Getting to the festival

The festival takes place in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, just to the north and south of the Hawthorne Bridge on the west bank of the Willamette River.

Friday, June 30 – Tuesday, July 4:
Festival starts at noon each day.
Gates open at 11 a.m.


It's easy to reach the site from S.W. Naito Parkway, from the Hawthorne Bridge ramps or from the Esplanade.

  • Heading south on I-5 into Portland: Take the 4th Avenue exit (first exit after the Marquam Bridge). Turn right (east) on Market. Stay on Market until you reach Naito Parkway.
  • Heading north on I-5 into Portland: Exit at Naito Parkway. Go straight ahead to the festival.
  • Heading east on highway 26 into Portland: Get into the center lane before you get to the tunnel. Stay in that lane, which becomes S.W. Market. Stay on Market until your reach Naito Parkway.

Traffic Alerts

Naito Parkway:
During the 30th Waterfront Blues Festival, Naito Parkway will be transformed to provide a safe place for the 20,000 people who attend the event every day. From June 30 to July 4, during all hours of the day, one northbound traffic lane of SW Naito Parkway from SW Clay Street to NW Davis Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and opened for two-way walking and bicycling.   As part of the lane conversion, the speed limit will be dropped to 20 MPH.

Morrison Bridge:
Due to construction, the Morrison Bridge will be closed from Monday, June 26 through Tuesday, July 4. Check here for the latest from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.


Street parking fills quickly.

Smart ParkBest bet and best deal is Smart Park.

Lot locations:


City Center ParkingOr City Center Parking.

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Or park on the east bank of the river and walk across the Hawthorne Bridge or along the East Bank Esplanade.

Bicycle parking

Volunteer groups provide two bicycle parking locations on site, one near the main gate and one near the Oregonian Front Porch Stage at the north end of the festival site.

Public transportation

Take a TriMet bus, ride MAX light rail or hop on a Portland Street Car and avoid the parking hassle. TriMet will be running extra busses to accommodate attendees heading to and from the festival.

Ride Services

Be safe! Use a ride service or taxi if intoxicated or to avoid the parking hassle. 

Be patient, as there will still be traffic and heavy pedestrian use around the festival site.

We are partnering with Uber, a ride sharing app that allows you to get a ride in minutes at the push of a button. Uber's mission is to make affordable, reliable transportation available on demand for everyone everywhere and is committed to improving mobility for every Portland community.


The festival site is a public park. The walkway is wheelchair accessible, but most of the park is a grassy hill.

There is no special festival parking. The closest Smart Park garage is at S.W. First and Jefferson, just a few blocks from the festival site.

EcoShuttle The festival thanks ecoShuttle, an environmentally friendly transportation company, for transporting festival artists. ecoshuttle uses vehicles that run on 100 percent biodiesel converted from used vegetable oil, a biodegradable, carbon-friendly fuel.