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2020 Waterfront Blues Festival Canceled

By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Annual event pulled down due to Covid-19 fallout

In a surprise announcement this afternoon, organizers for the annual Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland have decided to cancel this year's event due to concerns over the Covid-19 virus. This is a developing story and we'll have more information as it becomes available.

The full text of the announcement is below and can also be found at the festival website.


It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing that the Waterfront Blues Festival will not take place in 2020.

The safety of the community is our absolute priority. With attendees flying in from nearly all 50 states and over a dozen countries, the responsible decision is to cancel the event.

The Waterfront Blues Festival has been here for you, our fans, for 32 years, and the decision to cancel this year’s event was not taken lightly. To better ensure that we can get back together and celebrate next summer here in Portland, we must prioritize the wellness and safety of our community.

The music and event industries have been devastated by this global situation. We know that the Waterfront Blues Festival will play an important role in the recovery and healing, and we are grateful knowing that our festival family will rally around all of us as we look to brighter days ahead.

Our hearts are with all of you and the folks that financially rely on the festival – our musicians, local businesses, vendors, suppliers, crews, neighboring hotels and restaurants. We also hurt for our fellow festivals and events that have had to make these extremely difficult decisions as well.

Looking ahead, all purchased passes for 2020 will be honored for the 2021 festival (July 2-5, 2021). If you have questions, please contact Ticket Tomato at 1-800-820-9884 or info@tickettomato.com.

2021 will provide us all with an opportunity to come together again to celebrate our community, listen to live music on the grassy lawn of Waterfront Park and put our dancing shoes back in action.

Please continue to stay in touch with us. We’ll provide updates and information with you through our e-newsletter, social media channels and website.

Our hearts are with you all. Be kind to each other and be safe. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.


Tyler, Christina, Peter and the entire Blues Festival Family

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