Venue Info

Holocene is a music + arts venue, nightclub and events space in the core of inner-SE Portland. Since the summer of 2003, Holocene has been hosting touring acts from folk to minimal techno, Portland’s own most exciting musicians, unforgettable dance parties, and all manner of arts and multimedia parties that blur the line between highbrow and down-and-dirty.

Located in the the old Best Auto Parts warehouse on the corner of SE 10th and Morrison, Holocene is a 5000sf, 312-person venue with soaring white walls, 25′ ceilings, spindly bow-trusses, and a metric ton of hand-built modern detail. Holocene’s two main rooms are each equipped with a superb sound system, video projection, lights, and performance area. A wall between the two will also fold agreeably out of the way, making one large space. You’ll find a floor plan + main audio system manifest below.

Download Floor Plan (PDF)
Download Sound System (PDF)

FAQs

The short answer is Yes. Almost every weekend night from 9pm on, we’re open for some kind of excellent dance party, with reasonable covers. But we host a wide range of music and events, so you may want to check the calendar and see which nights you’re most excited about.

You can get a map on our Contact page.

Nearly all nights at Holocene are 21+. However, we can host both private and public all-ages events, and do host the occasional all-ages show (always very clearly marked on the calendar).

Absolutely! There’s a special page all about it!

Everything you need to know about booking a show at Holocene can be found right here.

Vaccine Policy

To keep our customers, staff and community safe, Holocene will require proof of fully-Covid-vaccinated status* for entry into the venue.**

This decision was made in response to the surging and highly transmissible delta variant, in Oregon and across the US. In the close-quarters of a music venue — with customers drinking maskless, singing, dancing, talking in each others’ ears — the best way we can keep customers safe is to ensure the people in the room have the strongest protection from Covid, and especially from its worst outcomes. We appreciate your understanding.

We’re continuing to monitor Oregon Health Authority requirements, vaccination rates and Covid cases and will notify our audience on this page and elsewhere if this policy can be lifted or needs to be adjusted.

*To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have had both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and have a minimum of 2 weeks that have elapsed since receiving your final dose. Proof of vaccination requires display of your vaccination card, in person or a photo on your phone, so long as the name on the card matches the name on your official ID.

** For those who are unable to receive the vaccine for a medical reason, we may, on a case by case and event by event basis, be able to allow proof of negative COVID PCR test within 24 hours of the event. To be considered for this option, you MUST contact us in advance to make arrangements at hc@holocene.org If you don’t want to or can’t show proof of vaccination for a show, we’ll be happy to give you a refund up to 14 days prior to the show date. Please contact hc@holocene.org