Win Tickets ($60): Friday Early Escape Summer Concerts Cruise w/ Portland Spirit | Live Music, Full-service Bar

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Friday Early Escape Summer Concerts Cruise w/ Portland Spirit. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, July 13.

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From our sponsors:
Portland SpiritFriday Early Escape Summer Concert Series
July 10-September 25 2015
Boards 2:30pm, Cruises 3pm-5pm
$30 | Tickets:

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Spirit has put together the premier summer concert series in Portland. Join us every Friday afternoon starting July 10th for live music, drinks, delicious Northwest cuisine and an early start to your weekend. The Friday Early Escape summer concert series features a different Northwest band every Friday. What better way to spend an afternoon than cruising down the Willamette, enjoying live entertainment and sipping on local brews?

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Cruise Details:

$30.00/person -Includes two hour cruise and live entertainment.

*All reservations will be charged a $4 landing fee.

**$12.00 Bistro Menu Plate available for purchase on board, along with two full service bars.

***Discounted group rates and VIP packages available for groups of 15 or more passenger.


  • July 10 – Sarah Billings
  • July 17 – Samsel
  • July 24 – Corner
  • July 31 – Lace & Lead
  • August 7 – Wil Kinky
  • August 14 – Beth Willis Rock Duo
  • August 28 – White Rhino Marimba
  • September 4 – Pretty Gritty
  • September 11 – Tyler Stenson
  • September 18 – Neil Darling Band
  • September 25 – Tim Snider

Vessel and Company Information:
The Portland Spirit is a 150′ yacht with three public decks, two of which are enclosed and climate controlled. We have seating for 340 guests on the two interior decks for a plated meal cruise and capacity of 450 guests for a reception. The Portland Spirit features delicious Northwest cuisine prepared fresh in our onboard galley, full service bars with a vast wine selection, grand pianos with live performers (don’t forget our singing wait staff), a ship-wide sound system, and a marble dance floor.

The vessels and crew of Portland Spirit Cruises & Events form the premier fleet of dining ships in the Northwest, offering public lunch, brunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises, as well as specialty cruises throughout the year. There are five boats in the fleet including the Portland Spirit, Willamette Star, Crystal Dolphin, Explorer Jet Boat and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler (Cascade Locks, OR). Portland Spirit also operates three land venues including, the Terrace on Thunder Island, Gorge Pavilion in Cascade Locks, and the Locks Waterfront Grill.

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56 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Friday Early Escape Summer Concerts Cruise w/ Portland Spirit | Live Music, Full-service Bar

  1. EARL DIZON July 8, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Summer and water just go together and I want to be in a boat.

  2. July 8, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Such a great line up for the cruises. One more reason to look forward to Fridays. :)

  3. Christina July 8, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I have always wanted to go on the Portland Spirit!! This would be the greatest win ever!!

  4. david July 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    sounds pretty great…show on the water with brew and a band. perfect!

  5. Paul Horton July 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    I’m interested in the longer cruises and this will give me to get the lay out and determine what cruise i may enjoy. Thanks

  6. Julie July 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Need to relax on the water!

  7. Jorge July 9, 2015 at 12:13 am #

    With my wife still in Texas till November, this would be an awesome way to distract me from how much I miss her! My brother and I would love to go!!

  8. Casey July 9, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    First off, I am a huge fan of Sarah Billings and would love to see her perform on a boat with a breathtaking back drop of Portland..!! (Lace & Lead is a very close second)

    Secondly, this Friday is my girlfriend and I’s anniversary and the last Friday before I leave town for 5 months… spending a romantic, relaxing evening on the Portland Spirit would make this evening perfect.

  9. April July 9, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Perfect weather for a boat ride!

  10. Valerie July 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    My husband David needs to get out of the house. After some very painful surgery he is about to climb the walls. Also, we have a wedding Anniversary coming up on July 27th. Sounds wonderful to be on the water!

  11. Christina July 9, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    It has just been so hot I would love to get on the water and enjoy some music and a breeze!

  12. Carly July 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Love, exciting and new
    Come Aboard. We’re expecting you.
    And Love, life’s sweetest reward.
    Let it flow, it floats back to you.

  13. Brandy Border-Rodriguez July 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Sounds like a great date night adventure!

  14. Ron T July 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    “Nobody wants to see me down like I wants to see me up”; said Molly Brown
    This would be a fantastic opportunity. Please pick me.
    I’d enjoy a relaxing float with “Spirit” and couldn’t ask for more.
    Music, Food, Beverages and a beautiful scenic backdrop. How nice.

  15. Jessica July 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    It’s been so hot lately, it would be amazing to get out on the water in the Spirit. Please pick me, I promise not to puke!

  16. Jack July 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    I would love to win this!

  17. Tami Strunk July 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    I would love to take my husband on this cruise August 14th to see The Beth Willis Rock Duo. Beth and Todd know how to rock the boat and we would love to be there!!!!!

  18. Rose July 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    I’d love to be able to get out of the house and enjoy the world. This is a great way to receive the stress of selling my home and buying a new one.

  19. Danielle July 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    I’ve wanted to try one of these cruises for ages now.

  20. Laura I July 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    I’d love to attend – I’ve never tried the cruises, but they sound like a blast!

  21. Luz M. July 9, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Would love to go dancing with my hubby !!

  22. Lynn July 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Come sail away on The Portland Spirit! Sounds fun for a Friday afternoon…sign me up!

  23. Carmen July 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    I moved to Portland just a couple of months ago and haven’t had the chance to see much. There would not be a better way to feel more welcomed by the beautiful city of Portland than being surrounded by it’s wonderful people and great music aboard an awesome spirit cruise.

  24. Alline July 10, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    This would be the most amazing surprise date to my new husband! We just got married and we believe that a happy marriage is full of great surprises and dates! This is the perfect start!

  25. Renee July 10, 2015 at 6:18 am #

    Summer is here. Need a river cruise with snappy tunes and a cold beverage. Just checked Samsel out on Youtube. Will be a great way to kick off Friday night.

  26. Leslie Rychlik July 10, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    My husband and I “LOVE” Portland and the Pacific Northwest, this would be a great way to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary!

  27. Cara July 10, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    I am new to Portland and would like the chance to enjoy this Friday escape on the river to see the beauty of my new home.

  28. Annie July 10, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Fresh air, great music, amazing scenery – Please! Who doesn’t need some of that ???

  29. Heidi July 10, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Great fun! And it’ll be cool on the water ……

  30. Annie July 10, 2015 at 9:00 am #


  31. Sara July 10, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    I would love to go and take my boyfriend for a nice romantic cruise. Ive had an incredibly rough year this year. It started by getting laid off in january to losing my home in May. My guy has been so helpful and supportive. He even spent a tremendous amount of his savings just to make sure our cat and I have a place to sleep every night. He works in construction 12-14 hour days out of state away from his friends and family. And out of the kindness of his heart, he has turned all of that hard earned money over to help me in my time of need. Our relationship is suffering tremendously over it unfortunately. There’s a lot of stress and frustration surrounding our days lately, and money is very tight. Needless to say neither one of us have had much fun this summer. This cruise would be a great way to start repaying my debt and show him how much I truly love and appreciate him and everything he has done for me. It would barely scratch the surface, but it may be nice to end the summer with an evening of stress-free fun when he comes home. Please pick us for the tickets. We will put them to much needed good use, and hopefully begin to rebuild the amazing love-filled relationship that we once had and I pray with everything we can have again!

  32. Jenny July 10, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Yes please!

  33. Brianna July 10, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    I would love to take my fiancé for a fun evening out just the two of us. We have four kids and it would be a nice way to spend some quality time together :)

  34. Heather July 10, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    This sounds like a perfect way to spend a Friday.

  35. Rachel July 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I’ve heard great things about the PDX Spirit and would love to experience it for myself! I’ve been looking for fun ways to explore all of what PDX has to offer and I think this would be an awesome adventure!

  36. Marriah July 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    I would love to take my fiancee. Since we have moved to Portland recently and have not yet indulged in any of the fun river cruises I believe this would be a great gift to surprise him with. After all the hard work it took to get us to Portland, I truly believe we are in need of a simple and memorable relaxing experience by cruising along the river. Pick me so I can treat my loved one to a memorable experience.

  37. Katie July 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Need to check this off my bucket list

  38. krissy July 10, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    sweet! sounds great

  39. Rachel July 10, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    I was SO envious of the boats on the river on the 4th. I’ve been dying to ride the Spirit. So much fun!

  40. Kim July 11, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    We have never been on the Portland Spirit!

  41. jessica July 11, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    I wanna go and dance on a boat, get a little drunk, and get loose. Pick me so I can get a lil crazy.

  42. Georgia July 11, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    It would be the perfect anniversary present to my man!

  43. Georgia July 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    Perfect present!

  44. Josie July 12, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    My husband and I have 2 young kiddos and never have extra money to go on dates, so this would be fabulous! Also, it is my birthday on July 15th!

  45. Abraham July 12, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    My wife and I are moving to Texas in a month and our anniversary is in 2 weeks. I would love to take her on a romantic date like this before we leave.

  46. Erika July 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Lived in Portland all my life and still have never been on the Spirit. I think it’s about time I started.

  47. Lizzy July 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Love it!

  48. Gina July 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Cruise with live music? Count me in please!

  49. Perry July 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Pretty Gritty PLEASE

  50. Paty cardiel July 13, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    Sounds like fun!

  51. Kathy July 13, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    We have wanted to ride the Portland spirit for a long time. This would be a highlight of our summer.

  52. Richard Wright July 13, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Would love to make some new friends on the Portland Spirit. Let’s win some tickets and I will bring a friend!

  53. Anna Kraft July 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Hey ma, if you could see me now (see me now)
    Arms spread wide on the starboard bow (starboard bow)
    Gonna fly this boat to the moon somehow (moon somehow)
    Like Kevin Garnett, anything is possible!

    Like a free ride on a Friday river cruise for me! (For Me!)

  54. Becki Servo July 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    This sounds like a blast!!!

  55. Samantha Matthews July 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

    this sounds like so much fun!!! Perfect weather for crusin :)

  56. Anna Pickering July 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    i would love to take my boyfriend to this. His dog just passed away one month ago and I think this would help cheer him up! ❤️

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