First and foremost, we at MusicfestNW apologize for any inconvenience patrons experienced at this year’s festival. We are currently reviewing our protocols for next year, and we are focused on doing everything possible to ensure that MusicfestNW continues to be a safe, fun event that all patrons can enjoy. Rest assured, next year we will work to have ample water refilling stations and allow factory sealed water bottles into the festival.

For this year’s MusicfestNW, The Oregon Liquor Control Commission extended a walk-around permit allowing beer and wine throughout the grounds. Because of this, we could not allow personal water bottles into the festival. All beverages being poured were in specific cups cleared by the OLCC with water sold in its original container.

With 8 points of sale throughout the grounds we thought we had our water bases covered. We clearly did not and responded early Sunday by allowing two factory sealed water bottles into the festival and dropped water prices to $1.

We apologize again for any inconvenience suffered by patrons. For the past fourteen years, the city of Portland and our fans have supported us. We appreciate the support, and are working tirelessly to make next year’s festival the safe, fun event Portland expects.



Spoon stopped by Jimmy Kimmel live to play 2 songs off their upcoming album They Want My Soul.  Check out videos for “Rent I Pay” & “Rainy Taxi” below.  Get ready as the band is set to take over MusicfestNW on Sunday, August 17th!


The Tall Trees of Portland Art Pavilion at MusicfestNW!

Hellion Gallery and The Tall Trees of Portland author, Matt Wagner, have joined forces with MusicfestNW to create an art pavilion for the annual music festival in Portland August 16-17. Spotlighting artists featured in The Tall Trees of Portland, the pavilion will feature:

  • New pieces from Portland-based artists specifically for the music festival.
  • Artists will create alternative album covers for featured bands. Artists include Morgaine Faye, Blaine Fontana, Zach Johnsen, Maryanna Hoggatt, Jon Macnair, Lauren Gonsalves, Amy Ruppel, Cole Gerst, Jen Lobo, Jennifer Parks, Martin Ontiveros, Brin Levinson, Joe Shea, Keith Carter, Stella Im Hultberg, and Brett Superstar.
  • A live painting event where artists will use a temporary wall to paint a mural over the two days of the festival.
  • And a 3-D installation by AJ Fosik and Zach Johnsen welcoming festival attendees into the arts pavilion!