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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Portland Night Market
Ongoing

Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District

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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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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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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The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Together, Pioneer Courthouse Square and Portland Mall Management, Inc. are hosting the Sixth Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition that was originally held throughout Downtown in the early ’90s. The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is a fun and festive event that will bring caroling groups of all ages to the heart of downtown.

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Tuba Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

Tuba Christmas Concert

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as nearly 300 tubas play in unison for the 29th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown. This event is free and open to the public.

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Portland Old Time Music Gathering
Jan. 15–19, 2020

Portland Old Time Music Gathering

Multiple venues $15-$30

For fans of square dancing, banjo playing, guitar picking and everything else acoustic and old timey, January in Portland is the best time of year, and the upcoming winter will be no different. For its 21st year, the Portland Old Time Gathering will bring together talented musicians — and those who just love to be…

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Reel Music Film Festival
Jan. 24–Feb. 16, 2020

Reel Music Film Festival

Whitsell Auditorium

Featuring a kaleidoscopic selection of genres, movements, labels, bands, and solo artists, the 37th Reel Music film festival features the latest in music film—from intimate portraits to career-spanning celebrations—alongside archival films ripe for re-discovery. Whether your passion is jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world, classical—or anything between—we hope you find something to discover and inspire…

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PDX Jazz Festival
Feb. 20–Mar. 1, 2020

PDX Jazz Festival

Various venues

The Portland Jazz Festival returns every February with a stellar series of concerts and events celebrating Black History Month.

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Waterfront Blues Festival
July 2–5, 2020

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.

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