In 1998, a small-scale, folks-roots festival to benefit KBOO launched, attracting audiences in the—well, dozens. Twenty years on, Pickathon, back at Pendarvis Farm this month, has become a much bigger small-scale event—a joyous, beforested, barn-stomping, family-friendly, foodie-music fest with a waste-free ethos and a winning balance of biggish acts (this year’s lineup boasts Broken Social Scene and Built to Spill), returning festival favorites (Tinariwen, Shakey Graves), and new-to-many discoveries (Black Pumas, anyone?): spontaneous magic. Somehow bespoke, utterly beloved, and particularly Portland-ish, it’s as much a summer staple as Salt & Straw and swimming holes. Don’t miss it.
Every day from 10:00am to 2:00am between August 2 and August 5