An in-person Waterfront Blues Festival returns…upriver

Written by Nina Crow

An in-person Waterfront Blues Festival returns...upriver

The Waterfront Blues Festival announced today:   Music lovers and fans will come together again July 2-5, 2021 for the Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver!” We are returning with an unforgettable, in-person and socially-distanced event that will be a Waterfront Blues Fest like no other.   With safety at the forefront of planning, the festival is moving less than a mile “Upriver” to The Lot at Zidell Yards, Portland’s premier socially-distanced, outdoor performance venue, located in the South Waterfront neighborhood at 3030 S Moody Ave. Each day of the festival will include two separately ticketed shows, featuring several performances from amazing local, regional and national artists. Livestream tickets will also be available so our fans near and far can join the fun. Plans, tickets and artists will be announced in May, so stay tuned!   Health and safety remain our top priority, so all events will be in full compliance with current local and state gathering guidelines. To ensure the safety of our fans and our community, we will be offering socially-distanced seating pods for your quaran-team to enjoy the music. Tickets will be sold by the pod (2, 4 and 6-person pods), instead of individual tickets. Your pod will become your festival home where you are free to dance, sip on a cold beverage, and enjoy the music. Full safety measures will be published prior to tickets going on sale in May.   At this time, we are offering refunds for all 2020 ticket and pass holders. 2020 purchased tickets will not roll over for the 2021 festival. Please head to our tickets page at to learn more about how to request a refund or donate to help keep blues music alive. As a way to thank you for your loyalty, 2020 pass holders will get first access to tickets for the 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival events. Keep an eye out for an email from us in May with more information.   Thank you for showing us so much love and support — we can’t wait to be listening to the blues with you this summer.


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