This summer, grab your picnic basket and blanket and hit the road for one of Oregon’s vibrant outdoor music festivals. With concerts covering almost every genre – you’re sure to find something to dance to. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Brat, Brews and Blues Festival

Head to Klamath Falls to see four of the region’s best blues bands. Located on Klamath Lake, this festival features Texas, Chicago, New Orleans and Classic Blues. What’s more? A bratwurst dinner and locally brewed beers!

Britt Festival

This festival, in Southern Oregon is in it’s 47th year and features performers such as Portland’s own Pink Martini, as well as Elvis Costello, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Blondie. The concerts are held in a naturally-formed amphitheater, surrounded by ponderosa pines.

Music on the Halfshell

In it’s eighteenth year, Music on the Halfshell has attracted performers such as Kathy Mattea, Cowboy Junkies and the Dixie Chicks. What does this year’s lineup hold? You’ll have to check back on May 19th to find out! Music on the Halfshell concerts are always free.

Oregon Jamboree

Country music acts such as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, and Montgomery Gentry headline this 3-day festival in Sweet Home, Ore. Want to attend all 3 days? RV and tent camping sites are available. But, act quickly, tickets are sure to sell out soon!

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival

Catch the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi in Portland’s Waterfront Park this summer. Attracting over 100,000 blues fans, this festival features Etta James, Ryan Shaw and Johnny Winter. In addition to music, there is a Lousiana Pavillion, activities for kids and fireworks on the 4th of July!

Tell us… What are your favorite Oregon Music Festivals?

About the Author: Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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  1. BethAnn Elms says…

    I’ve been for the last couple years enjoying two Bluegrass Festivals not mentioned anywhere in your links that I’ve found so far. One is at Prospect up near Crater Lake, I think in July, and the other is later in the year at Lake Selmac. Both are one-day events with seating on the grass (bring your own cooler and lawn chair) with a fee, but I’ve found both to be very pleasing.

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