Britt Festival

Music in Jacksonville

Music-lovers should check out the Britt Festival, a series of concerts by top-name performers held in an outdoor pavilion on a hill above town. The site was the home of celebrated Swiss photographer Peter Britt (1819–1905) and has hosted outdoor concerts annually since 1963, when Portland conductor John Trudeau first discovered its great acoustics. Tickets and schedule online.

Having discovered the aptness of the hillside venue, Trudeau built a plywood stage for a local orchestral performance. Thus was born the Pacific Northwest's first outdoor music festival. In 1978 a pavilion was constructed and the festival continued to grow. The nonprofit Britt Festival is now a premier concert series, attracting tens of thousands of revelers throughout the summer months and into September; it also sponsors educational programs through the Britt Institute.