Since day one, the idea behind Pickathon has always been pretty simple: what does it take to be the best weekend festival of the year for music lovers?
This question has driven us to highly refine an experience that is truly unique. Innovation has always been at the center of this process and through the years many important elements have come together; collaborating widely on yearly diverse lineups that are built on the idea of great music being the sole criteria; refining six unique performance venues designed to create juxtaposing alternate realities; trusting important decisions can be discussed and made with our online community such as maintaining a low crowd density; becoming the only large music festival to eliminate plastic and minimize single use items; recruiting the finest food and drink purveyors in the land; focusing constantly on eliminating "normal" festival hassles; enabling families to thrive; working with the Pendarvis Family to create a highly designed paradise of a festival grounds, and the list goes on.
PLASTIC FREE Since 2010 festival organizers have committed to eliminating all plastic beverage containers, making Pickathon the first music festival in the country to go plastic (bottle and cup) free. Stainless Steel Cups have successfully replaced throw-away cups in the beer gardens at Pickathon with help from our good partners at Klean Kanteen.
FREE WATER Ample free drinking water is available throughout Pendarvis Farm, bring your bottles and refill whenever needed.
RECYCLING AND COMPOST Pickathon's recycling and compost team is made up of volunteers who spend most of the festival rounding up everything that can be either recycled or composted.
RENEWABLE ENERGY Pendarvis Farm hosts a permanent solar array on the roof of the Galaxy Barn. The energy generated during the year offsets 100% of the energy used during the festival in the Galaxy Barn plus 100% of the electricity used by the food and craft vendors.
Pickathon hosts three portable solar power generators used for powering more than 3.5 miles of trail lights as well as providing the ability to charge cell phones during the weekend.
ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION When it comes to transportation and getting to Pendarvis Farm, Pickathon organizers have put a lot of thought into ways to make it easy for people to get there using alternative transportation.
FLY IN AND DON'T RENT A CAR: People traveling from out of town can book a room at any of the partner hotels, which will shuttle guests from the airport to the hotel, then from the hotel to Pendarvis Farm, free of charge. Or hop on the MAX at the airport and then take the EcoShuttle from the Clackamas Transit Center to the farm. Here's a link to the schedule:. Back to the Top
These ubiquitous Klean Kanteen cups really help cut down on the waste created by single-use cups. Photo: Inger Klekacz
Travel to Pickathon
If you are planning on traveling to Portland from far away places we have a variety of options for you to consider.
If you purchased a Pickathon Weekend Ticket the gates open at 9am on Friday August 2nd, and you can remain on-site until 2pm Monday August 5th.
If you purchased Early Thursday Entry (in addition to a Pickathon Weekend Ticket), the gates are open for a limited window on Thursday August 1st, between Noon and 8PM, and you can remain on-site until 2pm Monday August 5th.
For those coming just for the day and not camping
Gates open and close at the following times Thursday - Noon to 8pm (for Early Thursday Ticket Holders Only). Friday - 9am to 11pm. Saturday - 9am to 11pm. Sunday - 9am to 11pm. Back to the Top
Festival goers check out the schedule during Pickathon 2012 Photo: Joseph Cilio Rossi
Pendarvis Farm is close to SE Foster and 172nd on the Southeast side of Mt. Scott (16581 SE Hagen Rd, Happy Valley, OR, 97086).
Pendarvis Farm is a great mix of Doug Fir forests, meadows, and views of Mt Hood that we are excited for folks to experience firsthand.
WHEN YOU FIRST ARRIVE AT PENDARVIS FARM Pickathon offers a Camp Host service (marked on the map above) to help you find and secure camping space that will suitable and act as a sort of home base for questions during the weekend. We recommend you come prepared to carry all of your own gear from the parking lot to the woods (bike carriers are perfect for gear hauling).
CAMPING OPTIONS Pendarvis farm offers a wide variety of festival camping which is mostly wooded and ranges from close in to a third of a mile away from the Camping Host. Based on popular demand we have setup some first come first serve special camping zones for specific uses.
*The Quiet Camping Zone has been designated for those needing silence between the hours of 11:00pm to 9:00am.
*Two special Jam Zones (Glade Jam and Stump Jam) have been designated for those that want to jam into the wee hours.
*Family Camping Zone is encouraged for sole use by people with kids under 12.
TRAILS *There are close to four miles of trails in the woods of Pendarvis Farm which at night are illuminated with colored led strands (White & Orange = Main Trails, Blue & Green = Minor Trails) that are also listed on our 2012 Pendarvis Farm Site Map.
OTHER CAMPING INFO Pickathon features an amazing array of delicious and affordable food and beverage options that should allow everyone attending to eat all weekend without ever needing to bring a single bag of groceries.
Ice will be available for purchase on-site.
Drinking water will be provided free of charge but you are responsible for bringing your bottles and cups to fill up for our water trucks onsite.
There will be several ATM's on-site.
Credit Cards can be used onsite at a number of locations.
Portable toilets, Recycling, Composting, Dish Rinsing, and Hand Washing stations are located throughout the venue and campground.
Beautiful custom showers are located onsite for $5 a use.
No telephones are available to the public for local calls, but cell phones should work fine. Back to the Top
When you come to Pickathon in 2013 you will have two options for eating food from any of our local food vendors:
1. Provide your own dishes and utensils to have vendors serve food on which you would be responsible to clean and store yourself. Dish rinsing and washing stations are placed near the vendor area for patrons who choose to bring and wash their own dishes.
Pickathon is pleased to accommodate out-of-town guests that will be attending the 2013 festival.
Motel 6 and Days Inn will be offering a free shuttle service (from Portland Airport to Hotel, from Hotel to Pendarvis Farm, from Pendarvis Farm to Hotel). Hours for the shuttles will be 8:00am to 3:00am - which will be the last shuttle leaving Pendarvis Farm/Pickathon for the evening...
The Pickathon EcoShuttle will also be making stops at the Courtyard Marriott and the Monarch Hotel. This shuttle is subject to the schedule posted on the transportation page, and a bus pass will be needed for this service.
When Making reservations at any of the below partner hotels it is best to call in, and you must make sure to reference the "Pickathon Group Rate".
TRAVEL TO PORTLAND WITHOUT RENTING A CAR Option #1 - Travel to Portland by airplane, train, or bus and stay at one of our Lodging Partners who will provide free of charge shuttle service between the Hotel and Pickathon.
Option #2 - Travel to Portland by airplane, train, or bus and finish your journey to Pickathon by taxi or our Mass Transit Shuttle (see above) and camp onsite.
Do's and Dont's
You must follow some basic neighborly rules otherwise you could be turned away or be asked to leave at anytime.
Absolutely no pets are allowed.
No Outside Alcohol (beer,wine,liquor,etc) will be allowed in the camping areas and venues at Pendarvis Farm. Vehicles will be checked upon entry and these items will be confiscated.
No Smoking in any of the venues at Pendarvis Farm. This include outdoor venues and indoor venues. Smoking is allowed only in the clearly defined and designated Smoking Areas.
Within the main stage area blankets and low back chairs can only be left all weekend in designated areas. Other areas will be designated blanket free. If you do leave a blanket or chair in the main area it is assumed to be public space so that others can respectively use it while you are not there, and you can hopefully be neighborly when you return to figure out what is possible for continued sharing.
No portable shade structures will be allowed anywhere in the main bowl.
No fires of any kind (including candles), fireworks, or firearms allowed. *You can use camp stoves, but please be very careful.
Respect your fellow festival goers, campers, and Pendarvis Farm neighbors
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Families are a large part of the annual Pickathon tradition and we'll continue to do our best in making this the case.
There is a full summer camp worth of activities in one weekend at Pickathon.
All kids under 12 get in for free when coming to Pickathon with the family.
Pickathon will also have Pickathon Radio broadcasting the Mountain View and Fir Meadows stages on 90.1 FM so you can listen in from anywhere in the campground. So when you're putting the kids to bed or just hanging out back at the campsite you can stay connected the whole time. Back to the Top
Hey Farm Friends!
Thanks for coming. It wouldn’t be fun without you!
Please read: We appreciate your help to make our parties fun, safe, creative, and carefree. We thank you for partying safely and acting honorably, and respecting our neighbors. Be aware of inherent risks, like uneven ground, thorns, wasps, mud, fires.
Don’t block the driveways, FIRELANES OR PATHS. We can’t be held responsible for lost items, though we do try to round them up as best we can. Please: if you break or damage something, tell us. • Leave nothing but footprints • No unauthorized fires. • Don’t litter cigarette butts, microtrash, tc. • Turn it down if we request it. • Do not feed horses or enter paddocks • Do not destroy valuable/native plants • Respect wildlife, and our pets. •Party legally and don’t party and drive. •Have fun and come back! • Be aware. Be careful. Act responsibly. • Thank You! • The Pendarvis Farm Community thrives with mutual trust!
YOUR PRESENCE HERE ASSUMES THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE INHERENT RISKS ON THIS PROPERTY AND THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF, YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GUESTS. PENDARVIS FARM, PENDARVIS FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AND THEIR HEIRS ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURY OR ACCIDENT YOU & YOURS MAY INCUR RELATED TO YOUR VISIT. Back to the Top
Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the 2014 Pickathon!
We will have more info later in Spring 2014 about opening up to volunteer sign ups. Back to the Top
Do you still have a question for us that we did not answer above?