Vortex2020 - Frequently Asked Questions


Has the Vortex2020 festival been cancelled due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)? 

Yes. The festival has been postponed, and all planning has been suspended. The festival has been tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 21 & 22, 2021, and volunteer events will resume later this year. This page will be updated if event dates change.


What is Vortex2020?

Vortex2020 is a volunteer engagement campaign culminating in a two-day music and cultural festival celebrating community, historic awareness and stewardship of public lands. It’s a reimagining of the original Vortex I event, held in 1970 at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada, OR. The Vortex2020 festival is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 21 & 22, 2021 at Milo McIver State Park.


Who is in charge of the event?

The event is being produced, planned and funded by a private nonprofit named Vortex2020. IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild, an Oregon 501(c)(3), is the principal financial sponsor of the Vortex2020 nonprofit. Learn more on the official event website: vortex2020.org


Is Vortex2020 sponsored by Oregon State Parks or the State of Oregon?

No. Oregon State Parks is one of several event partners. We will be providing the space—Milo McIver State Park—and assisting with logistics to prioritize the safety of attendees and protect park resources.


Why choose to host Vortex2020 at Milo McIver?

Oregon State Parks often receives requests for special events at our parks and we approved Vortex2020’s request for two reasons: it honors the original Vortex I event held at the park in 1970, and creates a distinct, new event that celebrates our shared cultural history and encourages stewardship of Oregon’s natural places.


Will the event affect access to the park?

Yes. In order to accommodate event setup and the event itself, the park will be closed to non-festival visitors Aug. 15-24, 2021.


How many people do you expect will attend?

The event is capped at 10,000 attendees. Additionally, we expect approximately 2,000 security/safety personnel, event staff, state parks staff and volunteers.


How will an event of this size affect the park?

Milo McIver State Park is no stranger to large numbers of visitors; an estimated 500,000 people visit the park each year. Park features like trails, walkways, facilities and day-use areas were designed with heavy use in mind.

Oregon State Parks will work closely with event organizers to ensure the park’s natural and cultural resources are protected. All the usual park rules and regulations will still apply, and visitor safety will still be a priority for park staff and volunteers. 


How much are tickets and where do I get them?

Ticketing info is on the official event website: vortex2020.org


How do I apply to be a vendor at Vortex2020?

Visit vortex2020.org/contact


I have other questions; who can I contact?


Updated 4-6-20

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.