Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Oregon, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Pickathon to MusicFestNW, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Sagebrush Music Festival - Dates: Mid August
-Manzanita Music Festival - Dates: Late July
-Walnut City Music Festival - Dates: Mid August
-MusicfestNW - Dates: Late August
"Twelve years ago, Portland, Oregon was a sleepy burg, and MusicfestNW was little more than a hope and a prayer—a hope of putting on a music festival that matched the outsized ambitions of the alt-weekly that founded it and a prayer that the wheels wouldn’t fall off. Today, Portland is one of the most exciting cities on the globe. And MusicfestNW has become the third largest indoor music festival in the United States, one that a couple of years ago, Time magazine called one of 50 Authentic American Experiences." - Submit to Perform
-North American Organic Brewers Festival - Dates: Mid August
"Two of Portland’s beloved industries – organic beer and sustainability – come together in an annual celebration designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living. We serve up organic beers and ciders alongside live music, food, sustainability-oriented vendors, non-profits and a children’s area – all in a beautiful tree lined setting overlooking downtown Portland." - Submit to Perform
-Oregon Brewfest - Dates: Late July
"Pouring more than 80 different craft beers from around the country, the Oregon Brewers Festival is the quintessential celebration of craft beer! On a sun soaked July afternoon, there's no better place to sip suds with friends along the banks of the Willamette River, with the Portland skyline as a backdrop to the west and Mt. Hood towering in the east." - Submit to Perform
-PDX Pop Now! Festival - Dates: July
"Every July, the festival, which showcases up to 50 of Portland’s finest bands, draws audiences in the thousands. Since 2004, the fests have collectively stimulated interest, expanded participation, introduced new bands into the fold, inspired collaborations and represented every goal related to Portland music that our organization set out to accomplish."
-Pickathon - Dates: Early August