Concerts in the Park 2018

Dawson Park Concert 2016 - Soul Vaccination
Dawson Park Concert 2016 – Soul Vaccination

A musical tradition over 110 years in the making, Concerts in the Park offers something for everyone. The Rose City’s best and brightest – from classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues – have been entrancing audiences in parks since 1901. Today’s crowds flock to Portland parks citywide for the revelry, with over forty thousand people attending 61 concerts offered in 2016.

This year, Black Parent Initiative will be enthusiastically hosting a three-part concert series at Dawson Park; located on the corner of NE Williams and Stanton, near Emanuel Hospital. Welcoming newcomers and concert veterans, families will be surrounded by community in a collective celebration of soulful music, activities, picnicking, and the beautiful weather that makes Portland summers a memorable time for all.

Black Parent Initiative has partnered with several community businesses and organizations to make this a fun-filled family-friendly experience. During the August 23rd concert, join us for an exciting Family Fun Day, which will include face painting, bounce houses, book giveaways, and free food!

BPI is an organization dedicated to serving the community through family services. We believe that successful kids start with successful parenting; everything from pre-birth doula services to parents with kids in school. Black Parent Initiative’s mission is to provide culturally specific programming to transform the lives of families and children. Parents and children who have a strong sense of identity can achieve their dreams. We assist parents and caregivers in strengthening their involvement in the lives of their children, so their dreams can be realized.

If you would like more information about becoming a partnering organization or sponsor, please contact Leigh Bohannon at and visit

Thanks to the 2018 Sponsors!

   Legacy Health

Dwell Realty

Williams District Logo

Wonder Ballroom

Russell St BBQ

Black Parent Initiative Logo

By Leigh Bohannon, Family Resource Coordinator at BPI

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