Where: 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. (at Powell)
503) 234-9694 (schedule and tickets)
What: Once a vaudeville house and an adult movie theater this 620-seat theater is one of the best venues to experience live music in an intimate setting.
Buy Tickets: The theater box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also an hour before showtime.
2. Oregon ZooWhere: Just west of downtown on Highway 26
What: Each summer, the lawn at the Oregon Zoo becomes a beloved outdoor concert venue. Bring a picnic and a blanket. These shows are very popular so get tickets in advance.
Buy Tickets: Available at Oregon Zoo office or via TicketsWest
What: This beautiful venue was restored by the McMenamin brothers in 1997, complete with its famous bouncing dance floor. The Crystal has been host to hundreds of amazing acts.
Buy Tickets: Box office hours are M F, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Or buy tickets at Ringlers Pub (next door).
Or go through Ticketmaster.
Where: 8 NW 6th Ave., Portland
What: This venue holds 1400 people in the main room and balcony, and there’s a smaller club downstairs. You’ll enter through the Roseland Grill, a popular all-ages hangout.
Buy Tickets: Ticketswest
What: Restored in 2004, this historic building was once a meeting place for political and cultural groups (among other things). It holds about 750 people. The attached restaurant, Café Wonder, has become a popular neighborhood dinner spot.
Buy Tickets: Box office is open M F, noon - 6 p.m or buy through Ticketmaster.
What: This outdoor venue is located 20 minutes north of Portland in Ridgefield, WA. You can choose from lawn seating and covered amphitheater seating.
Buy Tickets: The Amphitheater box office is open on event days from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. through one hour after showtime. Or buy through Ticketmaster.
7. Doug FirWhere: 830 E. Burnside, Portland
What: The Doug Fir is a must-see restaurant/bar/club. The downstairs of the lounge is a super-groovy 21+ concert venue.
Buy Tickets: Box Office opens 30 minutes before the doors. Doors usually open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tickets also available at:
- Most local Safeway Stores
- Pioneer Square Visitor Info
- Music Millennium Records
What: The Shnitz is a beautiful concert hall with incredible acoustics. In addition to concerts, this venue hosts the Oregon Symphony, dance performances, and the Portland Arts and Lectures series. Its one of the venues used by the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA).
Buy Tickets: The box office (at 1111 SW Broadway), is open M F, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Or buy through Ticketswest or Ticketmaster.
9. Fez BallroomWhere: 318 SW 11th Ave
What: Check out the lineup of DJs and other high-energy acts at the Fez. This is an excellent place to dance your heart out.
Buy Tickets: Available through Ticketmaster.
Troutdale, OR 97060
What: Located about 30 minutes outside of Portland in Troutdale, OR, Edgefield is a lovely hotel/estate with several restaurants and pubs, a winery, and a golf course, a movie theater, and strolling gardens. Concerts are held on the lawn outside the main building.
Buy Tickets:Tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Crystal Ballroom box office.