Get Your Groove On: Outdoor Summer Concert Guide
Nothing says summer like live music under a gorgeous sky. Here in Portland we are surrounded by amazing options for live tunes, dancing, frolic and merriment – and all with food, drink and people-watching galore thrown in. Some of our family-faves are on farms and others are in the thick of downtown’s urban scene. Some of these shows are along the river and some are in a parking lot. Regardless of where you are or what amazing sounds you are tapping your toes to, it is who you are with that counts most. So grab yer partners, neighbors, kiddos and co-workers, and make some magic on those dance floors. Treble makers unite!
Kruger’s Farm Tunes Series
Come to hear music by popular jazz, rock and bluegrass names. While you’re there, check out the pleasures of farm life: farm animals, hayrides, berry picking. You can bring a picnic or purchase a wood-fired pizza, beer and wine on site, but leave dogs at home on concert nights.
Jun 20 – Aug 29, Thursdays
$10 per car
Bella Organic Saturday Harvest Concert Series
Another Sauvie Island farmadise is jumping into the outdoor family-friendly concert fest. Bella Organic is rocking our worlds on Saturday nights all summer long. You can bring a picnic or buy food and wine. Plus hayrides, u-pick berry action and plenty of farm animals are on hand as well.
June 29 – September 28, Saturdays
$10 per car
Oregon Zoo Concert Series
See world-class artists like Huey Lewis & The News, The Doobie Brothers and The Indigo Girls performing under the stars at the zoo’s amphitheater.
June 22 – Sept 6, nights vary
$20 and up for ages 3 and older
Sundown at Ecotrust Concert Series
The fourth annual free concert series that is also one part farmers market and one part innovation showcase, will once again bring amazing music to their stage in The Pearl on Wednesday evenings in July. Each week will focus on a different aspect of green living; July 10 is protecting water, July 17 is re-imagining energy, July 24 treasuring forests and July 31 is honoring food.
July 10 – July 31, Wednesdays
Music on Main Street
PCPA’s Music on Main Street plunks popular local bands right in the middle of the streets of Portland (Main Street between SW Broadway and Park) for free, family-friendly shows. There is food and wine on site and plenty of room for dancing.
July 10 – August 28, Wednesdays
Noon Tunes at Pioneer Square
Downtown Portland’s longest running free concert series, featuring some of the best local and regional musical artists—not to mention food and drink—to entertain the crowds.
July 9 – August 15, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Plaza Palooza: OCC Free Concert Series
Presented by the Oregon Convention Center and 101.9 Kink.fm these free concerts are held in the OCC Plaza across the street from the Oregon Convention Center (between NE MLK Jr. Blvd. and NE Grand Ave). Food, wine and beer are all for sale as well!
July 11- August 29,Thursdays
Tualatin Parks Concert and Theater Series
This year’s line-up includes Quarterflash, Journey tribute band Stone in Love, and local legend Curtis Salgado.
July 6 – August 22, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays
Portland Parks Summer Concert series
Rootsy rock ‘n roll, swingin’ R&B, Western honky tonk, and volcanic psychobilly blues. During July and August you can enjoy over 40 different concerts in parks across our fair city.
July 1 – August 28, nearly nightly
6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm (varies)
Lake Oswego’s Summer Concert Series
Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation hosts two summer concert series: Moonlight and Music (Sundays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm); and Sounds of Summer. (Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm).
July 7 – August 28
Portland Festival Symphony
For over three decades, the Portland Festival Symphony has presented free classical music concerts in Portland’s public parks. Sometimes the children are encouraged to participate in special selections with play instruments that they can take home.
July 27 – August 18, Saturdays and Sundays
Washington Park Summer Festival
Showcasing a diverse array of performances, the free concert series draws thousands each year to the Washington Park Amphitheater for music and art under the summer sky. Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will be kicking off the event this year.
August 1-10, nightly
Which summer concert will you be attending with your little rock n’ rollers?
– Liz Overson
Thanks for the photos Portland Festival Symphony, Sellwood Riverfront Concerts and Plaza Palooza Facebook pages and Sundown at EcoTrust!