stay cool, fest friends!

While the Waterfront Blues Festival will continue rain or shine, we take our attendees, staff and performers’ safety very seriously. We have several accommodations in place at the festival to help our guests manage heat, including:

• Several tented and tree shaded areas 

• Water misting cooling stations 

• Unlimited free water at water stations throughout festival grounds. Factory sealed water bottles and empty refillable bottles are allowed inside the festival; and additional bottled water, reusable cups, and ice will be available  on-site as well. 

• Fully staffed and prepared first-aid tent to assist anyone feeling signs of heat-related concerns. 

• Updated Umbrella Policy: the festival has adjusted its policy to ALLOW personal-sized umbrellas (up to 62”) for the 2024 festival. Group/patio umbrellas are still prohibited.

• In partnership with the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel, there will be a Waterfront Blues Festival Chill Center located on the second floor of the hotel. The Chill Center is air-conditioned and will be open to all festival attendees from 12 pm – 9 pm July 4-7. As a 2024 heat-related courtesy to our GA 1-Day ticketholders, guests may request a special wristband at all exit gates to visit the Chill Center and receive re-entry to the festival.