I will be going to Pickathon music festival this year, just outside Portland in the very aptly named “Happy Valley” Oregon. The festival takes place on a farm which is just the beginning of the good things about Pickathon. Not only is Neko Case playing (twice), but they have free drinking water (so bring your own mug). In fact, last year the festival became the first to eliminate single use dishes and utensils (so bring those as well). This alone makes the festival unique. It is focused on sustainability and even uses solar for some of its power source.
There are 50+ bands playing on 6 stages over three days. The lineup includes some of my favorites: Phosphorescent, The Cave Singers and Typhoon. The Galaxy Barn has music scheduled until 2AM, which helps them achieve their 100+ hours of scheduled music. With multiple beer gardens, organic food, hiking trails and mountain views, this is already one of my favorite festivals (and I haven’t even been yet).
I have looked at the lineup for many years and always wanted to attend. Photos of last year sold me when I saw the Woods Stage. I grew up in Wisconsin surrounded by dairy farms and working on them, milking cows, bailing hay and planting tobacco. Putting a music festival on a farm is a good fit for me for sure.
The festival runs August 3rd through 5th this year and you can still buy your ticket. You have the option to buy individual day tickets to the fest but only for Friday or Sunday because Saturday is sold out. If you purchase a pass for the whole weekend, each ticket includes a camping pass as well, but bring your own sleeping accommodations or you’ll be at Mother Nature’s mercy. There’s also the option to buy parking, so think ahead if you wanna save yourself a little moolah, the weekend bus pass at $15 sounds like a great idea.
See you there!