Security Info

Our priority to to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all festival attendees!

In keeping with best practices for events and festivals around the nation, we’ve made some updates this year to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment at 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival. 

Security staff will inspect all bags.

STARTING THIS YEAR, every attendee MAY bring:

  • Donation of $10 or more for Oregon Food Bank
  • TWO 20oz factory-sealed water bottles
     -  Empty non-glass water container okay; however, there will be limited water refill locations on-site.
     -  Bottled water available for purchase on-site for $1 to benefit Oregon Food Bank
  • ONE 16x16x8” soft backpack/bag
  • ONE 6x8’ blanket
  • ONE low chair with seat no more than 12” off the ground
  • Stroller for child

STARTING THIS YEAR, attendees MAY NOT bring:

  • Hard coolers of any size (includes Styrofoam)
  • Backpacks or bags with frames or hard sides
  • Backpacks or bags larger than 16x16x8”
  • Picnic baskets with rigid frames or hard sides
  • Any beverages other than water
  • Aluminum cans
  • Blankets or tarps larger than 6x8’
  • Chairs with seat higher than 12"
  • Carts
  • Umbrellas  

In keeping with existing festival etiquette, attendees MAY NOT bring:

  • Alcoholic beverage (beer and wine available for purchase on-site)
  • Glass of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons
  • Beach balls or Frisbees
  • Tents or shade canopies
  • Location flags/signs on sticks or poles
  • Audio or video recording devices
  • Animals, reptiles or pets of any kind (except service animals) 

Available on site

  • ATM machine
  • First-aid tent
  • Bicycle parking
  • A variety of food and beverages for purchase from vendors
  • CDs, posters, clothing, buttons and other merchandise for purchase. All proceeds from merchandise sales at the festival benefit Oregon Food Bank.
  • Bottled water for purchase for just $1, with all proceeds benefit Oregon Food Bank
  • Pottery at Oregon Potters Association Empty Bowls Booth

Other common-sense policies

  • Keep passages free. Don’t block aisles, walkways, esplanade or other public areas.
  • Dispose of trash in designated receptacles.
  • Beer cups are compostable. Dispose of your empty beer cup in designated receptacles.
  • No distribution of commercial advertisements.
  • Waterfront Blues Festival staff will close entry to Waterfront Park when the audience reaches capacity, as directed by the City of Portland Fire Marshall.
  • Obey all federal, state and City of Portland laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Do not enter nonpublic areas, i.e. offices, storage, vendor booths, “performers only.”
  • Respect property. Don’t take, deface, degrade, damage or destroy property.
  •  Don’t disrupt or interfere with festival operations.
  • No physical or verbal harassment or abuse allowed.
  • Obey directions of festival management team and its authorized contractors.
  • No video or audio recording of concerts without permission from artist.


The festival site is a public park. The walkway is wheelchair accessible and there is a wheelchair seating area at the top of the bowl. But most of the park is a grassy hill. There is no special festival parking. Attendees park in public lots and on the street. The closest parking garage is at S.W. First and Jefferson, just a few blocks from the festival site.