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. 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.
There are two bike parking areas right outside of the festival, conveniently located near Columbia St. Entry Gate and the Salmon St. Entry Gate. Local cycling non-profit, Bikes for Humanity PDX, hosts the bike parking areas during festival hours. The festival and its non-profit partners are not responsible for theft, so please bring your own bike lock.
The festival takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park: 1301 SW Naito Pkwy, just to the north and south of the Hawthorne Bridge on the west bank of the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Entry Gate Locations
- Salmon St. and SW Naito Pkwy (Ticket Booth)
- Columbia St. and SW Naito Pkwy (Will Call & Ticket Booth)
- Clay St. and SW Naito Pkwy (Ticket Booth)
Street parking fills quickly. SmartPark and City Center Parking garages are great options. You can also park on the east side of the river and walk along the East Bank Esplanade and across the Hawthorne Bridge, which provides a very scenic view of Portland. There is no designated festival parking.
Platinum and Gold Pass holders receive parking vouchers within their benefit package which are valid for parking at designated nearby lots. Detailed information regarding parking and other pass benefits will be provided to pass holders via email in June.
Motorcycle parking is available just south of the festival, on the east side of northbound Naito Parkway between SW Market and SW Clay.
Take a TriMet bus, ride MAX light rail or hop on a Portland Streetcar to make your trip hassle-free.
Ride Share Services
Ride share services like Lyft and Uber provide an easy, safe way to get to the festival. Use 1510 SW Harbor Way, Portland, OR 97201 as your destination address, and you’ll be dropped off near the RiverPlace Hotel, just south of the Clay St. Entry Gate.
Where to stay
We’re so glad you’re coming to Portland! Make your plans now and check out the following hotels, some with special pricing exclusively for Blues Festival guests.
The remodeled Hotel Rose sits across Naito Parkway and three blocks north of the festival site. Enjoy low-key jam sessions and acoustic performances after hours in the Bottle & Kitchen lounge.
Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront
This hotel overlooks the Willamette River and sits directly across the street from the festival. After-Hours shows featuring festival headliners take place in the Grand Ballroom.
The RiverPlace Hotel, located directly behind our Main Stage at the south end of the park, is as close as it gets.