Summer Guide: Best places to catch an outdoor concert

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After months of enjoying the Pacific Northwest music scene indoors, what better way to soak up the sun and sounds of the summer concert season than an outdoor venue?

There are several outdoor shows in the Portland area that offer something for all musical tastes. Check out the unforgettable lineups at these concert venues and festivals for an unforgettable musical experience!

Concert venues:

Concerts on the Lawn at McMenamin’s Edgefield (Troutdale)

Each year, the folks at McMenamins books an incredible lineup of talented musicians into their Concerts on the Lawn at the historic Edgefield Hotel in Troutdale. Grab some food, a cold beer, and find a seat on the open lawn to enjoy a great outdoor show!

Summer Concerts at the Oregon Zoo (Portland)

Catch a wild show with the animals at the Oregon Zoo’s Summer Concerts series! The zoo brings in musical talents as diverse as the species you’ll see when heading to the venue. The wide open amphitheater lets you take in the sights while also enjoying a great performance!

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (Ridgefield)

A short drive up I-5 and you’ve reached one of the biggest open air venues in the Portland metro area! The Sunlight Supply Amphitheater boasts a lineup of several pig name acts, and the widespread seating and great sound ensure there’s great seating across the venue!


Music Fest Northwest presents Project Pabst (Portland):

Music Fest Northwest is a longstanding tradition of great music in Portland, now held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. MFNW is now partnering with the Project Pabst music festival to bring Portland a lineup that has a healthy mix of genres to give music fans (21 and older) a fun weekend of tunes.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz (Vancouver):

Revel in a weekend filled with the best jazz music and delicious wines over the course of the two-day Vancouver Wine & Jazz festival at Esther Short Park.

Pickathon (Happy Valley):

About a half-hour drive from the heart of Portland sits Pendarvis Farm, host of the Pickathon Music Festival. For a full weekend, the trees and meadows of the Happy Valley farm are transformed into a stunning music venue - interspersed with stages as unique as the acts that play them.

PDX Pop Now (Portland):

Each year, the front-runners of Portland’s indie music scene come together for a free three-day, all-ages festival - PDX Pop Now - held underneath the Hawthorne Bridge. Find your new favorite local band and enjoy watching them compete in the time-honored traditional Rigsketball Tournament.

Harefest (Canby):

Relive the music you know and love Harefest, the Pacific Northwest's largest tribute band festival that brings together the best cover groups around for a two-day festival in the woods near Canby.

Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland):

For the last three decades, the Waterfront Blues Festival has been an essential facet to Portland's summer concert scene. The 5-day festival brings food, brews, and (most importantly) blues to Tom McCall Waterfront Park and also serves as the biggest annual fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank.

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