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!
Oregon Zoo Concerts
The concerts on the lawn at the Oregon Zoo span summer and the decades — 2018 was the 40th 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 the elephants while you’re there.
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.
Musicians and fans alike flock to concerts at the Oregon Zoo each summer to enjoy live music, sunshine and friends.
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
Music on Main
Summer Free for All Concerts in the Park
Free concerts in parks around the city almost every night in July and August.
Portland Festival Symphony
Free weekend concerts, performed by a full symphony orchestra, in some of Portland’s most gorgeous parks.
Portland Saturday Market, the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the United States, opens every Saturday and Sunday from March–December. The market combines the vibes of an arts show, a live street concert and an open-air bazaar, this riverside market has been a beloved Rose City tradition since 1974. In fact, the market is considered the largest…
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.