Best Concert and Music Clubs in Portland, Oregon

Portland is known for its incredible music scene. The city attracts big names and has also become a favorite stop for up-and-coming talent. But the right venue can make all the difference—and so can the wrong venue. If you’re not looking to experience your music from the back of a football stadium, check out the theaters, concert halls and zoo—yes, zoo—that are worth your hard-earned ticket bucks. And bookmark this page so you can check the calendar links frequently.

Edited by Joshua Liberles.

  • 01 of 09
    Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon
    ••• Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon. via wikimedia by Another Believer

    Once a vaudeville house and an adult movie theater this 620-seat theater is one of the best venues to experience live music in an intimate setting.

    Check the Aladdin Theater concert calendar

    Buying Tickets: The theater box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also an hour before showtime.

  • 02 of 09

    Oregon Zoo

    Oregon Zoo concert venue
    ••• Oregon Zoo concert venue. via flickr by Mitchell Laurren-Ring

    Each summer, the lawn at the Oregon Zoo becomes a beloved outdoor concert venue. Bring a picnic and a blanket. These shows are very popular and can sell out quickly, so get your tickets well in advance.

    Oregon Zoo concert calendar

    Buying Tickets: Available at Oregon Zoo office or via ZooTickets.com

  • 03 of 09
    The Shins play the Crystal Ballroom in Portland
    ••• The Shins play the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. via flickr by McD22

    This beautiful venue was restored by the McMenamin brothers in 1997, complete with its famous “bouncing dance floor.” The Crystal has been host to hundreds of amazing acts. Bring your bouncing shoes.

    Crystal Ballroom concert calendar

    Buying Tickets: Box office hours are M – F, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     

  • 04 of 09
    Neurosis at Roseland Theater, Portland
    ••• Neurosis at Roseland Theater, Portland. traveljapanblog.com

    This venue holds 1400 people in the main room and balcony, and there’s a smaller club downstairs if you’re looking for a cozier encounter with that new local band. You’ll enter through the Roseland Grill, a popular all-ages hangout.

    Roseland Theater concert calendar

    Buying Tickets: cascadetickets.com

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  • 05 of 09
    The Wonder Ballroom, Portland
    ••• The Wonder Ballroom, Portland. via flickr by Pat Castaldo

    Restored in 2004, this historic building was once a meeting place for political and cultural groups (among other things). It holds about 750 people. The attached restaurant, Café Wonder, has become a popular neighborhood dinner spot.

    Wonder Ballroom calendar

    Buying Tickets: Box office is open M – F, noon - 6 p.m or buy through wonderballroom.com/tickets.
     

  • 06 of 09
    John Mayer at Sleep Country Amphitheater
    ••• John Mayer at Sleep Country Amphitheater. Ashley Owens

    This outdoor venue is located just 20 minutes north of Portland, in Ridgefield, WA. You can choose between lawn seating and covered amphitheater seating—because it’s just possible the Portland area might get some rain now and then.

    Amphitheater Northwest calendar

    Buying Tickets: The Amphitheater box office is open on event days from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. through one hour after showtime. Or buy through Ticketmaster.
     

  • 07 of 09
    Doug Fir Lounge, Portland
    ••• Doug Fir Lounge, Portland. via flickr by aforonda

    The Doug Fir has it all, making this a must-see restaurant/bar/club. The downstairs of the lounge is a super-groovy 21+ concert venue.

    Doug Fir concert calendar

    Buying Tickets: Box Office opens 30 minutes before the doors. Doors usually open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tickets also available at:

    • Ticketswest
    • Most local Safeway Stores
    • Pioneer Square Visitor Info
    • Music Millennium Records
  • 08 of 09
    Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland
    ••• Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. Photo via flickr by Chris Yunker

    The “Shnitz," as it's called, is a beautiful concert hall with incredible acoustics. In addition to pop, this venue also hosts the Oregon Symphony, dance performances, and the Portland Arts and Lectures series. It’s one of the venues used by the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA), xo even if music’s not your thing, you should be able to find something for you at The Shnitz.

    Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall calendar

    Buying Tickets: The box office (at 1111 SW Broadway), is open M – F, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Or buy through Ticketswest or Ticketmaster.

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  • 09 of 09
    McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oreong
    ••• McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oreong. via flickr by David Burn

    Located about 30 minutes outside of Portland in Troutdale, Oregon, Edgefield is another outdoor venue with much more to offer than just a stage and patch of grass. The lovely hotel/estate boasts several restaurants and pubs, a winery, a golf course, a movie theater, and strolling gardens. Concerts are held on the lawn outside the main building.

    Edgefield concert calendar

    Buying Tickets: Tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Crystal Ballroom box office.