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The 2020 Waterfront Blues Festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Waterfront Blues Festival website.
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park. This Independence Day celebration of America’s most heartfelt musical genre has featured masters like the Steve Miller Band, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, Booker T, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant, Taj Mahal Trio and more alongside acclaimed upstarts.
Wailing into the waters of the Willamette since 1987, the annual Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and second biggest in the U.S. Four days of music bring thousands to the popular Portland park, where more than 30 acts jam from morning until night.
Midnight blues cruises, late-night dances and after-hours shows help spread the music all over town. But, no doubt, the biggest scene is on the waterfront, where festive sunbathers soak in the tunes, stretch out on blankets and dance on the grass while the talented musicians fill the air with blues and everything benefits the Oregon Food Bank.
Upcoming Dates & Times
- July 2
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Music Festivals in and Near Portland
Looking for a tuneful way to enjoy your time in Portland? Get your tickets now for these exciting annual celebrations.
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
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