Experience the thriving indie-music scene at the 13th annual Musicfest NW. (Photo credit: Musicfest NW)

Whether you march to the beat of a marching band or an electronic one, prefer classical to classic or take your blues without the grass, Oregon has a music festival for you. Summer concerts across the state will help you get your groove on.

Astoria Music Festival (June 14-30, 2013)
With more than 90 musicians performing opera, symphonic and chamber music, the Astoria Music Festival this year celebrates the bicentennials of classical greats Verdi and Wagner. Anyone who appreciates Astoria’s small town elegance can imagine listening to first-rate classical musicians in the art deco grandeur of the historic Liberty Theater.

Britt Festivals (June 15-September 14, 2013)
Southern Oregon likes to throw its outdoor music party all summer long at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville. This year, the natural amphitheater on the estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt will host superstars like Cyndi Lauper, Michael Franti, Chris Isaak and the Doobie Brothers.

4 Peaks Music Festival (June 21-23, 2013)
For a down-home outdoor music party, there’s 4 Peaks Music Festival at the Rocking A Ranch near Bend. Headliners include troubadours Greensky Bluegrass, Portland’s beloved MarchFourth Marching Band and northern California’s Poor Man’s Whiskey, offering what they call “high-octane hootenanny.” Fewer than 500 tickets are available for this intimate, family-friendly event.

What the Festival (July 26-28, 2013)
NBC News wonders if this relatively new festival is the Woodstock of the Millennial Generation. Last year 3,000 people showed up for the inaugural electronic dance party in a meadow under starry skies. Expect hoola hoops, belly dancers, feathered headdresses, light shows, a pool party, interactive art (but please leave your fire-spinning tools at home, organizers ask). For 18-and-older only.

Bronze Blues & Brews (Aug. 9-10, 2013)
The mountain town of Joseph will get the blues for the 17th year in a row with the return of the Bronze Blues & Brews Festival. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly event held at the base of the stunning Wallowa Mountains. Sugaray Rayford, Albert Castiglia and Zac Harmon are among those rocking the stage, and Oregon craft brewers will do their part.

Willamette Country Music Festival (Aug. 16-18, 2013)
The little town of Brownsville will host some big names in country music for the Willamette Country Music Festival. Powerhouse Carrie Underwood will grace the stage over the weekend along with singer songwriter Brad Paisley, named Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist five years running, and hit-maker Darius Rucker.

MusicfestNW (Sept. 3-8, 2013)
Multiple venues across the city of Portland get indie-rockin’ with the 13th annual MusicfestNW, which Time Magazine included in its list of “50 Authentic American Experiences.” Past years have seen the likes of The Decemberists, Smashing Pumpkins and Iron and Wine. Experience the thriving indie-music scene in this city-wide festival.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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  1. Stacy Moritz says…

    You missed a great Oregon music festival! Willimina Wildwood Music Fest and Campout.

    July 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Roshambo ArtFarm – 32380 West Valley Highway – Sheridan, OR 97378

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  2. Will Ginsler says…

    Hey you guys missed the Wildwood Festival! Great roots/rock festival on private land near Willamina OR.

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  3. Heather Jo Cahill says…

    Love it… Though I’ve noticed that you have forgotten to include Willamina’s 2nd annual Wildwood Music Festival. The event begins Friday July 19th and lasts through Sunday July 21st. This is an amazing weekend filled with music, camping and fun for everyone (including your children)! Here’s a link for more info on the live performance and events:


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  4. Meredith Kendall says…

    Great work! But please do check Willamina’s Music Festival. It really is a cool weekend and the lineup is AMAZING!

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  5. Eric Kotila says…

    Don’t forget the amazing “Wildwood Music Festival” this year !!!

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  6. Phil Carrier says…

    There are at least half dozen pure Bluegrass
    Festivals around Oregon during the summer…
    at Bend, at Clatskanie, and others…..
    also The Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas at
    Joseph June 30-July 6
    and the TyghValley Bluegrass Jamboree the last
    weekend in September

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  7. Harry Dowling says…

    Hey, what about the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home?

    Written on May 31st, 2013 / Flag this Comment
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