Britt Pavilion, 350 S 1st Street
Mid-June through mid-September
Held throughout the summer in the historic 3,000-strong community of Jacksonville, about five miles west of Medford, the annual Britt Music & Arts Festival attracts thousands of enthusiasts to dozens of concerts representing myriad musical genres—classical, blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, pop, country, and more. The performances are held outdoors in a naturally formed amphitheater set amid verdant forested hills at the estate of nineteenth-century photographer Peter Britt (1819-1905). With a maximum capacity of 2,200, the Britt Festival, a nonprofit endeavor dating back to the first small event in 1963, is able to attract world-class musicians while maintaining an intimate concert setting at each performance.
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Concerts begin in the evening, typically under exquisitely clear Southern Oregon skies. Each year’s concerts and ticket prices are announced by mid-April. Over the years, Britt has hosted some of the world’s best-known acts—Chicago, Willie Nelson,
Boz Scaggs, Diana Ross,
Al Green, The B-52s, Randy Travis, and many more. But Britt also offers the chance to see up-and-coming stars, regionally known musicians, and veteran performers from every kind of music. Local restaurant concessions offer a wide array of great food, and both wine and beer are available onsite.
Britt does not sell tickets through third-party ticket agencies, either online or in person; tickets for all Britt performances are available through the event website, as well as at the festival box office at 216 West Main Street in Medford (open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday). The onsite Britt Hill box office is open on concert days from 3 pm through intermission, but for popular concerts, be sure to buy tickets well in advance. Attendees can buy reserved seating (stadium-style seating) or lawn space seating on the slope directly above the reserved section. Parking maps are available on the festival website and attendees need to consult these maps to avoid off-limits areas (most parking requires a bit of walking to reach the concert venue). Also plan for the summer heat: Jacksonville temperatures frequently hit the high nineties and even triple digits in high summer.
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