When the weather cooperates, there's nothing better than catching a show in the sunshine or under the stars in Oregon. Some of these venues even allow picnics, so check before you go.
Every year, the zoo draws thousands of concert-goers. The shows are family friendly and admission allows you to stroll the zoo grounds. If you plan to attend a show at the zoo, plan to get in line early or you might be sitting at the back of the lawn.
Edgefield has just about everything you could want: a hotel, a golf course, several restaurants, a wine tasting room, a movie theater, and now--an outdoor concert venue. Picture yourself listening to your favorite band on a blanket with a frosty brew in your hand. It's highly recommended.
The peaceful country setting in North Plains, Oregon (35 minutes outside of Portland) is host to the annual Northwest String Summit as well as other summer events. Camping is available.
The concerts in the neighborhood parks are always free and family-friendly. No matter what quadrant of Portland you live in, you can find a summer concert in your hood. The music is local, and the vibe is quintessential Portland summer.
Every 4th of July weekend, Tom McCall Park hosts the Waterfront Blues Festival. Huge crowds, big names, and a whole lotta soul go into this event. Plus, it benefits the Oregon Food Bank.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Noon Tunes concert series happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and August. Grab your lunch and your friends and head to the square for some afternoon entertainment.
Lunchtime concerts in NE Portland? Who knew? Oregon Square is located at NE Holladay Street between 7th + 8th, near the Lloyd Center. On Wednesdays during the summer, the square hosts free concerts from noon to 1 pm.
Plan to spend some time at the tasting room before you see a show at the amphitheater at Maryhill Winery in Mary Hill Washington. The winery is about 90 minutes outside of Portland, and the 2009 season includes Counting Crowes, Jackson Browne, and John Legend.
About two hours south of Portland in Eugene, the Cuthbert Amphitheater is worth checking out because the venue regularly draws acts that don't schedule a date in Portland. Grass and bench seating are available, as is an area for dancing.
The setting of the Gorge Amphitheater is unlike anything else in the Northwest. People come from all over the place to experience these popular shows, and lots of people choose to camp overnight since it's a few hours away from both Seattle and Portland.