The Waterfront Blues Festival is an annual event in Portland, Oregon, featuring four days of performances by blues musicians. The festival began in 1987 as the Rose City Blues Festival – a concert to support the local homeless population, sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association. Performers included John Lee Hooker, the Paul deLay Band, Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester Blues Band, and Lloyd Jones Struggle.
Over 3 decades, the festival has steadily grown and is now recognized as one of the world’s premier blues festivals. Since 1988, the festival has raised more than $10 million and over 1,000 tons of food to support those facing hunger.
The Lot at Zidell Yards has on-site parking. Vehicle parking is limited to first-come, first-serve. There may be parking fees. There is no overnight parking. The venue and its partners are not responsible for theft or damage.
The Lot at Zidell Yards will feature socially-distanced seating pods with at least 6 feet between each pod. Each pod includes a picket fence on three sides, a chair for each guest and a side table.
There will be a variety of food and snack options available for purchase including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Credit card sales only.
There will be beer and wine available for purchase. A valid, acceptable ID is required for all alcohol purchases. Credit card sales only
Thorough cleaning and sanitizing procedures are in place. Please visit their Safety page for more information.
Portable restrooms, handwashing and sanitizing stations are available for use, and are spaced at least 6 feet apart.
Bicycle parking will be available during event hours at your own risk. The venue and the Waterfront Blues Festival are not responsible for theft or damage. Bicycles left overnight will be considered abandoned.
The Lot at Zidell Yards is located at 3030 S Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201.
Enjoy great music by artists such as Samantha Fish, Little Village Foundation, Marc Broussard, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, MarchFourth, Outer Orbit, and many more! Click here for the full lineup.
Although there is no RV camping directly on the lot, there are great options for campgrounds to stay at nearby. Check out our Top 10 Portland, OR campgrounds to see which one best fits your needs. Below are a couple of different options.
Portland Fairview RV Park
This unique park has some very comfortable amenities, including an on-site gym. The park’s location gives you easy access to the gorge and all of its hiking opportunities. You are also close to the airport and can jump on Interstate 84 to be in Portland in no time. Learn more on the location’s website!
Portland-Woodburn RV Park
The Portland-Woodburn RV Park sits right off Interstate 5, which gives you easy access to the Willamette Valley. The valley produces world-famous pinot noir grapes, and thus has many amazing wineries. The rolling hills, meandering roads, and sprawling vineyards make for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Learn more on the location’s website!
The Lot at Zidell Yards is located at 3030 S Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201, between the Tilikum and Ross Island bridges. Turn east off of Moody Ave and stay to the left where the road turns to gravel. Follow directional signage and venue staff instructions as you enter the site. Do not park in the adjacent paved lot as you will be towed.
Vehicle parking is limited to first-come, first-serve. Parking fees may apply. There is no overnight parking. The venue and the Waterfront Blues Festival are not responsible for theft or damage.
Public parking in the South Waterfront neighborhood is available, but limited. They encourage all attendees to use the ample public transportation available near the venue!
Tickets for each show will be $75 General Admission & $100 VIP per person, with seating pods sold as 2, 4, and 6-person groups. Seating pods will be clearly marked and socially distanced with at least 6 feet between each pod. Each pod will come furnished, with chairs and a side table. Your pod will become your festival home where you are free to dance, sip on a cold beverage, and enjoy the music.
VIP pods are the first few rows of the venue and your closest view of the stage. General Admission pods will begin after the VIP section. The difference between VIP and GA pods is the proximity to the stage.
They have three different pod sizes:
We at RVshare love helping people plan trips they’ll remember for a long time! Whether you’re going with a group of friends, family, or just planning an awesome solo trip, you’re sure to have a blast and create lots of great memories. Heading to this festival in an RV is a wonderfully convenient way to travel, and when you spend the day in Portland, you’ll have everything you need right on-hand with you. We’d love to see pictures of your experience so send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.