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Musician Maya Folick performs at record studio-turned-concert venue Mississippi Studios in North Portland.

Credit: Tojo Andrianariva (tojofotos.com)Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

Musician Maya Folick performs at record studio-turned-concert venue Mississippi Studios in North Portland.

Credit: Tojo Andrianariva (tojofotos.com)

Home to indie darlings and internationally acclaimed artists alike (think Pink Martini, Esperanza Spalding, The Decemberists, The Shins and Elliot Smith), Portland is a haven for music lovers. Visitors can explore the city’s dozens of live music venues or take the stage themselves at one of Portland’s many open mic nights. Read on for our guide to the city’s thriving music scene, then head to our events calendar to discover upcoming music events in Portland.

MusicClassical Music in Portland

Classical music in Portland isn’t just the classics. Classical musicians offer new and innovative works, and an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

A 65-foot-high “Portland” sign illuminated with 6,000 lights crowns the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Seating dua,776 it is the home base for the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and several other large performing arts groups.Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar

Located in Portland’s historic Mississippi District, Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar is an acclaimed former Baptist church turned recording studio turned music venue (and home of great burgers).Wonder Ballroom

The wooden floors and cozy quarters of this 1914 restored building offer an intimate setting for a variety of artists, ranging from metal and hardcore to indie, pop and beyond.McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

See shows of every genre at this historic venue, which boasts vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers and a famous “floating” dance floor. Downstairs, Lola’s Room hosts smaller shows while Ringlers Pub serves McMenamins ales and pub fare.Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

East Burnside’s iconic Doug Fir is known for live shows in the lounge downstairs, hearty brunch and generous dinner plates enjoyed in the mid-century meets log-cabin dining room.

The Portland Hip-Hop Scene

Take a deep dive into the past, present and future of Portland’s hip-hop scene with our expert guide to the best performers, showcases, stores and more.

OngoingEdgefield Concerts on the Lawn

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With acts that have ranged from Al Green to ZZ Top, McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn are an annual rite of summer and the hottest ticket in town.

June 25–Aug. 5, 2022Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival

Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.

Piano Push Play invites local artists to transform old, donated pianos into whimsical works of art which are distributed across the city.

July 1–4, 2022Waterfront Blues Festival

Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.

June 17–Aug. 12, 2022Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts

For the past 35 years, musicians and fans alike have flocked to the Oregon Zoo each summer to revel in music, sunshine and friends — including those of the feathered and furry varieties. The annual Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series, which runs from June–to September, boasts a roster of artists as diverse as the park’s…

July 5–Aug. 30, 2022Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series

The Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series returns for its 30th year on Tuesdays throughout July and August. From noon-1:00 pm enjoy music from some of Portland’s best regional and local musical talent. With nine FREE concerts, dancing, and some of Portland’s favorite food vendors at Carts on the Square, the Square is sure to be…

Clackamas County Fair & Event CenterTicket Prices Vary See Website for Details

The annual Harefest music festival in Canby presents the Northwest’s best tribute bands performing on three stages over two days. The Harefest experience has been described by many attendees and performers as “adult summer camp” not only for the fun-loving, good-natured attendees but also because of its rustic location and tent camping around the festival…

July 9–Sept. tiga, 2022Summer Free For All

Portland Parks & Recreation offers over 400 free events including free movie screenings, concerts and rock climbing.

July 15–17, 2022Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

“Billed as the longest-running jazz-and-blues festival west of the Mississippi, this annual summer favorite is a prime showcase of Portland’s homegrown talent, natural beauty and neighborly charm. Picnicking families relax on a grassy slope nestled by the foot of the majestic St. Johns Bridge to enjoy the likes of trumpeter Farnell Newton (sideman to the…

OngoingPortland Indigenous Marketplace

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Portland Indigenous Marketplace supports indigenous artists and entrepreneurs by providing barrier-free, culturally respectful spaces that encourage cultural resilience and economic sustainability by promoting public education through cultural arts. Indigenous & Black Vendors Raffle Music You can not miss it, in the parking lot 432 NE 74th Ave Portland, OR 97213 Plenty of parking available on-site…

Saturday, July 16, 2022Fete de la Bastille

The Alliance Française de Portland presents the 20th Annual Bastille Day Festival in celebration of the French National Holiday. Like our Fourth of July, the French National Holiday celebrates a revolution that changed a nation. In 1789 the French stormed the Bastille prison, marking the birth of the modern French nation. The storming of the…

July 21–24, 2022Northwest String Summit

Horning’s HideoutTicket Prices Vary See Website for Details

For 20 years now, Northwest String Summit has brought droves of fans to Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon—a short, thirty-minute drive northwest from Portland—for a long weekend of world-class musicianship and decade-spanning friendships in the most idyllic Pacific Northwest summer setting. Today, festival organizers announced a hefty addition to Sting Summit’s already-stacked lineup for…