Located just outside of Portland, Pickathon is quite possibly the most unique music festival in the world. From sustainability efforts that have practically eliminated paper and plastic cups, plates and utensils, to intimate workshops with artists, to sets specifically tailored for your little ones, the vision of the organizers is extensive. Where else can you catch multiple performances for every band on different stages and in different environments over the course of a single weekend? What about saying hi to one of the headliners who just happens to be wandering around the fest grounds? Or how about a sweaty, late-night romp in the Galaxy Barn on the receiving end of a face melting? Free water, camping, solar powered, 80 forested acres to explore, family friendly, views of Mt. Hood, a strictly limited capacity, an intimate stage deep in the woods beneath Doug Firs—all of this makes Pickathon a hot commodity. With the popularity and ticket prices steadily creeping up over the years, the fest not only sells out but also becomes a bit price prohibitive for some families. Never fear, two great alternatives have cropped up in recent years: Try mid-July's Wildwood Music Fest in Willamina or PDX Farm Fiesta in nearby Damascus the weekend following Pickathon.
The Best Performances of Pickathon 2023Ryan J. Prado, Ignacio Quintana - Aug 8, 2023
The reimagining of the festival's grounds and the general flow of immersive neighborhood stages truly came into its stride for the 2023 edition, with perfect weather, a dizzying array of music and...
Rethinking Your Perfect Pickathon: 2022 Promises an Otherworldly Return for the Beloved Portland FestivalRyan J. Prado - Aug 1, 2022
Whether it’s your first time at Pendarvis Farm, or you misplaced a hoodie at your campsite in the before-times and are desperately hoping it’s waiting for you at the lost and found, Pickathon 2022...
Pickathon Announces 2022 LineupRyan J. Prado - Apr 12, 2022
After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, Pickathon is back August 4 to 7 with a “genre-agnostic” lineup and revamped site design.
Save Our StagesChris Young - May 6, 2020
We need numerous independently owned venues and festivals to sustain our robust music ecosystem in Oregon. As the first to close but the last to reopen, these incubators of artistry are vital to...
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