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Nov 25, 2013

Salem, Oregon Holiday Event Round-Up 2013

Photo @  Keizer Festival of Lights Holiday Parade

Photo @ Keizer Festival of Lights Holiday Parade

Here for the holidays? Lucky you!

Whether you are looking for something for the kids,  holiday shopping, sight seeing, music and more, you’ll be happy to know there is no shortage of the holiday spirit in Salem!

Here is our 2013 Salem, Oregon Holiday Round-up, for more events please visit

Thanksgiving Open House Weekend November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013

Various wineries throughout Salem and the Willamette Valley region.  Visit to plan your route.

First Annual Community Tree Lighting at The Salem Convention Center Courtyard Sunday November 30, 2013

Join us at The Salem Convention Center Courtyard for our First Annual Community Tree Lighting featuring Santa Claus! The festivities kick off at 4:00pm and include light refreshments, Santa’s elves, singing, childrens crafts and more. Santa will arrive via firetruck at 5:30pm to light the tree and officially kick off the holiday season in downtown Salem, Oregon!

16th Annual Giving Thanks Concert with Julie Hoy & Friends Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Julie Hoy will be sharing her inspirational stories and songs at the 16th Annual Giving Thanks Concert on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m, at 6:30PM. There is no charge for admission and the concert will take place at Queen of Peace Church in Salem, Oregon.

Willamette University Holiday Celebrations December 5-8, 2013

Willamette celebrates holiday season with food, music and a tree-lighting ceremony. The celebrations include: Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit with John DoanStar Trees Lighting and Holiday ConcertChristmas in Hudson

City of Keizer Festival of Lights Holiday Parade Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

Festival of Lights Holiday Parade/Disney event will take place at Schoolhouse Square in Keizer from 5:00-7:00 7:00pm. Childrens activities, Radio Disney, Jingle Buck & Holly Doe Run, holiday fun and more! Visit for more details!

Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market December 14 & 15, 2013

If you are looking for a unique and special gift for your loved ones this year,  you will find something for everyone on your list at Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market! The market is Willamette Valley’s largest holiday food, gift and decor event . Local Willamette Valley farmers and food producers will have delicious special holiday foods for entertaining available as well. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Magic at The Mill December 19-23, 2013

The historic grounds at the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill will be brilliantly lit with thousands of twinkling lights while fiddlers, singers, choirs, bands and choruses fill the night with music in this annual festival.  This is a must-see for guests of the Grand Hotel in Salem every holiday season!

Deepwood Holiday Open House Sunday December 22nd, 2013

FREE community holiday open houses that are fun for the whole family. Highlights include Deepwood in her holiday finery full of trees with sparkle and shine, live music, treats, and maybe even a visit from ol’ St. Nick! Make this YOUR family tradition. 1 pm to 4 pm.  Admission is Free.

Look for more special holiday celebrations at our local attractions like

Capitol Plaza
A.C. Gilberts Discovery Village
Bushs Pasture Park/Bush House
Historic Deepwood Estate
Mission Mill Museum
Oregon Garden 


Nov 19, 2013

Have a Little Cheese Please in the Willamette Valley Cheese Company Tasting Room!

The Willamette Valley Cheese tasting room staff always offers a welcoming smile. Photo@ Willamette Valley Cheese Company

You already know that Oregon is a world-class wine region, but did you know there is a world-class producer of artisan cheese right here in Salem?

It’s true!  Sinced 2002, The Willamette Valley Cheese Company has produced handmade, farmstead cheeses.

In fact, WVCC is Oregon’s only Artisan Farmstead cow’s milk cheese, focused on sustainability and hand-crafted the old-fashioned way.  The pastures and production facilities are certified organic, with no pesticides, herbicides or commercial fertilizer.

Raw milk from Rod Volbeda’s jersey cows are the prime ingredient for the award-winning line of Willamette Valley Cheese Company brand Gouda, Havarti, Jack,Cheddar,Brie,Fontina, Mozzarella and other farmstead cheeses.

The cheeses have received widespread acclaim and multiple awards the American Cheese Society in years past.  Rob Volbeda of Volbeda Farms, who owns and operates the Willamette Cheese Company, had this to say:

“We were thrilled to have our cheese recognized by such an esteemed organization. We are helping put Oregon on the map as one of the finest artisan and specialty cheese producers in the nation.”

Their award-winning cheeses are mostly distributed at farmers markets and local groceries in Oregon, BUT, you can enjoy samples of any one of them in the Willamette Valley Cheese Company’s tasting room where you’ll also learn about the cheesemaking process.

Be sure to put a visit to The Willamette Valley Cheese Company on your itenary during your next visit to Salem, Oregon!

Learn more about the cheese making process
@ Willamette Valley Cheese

Willamette Valley Cheese Company Tasting Room
Photo @ Willamette Valley Cheese Company

Willamette Valley Cheese Company
8105 Wallace Rd. NW
Salem, OR 97304

Tasting Room Open Tuesday – Saturday (call 503-399-9806 to confirm)
10am-5:00pm – Closed Sunday & Monday

For more ways to experience the bounty of the harvest season in the Salem area, go to

Oct 21, 2013

Fun Filled Fall Festivals for Kids of All Ages!

Scarecrows in the Garden Photo Source: The Oregon Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden
Photo Source: The Oregon Garden

When it all comes to Harvest Festivals, there is something for everyone here in the Mid-Valley.

Here is a run down of some of our top picks in the Salem area (or a short drive from us).  Visit Travel Salem or the webpages listed to get full details.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows are taking over The Oregon Garden this fall! Scarecrows in the Garden, presented by Wave Broadband, is an annual month-long whimsical display of locally designed scarecrows. Scarecrow viewing is free with paid Garden admission. Oct. 1-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors ages 60+, $8 students.

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest

Fall fun at the Wooden Shoe tulip fields with corn mazes, pumpkin patches and activities for all ages. Join us for scary fun in the fields 4-10 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Admission: $7. Sept. 27- Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

French Prairie Gardens Fall Harvest Festival

Join us for our annual Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy the only Pig Races in Oregon, hayrides, hay maze, corn maze, hay slides, obstacle course, and much more. Farm fun for the whole family! Admission charged. Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

E.Z. Orchards HarvestFest

Fall HarvestFest featuring: Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Pony Rides,  Pedal Tractors, Slide, Steer Roping Ring Toss and Duck Races. Harvest treats include: caramel apples, cider, donuts, sausage, curly fries, and pie. Oct. 3-31. Mon.-Fri. 9-6; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 11-5. Free on weekdays. Weekends: $7 per person over 2 yrs.

Bauman’s Farm & Garden Fall Festival

More than 20 different activities for kids of all ages, plus gifts and décor, an in-store bakery, coffee shop and garden center. Festival hours: Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Airlie Hills Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Join us for our annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch. Corn maze, hayrides, hay maze, slides, food, and other fun-filled activities. Admission charged. Tues., Oct. 1-Thurs., Oct 31; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Heiser’s Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy a day of fun with your family at Heiser’s Pumpkin Patch.  Take a free hayride out to the patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin.  Food, petting zoo, train rides, we have it all! Free admission.

Day of the Dead Celebration

Crafts, face painting, music, food, games, cake walk and a celebration of a beautiful tradition! The Silverton Arts Association will sponsor the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Celebration. A cultural and artistic event that celebrates ‘Dias De Los Muertos,’ a traditional Mexican holiday. Free admission.

Wavra Farms Pumpkin Patch

Hay maze, corn maze, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, gerbil wheels, tire tower, hay tower with slide, hillbilly golf, and more. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until October 31.

Salem Concert Band “BOO-Trick-or-Treat” Concert

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Salem Concert Band performs “BOO – TRICK OR TREAT!” Halloween Concert for scary, spooky, and spine tingling fun for the whole family.  Patrons are encouraged to wear  costumes and a prize will be awarded for the best. Admission: $15 general, $20 reserved, $5 student. Historic Elsinore Theatre.

Scarousel Bash at the Carousel

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Caramel apples (limit one per paid guest), face painting, unlimited rides, pumpkin weighing contest, costume parade, games and more! All activities are subject to change at any time. Admission: $5/person. Children 2yr and under are free. Salem’s Riverfront Carousel

Halloween at Deepwood

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. A fun-filled festival for little ones ages  3-8  (accompanied by an adult) celebrating the fall harvest season with story-telling, face-painting, treats, hot cider, and more!  Costumes optional.  Wholesome, non-scary content. Free admission. Historic Deepwood Estate

Halloween Trick-n-Treat

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm The free ‘Trick-n-Treat’ for children ages 0-12 years. We average over 750 people participating with 25 businesses on display, giving out goodies to kids and their parents. The costume contest is every half hour, starting at 3:30 p.m. with the last contest at 6 p.m.

Downtown Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Games, crafts, snacks, piñatas and more highlight this free downtown Woodburn event. Local businesses open for trick or treaters. Free admission. Woodburn Downtown Plaza

More ideas for kid fun:

  •  Riverfront ParkTake a morning walk along the Willamette River in this 23-acre park, and you will see why we love it. This park has everything one would want in a park- plenty of lush green space, lovely fountains, views of the river, a children’s play area, an amphitheater, play equipment, a covered Pavilion and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel (one of our big attractions!). This park is the place for gatherings and events throughout the year.
  • A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village: Children of all ages come here and let their imaginations run wild with indoor & outdoor interactive activities. Not to mention, the museum is located in three very cool historic houses and has 20,000-square-foot Outdoor Discovery Center.
  • Enchanted Village: This beloved Oregon attraction/Theme Park located just 5 miles from our hotel. Visitors enjoy the mystical forests and handcrafted feel to this popular attraction. Kids will love the rides, story book lane, a Haunted House, roller coaster and Big Timber Log Ride.
  • Bush’s Pasture Park: Salem Oregon visitors and locals enjoy leisurely strolls though this 90.5 acre park that features 4 playgrounds for children; a Municipal Rose Garden; Historic Bush Museum; plenty of trees and open meadows making this a wonderful stop.
  • Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill: (Formerly know as Mission Mill Museum). This great museum is designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service and hosts outstanding exhibits and events throughout the year attracting thousands of visitors, history buffs, and school groups each year. The museum preserves the history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and represents one of Oregon’s earliest and strongest industries.
  • Oregon State Capitol Tour: Visitors come to our state capitol to learn about the important events in Oregon’s state history, see the magnificent rotunda and where Oregon’s 30 state Senators and 60-member House of Representatives meet. Designated as the State Capitol State Park in 2007, the grounds surrounding the Capitol feature ornamental and native trees and shrubs. It is also the setting for the Walk of the Flags, Waite Fountain, Parade of Animals sculpture, a Liberty Bell replica, and a gazebo constructed in 1982.
  • Willamette Queen Sternwheeler is an 87-foot twin paddle-wheeler that departs year-round from Salem’s Riverfront Park and a fun way to see the river and various parts of Salem, Oregon.

Sep 11, 2013

Celebrate Our State Capitol Building’s 75th Birthday!

Oregon’s third Capitol building is turning 75 and on October 1, 2013 and you are invited to the party!

Oregon State Capitol

The Capitol Foundation is planning a festive 75th birthday celebration with special events throughout the day on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Capital, just a couple of miles from our hotel.

The event will include live music, displays, birthday cards from local school children, and well-deserved birthday gifts for the Capitol from noon-5 p.m. Free tours available all day.


Be sure to check out the “Light up the Dome” event with super-sized birthday candles surrounding the Capitol dome that will shine over the city. Here are some historical facts about Oregon’s State Capitol building you may not have known:

  • Our present Capitol was dedicated on October 1, 1938 after the previous two buildings were destroyed in fires; one on December 30, 1855 and another on April 25, 1935.
  • The building houses several elected state officials – the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the State Treasurer – in addition to the entire Legislative Branch of state government.
  • Artist  Ulric Ellerhusen created the famous Oregon Pioneer statue that sits atop the building (and inspired Travel Salem’s “Sal”).  The statue weighs eight-and-a-half tons and 22 ft  tall.

Learn more about the October 1 celebration events by visiting

Photo Credit: Kristi Reed

Jul 27, 2013

New Legislation Helps Support Oregon’s Tourism Industry

Story Source: Travel Salem

HB 2656 What if you didn’t pay your taxes? Chances are you would face the consequences. Why, then, was Oregon allowing out-of-state, online corporations to dodge their full tax obligations?

House Bill 2656 was introduced to the Oregon Legislature and recently passed. The bill levels the playing field for local transient lodging taxes. These taxes are paid by Online Travel Companies (OTC’s) such as Expedia and Orbitz, and local hoteliers.

The Oregon Destination Marketing Organization (ODMO) worked cooperatively to assist with the passage of HB 2656. ODMO is a non-profit organization representing destination marketing organizations (such as Travel Salem), convention and visitors bureaus, and chambers of commerce responsible for marketing specific geographic areas as visitor destinations.

Transient lodging tax dollars expended on tourism promotion and activities in our local communities have decreased during the recent economic downturn. This negatively impacts jobs and revenues for the state. One reason for the decrease is that out-of-state companies don’t pay the same amount of transient lodging taxes as our local businesses.

Currently, some rooms booked online through OTC’s do not generate the same amount of taxes as those booked directly through the hotel. In some cases, a hotel enters a contract with an OTC to provide rooms at a discounted rate, i.e. the “wholesale cost.” The OTC then posts the rooms at a higher rate to consumers. This is referred to as the “wholesale booking model.”

OTC’s typically calculate state and local hotel occupancy taxes based on the “wholesale cost” they pay to a hotel, rather than the “retail price” they charge the customer. This practice results in lower taxes collected by state and local jurisdictions for rooms booked through an OTC, rather than directly with a hotel.

If a guest books a room directly through a hotel, the tax reflects the jurisdictions rate where the hotel is located. For example, Mr. Public books a room in Anytown, USA, through a hotel’s website. The room rate is $100 and Anytown levies a 10% occupancy tax on rooms, so a total of $110 is charged to Mr. Public. The hotel then remits the $10 occupancy tax to the city.

In contrast, if Mr. Public books the same room through an OTC, the charge will still be $110 to cover the room rate, plus the OTC’s “taxes and fees.” The OTC then calculates the occupancy tax based on what it owes the hotel, rather than what it charged the consumer. Implementing the “wholesale booking model,” the OTC remits only $88 to the hotel ($80 for the contracted cost of the room and $8 for the occupancy taxes), and the OTC retains the remaining $22 from the transaction.

Many jurisdictions have become aware of this strategy and have filed lawsuits against some of the OTC’s for these unpaid tax revenues. In response, the OTC’s are seeking legislation that would protect this practice by making it a legitimate tax exemption through a federal preemption of state and local authority.

ODMO has worked with local governments, tourism promotion groups and industry members to develop a statewide standard and to ensure state and local tourism dollars are uniformly collected. House Bill 2656 will establish a statewide standard for the rate for taxes on rooms in Oregon stating, “All rooms in Oregon will be taxed at the room rate paid by the consumer.” This proposal will only apply to future sales of rooms occupied after the time of the enacted date.

HB 2656 will ensure that out-of-state companies, including OTC’s, pay the same amount of taxes as local businesses. This will help level the playing field and maximize the resources our communities have for tourism promotion.

Travel Salem would like to thank ODMO for their work on HB 2656 and for their advocacy for Oregon’s tourism industry.

photo credit: Edmund Garman via photopin cc

Feb 28, 2013

Spring into Spring in Grand Style

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Photo: Kristi Reed

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Photo: Kristi Reed

You know what they say about March….it comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. This is the time of year when “Spring Fever” is an epidemic, so we recommend treating your Spring Fever by booking a getaway to Salem, Oregon.

Whether you are here to visit relatives, business, or just for fun, you will discover the unique experiences in downtown Salem, Oregon  to be one of the best kept secrets in Oregon travel! Here are some local events to look for during your visit:

2013 Annual Tulip Festival March 29th — May 5th, 2013.
Woodburn, Oregon (approximately 30 minute from our hotel). Bring your family and your camera, even your four legged friend (well- behaved dogs are welcome on leashes) and visit the spectacular fields of tulips and daffodils. Enjoy the fun activities and entertainment happening every weekend for the duration of the festival! Visit the events schedule  for details.

Wine, Pear, and Cheese Jubilee March 9th-10th, 2013
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner

Learn the art of “pearing” Willamette Valley Vineyards wine with fresh Oregon pears and cheese from the most respected local artisans. Be one of the first to sip their highly anticipated 2010 Estate Pinot Noir which will be released at the event. WVV will have a special menu highlighting the events theme, amazing wine, local pears, and artisan cheeses all prepared by Executive Chef, Eric Nelson. Admission is $10 and includes wine tasting, samples from local artisans, and Riedel stemware. Admission for Wine Club Members is $5. Please, no outside food and drink. 503-588-9463

Photo: Allen Lyons

Photo: Allen Lyons

2013 Oregon Garden Brewfest April 26th-April 28th
Willamette Valley’s biggest brewfest takes place each year at the beautiful Oregon Garden in Silverton and features musical entertainment, food, and yes..of course…Brews! Make a weekend of it and book The Grand Hotel in Salem 2013 Oregon Brewfest Package which includes 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.

More Events From Travel Salem:

Annual Social Pow Wow Saturday March 9th, 2013
Cone Field House - Willamette University, Salem

31st Annual Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase March 9th-10th, 2013
Old Aurora Colony Museum, Aurora

2013 Mid Valley Yard, Garden and Patio Show March 15th-17th, 2013
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem

55th Annual River of Gems April 19th-21st, 2o13
Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall

Willamette University’s Hawai’i Club 24th Annual Lu’au April 20, 2013
Cone Fieldhouse - Willamette University, Salem

Annual Silverton Poetry Festival
Various venues throughout Silverton

Oregon Ag Fest April 27 – 28, 2013
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
503-535-9353 or

Be sure to visit to see all local events and suggested itineraries throughout the year.

Jan 15, 2013

Fun Events Coming to Salem this Winter

With New Year celebrations in our rear-view mirror, we’ve been looking into some of great ways to spend this winter. Whether you’re a long-time local resident or a guest just staying the night, there’s plenty of fun, enriching Salem events to mark on your calendar.  Here’s just a few that caught our interest:

January through March: When guests ask us about seeing some of the interesting local atmosphere, the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill is one of the first spots to come to mind. Their exhibit planners always bring fascinating new and unique perspectives from our region’s rich history.

January 25-27: For the seafood-lovers, Oregon’s winter months herald its annual dungeness crab season. This is the time to enjoy one of Oregon’s most sought-after exports. To celebrate this year’s crop, Mo’s (the coastal chowder staple) is bringing its Mo’s Crab & Chowder Festival to the Willamette Valley Vineyards. Steaming bowls of chowder and fresh-caught crab are accompanied by live entertainment and the vineyard’s acclaimed Pinot Gris.

January, Wednesdays through Sundays: Salem’s Reed Opera House will be hosting a collection of original Disney/Pixar fine art and multimeda works, on loan from the Roger Yost Gallery.

January through May: The Historic Elsinore Theater is consistently one of our favorite entertainment venues of Salem. They’ve planned an eclectic lineup of golden age film with modern vaudeville stagecraft. Highlights this season include improv legend Ryan Stiles, musical revues, jazzy performances and — of course — a circus of acrobats. Look through their upcoming calendar and do not miss your chance to see Bogart, Fairbanks and live-music performances of silent-era legends as they were meant to be seen on the silver screen.

A Great Package for Salem Museums

Get the Absolutely Heritage ticket before your next visit to Salem for admission to four museums for just $20! When you purchase one ticket and you will be able to visit these four Salem-area heritage museums:

  • Bush House Museum: Located within beau­ti­ful Bush’s Pas­ture Park adja­cent to an 1882 Con­ser­va­tory, a col­lec­tion of vin­tage roses, an orchard with fruit and flow­er­ing trees, 3 con­tem­po­rary art gal­leries and a gift shop, and an array of trails for walk­ing, jog­ging, or running.
  • Hallie Ford Museum of Art: With a collection of over 6,000 culturally and historically diverse objects from ancient times to modern day, the museum supports the liberal arts curriculum of the University, and is a vital cultural resource for the City of Salem and beyond.
  • Historic Deepwood Estate: Historic Deepwood Estate is an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian Home situated on approximately 4 acres of manicured gardens and nature trails set in the heart of Salem near its downtown core.
  • Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill: The Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, a unification between Mission Mill Museum and Marion County Historical Society, is a stroll through the history of the Willamette Valley. Its 5-acre campus is home to the 1841 Jason Lee house (arguably the oldest wooden framed house in Oregon), 1841 Willamette Mission Parsonage, 1847 John Boon home, 1858 Pleasant Grove Church and the 1896 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, named an American Treasure by the National Park Service.

Photo credit: Tony Fischer Photography via photopin cc
Photo credit: Elsinore Theater

Nov 21, 2012

Julie Hoy to Perform at 15th Annual Giving Thanks Concert

Photo: Julie Hoy

There are a number of talented artists and musicians here in Salem, OR- but musician/singer/songwriter/author/inspirational speaker Julie Hoy has a special place here with the “Salem Block” family and inspires audiences wherever she goes.

A Pacific Northwest native, she has more than 25 years combined experience writing, recording and performing original music for a variety of organizations and occasions. Julie has produced five original Christian music collections and has just released a new Christmas album.

Julie will be sharing her inspirational stories and songs at the 15th Annual Giving Thanks Concert concert this Sunday, November 25th, at 6:30PM. There is no charge for admission and the concert will take place at Queen of Peace Church in Salem, Oregon.

In addition to sharing her gifts through music, she helped to form the non profit organization very dear to our hearts, Friends of Pimpolloand for many years has worked closely with under served children and adults in southern Mexico. Julie is an active member of the Friends of Pimpollo Board of Directors as well it’s Development and Operations Committees. For further information check out

Oct 19, 2012

Zombies, Pumpkin Patches and Haunted Houses…oh my

Zombies, Pumpkin Patches and Haunted Houses? It’s just another October in Salem Oregon!

October is one of our favorite months. The weather is crisp and beautiful and it seems as though everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit! Just take a look at some of our favorite events happening this month:

Setniker Farms Pumpkin Patch- Oct 1st-31st
Setniker Farms features a 6 acre pumpkin patch where you are sure to find the right pumpkin whether it is 1 or 100+ pounds. While you are there, get lost in the Haunted Corn Maze, take a tour of the farm and get spooked on a Haunted Hay Ride. This family friendly farm has something for everyone, and one of the best selections of pumpkins around! Visit them at for directions and details.

The Nightmare Factory
Now in it’s 25th year, The Nightmare Factory is the annual fundraiser produced by the Oregon School for the Deaf. A bit of trivia, you may remember seeing them on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover a couple of years ago. Beware, this haunted house is sure to scare even the bravest among us. Visit them at for directions, ticket information and times.

The 13 Nights of Halloween
This event, organized by the Culture Shock Community Project, is a 13 day (and night) festival centered on…what else…Halloween! From pumpkin carving to Thriller dancing in our own Salem Conference Center courtyard, Rocky Horror Picture Show, ghost stories to  zombie mobs, there is something for everyone! To see the complete list of activities, visit them at

So if Halloween is your thing, this is the place to be in October! Just wait until you see what we have in store for the holidays!

Sep 28, 2012

Harvest Festivals and More this October in Salem, Oregon

Spooky fun at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Pumpkin Festival

If you are traveling to Salem Oregon in the coming months and need a reliable resource to help you plan your trip, look no further than Travel Salem (the official tourism and meeting website for Salem, Oregon).

This organization works tirelessly to promote Salem as well as Marion and Polk counties as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. They have received numerous awards and recognition for their award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center.

October brings us harvest festivals, Halloween, film festivals, farmers markets, shopping, the arts and more.  Here are some notable events happening this month, we encourage you to visit them at to get a complete listing:

Oregon Wedding Showcase
Oregon State Fairgrounds (Jackman-Long Building), Salem
503-838-2226 or

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Pumpkin Festival September 29-October 31, 2012
33814 S. Meridian Rd.
Woodburn, Oregon 97071

Wednesday Farmer’s Market
Downtown Salem

Salem Saturday Market
Downtown Salem

Silverton Farmers Market
Town Square Park, Silverton

Independence Farmers Market
Sterling Bank Parking Lot, Independence

Dazzling Dahlias
Frey’s Dahlias, Turner

French Prairie Gardens Harvest Festival
French Prairie Gardens, St. Paul

Quiltopia & Quilt Show
Various locations, Salem

Handweaver’s Sale
Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Mission Mill Museum, Salem
503-585-7012 ext. 237

Champoeg Apple Harvest Day
Donald Mason Farmstead, St. Paul
503-678-1251 x221

Salem Film Festival
Downtown Salem

Chef’s Night Out
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner

Annual Quilt Show
Old Aurora Colony Museum, Aurora

Annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Merriment
A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, Salem
503-371-3631 or 800-208-9514

Salem Home & Remodeling Show
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
503-364-1716 or 800-537-9396

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