Events

Every Outdoor Concert and Festival to Go to in Portland This Summer

Updated On 05/30/2017 at 02:35PM EST Updated On 05/30/2017 at 02:35PM EST
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Jun 3 Sat

Sir Mix-A-Lot After an illustrious career spanning three decades, we’re still only sure of three things regarding Sir Mix-A-Lot: He likes big butts, he can’t lie, and he can’t turn down the piles of cash Portland pays him to show up every six months and remind us he’s still touring.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Sir Mix-A-Lot Tom McCall Waterfront Park After an illustrious career spanning three decades, we’re still only sure of three things regarding Sir Mix-A-Lot: He likes big butts, he can’t lie, and he can’t turn down the piles of cash Portland pays him to show up every six months and remind us he’s still touring.

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Jun 11 Sun

Future Chart-topping Atlanta trap king Future is sure to roll out all the hits this June. Show up early for Migos, who’s latest addition to the Rap Snacks portfolio is lit af, fam.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Future Sunlight Supply Amphitheater Chart-topping Atlanta trap king Future is sure to roll out all the hits this June. Show up early for Migos, who’s latest addition to the Rap Snacks portfolio is lit af, fam.

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Jun 16-19

What the Festival Don’t let the WTFestival’s promotional literature (that it’s a “premiere boutique festival”) scare you. This chill EDM fest that’s connected by a giant wading pool is basically the opposite of Fyre Festival. If the idea of bouncing up and down to Cut Copy on a farm in rural Oregon doesn’t excite you, it’s time to reassess your personal values.

Wolf Run Ranch (Dufur)

What the Festival Wolf Run Ranch (Dufur) Don’t let the WTFestival’s promotional literature (that it’s a “premiere boutique festival”) scare you. This chill EDM fest that’s connected by a giant wading pool is basically the opposite of Fyre Festival. If the idea of bouncing up and down to Cut Copy on a farm in rural Oregon doesn’t excite you, it’s time to reassess your personal values.

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Jun 17 Sat

Tool You don’t need to be a fan of this longstanding prog metal powerhouse to get excited about the idea of seeing lasers and macabre imagery shot out of a stage overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

Gorge Amphitheater (George, WA)

Tool Gorge Amphitheater (George, WA) You don’t need to be a fan of this longstanding prog metal powerhouse to get excited about the idea of seeing lasers and macabre imagery shot out of a stage overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

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Jun 21 Wed

The Shins Natalie Portman may have been wrong about the Shins changing your life, but their recently released album Heartworms is solid proof that James Mercer’s winning blend of Americana and folk-pop still holds up well after Garden State gave them the spotlight they rightfully earned.

Edgefield

The Shins Edgefield Natalie Portman may have been wrong about the Shins changing your life, but their recently released album Heartworms is solid proof that James Mercer’s winning blend of Americana and folk-pop still holds up well after Garden State gave them the spotlight they rightfully earned.

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Jun 21 Wed

Seu Jorge Remember the guy who sang Bowie covers in Portuguese throughout The Life Aquatic? Here’s your chance to sing (and cry) along with them in the flesh.

Oregon Zoo

Seu Jorge Oregon Zoo Remember the guy who sang Bowie covers in Portuguese throughout The Life Aquatic? Here’s your chance to sing (and cry) along with them in the flesh.

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Jun 23 Fri

Ziggy Marley Now that Bob Marley’s likeness is being used to sell everything from blunt wraps to iced tea, it’s a great time to look to his progeny for the authentic soul and spirit of what the reggae legend left behind.

Edgefield

Ziggy Marley Edgefield Now that Bob Marley’s likeness is being used to sell everything from blunt wraps to iced tea, it’s a great time to look to his progeny for the authentic soul and spirit of what the reggae legend left behind.

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Jun 23 Fri

John Prine At the tender age of 70, the magic of Americana hero John Prine’s voice has only gotten better. He’s already fought and won a battle with cancer once, and he’s still touring. Be sure to not miss this one.

Oregon Zoo

John Prine Oregon Zoo At the tender age of 70, the magic of Americana hero John Prine’s voice has only gotten better. He’s already fought and won a battle with cancer once, and he’s still touring. Be sure to not miss this one.

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Jun 28 Wed

Tycho Dreamy electro pop is rarely a thing of marvel in a live setting, but the combo of Tycho’s live band setup and frontman Scott Hansen’s mastery of warm and trippy visuals set his group apart from the pack of laptop-toting chillwavers who might as well be hitting play on iTunes and checking email from their perch on the stage.

Edgefield

Tycho Edgefield Dreamy electro pop is rarely a thing of marvel in a live setting, but the combo of Tycho’s live band setup and frontman Scott Hansen’s mastery of warm and trippy visuals set his group apart from the pack of laptop-toting chillwavers who might as well be hitting play on iTunes and checking email from their perch on the stage.

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Jun 29 Thu

Ryan Adams Every critic’s favorite alt-country superhero has mellowed out a bit since taking a sincere crack at covering Taylor Swift’s superhit 1989 song-for-song, but it’s still against your best interest to shout “Summer of ‘69” while the notoriously cantankerous Adams tunes his own guitars between songs.

Edgefield

Ryan Adams Edgefield Every critic’s favorite alt-country superhero has mellowed out a bit since taking a sincere crack at covering Taylor Swift’s superhit 1989 song-for-song, but it’s still against your best interest to shout “Summer of ‘69” while the notoriously cantankerous Adams tunes his own guitars between songs.

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Jun 30-Jul 4

Portland Waterfront Blues Fest With rent and traffic reaching a breaking point, there’s plenty to be blue about in the Rose City. Air out your sadness by spending four days watching a slew of guys with two first names (Chris Isaak, Dexter Allen, etc) rip through pentatonic scales on guitars that are worth more than your Subaru.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Portland Waterfront Blues Fest Tom McCall Waterfront Park With rent and traffic reaching a breaking point, there’s plenty to be blue about in the Rose City. Air out your sadness by spending four days watching a slew of guys with two first names (Chris Isaak, Dexter Allen, etc) rip through pentatonic scales on guitars that are worth more than your Subaru.

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Jul 12 Wed

Blondie and Garbage Offering two very different sides of the same coin, this superwoman-stacked lineup is all the proof you need to conclude that the past, present, and future of post-punk lies in our species’ better half.

Edgefield

Blondie and Garbage Edgefield Offering two very different sides of the same coin, this superwoman-stacked lineup is all the proof you need to conclude that the past, present, and future of post-punk lies in our species’ better half.

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Jul 13-16

NW String Summit There’s more to bluegrass than that mystery cover of “Gin & Juice” that’s been hilariously mislabeled ever since it made its rounds on Napster way back when, but it sure is a good start! Continue your adventures at this gloriously crunchy celebration of all things twangy, and try your best to not buy a mandolin on Amazon on your way out of the gate.

Horning’s Hideout (North Plains)

NW String Summit Horning’s Hideout (North Plains) There’s more to bluegrass than that mystery cover of “Gin & Juice” that’s been hilariously mislabeled ever since it made its rounds on Napster way back when, but it sure is a good start! Continue your adventures at this gloriously crunchy celebration of all things twangy, and try your best to not buy a mandolin on Amazon on your way out of the gate.

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Jul 14-15

Harefest 7 What’s better than seeing the reanimated corpses of hair metal legends like Poison and Motley Crue? Seeing dudes several years their junior do it faster and harder over the course of two days in a field in Canby.

Canby

Harefest 7 Canby What’s better than seeing the reanimated corpses of hair metal legends like Poison and Motley Crue? Seeing dudes several years their junior do it faster and harder over the course of two days in a field in Canby.

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Jul 19 Wed

Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows As annoyingly as ubiquitous as these two bands’ music was 20 years ago, brief revisitations of their deeper cuts that got left in the rubble prove that they were as huge as they were for good reason. Seriously, “Angels of the Silences” still bangs.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows Sunlight Supply Amphitheater As annoyingly as ubiquitous as these two bands’ music was 20 years ago, brief revisitations of their deeper cuts that got left in the rubble prove that they were as huge as they were for good reason. Seriously, “Angels of the Silences” still bangs.

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Jul 21-23

PDX Pop Now! Part music fest, part afterschool special, it doesn’t get much more Portland than a sweaty weekend of free music under a bridge down by the Willamette River.

Audio Cinema

PDX Pop Now! Audio Cinema Part music fest, part afterschool special, it doesn’t get much more Portland than a sweaty weekend of free music under a bridge down by the Willamette River.

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Jul 22 Sat

Portugal. The Man Portland is happy to claim this group of ex-Alaskan folk pop wizards as their own, which makes sense considering the founding members moved here just when our indie folk scene was catching fire on a national level.

Edgefield

Portugal. The Man Edgefield Portland is happy to claim this group of ex-Alaskan folk pop wizards as their own, which makes sense considering the founding members moved here just when our indie folk scene was catching fire on a national level.

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Jul 28 Thu

"Weird Al" Yankovic Yankovic’s poignantly spastic medleys of reimagined pop culture swill have been helping nerds "get weird" for three decades, and it’s high time the master has finally earned his due.

McMenamins Edgefield

"Weird Al" Yankovic McMenamins Edgefield Yankovic’s poignantly spastic medleys of reimagined pop culture swill have been helping nerds "get weird" for three decades, and it’s high time the master has finally earned his due.

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Aug 1 Tue

Echo & the Bunnymen, Violent Femmes This pairing may have been unimaginable 30 years ago when both groups were nearing their prime, but the mere fact that they’re still upright and capable is a just cause to celebrate with a night of dreary proto-shoegaze and angsty alt-folk while a cadre of zoo animals wonder what the hell is going on in the background.

Oregon Zoo

Echo & the Bunnymen, Violent Femmes Oregon Zoo This pairing may have been unimaginable 30 years ago when both groups were nearing their prime, but the mere fact that they’re still upright and capable is a just cause to celebrate with a night of dreary proto-shoegaze and angsty alt-folk while a cadre of zoo animals wonder what the hell is going on in the background.

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Aug 3-6

Pickathon Labeled by locals as a festival-haters paradise, this NPR-approved happening on a farm in Clackamas is about as quaint as it gets. If taking the MAX to mosh to Ty Segall in a barn in the woods isn’t the polar opposite of Coachella or Bonnaroo, then we don’t want to know what is.

Pendarvis Farm (Happy Valley)

Pickathon Pendarvis Farm (Happy Valley) Labeled by locals as a festival-haters paradise, this NPR-approved happening on a farm in Clackamas is about as quaint as it gets. If taking the MAX to mosh to Ty Segall in a barn in the woods isn’t the polar opposite of Coachella or Bonnaroo, then we don’t want to know what is.

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Aug 4 Fri

AFI and Circa Survive Regardless of age, 9 out of 10 emo survivors can agree that a raging circle pit with AFI frontman Davey Havok hovering overhead is much less brutal for your aging bones on a grassy lawn than in the harsh confines of a venue like the Roseland.

Edgefield

AFI and Circa Survive Edgefield Regardless of age, 9 out of 10 emo survivors can agree that a raging circle pit with AFI frontman Davey Havok hovering overhead is much less brutal for your aging bones on a grassy lawn than in the harsh confines of a venue like the Roseland.

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Aug 11 Fri

Willie Nelson Weed’s been legal for two years now, so you may have to figure out a new slogan to shout between songs at this one.

Edgefield

Willie Nelson Edgefield Weed’s been legal for two years now, so you may have to figure out a new slogan to shout between songs at this one.

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Aug 12 Sat

Primus and Clutch Pack an extra battery for that vape pen, because these freak funk pioneers have been known to jam for hours on recent tours.

Edgefield

Primus and Clutch Edgefield Pack an extra battery for that vape pen, because these freak funk pioneers have been known to jam for hours on recent tours.

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Aug 12 Sat

Blind Pilot Portland ain’t the bearded folk dude paradise it once was, but Blind Pilot is doing their part in keeping the fire alive on last year’s And Then Like Lions.

Oregon Zoo

Blind Pilot Oregon Zoo Portland ain’t the bearded folk dude paradise it once was, but Blind Pilot is doing their part in keeping the fire alive on last year’s And Then Like Lions.

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Aug 26-27

MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst Once again the fine folks at Pabst and Willamette Week have brought us a wonderfully bizarre juxtaposition of multi-generational headliners, with living meme machine Father John Misty and (barely) living punk rock curio piece Iggy Pop topping a very exciting bill.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst Tom McCall Waterfront Park Once again the fine folks at Pabst and Willamette Week have brought us a wonderfully bizarre juxtaposition of multi-generational headliners, with living meme machine Father John Misty and (barely) living punk rock curio piece Iggy Pop topping a very exciting bill.

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Aug 18 Fri

Incubus and Jimmy Eat World Pardon me while all the feelings of being a disenfranchised tween come rushing back in one wild, funky burst.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Incubus and Jimmy Eat World Sunlight Supply Amphitheater Pardon me while all the feelings of being a disenfranchised tween come rushing back in one wild, funky burst.

fleet foxes | Flickr/Martijn vdS

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Sep 3 Sun

Conor Oberst and M. Ward Oberst has all but abandoned the prickly emo prince wailing that made him a household name for girls with shotgun blast haircuts 15 years ago, but his newfound obsession with country music might take an interesting twist now that he’s angry at nothing in particular again.

Oregon Zoo

Conor Oberst and M. Ward Oregon Zoo Oberst has all but abandoned the prickly emo prince wailing that made him a household name for girls with shotgun blast haircuts 15 years ago, but his newfound obsession with country music might take an interesting twist now that he’s angry at nothing in particular again.

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Sep 16 Sat

Fleet Foxes Between his quasi-beef with former drummer Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, and his odd Instagram exchange with Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth, it’s safe to say that Robin Pecknold is tiptoeing dangerously close to the point of no return. Soak up some tracks from their forthcoming third album while you can, because Pecknold’s universe of perfect harmonies and beard dude messiah status may be nearing its logical end.

Edgefield

Fleet Foxes Edgefield Between his quasi-beef with former drummer Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, and his odd Instagram exchange with Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth, it’s safe to say that Robin Pecknold is tiptoeing dangerously close to the point of no return. Soak up some tracks from their forthcoming third album while you can, because Pecknold’s universe of perfect harmonies and beard dude messiah status may be nearing its logical end.

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Sep 9 Sat

Mac DeMarco One day we’ll look back on this Canadian slacker hero and realize he was the millennial answer to Jimmy Buffett, but until then let’s all don our finest thrifted Tommy Bahama shirt and soak up the vibes, man.

Oregon Zoo

Mac DeMarco Oregon Zoo One day we’ll look back on this Canadian slacker hero and realize he was the millennial answer to Jimmy Buffett, but until then let’s all don our finest thrifted Tommy Bahama shirt and soak up the vibes, man.