PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Symphony’s annual Waterfront Concert will be replaced this September by a performance at the Oregon Zoo.

The Waterfront Concert was funded by the city of Portland, but funding was not available due to demands on the city budget this year, said symphony spokesman Jim Fullan.

“For 18 years we've had the largest free outdoor concert in Western United States and that's been right here in Portland on the waterfront," said symphony president and CEO Scott Showalter. "This year it wasn't possible with additional pressures on the city budget. But we've got a new tradition starting this year."

The symphony’s Sept. 2 performance at the Oregon Zoo will be its first of the 2017-18 season, and its first-ever concert at the zoo.

“This is going to be hopefully a new tradition that we start this year. I hope, too, that we'll be able to bring back the famous waterfront concert in future years. We'll see how city funding goes,” said Showalter.

  • Oregon Symphony at the Zoo
  • Saturday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m.
  • (Rain date: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.)

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at zooconcerts.com. Nearly 4,000 are expected for the outdoor performance, Fullan said.