Expanded event to fill weekend calendar
The 32nd Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, produced by InterArts, returns Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 to Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge in north Portland.
The festival runs each day from noon until 10 p.m. It’s the longest-running free jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi.
This year’s line-up has been made possible by generous donations of time, money and products from many community sponsors, including KMHD-FM, Portland’s Jazz Radio; Ninkasi Brewing; and Maletis Beverage.
Organizers say they’ve expanded the festival this year to include more musicians and a broader range of jazz styles than in any previous year, a true sampler platter of the entire PDX jazz scene.
Founded in 1981 as part of a major St. Johns community revitalization effort, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival has traditionally been held the third weekend of July.
Admission has always been completely free. And with a beautiful, casual setting and large array of food, craft and music vendors, the festival remains a fantastic opportunity for families to picnic and mingle with their neighbors and fellow music lovers.