The festival site is a City of Portland public park, with most of the terrain a sloping, grassy hill. The walkways are ADA accessible and there is a designated ADA seating area at the top of the bowl. The main entrance at S.W. Columbia St. provides the most direct access point to the ADA seating area. Please note that as with all seating in the venue, it is first-come, first-served. There is no reserved festival parking, unfortunately. Attendees can park in public lots and on the street. The closest parking garage is at S.W. First and Jefferson St., just a few blocks from the festival site.

Volunteer groups provide two bicycle parking locations on site: one near the main gate and one near the Oregonian Front Porch Stage at the north end of the festival site. The festival is not responsible for theft, damage or loss of personal property.

– ATMs
-First-aid services
-Bicycle parking
-Concessions including food and drinks
-$1 bottled water
-Free water refill stations under the Hawthorne Bridge & park fountains
-Misting stations near the two main stages
-Festival Merchandise Booth

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.

It’s easy to reach the site from S.W. Naito Parkway, using the Hawthorne Bridge ramps or from the Esplanade.

Heading south on I-5 into Portland: Take the 4th Avenue exit (first exit after the Marquam Bridge). Turn right (east) on Market. Stay on Market until you reach Naito Parkway.

Heading north on I-5 into Portland: Exit at Naito Parkway. Go straight ahead to the festival.

Heading east on highway 26 into Portland: Get into the center lane before you get to the tunnel. Stay in that lane, which becomes S.W. Market. Stay on Market until your reach Naito Parkway.


The festival starts at noon each day.
Gates open at 11 a.m. for Basic Pass Holders and Single Day Tickets
Patrons & Benefactors – Gates at 10:15 a.m.
KGON Buddy Passes – Gates at 10:30 a.m.

Oregon Trail Card Holders may attend the festival at no charge by presenting their Oregon Trail Card at the Main Gate or Hawthorne Gate Ticket Booths starting at 11:00 a.m. daily.  Admission is limited to the card holder plus one member of their immediate family.  Children 12 and under are free of charge.  All festival passes are subject to availability. Oregon Trail Card Holders would receive a single-day ticket, and are subject to the same access and restrictions for all single-day ticket holders, including no in-and-out privileges.

Street parking fills quickly. SmartPark and City Center Parking are great options. You can also park on the east bank of the river and walk across the Hawthorne Bridge or along the East Bank Esplanade. There is no designated festival parking.

Lot locations:
-W. First and Clay
-Naito Parkway U-Park
-W. First and Jefferson
-W. Naito and Taylor
-W. Naito and Harrison
-W. 1st and Columbia
-W. Naito and Jefferson
-W. Fourth and Yamhill
-W. Third and Alder

Take a TriMet bus, ride MAX light rail or hop on a Portland Street Car to avoid the parking hassle.

Visit the TriMet website to plan your ride.

Ride safely with our partner, Lyft, who will have a drop-off/pick-up zone at the south end of the festival near the RiverPlace. Thanks to Lyft, all new users can get $5 off two rides when using the code BLUES10.

Be safe and be patient, as there will be traffic and heavy pedestrian use around the festival site.

-Per the City of Portland, all Portland Parks are designated as smoke-free areas
-Keep passages free. Don’t block aisles, walkways, esplanade or other public areas
-Dispose of trash and recycling in designated receptacles
-No distribution of commercial advertisements
-Waterfront Blues Festival staff will close entry to Waterfront Park when the audience reaches capacity, as directed by the City of Portland Fire Marshal
-Obey all federal, state and City of Portland laws, ordinances, rules and regulations
-Do not enter non-public areas, i.e. offices, storage, vendor booths, “performers only”
-Respect property. Don’t take, deface, degrade, damage or destroy property
-Don’t disrupt or interfere with festival operations
No physical or verbal harassment or abuse allowed
-Obey directions of festival management team and its authorized contractors
-No video or audio recording of concerts without permission from artist

-Glass of any kind
-Hard-sided coolers or picnic baskets, including Styrofoam
-Hard-framed bags/backpacks
-Bags/backpacks larger than 16”x16”x8”
-Any beverages other than factory sealed water bottles
-Alcohol, cannabis and other controlled substances
-Illegal drugs
-Umbrellas, tents and canopies
-Fireworks and weapons
-Balls and frisbees
-Location flags/signs on sticks or poles
-Selfie sticks
-Professional audio or video recording devices
-Cameras with a detachable lens longer than 4″
-Animals, except service animals

-Your festival passes
-Factory sealed water bottles or empty reusable bottles
-One 16”x16”x8” soft sided bags/backpacks
-One 6’×8’ blanket
-One chair per attendee
-Attendees with chair seats more than 12” off the ground will be required to sit in specially designated areas.
-Child stroller
-Phones & personal cameras (detachable lens no longer than 4″)

For travel deals, hotel reservations, information about Portland’s attractions, local transportation and more, visit Travel Portland (1-877-678-5263).

You’ll also find visitor information on the festival site at the Information Booth.