Safety & What to Bring

Your safety and enjoyment will always be our highest priorities! 

Thank you for helping to make the Waterfront Blues Festival a great event for everyone!  We look forward to seeing you July 4th weekend at Waterfront Park.

What to Bring:

    • Your pass 
    • Unlimited number of factory sealed water bottles (or empty reusable bottle)
    • One 16x16x8” soft backpack/tote/soft-sided cooler 
    • One 6x8’ blanket
    • One chair per attendee with no maximum seat height.**  
      Attendees with chair seats more than 12” off the ground will be required to sit in areas specifically designated for “higher chairs.”
    • Stroller for children
    • Phones & personal cameras
      Cameras with detachable lens no longer than 4"
• Food & snacks!

Do NOT Bring:

    • Glass of any kind
    • Hard-sided coolers or picnic baskets, including Styrofoam
    • Hard-framed bags/backpacks
    • Bags/backpacks larger than 16x16x8”
    • Beverages other than water
    • Controlled substances (alcohol, marijuana)
    • Carts
    • Umbrellas (unless rain is forecasted), tents and canopies
    • Fireworks, weapons
    • Balls and Frisbees
    • Location flags/signs on sticks or poles
    • Selfie sticks
    • Professional audio or video recording devices
    • Cameras with a detachable lens longer than 4"
    • Animals, except service animals
    • Illegal drugs

For your convenience at the Festival:

    • ATMs
    • First-aid services
    • Bicycle parking
    • Concessions including food and drinks
    • $1 bottled water with 100% of proceeds benefiting Oregon Food Bank
    • Water stations under the Hawthorne Bridge & park fountains
    • Misting stations near the two main stages
    • Added shade to Oregonian Front Porch Stage area
    • Merchandise – Proceeds help feed Oregon families in need
    • Pottery from Oregon Potters Association Empty Bowls Booth
    • Taller chairs permitted in designated section

Please Remember…

    • Per City of Portland, all Portland Parks are designated as smoke-free areas starting July 1, 2015.
    • Keep passages free. Don’t block aisles, walkways, esplanade or other public areas.
    • Dispose of trash in designated receptacles.
    • Beer cups are compostable. Dispose of your empty beer cup in designated receptacles.
    • No distribution of commercial advertisements.
    • Waterfront Blues Festival staff will close entry to Waterfront Park when the audience reaches capacity, as directed by the City of Portland Fire Marshall.
    • Obey all federal, state and City of Portland laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
    • Do not enter nonpublic areas, i.e. offices, storage, vendor booths, “performers only.”
    • Respect property. Don’t take, deface, degrade, damage or destroy property.
    • Don’t disrupt or interfere with festival operations.
    • No physical or verbal harassment or abuse allowed.
    • Obey directions of festival management team and its authorized contractors.
    • No video or audio recording of concerts without permission from artist.


The festival site is a public park. The walkway is wheelchair accessible and there is a wheelchair seating area at the top of the bowl. But most of the park is a grassy hill. There is no special festival parking. Attendees park in public lots and on the street. The closest parking garage is at S.W. First and Jefferson, just a few blocks from the festival site. 


**Message regarding chairs:

To accommodate chairs of varying heights, the festival bowl is sectioned based on chair height. Note that if you bring a chair that is more than 12” off the ground, you will be asked to sit in an area specifically designated for “higher chairs.”