It should come as no surprise that an authentic town like Pendleton – widely known for many things, including the world-famous Pendleton Round-Up, traditional woolen blankets, and some damn good whisky – also boasts a lineup of summer events and festivals guaranteed to be a good time. From music fests where country meets hip hop, to buckin’ broncs and farmers markets and everything in between, in Pendleton, you’re never too far from the next great live show or event. Make sure to add a little Pendleton to your summer adventures and catch one of these regional favorites, up-and-coming performers, and more around town this summer. While there are so many options to choose from, here are a few of our favorites:
Get Wild 2023! – June, July, August
Whether you’re looking to add more activities to your itinerary, or are searching for a more toned-down experience, Travel Pendleton’s Get Wild 2023 calendar of events provides a summer’s worth of live music, events, and experiences throughout the town. Searchable by month, the calendar includes information on venues, acts, attractions, and more. Catch a 21+ Pendleton Underground tour and a drink in the Shamrock Saloon on Saturday nights, or enjoy a family-friendly live music event in the park. If it’s happening this summer in Pendleton, you’ll find it at Get Wild 2023!
Jackalope Jamboree – Friday & Saturday, June 27-29
During summer, Pacific Northwest Country music fans will once again gather in Pendleton’s Happy Canyon Arena for the Jackalope Jamboree. Billed as “a community-inclusive event for music fans of all ages, from the first-time concertgoer to well-traveled and young at heart,” Jackalope Jamboree boasts a three-day musical lineup featuring more than 18 acts on two stages. Whether it’s country music, a good time, or a little of both you’re looking for, Jackalope Jamboree delivers.
Pendleton Whisky Music Fest – Saturday, July 13
When first launched in 2016, the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest took Eastern Oregon by storm. That momentum has continued, with music lovers packing the Pendleton Round-Up Happy Valley Grounds annually to catch the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Maroon 5, Pitbull, and Blake Shelton, to name a few. While not every show in Pendleton features some of the biggest names in pop, rock, and country, the popularity of Pendleton Whisky Fest underscores the region’s love affair with live music. In 2023, this one-day event featured headliners Kane Brown, Flo Rida, Maddie & Tae, Niko Moon, and Dylan Schnieder. Tickets range from grandstand seating to air-conditioned premium arena boxes, as well as options for camping and RVs. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the “best day of summer” at the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest on Saturday, July 13.