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.
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...
Dan Cable Presents a Chat with Mic Capes at Pickathon 2017 [Video Premiere]Chris Young - Jul 31, 2018
Hear the St. Johns rapper speak about his craft at last year's fest as we prep for this year's Pickathon—it all goes down at Pendarvis Farm from August 2 to 5!
Festival Food That Feeds Your SoulRyan J. Prado - Jul 25, 2018
Chefs and musicians come together for Pickathon’s Curation Series. Do not miss this year's curation meals at Pendarvis Farm from August 2 to 5.
The Future of What Chats with Dungen at Pickathon 2017 [Video Premiere]Chris Young - Mar 26, 2018
Gustav Ejstes of the Swedish psych rock four-piece Dungen and Portia Sabin of The Future of What talk about the differences between the music biz in America and abroad at Pendarvis Farm last August.
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