Each year the festival offers fun activities for kids. We've listed some examples from last year's festival. Check back in Spring 2014 for information about next year's festival.
Watch fireworks. Learn to play blues harmonica. Hear the best young talent. Cruise the Willamette River.
The festival offers three New Orleans style off-street processionals, Thursday, July 4.
3:45-4:15 p.m. The motley Mystic Krewe of Nimbus will bring the traditional Louisiana Mardi Gras “Joie de Vivre” experience to the festival. The procession will move from the First Tech Blues Stage to the Miller Stage (north to south).
6:15-6:45 p.m. Joy Now Arts Project, a performance program for youth 5 to18, will bring its youthful energy and excitement to the Waterfront Blues Festival. Flags wave, drums roll and a stilt walker hula hoops through the festival. Part circus, part marching band, and lots of fun, you’ll see the Joy Now Arts Project moving along the waterfront (north to south).
9-10 p.m. MarchFourth Marching Band will perform on the Miller Stage. The big-band spectacular has been wowing audiences throughout the USA and Europe with its joyful, upbeat experience.
Following Linda Hornbuckle’s rendition of the National Anthem, the sky will fill with a dazzling display of fireworks, Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m.
Freedom from Hunger Center
Visit the fun and interactive Freedom from Hunger Center near the Main Gate. Test your knowledge about hunger. Get a special button to wear. Toss a bean bag. Throw a disk. Everyone wins a prize.
Workshops and performances for kids at the FedEx Crossroads Stage
The FedEx Crossroads stage will include special workshops for kids, including:
United by Music (featuring Duffy Bishop, Karen Lovely, Lisa Mann, Lady “A”), presented by Delta Music Experience. Thursday, July 4, 4-4:45 p.m.
United by Music North America is a charitable organization that provides study and performance in blues, swing and jazz for musically talented people with intellectual disabilities. The group aims to improve the quality of life for members of its company and to challenge public attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities.
Blues Harp for Kids with Lynn Hyde & Stu Kinzel, presented by Guitar Center.
Saturday, July 6, 12:45-1:30 p.m., repeats 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Kids learn basic blues harmonica techniques. Harmonicas will be available at cost or
bring your own.
Zydeco Rub Board with Earl “Washboard” Sally.
Saturday, July 6, 2:15-3 p.m.
Mac Potts Demonstrates Rhythm and Blues.
Sunday, July 7, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
This Mac’s ninth year playing at the Waterfront Blues Festival, where he has performed as part of various acts. Mac has traveled to New Orleans Jazz Festival numerous times and has played with Charmaine Neville, Marcia Ball, Dr. John and others.
DME Blues Cruises
Board the Portland Spirit and enjoy great blues in an intimate setting while cruising up the Willamette River. Afternoon cruises are open to all ages. Afternoon cruises board at 2 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Photo ID is required with the exception of children under 12. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com Afternoon cruises that still have tickets available:
Thursday, July 4, DME Rollin’ on the River Blues-Dance Cruise with Ray Bonneville, Dusty 45s, Worth, Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes with Randy Chortkoff.
Friday, July 5, DME Driftin’ Blues Cruise with Reggie Houston Trio with Janice Scroggins, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Mighty Mojo Prophets and Backyard Blues Boys.