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General Event Info
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Gates open daily at 11 am, with music starting at 12 pm. Gold & Platinum Passes allow for early entry at 10:15 am. GA+ Passes allow for early entry at 10:30 am. All other passes and tickets can enter at 11 am.
• First-aid services
• Bicycle parking
• Delicious food and drinks
• Free water refill station
• Festival merchandise booth
• So much more!
• Valid ID
• Empty reusable water bottles (or factory sealed bottled water)
• One low-profile lawn chair per attendee. Please note attendees with chair seats more than 12” off the ground will be required to sit in specially designated areas.
• Good vibes!
• Outside beverages, other than factory sealed or empty water bottles
• Cannabis, drugs, outside alcohol and other controlled substances
• Hard-sided coolers or picnic baskets, including Styrofoam
• Smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco
• Umbrellas, tents or canopies
• Oversized blankets — please be courteous to your neighbor and only take up the space that you need (that’s about a regular beach towel-sized space per person)
• Carts or wagons
• Weapons of any kind
• Fireworks, explosives, or accelerants of any kind
• Balloons, beachballs, frisbees, inflatable devices, or outdoor games
• Professional audio or video recording devices and equipment, including cameras with a detachable lens longer than 4″
• Animals, except service animals
• Glass of any kind All attendees and their belongings are subject to search upon entry. The festival is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
We’re all here to have a good time and we’re all a part of the Blues Fest Community, so please remember:
- Per the City of Portland, all Portland Parks are designated as smoke-free areas
- Be kind to the park — dispose of trash and recycling in designated receptacles
- Be kind to your neighbor — no physical or verbal harassment or abuse will be tolerated
- Keep on moving — please do not block aisles, walkways, esplanade or other public areas
- Be cool — please follow the guidelines and directions of the festival management team and its authorized contractors, as well as all posted signage
- No seriously, be cool — please follow all federal, state and City of Portland laws, ordinances, rules and regulations
- Waterfront Blues Festival staff will close entry to Waterfront Park when the audience reaches capacity, as directed by the City of Portland Fire Marshal
- No video or audio recording of concerts without permission from artist
- No distribution of commercial advertisements
With 80,000 attendees, the Waterfront Blues Festival is the place to be on July Fourth weekend! We are always looking for unique, Oregon-based goods and treats to be featured at the fest. The application for the 2022 Waterfront Blues Festival Vendor program has officially opened! Apply to be a Merchant Vendor here or a Food Vendor here. Applications will close on April 15, 2022.
Do you have something else to offer that isn’t food or goods? If you are a business that wants to advertise your business, sign up new customers, collect consumer data, hand out samples (or coupons, fliers or marketing materials) or simply engage with attendees without selling anything directly, you could be a sponsor! Please email email@example.com for more information.
- Ahoy, blues fans! Cruise the beautiful Willamette River and hear the sweet sounds of blues on the decks of the Portland Spirit. Each Blues Cruise features three intimate stages and an all-star lineup. A full bar and food are available for purchase. Set sail this July! Buy your tickets today
- All Blues Cruises board from the seawall at S.W. Salmon and Naito Parkway, in front of Salmon Street Springs Fountain.
- Please bring your photo ID. All passengers 18 years of age and older must present photo ID upon boarding. All carry-on bags are subject to inspection, and passengers may be photographed.
- Each cruise requires a separate ticket. Festival admission is not included or required with a Blues Cruise ticket. Blues Cruise tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
We’ll have lots of fun family friendly activities on site for blues fans of all ages! Don’t forget, kids 12 and under are free thanks to Buick GMC of Beaverton.
• I used to buy a Blues Buddy pass, what’s similar? The GA+ 4-Day Pass is similar to the Blues Buddy pass. GA+ gives fans early access to the festival, plus priority entry and re-entry.
•I used to buy a Blues Fan pass, what’s similar? The GA 4-Day Pass is for you! This pass gets priority entry and re-entry to all four days of the Blues Fest!
•Tell me more about the Blues Boxes! The Blues Boxes are a new way to experience the festival. Much like “box seats” at the theater or a sports game, each Blues Box is your own area in the prime section of the bowl (with primo viewing of both main stages). Each Blues Box comes with 4 chairs, 4 tickets per festival day (you can have different friends come with you each day or party with the same crew all weekend long, it’s up to you!) and bartender service from our friendly Blues Box team. Please note that the Blues Boxes do not offer access to other VIP areas (but who needs that, when you’ve got some of the best seats in the house?!).
Kids 12 and under are free thanks to Buick GMC of Beaverton.
Gates open daily at 11 am. Gold & Platinum Passes allow for early entry at 10:15 am. GA+ Passes allow for early entry at 10:30 am. All other passes and tickets can enter at 11 am.
Priority Festival Re-Entry: When the festival is at capacity, your 4-Day pass entitles you to enter or re-enter the festival when space is available, with priority over 1-Day ticket holders.
The festival takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, just to the north and south of the Hawthorne Bridge on the west bank of the Willamette River, with the Main Festival entry located at 1400 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201.
Gold VIP, Blues Box and Platinum VIP Pass holders will receive a parking pass for a nearby, off-site private parking lot. Ongoing shuttle service will be provided to and from the festival site. Location, shuttle hours and more information will be provided later this spring. At this time, the off-site parking lot and shuttle service is reserved for our Gold VIP, Blues Box and Platinum VIP Pass holders.
• SW First and Clay
• SW First and Jefferson
• SW Naito and Taylor
• SW Naito and Harrison
• SW Fourth and Yamhill
• SW Third and Alder
Visit the TriMet website to plan your ride.
About The Festival
CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF BLUES
The Waterfront Blues Festival is downtown Portland’s largest and longest-running music festival and one of the most renowned celebrations of the Blues in the world. 2022 marks the 35th anniversary of the festival and a jubilant return to downtown Portland. Founded in 1988, the festival has welcomed over 2,000 acts including Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty, garnering international acclaim and raising over $10 million dollars to fight hunger.
The festival is also an unparalleled showcase for Portland’s local music community and features local legends like Curtis Salgado, Liv Warfield and Norman Sylvester. As the festival moves into our next 35 years, we’ll continue to build upon our longstanding legacy and fanbase while also welcoming new artists and audiences, deepening our commitment to Portland and the community, and bringing the most exciting and dynamic blues, soul, funk and R&B artists to the stage for one magical, can’t miss Fourth of July Weekend.
A Look Back
Those pandemic blues couldn’t stop us. 2021 saw the festival head “Upriver” to The Lot at Zidell Yards for four days of the Blues along the Willamette River. Come hell, high water, or a pandemic… long live the blues.
Lineup highlights: Samantha Fish, Curtis Salgado, Marc Broussard, Ghost-Note, MarchFourth, Jubu Smith, Hillstomp and Curley Taylor & the Zydeco Trouble
In 2020 we hitched up the Blues Fest Bandwagon to bring live music to eight of our amazing fans in neighborhoods, street corners and cul-de-sacs around Portland. We also featured two ways to listen at home, with two full days of crowd favorite sets aired on the radio and a two-hour July 4th TV special celebrating memorable perofrmances, capped off with a fireworks replay. The blues carried on!
Lineup highlights: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, The Robert Cray Band, Vintage Trouble, The California Honeydrops, Southern Avenue, Cyril Neville & the Uptown Rulers, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe & Shemekia Copeland
Lineup highlights: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, The Mavericks, Larkin Poe, The Motet, The Revivalists, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Dirty Revival, Fantastic Negrito, Beth Hart & Nikki Hill
Lineup highlights: Robert Plant presents the Sensational Space Shifters, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal Trio, Eric Burdon, John Hiatt & the Combo, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Allen Stone and Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Lineup highlights: Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, Paul deLay & Duffy Bishop, Liv & the Warfield Project, Guitar Shorty with the Texas Horns, Jackie Greene, Roy Tyler & the New Directions and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Later that year in response to Hurricane Katrina, the Waterfront Blues Festival team produced "Blues for Katrina," a special fundraiser and concert raising over $100,000 for food banks in the Gulf Coast.
Lineup highlights: Luther Allison, Bobby Parker Band with Little Jimmy King, Savoy Brown, Norton Buffalo, W.C. Clark, Tinsley Ellis, Bugs Henderson, Big Daddy Kinsey and The Kinsey Report, Little Charlie and The Nightcats, John Mayall, The Paladins, Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings, Finis Tasby, The Holmes Brothers and the Subdudes
The countdown to the annual Blues Festival began in 1988 when Oregon Food Share, the predecessor to Oregon Food Bank, became producer and beneficiary. That year, the festival raised $7,500 and 650 pounds of food.
Lineup highlights: Jesse Mae Hemphill, Blubinos with Monti Amundson, Norman Sylvester Revue, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Margo Tufo Revue, Johnnie and the Jokers, William Clarke Band, Lloyd Jones Struggle and the Jelly Roll Kings