every year, thousands of Portlanders gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square to celebrate the lighting of the spectacular 75 Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. Join up for a community sing-a-long (limited edition holiday songbooks will be available at the event or for download on our website). Pre-show entertainment begins at 5 p.m. With a…

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White Album Xmas
Dec. 4–14, 2019

White Album Xmas

Alberta Rose Theatre $37.50-$57.50

White Album Xmas has become a tradition – a way to keep Portland weird during the holiday season. The Nowhere Band – a full 15-piece Beatles orchestra plays the White Album in its entirety, while the jugglers, aerialists, clowns and acrobats of the Portland Circus Allstars present feats of remarkable strength, focus and dexterity. Guaranteed…

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Portland Night Market
Ongoing

Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District Free

The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.

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