It’s hard to believe, but the warm weather is almost here and spring & summer is just around the corner!
Salem, Oregon is a fun place to visit any time of year, but there is something very special about the warm spring and summer months! Why not book a getaway to Salem, Oregon? Whatever brings you here, whether it is friends or family, business, or just for fun….you will discover the unique experiences in Salem, Oregon to be one of the best kept secrets in Oregon travel!
Here are some local events coming up to make your travel experience even more unique:
Wine, Pear & Cheese Jubilee 2014 Saturday and Sunday, March 8th & 9th from 11 am – 6 pm
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner
Learn the art of “pearing” Willamette Valley Vineyards wine with fresh Oregon pears and cheese from some of the most respected local artisans! Admission is $10 and includes wine tasting flight paired with cheeses and pears. Upgrade to the Cellar Pass to taste futures of WVV’s 2012 Single Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs for $5 (complimentary for Wine Club Members). www.willamettevalleyvineyards.com
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival March 28th – May 4th 9 am – 6 pm
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! There is nothing like the colors of the tulip fields in the spring at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn. Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as they rotate the tulip fields to a new location. This spring bring your family, even the dog, and enjoy over 40 Acres of Tulips. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is 30 minutes from Salem. www.woodenshoe.com
Oregon Garden Brewfest April 25, 2014 – April 27, 2014
The Oregon Garden, Silverton
Mark your calendar for the 10th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest presented by Growl Movement Growl Movement, April 25-27, 2014. The festival will feature 60+ breweries, pouring 120+ beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country along with great regional bands on two stages, amazing food from local vendors, beer tasting lessons. Don’t miss the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner on Brewfest-eve, April 24, 2014. Book our special Grand Hotel Package and let us shuttle you to and from the event that weekend. Packages start at $159 plus tax per night and include overnight accommodations for two in a King Deluxe Room, an early check in of 1pm, a hot breakfast buffet served in the morning, shuttle to and from the event, and, to top it off… a late check out of 1pm the day of departure. www.oregongarden.org
Oregon Ag Fest April 26 – 27, 2014
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
Always the last weekend in April, Oregon Ag Fest is an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. www.oragfest.com
Farmer’s Market & Salem Saturday Market: April-October
Salem Saturday Market provides local growers of agricultural products, producers of prepared foods, artisans and crafters with the opportunity, sites and services to market their products directly to the consumer. The organization operates several Farmers Markets, including Saturday Market, Keizer Sunday Farmers Market, Wednesday Farmers Market, Thursday Evening Farmers Market @ Broadway Commons, Salem Hospital Market and the Holiday Market. Visit their site for schedules and locations: www.salemsaturdaymarket.com
Salem Garden Events (ongoing)
Peony Paradise at Adelman Peony Gardens, Salem
Peony & Iris Flower Farm in Bloom Brooks Gardens, Brooks
Mother’s Day at the Iris Garden Schreiner’s Gardens, Salem
Read our post on 5 gorgeous gardens to visit this spring.
Silver Falls Mother’s Day Wildflower & Birding Festival May 10-11,2014 10am – 4pm
Learn about the native plants, wildflowers, and birds that fill Silver Falls’ temperate rainforest. Join guided walks, family hikes, and children’s activities. Enjoy live raptors and wildflower displays. Purchase native plants. Visit local wildlife organizations. COST: $5.00 per vehicle day use fee. No other fees. www.oregonstateparks.org
Sheep to Shawl Festival May 10, 2014 10 am-4 pm
Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, Salem
Ever wonder what went on at the Mill when the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill was fully operational? Find out at the WHC’s annual Sheep to Shawl Family Fun Festival. This FREE event features textile demonstrations, activities for the kids, tours of the historic mill and houses, entertainment, shopping, blacksmithing and sheep shearing demonstrations, lots of animals and much more. www.willametteheritage.org
Keizer Iris Festival May 15-18, 2014
Keizer Station, Keizer, OR
The annual festival includes carnival rides, lots of music and dancing, food booths, exhibits, an art show, local crafts vendors, running and walking competitions, and the Iris Parade May 17th. The 2014 theme is “Dancing in the Streets”. www.irisfestival.com
Must See Oregon Saturday May 17, 2014 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New family friendly expo event at The Oregon Garden to showcase vendors and recreational opportunities from across Oregon. Festival Includes: Outdoor Recreation Opportunities, Theatre, Farm to Table Events, Eco-Friendly Trips and Events, Family-Friendly Destinations, Recreational Products and Information, Trip Planning, Oregon Beer and Wine Tours.
Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale Woodburn Premium Outlets, Woodburn
Wineries Memorial Day Weekend Open House May 23-25, 2014
Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country kicks off the summer wine tasting season. More than 150 wineries and tasting rooms open their doors each year for special events and tastings at one of wine country’s longest-running celebrations. Taste new releases and old favorites from our region’s acclaimed wineries. Enjoy a vineyard picnic, live music, tasty food pairings and local art. Savor the world-class wines and spectacular views of springtime in the Willamette Valley. Join us for this weekend of wine and community in our beautiful wine country! www.willamettewines.com
Memorial Day Chicken BBQ & Capital City Jazz Band May 26, 2014
Schreiner’s Gardens, Salem
Memorial Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schreiner’s Iris Gardens invites you to their annual Memorial Day Chicken BBQ featuring the culinary delights of the Gervais Knights of Columbus.
Capital City Jazz Band entertains garden guests from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event takes place every Memorial Day and is filled with fun for the whole family. www.schreinersgardens.com
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Baseball June-September 2014
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium, Keizer
Come catch a Volcanoes game this summer,Single-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. 5 Time Northwest League Champions: 1998 ~ 2001 ~ 2006 ~ 2007 ~ 2009 Dedicated to providing wholesome family fun for all in the Mid-Willamette Valley. www.volcanoesbaseball.com
World Beat Festival June 28 & 29, 2014
Held in Salem’s Riverfront Park on the banks of the Willamette River, the World Beat Festival is a two-day, non-stop program of international music, dance, song, traditional theater, ethnic foods, hands-on crafts, traditional customs and rituals, and folklore. World Beat celebrates the people and traditions of every continent. www.worldbeatfestival.org
Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest June 28, 2014 4-9 p.m.
Historic Deepwood Estate, Salem
3 Gardens of Wine, 2 Stages of Music, 1 Fabulous Event. Willamette Valley wineries, local gourmet food vendors and live music all nestled in the lovely Deepwood Gardens resplendent with the color and fragrance of early summer blooms. www.historicdeepwoodestate.org
Civil War Reenactment July 4-6, 2014
Willamette Mission State Park, Salem
The Northwest Civil War Council is a non-profit organization made up of people who share a strong interest in the American Civil War. The group demonstrates both the military and civilian lives of Americans during the mid-19th century. www.nwcwc.org
Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale
Woodburn Company Stores, Woodburn
Marion County Fair July 10–13, 2014
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
No matter what your interest area, you’ll find it at the Marion County fair. Come and see the 4H/FFA animal/project exhibits. Bring the kids for a day of crafts, carnival rides, and a visit to the petting zoo. Like American Idol? Well, the MCF Talent Show will keep you entertained.
Deep fried Twinkies, monster burgers, elephant ears calling you? It may be time to get your fair food fix! Come to the Marion County Fair and receive that special experience you can’t get anywhere else! www.co.marion.or.us
Annual Salem Art Fair & Festival July 18-20, 2014
Bush’s Pasture Park, Salem
Salem Art Fair & Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Oregon. Each year, the SAF&F attracts approximately 35,000 visitors from all over the nation and is committed to upholding the importance of fine arts and crafts by providing access to a range of artistic mediums appealing to both art appreciators and art collectors alike. With a variety of different activities and offerings, the art fair is an experience the whole family can enjoy. www.SalemArt.org
The Bite and Brew of Salem July 25-27, 2014
Salem’s Riverfront Park, downtown Salem
The Bite & Brew of Salem, located at Salem’s Riverfront Park, is a three-day festival featuring over 15 bands on two outdoor stages and brings you several local eateries, 60+ beers on tap, Willamette Valley wines and endless entertainment for kids of all ages. Take advantage of the warm weather and bring your family for a relaxing day in the park and enjoy listening to our incredible line up of northwest talent. As the night goes on, put on your party dress and invite your friends down for Salem’s greatest reunion!