Outdoor Music

As spring blooms into summer, Portland puts the top down, converting our city into the Northwest’s outdoor music mecca. There’s no need to journey all the way to the Gorge Amphitheatre when we have so many distinct open air venues here in the city.


Zoo Concert photo courtesy of www.oregonzoo.org

The Oregon Zoo

In 1979, our own Oregon Zoo became the first in the nation to host a summer concert series. This year, join them in celebrating 35 years of world class music at the zoo’s lush sanctuary setting.

Early show highlights include:

June 19th - Old Crow Medicine Show June 30th - Ziggy Marley July 6th - Huey Lewis and the News July 7th - The B-52’s and the Go-Go’s

Check out the full line-up: www.zooconcerts.com


Edgefield Concert Photo courtesy of www.edgefieldconcerts.com

McMenamins Edgefield

Set on seventy-four sweeping acres of farmland, the McMenamins Edgefield has established itself as Portland's premier outdoor venue. Hosted at the historic lodge, the Concerts on the Lawn live music series draws big name acts spanning a myriad of generations and genres.

Early show highlights include:

June 16th - Tony Bennett June 27th - Steve Miller Band July 6th - Rodrigo y Gabriela

Check out the full line-up: www.edgefieldconcerts.com/events


Concerts in the Park Photo courtesy of www.portlandoregon.gov

Concerts in the Park

Our beautiful city is home to a plethora of parks and retreats. Beginning Monday, July 8th, they will be filled with free music from smooth jazz to rollicking Irish pub tunes to rhythm and blues to indie folk. Get out and shake your tail feather in the summer weather!

Check out the full line-up: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks


Noon Tune photo courtesy of www.thesquaredpdx.org

Pioneer Courthouse Square

For the twenty-third consecutive year, Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts its traditional Noon Tunes Concert Series, entertaining lunchtime crowds numbering in the thousands. The shows run for an hour, starting at high noon each Tuesday and Thursday beginning July 11th. Visit a signature Portland food cart and then spice up your week with some free live music!

Check out the full line-up: www.thesquarepdx.org/calendar.shtm

Spring Winery Tours 45 Minutes from Portland

The Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association has a great event/deal for April. Buy into the Passport Tour for $20 and you receive a stamp book that gets you 50-100% off tastings at over 25 participating wine tasting rooms, along with special offers from area restaurants, shops, inns and B&Bs. Visit the wineries, many of which will be specially open for the the event, receive a stamp at each location and create a memorable keepsake with your passport. Passport holders then will be able to enter their name into a drawing for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE: A Wine Country Weekend for 2 Couples! Sounds like a great way to explore Yamhill County's world renowned wineries, see some amazing landscapes, and taste some great wines.

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February Events

February can be a long month in Oregon, but here are a bunch of activities to get you out of the house. Some will even  keep you out of the weather! Support local theatre, local farmers, and the Community Cycling Center.

  • February 24: Free Admission to Portland Art Museum | 5-8PM, Fourth Friday of Every Month
  • Chinese New Year at the Lan Su Chinese Garden- Lantern Viewing February 5-6th.
  • Winter Farmers Market at Shemanski Park: Saturdays, January 7 through February 25, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., SW Park Ave & SW Salmon St. 


December 2011 Events

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The Nutcracker- Keller Auditorium, Portland Center for the Performing Arts- Running December 10th-24th

The Wanderlust Circus -White Album Christmas- Running December 8th-10th at the Alberta Theater

Christmas Ship Parade- Willamette River- Running December 8th- 20th

Christmas Around the World at Pittock Mansion- Running November 21st through January 2nd

Zoolights Festival- Oregon Zoo- November 25th- January 1st