Know Before You Go
The 2020 Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts website.
It’s a concert venue unlike any other: a grassy lawn, sloping down to a modestly-sized stage and bandshell, with an elephant yard on one side and a red ape reserve on the other. For the past 35 years, musicians and fans alike have flocked to the Oregon Zoo each summer to revel in music, sunshine and friends — including those of the feathered and furry varieties.
The annual Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series, which runs June–September, boasts a roster of artists as diverse as the park’s residents, which range from African bullfrogs to Visayan warty pigs. Previous lineups have included performances by legendary rock queen Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Natalie Merchant, local favorite Pink Martini, and a David Bowie tribute by singer and multi-instrumentalist Seu Jorge. More performers include the likes of legend Ziggy Marley, 80’s icons the Indigo Girls and the Violent Femmes, pop darlings Belle and Sebastian, and a collaboration between blues music royalty Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.
Shows start at 7 p.m., with access to the concert area at 5 p.m. Concert tickets also grant zoo access for the full day, so plan to visit the animals before the show. And whether you bring a picnic (no outside beverages) or enjoy the zoo’s selection of local food, beer and wine, be sure to fill up — after all, you wouldn’t want your stomach growling louder than the Amur tigers (or the bands).
With acts that have ranged from Al Green to ZZ Top, McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn are an annual rite of summer and the hottest ticket in town.
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Every August since 1999, Pickathon draws diverse musical performers to celebrate music and the outdoors at the lush Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland.