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Pickathon, located just 15 miles from Portland at Pendarvis Farms, aims to be the best, most sustainable and unique music festival experience in the Northwest. (Photo credit: Brud Giles)

Oregon’s festival season is springing upon us, which means sunshine and warm weather are within arm’s reach. Oregon has a myriad of festivals hosted around the state each year, but I am going to share with you some our biggest and best music festivals — because music is what makes the world go round, after all.

Oregon has an eclectic mix of music festivals that will satisfy an array of different genre lovers, while also being fun for all ages and reasonably affordable — festivals featuring indie rock, pop, country, bluegrass/folk, electronic, classical, jazz… and the list goes on. We have big festivals that receive national attention and we have lots of little festivals that cater to a local audience.

Greater Portland

Waterfront Blues Festival (June 30 – July 4, 2016)
The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland is the largest blues festival on the West Coast. It not only brings a stellar lineup each year, but is the number one fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank (raising over $10 million and 1,000 tons of food for hunger relief in its 30 years). The festival has grown steadily in size and reputation each year and is now recognized as one of the nation’s premier blues festival.

Pickathon (August 3-6, 2017)
Pickathon, the “biggest little music festival in the Northwest,” is a truly unique multi-day outdoor music experience, taking place each year at the beautiful Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley (about 30 minutes outside of Portland). While Pendarvis Farm’s 80 acres offers plenty of space, Pickathon wants to remain intimate by offering only 3,500 tickets. It’s also the first outdoor music festival in the U.S. to go plastic free. With over 50 bands representing just about every genre of music and multiple hand-built stages (art pieces of themselves), the music never stops. Pickathon is also family-friendly; kids under 12 get in free with their families and can choose from a jammed-packed schedule of activities, including 3.5 miles of LED-lighted trails.

Project Pabst (August 26-27, 2017)
After 15 years as Portland’s largest and most successful music festival, MusicfestNW upped the ante and joined forces with Project Pabst, a Pabst Brewing-sponsored event that first came to the city in 2014. Both have brought some of the biggest names in rock, hip hop and pop to the Rose City. This year’s new two-day mega festival will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and various other venues throughout Portland.

Hood/Gorge

What The Festival (June 16-19, 2017)
Each summer solstice thousands show up for the electronic dance party in a meadow under starry skies. Expect hoola hoops, belly dancers, feathered headdresses, light shows, a pool party, interactive art and multiple music stages. For 18-and-older only.

Willamette Valley

Oregon Bach Festival ( June 29 – July 15, 2017)
This festival is an annual celebration that celebrates the music and legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach. Based in Eugene, The University of Oregon presents three weeks of an unequaled environment of performance, discovery and community. See and hear the best the classical music world has to offer, from masterworks for chorus and orchestra to rare gems from the vast classical repertoire, performed by internationally heralded music stars under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.

Oregon Jamboree (August 4-6, 2017)
This the Northwest’s unrivaled country music and camping festival set among 20 acres on the foothills of the scenic Cascade Mountains. The Jamboree offers a full festival experience in the main venue and a more intimate atmosphere on the second stage area. Every year some of the biggest names in country perform at this family-style event, which draws attendees from all of the United States.

Willamette Country Music Festival (August 17-20, 2017)
The little town of Brownsville hosts some big names in country music for the four-day Willamette Country Music Festival. Powerhouse Thomas Rhett will grace the stage over the weekend along with singer-songwriter Keith Urban, rocksters Zac Brown Band, and hit-maker Dierks Bentley.

Oregon Coast

Astoria Music Festival (June 11-25, 2017)
With more than 90 musicians performing opera, symphonic and chamber music, the Astoria Music Festival celebrates all the classical greats in two weeks of concerts. 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.

Oregon Coast Music Festival (July 25-29, 2017)
Each year for two weeks in July, the small coastal town of Coos Bay comes alive with the sounds of music for the Oregon Coast Music Festival (OCMF). During week one attendees are treated to the sounds of big band, blues, barbershop, folk and jazz among others. Bands, choirs, quartets and solo performers spend the week playing at venues throughout the town. Week two is where the real musical magic begins when over 80 professional orchestral players, regional and national, come together to perform three orchestral pieces, including a family friendly POPS Concert.

Southern Oregon

Britt Music Festival (June 17 – September 17, 2017)
Britt is a non-profit performing arts festival located in the historic, charming town of Jacksonville. It’s one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor music and arts festival featuring world-class jazz, folk, country, pop, dance and classical music artists. The Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among spectacular natural scenery. This festival brings tens of thousands of music lovers from all over the West to enjoy the world-class performances, educational programs and a casual, beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.

Central Oregon

4 Peaks Music Festival (June 15-18, 2017)
This festival gets its name from the four Cascade Mountain peaks that form a majestic backdrop at the venue: Broken Top, South, Middle and North Sister. The festival strives to bring nationally touring bands to Central Oregon to create an intimate and family-friendly community experience for both the attendees and artists.

Eastern Oregon

Pendleton Whisky Music Fest (July 15, 2017)
When the world-famous Pendleton Whisky puts on a music festival, you know the outcome will be epic. Now in its second year, the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest has attracted big names like Maroon 5 and the Zac Brown Band, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The festival takes place at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds just one month before the annual rodeo.

Bronze Blues & Brews (August 11-12, 2017)
The mountain town of Joseph will get the blues for the 21st 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. Sugar Ray, Victor Wainwright and Rae Gordon are among those rocking the stage, and Oregon craft brewers will do their part.

So, now that you’re a little more in tune with Oregon’s music festivals, I hope you’ll invite your friends and family and come experience one of them firsthand. Start your music trip planning!

about author Allison Keeney

Allison Keeney is a part of Travel Oregon's Communications Team. When she's not blogging or photographing the thriving music scene in Portland, you'll find this native Oregonian exploring the many wonders of her home state, savoring the bounty of local craft beverages and eateries, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

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  1. Erika Sanchez says…

    Hello Allison.
    Perhaps you haven’t heard of us, but here we are, Oregon’s newest classical music festival: the OREGON MUSIC FESTIVAL (www.oregonmusicfest.org) This year, the festival features its educational arm, Orpheus Academy, featuring Orchestral Training Program, violin masterclass, and a concert of great music on June 19 at First Baptist Church (909 SW 11th Ave.). Featured soloist is Canadian violinist Carla Trynchuk; Travis Hatton is the conductor. Please see our website.
    Please spread the word.
    Thank you,
    Erika Sanchez, Managing Director
    OMF

    Written on June 13th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  2. Allison Keeney says…

    Hi Erika,

    Thank you for this information. I hope you had a successful and fun festival this year! We would love information for next year’s festival so we can put it on our calendar of events. Feel free to email me anytime.

    All the best,

    Allison

    Written on June 26th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  3. Scott Graves says…

    Hi Allison!
    Just wanted to let you and your readers know about a brand new festival on the Southern Oregon Coast that our nonprofit is doing to raise money for music in the schools. The event is called the Wild Rivers Music Festival. The two-day festival features 50 vendors highlighting local breweries, restaurants, artisans and the following bands: Hot Buttered Rum, T Sisters, Dead Winter Carpenters, Achilles Wheel, Patchy Sanders, Moon Mountain Ramblers and Supermule. More information on Facebook and http://www.wildriversmusicfestival.com
    Thanks!
    Scott Graves
    festival co-founder

    Written on June 22nd, 2015 / Flag this Comment
  4. Fred Wickman says…

    Hi Allison,

    Just thought I would let you know we are coming up on or 6th annual Music In The Mountains festival at the Prospect Historic Hotel Bed & Breakfast Inn – Motel and Dinner House.

    All Day Saturday – September 26th and Sunday – September 27th, 2015
    ‘Music in the Mountains’ on the Prospect Historic Hotel grounds. Two days of local Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Americana Music. Starting at 10am Saturday and Sunday Sept. 26th & 27th. A wonderful collection of original music performed by Pacific Northwest Bands.. Enjoy great food, local wines and beers. Craft Booths, Quilt Show and more. Tickets are only $22 for one day or $35 for a 2 day pass. Call Prospect Hotel 541-560-3664 or visit http://www.prospecthotel.com/bluegrass.html for more info. Sponsored by Mike’s RV Service of Central Point. Bring lawn blankets and chairs, For some of the best fun, there is an open ‘Jammin’ on the Veranda’ Friday night Sept 25 at 8pm. Then another open Jam Session on Saturday night at 9pm.

    The last weekend of September has predictably pleasant weather for the Upper Rogue’s Premier Music Festival where superb bands create their original combination of Folk, Bluegrass, Americana and Country music for your enjoyment. Seated on the lawn of the majestic Prospect Hotel grounds, surrounded by hundreds of spectacular trees you will be entertained with each genre performed by delightful, multi-talented musicians from the Pacific Northwest.
    Each morning Prospect’s Search and Rescue Team offers a benefit breakfast from 7-9am. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a GREAT weekend in Prospect at ‘Music in the Mountains”! Saturday September 26th & Sunday September 27th 2015. SORRY but NO PETS will be allowed.
    Our rooms fill up fast at the Prospect Hotel (www.prospecthotel.com), so make your reservations early! There are rooms available in Shady Cove and loads of campsites in the area. This promises to be another great event at the Prospect Hotel! Stay an extra night or two and explore the wonders of the Rogue River and Crater Lake National Park.
    See us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MusicInTheMountainsatProspectHotel?ref=hl

    Thanks Fred Wickman, Manager

    Written on August 24th, 2015 / Flag this Comment
  5. Block Norlis says…

    Allison and others!
    Apple Jam Music Festival will take place May 20-22 in Southern oregon. Known by many as the most affordable, most community-oriented music festival in the west coast, Apple Jam strives to strengthen the interconnectedness between local business, high caliber musical entertainment, and an appreciation for the outdoors.

    http://Www.applejammusicfestival.com

    Written on December 26th, 2015 / Flag this Comment
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