Whether you want to introduce your children to the performing arts or make date night plans for the grown-ups, we’ve got options for you! Check out our roundup of local performance venues and find shows that fit your interests and budget.
Think live performances are out of your price range? Thanks to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, anyone who receives food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and has the Oregon Trail Card can buy $5 tickets to many performances through the Arts for All program each year. Learn more and see participating venues here.
Don’t qualify for Arts for All, but still looking for a way to save? Consider splitting a season ticket package with friends. Season tickets are typically much more affordable than individual tickets, and if you split with friends, you’ll save even more. Tickets are also a great addition to your holiday gift wish lists. Another option is to buy “rush tickets,” usually sold close to performance time; check with box offices to learn more about their rush ticket policies. Some performances offer discounted tickets to students and seniors, and venues sometimes include coupons in the Chinook Book. Don’t forget to cash in your Multnomah County Library summer reading ticket prizes, too!
Be sure to check Covid-19 safety policies before heading out. Many venues are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test for entry, and requiring masks regardless of vaccination status. This means if you want to bring unvaccinated kids along, you’ll need to schedule a covid test a couple of days before showtime, but don’t worry — the tests are quick and painless!
To learn more about local youth performing arts organizations, read our October feature, “A Return to the Stage,” by managing editor Tiffany Hill.
Ticket prices are approximate and subject to change.
Oregon Children’s Theater
2021-22 Season: Merry Happy Everything!, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Last Stop on Market Street, Impulse: OCT’s Improvisational Troupe, WROL: Without Rule of Law, Twelfth Night
Ticket Prices: $12-$28, Season tickets $63-$120
Audience: On their website, OCT provides recommended ages for each performance, but all shows are kid-friendly.
Northwest Children’s Theater
2021-22 Season: NWCT will continue its YouTube series, Face Time with Perry Winkle. Stay tuned for information on in-person performances.
Ticket Prices: TBD
Audience: All ages welcome!
Red Yarn Productions
Mr. Ben Music
Rock N’ Roll Fairy
Lori Henriques Music
Pointed Man Band
Aaron Nigel Smith
Hi Joe Kye
Other performances to explore:
Olive and Dingo: the People’s Clowns
Nikki Brown Clown
New Moon Productions
Portland Puppet Museum Live Performances
Penny’s Puppet Productions
Oregon Shadow Theatre
Plays, Musicals and Opera
Broadway in Portland
2021-22 Season: Jesus Christ Superstar, Mean Girls, The Band’s Visit, Anastasia, Hamilton, Pretty Woman, Cats, Hadestown
Ticket Prices: Individual tickets are approximately $30-$100 before fees. Season tickets are currently sold out (you may join the waitlist), but the seven-show package is $257-$822, and the six-show package is $202-$672. You may join their e-club to have early access to individual tickets while you wait for a season ticket spot.
Audience: Recommended ages for each show are listed on their website.
The Portland Opera
2021-22 Season: Tosca, When The Sun Comes Out, andThe Central Park Five
Ticket Prices: $35-$250, Season tickets are available in 2-show or 3-show packages and are approximately 20% off individual ticket price. With a student ID, you may purchase 3 tickets at $10 each. Look for coupons in your Chinook Book.
Audience: There is a vaccination requirement, so all guests must be over 12 and vaccinated this year.
Portland Center Stage at the Armory
2021-22 Season: Frida … A Self Portrait, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Great Leap, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, Freestyle Love Supreme, Rent
Ticket Prices: $25-$92, Season tickets $100.80-$467.20
Audience: Most shows are recommended for high school ages and up, but may also appeal to mature middle-schoolers.
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
2021-22 Season: Loch Lomond, A Christmas Carol, At Home with Broadway Rose, plus cabaret performances, a Santa sing-along, film screenings, play readings and more. Check their website in November for more show announcements.
Ticket Prices: $20-$50, season tickets are $80-$205 (prices vary by age with categories of 6-18, 19-35, and 36+)
Audience: Children under six are not admitted to their mainstage shows. Children of all ages are welcome at their children’s theatre productions (announced early November) and annual Santa sing-along. Their summer children’s productions don’t have age restrictions and prices range from $10 for youth to $12 for adults, kids under 2 are free.
Lakewood Center for the Arts
2021-22 Season: The Odd Couple, Elf the Musical, Murder on the Orient Express, Leading Ladies, Camelot, plus Elf, Jr.
Ticket Prices: $20-$42, Season tickets $126-$133
Audience: Elf, Jr. will appeal to kids ages 4-16; the rest of the season is recommended for ages 8+
2021-22 Season: La Bici, Día de Muertos, Duende de Lorca, Antigone At The Border, and City Without Altar
Ticket Prices: Some performances are ticketed and some are free.
Audience: This fall there is a vaccination requirement for all events.
2021-22 Season: Virtual Christmas Revels (live-streaming in December),
Ticket Prices: This virtual event is free, donations appreciated
Audience: A show for all ages, created by people of all ages.
Other venues to explore:
Echo Theater Company
Lovegood Performing Arts Company
Clackamas Reperatory Theatre
Twilight Theater Company
Portland Panto Players
Artists Repertory Theatre
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
Original Practice Shakespeare
Curious Comedy Theater
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland
Portland Concert Opera
Ballet and Dance
Oregon Ballet Theatre
2021-22 Season: Face to Face, George Blanchine’s The Nutcracker, Dracula, Dreamland, The Americans — Take Two, On Stage
Ticket Prices: $24-$146, Season ticket packages come in three-show options: Family $44 (lowest for three child’s tickets) to $228 (max for three adult tickets); Company $66-$240, and Choose Your Own (varies).
Audience: The recommended family package includes The Nutcracker, Dracula and On Stage.
The Portland Ballet
2021-22 Season: The world premiere of John Clifford’s A Christmas Carol : The Ballet
Ticket Prices: Start at $15 and will be limited to allow for social distancing
Audience: Their holiday productions run the weekend after Thanksgiving. Shows are appropriate for the whole family.
NW Dance Project
2021-22 Season: NW Dance Project is back with more inspired, original contemporary dance works. Fall Premieres will be held at the Newmark Theatre in November.
Ticket Prices: $29-$58, plus $4 service fee. Half-price student/senior rush tickets (as available, all seats) at theater box office beginning one hour before performance time.
Audience: Any age, appropriate for the whole family.
2021-22 Season: Celebrate the company’s twenty-fourth season with four unique BodyVox shows: BloodyVox, Serious Cupcakes, CineVox, and NINETEEN*TWENTY as well as a show from their Junior Artist Generator Company.
Tickets: $18-35, Season tickets $79.50-$150
Audience: Performances recommended for ages 8+ (even BloodyVox leans more toward humor than horror)
2021-22 Season: Dvořák’s New World, Beethoven’s Ninth, The Princess Bride in Concert, Musical Legends of the Harlem Renaissance, New Years Eve with Gladys Knight, Leslie Odom, Jr., and more!
Ticket Prices: $11-$129, before fees. For season tickets, they have many options. Their Classical Series of 18-shows starts at $378, 12 shows at $264, and 6 shows at $138. Their Pops Series of 4 concerts starts at $92. Popcorn Package of 4 concerts starts at $104. Kids Concerts package of 3 shows starts at $30.
Audience: Bring the whole family! The Kids Concerts series is perfect for up-and-coming music lovers and lasts only one hour. The Young People’s Concerts are perfect for grades 3-8. Families may also enjoy the Pops Series, featuring popular musical hits from a variety of eras, or the Popcorn Package, when the live orchestra accompanies a film projected on the big screen. This season’s popcorn package includes The Princess Bride, Disney and Pixar’s Coco, Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As of this writing, the Kids Concert series is perfect for kids under 7, but all other performances are recommended for ages 7+. With current vaccination and mask requirements, the littlest guests may need to wait until they are older to enjoy these performances.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony
2021-22 Season: Fate Knocking, In Characters of Fire, and Resilience and Triumph
Ticket Prices: Downtown concerts $11-$43, Community concerts (see website for schedule) $5-10
Audience: Bring the whole family. MYS students may attend any MYS concert for free.
The Portland Youth Philharmonic
2021-22 Season: Hear the nation’s first youth orchestra for yourself! 98th Season Highlights include Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Nicole Buetti: Restless Winds (Commissioned for PYP), Gabriel Meneses: 4 Elephants (Commissioned for PYP), Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ticket Prices: $10-$100, Season subscription will be available
Audience: This season features new works composed primarily by women and musicians of color, as part of the recently launched Youth Orchestra Commissioning Initiative (YOCI), a collaborative project with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Classical Up Close
This organization — a collective effort by members of the Oregon Symphony — provides FREE community concerts in the Portland area. See their website for the full schedule.
Ticket Prices: Free.
Audience: They offer full-length concerts, shorter pop-up concerts, and even kids’ concerts.
Portland Columbia Symphony
2021-22 Season: Beer Hall Brass, Façade, Appalachian Spring, Brassy Christmas, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and more!
Ticket Prices: Individual tickets start at $20, season tickets start at $170 (8 concerts), $155 (7 concerts), and $140 (6 concerts).
Audience: Families will enjoy their Sensory and Family Friendly Concert or the online series Meet the Instruments
2021-22 Season: TBD
Ticket Prices: TBD
Audience: From choirs performing in the chapel to symphonies in the plaza, the Grotto Concert Series provides something for everyone.
All of the Above
Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
Portland’5 brings over 1,000 music, theater, dance and lecture performances to Portland each year at their five venues: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Newmark Theatre, Keller Auditorium, Brunish Theatre and Winningstad Theatre. This is a great, one-stop site if you like lots of options in one place.
Portland Metro Arts
Portland Metro Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that provides meaningful access to quality arts education and performance for all ages, including dance, visual arts, theatre and music.
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
This brand new arts center in Beaverton boasts a wide array of world class performances in a beautiful new building. See the Okee Dokee Brothers and Sonia De Los Santos there in June.
Portland Ovations is a non-profit performing arts organization connecting artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences. Their unique mix of live performances and more intimate workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and School-Time Performances have delighted, inspired, and educated since 1931.