A Real Portland Family Jam! Building Bridges Fest

Portland Children’s Museum Hosts Building Bridges Family Music Festival

A Full Weekend of Interactive, Music-Focused Fun on September 21 and 22, 2019

Kids will be making instruments, banging and plucking instruments, learning about how music is made, singing and dancing up a storm, and even designing their own “festival fashion” at the first annual Building Bridges Family Music Festival at Portland Children’s Museum.

Presented by PDX Parent, Building Bridges Family Music Festival aims to build community through play and music, with highly interactive areas indoors and out at the Museum, and live music from world-class entertainers playing everywhere throughout both days, Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd. 

Red Yarn

Museum staff is planning two full days of music and fun, and local Portland music scene makers Andy Furgeson (aka Red Yarn) and Aaron Nigel Smith are also part of the lineup and planning team. Confirmed musical acts include DJ Lance Rock (Yo Gabba Gabba), Caspar Babypants, Jazzy Ash & Leaping Lizards, Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés, Oregon Koto-Kai, Red Yarn, Aaron Nigel Smith, Painted Sky Northstar, Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers, DJ Anjali & Incredible Kid, Mo Phillips, Bravo Youth Orchestra,  Kaleinani o ke Kukui, Okaidja Afroso, Mr. Ben, BodyVox, Eagle Sun King, A Beat Happening and DJ Action Slacks.

Aaron Nigel Smith

Listen to a playlist of songs by Building Bridges performers on Spotify!

In turbulent times, peaceful and inclusive community events like Building Bridges become even more important. “In a world that often seems so divided, building bridges through music is one of the best things parents can do with their families. And in their own stressful lives, adults will enjoy these lively, uplifting, multicultural performances as much as their children,” says Ruth Shelly, the executive director of Portland Children’s Museum. Adds Jeremiah Sazdanoff, Director of Museum Experience, “We intentionally curated the artist lineup through the lens of peace, empathy, and interdependence, and every performance will highlight these critical themes. Our hope is for everyone to hear that you’re never too young, or old, to start building bridges.”

Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés

Tickets to Building Bridges Family Music Festival are available now at http://www.portlandcm.org/festival/.


The Building Bridges Family Music Festival is Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 9 am to 5 pm each day.

The Portland Children’s Museum is in Washington Park, across from the Oregon Zoo at 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, 97221.

Daily Festival Admission: $4 for Members; $14 for Non-members; $3 Access Admission per person for up to 5 people (to qualify, families must receive some form of public assistance; proof of eligibility required). Children under age 1 are free. 

For more information, please contact the Portland Children’s Museum at (503) 223-6500.

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