30 things to do in July in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley

Salem Art Fair and Festival twisted glass
Fireworks, farm-to-fork dinners and festivals near Salem, Oregon

The month of July is filled with events in the Mid-Willamette Valley. From Fourth of July celebrations to farm-to-fork dinners, there’s something for everyone. Here are 30 events to attend this month:
 
1. Beach Bill Birthday Bash
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon State Capitol have partnered to host a four-hour beach party on the Capitol Mall on July 8. There will be hands-on activities, education and fun to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oregon’s landmark legislation that keeps Oregon’s beaches open to all. Free and open to the public, this event will leave you with an appreciation for our public coastline.
 
2. Behind the Beyond: Psychedelic Posters and Fashion in San Francisco
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The Summer of Love,” this exhibition features more than 100 iconic posters, historic photographs and related ephemera that highlight the development of the “psychedelic” art style. The exhibition will be on display at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art throughout the month of July.
Bite and Brew in Salem, Oregon 
3. Bite & Brew of Salem
Set among Salem's popular Riverfront Park, this four-day festival is fun for all ages. The event features live music throughout each day, carnival rides and games, food, beer and cider. The event will be held July 20-23.
 
4. Celebrate in Mac: July 4th Spectacular
The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum and The Falls Event Center are hosting a Fourth of July community festival on July 4. Attendees are invited to tour the museum, indulge in festival foods, shop merchant booths, enjoy family-friendly entertainment and watch a fireworks show.
 
5. Dallas Freedomfest
Join the town of Dallas, Oregon, for BBQ, brews, vendors, fireworks and live music in Dallas City Park on July 4 for Freedomfest. There will even be a BBQ competition!
Old-fashioned cars in Dallas, Oregon ~ Photo by Reed Lane Photography 
6. Dallas Summerfest
Dallas Summerfest is a four-day, city-wide event that has something for everyone. The July 27-30 event is the largest event in Dallas! There will be a parade, food, vendors, art show, live music and car show.
 
7. E.Z. Orchards Farm-to-Fork Dinner
Enjoy a six-course gourmet meal in the orchards on July 15. Chef Pascal Chureau and Cristom Vineyards will be serving farm-fresh foods with wines and ciders.
 
8. Fireworks Over Detroit Lake
The Fireworks Over the Lake celebration, held on July 1, starts early in the day as an air of anticipation fills the Detroit, Oregon, community. Many attendees spend the day boating, hiking, sunbathing and socializing before the fireworks show begins around 10 p.m.
 
9. Friends of Bush Gardens Art Fair Plant Sale
Looking to spruce up your garden this summer? Top local growers will be selling plants July 21-23 at Salem’s Bush’s Pasture Park. Proceeds support much-needed enhancements to the park.
 
10. Fueled by Fine Wine Half-Marathon
This event sets itself apart by exploring some of the most magnificent vineyard vistas in Oregon! Starting in Dundee, the challenging course winds through vineyard trails, country roads and hazelnut trees. The post-race celebration will feature wine from more than 25 wineries! The race is set for July 9. 
 Powerland Heritage Museums Willow Creek mini train
11. Great Oregon Steam Up
On July 29, Antique Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon, will offer train and trolley rides, a parade, steam sawmilling, traditional tractor pulling, machinery demos, flour milling, tours, kids activities, music and food.
 
12. Historic Downtown Salem Underground Tour
Join the only walking tour of Salem's historic downtown and underground on July 29. See where the Chinese lived, worked and recreated, walk the tunnels and learn about Salem's dark history.
 
13. International Pinot Noir Celebration
The 31st Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration is July 28-30 at Linfield College. The event is known worldwide as a mecca for Pinot lovers and northwest cuisine. Explore the vineyards, converse with winemakers and enjoy farm-to-table cuisine throughout the weekend.
 
14. Marion County Fair
This traditional county fair features a carnival, 4H/FFA student exhibits, vendors, car show, pony rides, petting zoo, poker tournament, talent show and big name entertainment. The fair is July 6-9 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon.
 
15. Monmouth July 4th Festival
The City of Monmouth is sponsoring a Fourth of July festival in Main Street Park July 3-4. The festival emphasizes the arts and includes music, dance, theater, crafts for kids and a community art show.
 
16. Monmouth’s Music in the Park Series
Free concerts are offered every Wednesday from July 5 to the end of August at the Main Street Park Amphitheater in Monmouth, Oregon. The series features a wide variety of music genres, food, beer and wine. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a summer full of music!
 
17. Mount Angel Abbey Bach Festival
This classical music festival includes a picnic buffet, live music, wine and a visit to the historic Mount Angel Abbey. The festival is July 26-28.
 
18. Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at Newell Pioneer Village
This free, outdoor event includes living history, live music from Corral Creek Band, pie judging and an auction at Newell Pioneer Village in St. Paul on July 4. The pies will be auctioned off, with funds supporting the education programs at the village.
 
19. River’s Edge Summer Movie & Concert Series
Join the town of Independence in July and August for the River’s Edge Summer Movie & Concert Series. The series features a free family movie every Thursday, a free concert every Friday and special events on the weekends. For more information, check the amphitheater website.
 
20. Salem Art Fair & Festival
The Salem Art Fair & Festival features 200 Visual Artists, live music, two craft beer and wine gardens, 20 food booths, art activities and a plant sale July 21-23. Visual artists from all over the nation will be represented.
 
21. Salsa Dancing by the Vines
Attend a fun-filled night of Salsa dancing in the Stoller Family Estate fermentation hall on July 16. Kristen Stoller will be teaching the art of Salsa dancing and serving up tastes of the 2014 Single Acre Tempranillo.
 
22. Santiam Canyon Stampede NPRA Rodeo
Head to Sublimity, Oregon, July 21-22 for a family-friendly, professional rodeo. Children’s events include mutton busting, junior barrel racing and a kid’s corral. There will also be an entertainment tent with live music and extreme motorcycle fun.
 
23. Santiam Summerfest
The Santiam Summerfest is July 29. There will be a vendor street fair, car show, family fun zone, food, brews, live entertainment, bed races, beach volleyball, dog show and more.
 
24. St. Paul Rodeo
The St. Paul Rodeo will bring a slice of the Old West to the Willamette Valley July 1-4. Attendees will enjoy one of the nation's finest professional rodeos and some of the most exciting and colorful entertainment offered anywhere.
 
25. Tennis to Table Camp
This unique Willamette Valley experience combines an idyllic afternoon of tennis with an evening of farm-to-fork dining. Held at Linfield College and Community Plate, the July 15 event includes four hours of on-court instruction and a four-course dinner with wine pairings.
 Fireworks at Volcanoes Stadium ~ Keizer, Oregon ~ Photo by David Barker
26. Volcanoes Games
The Volcanoes, a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, play at home on select days in the summer. The Volcanoes Stadium is located just off Interstate 5 in Keizer, Oregon. Check out the website for a full schedule!
 
27. Western Days
Western Days is an exciting celebration in Independence that you don't want to miss! Held annually around the Fourth of July, the festival is full of fun and activities for all ages. From July 1-4, the event will have a carnival, live music, games, fireworks and a parade.
 
28. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” won both the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1962-63 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Pentacle Theatre, in Salem, will present the show July 7-29.
 
29. Wildwood MusicFest
The Wildwood MusicFest, held July 21-23 in Willamina, Oregon, was created exclusively by the grassroots efforts of the community. The annual event showcases emerging artists, promotes local food and agriculture, features regional beverages and provides tons of free activities for children.
 
30. Willamette Valley Lavender Festival
Enjoy all things lavender, including cuisine, crafts and products, July 8-9 at the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival in Newberg, Oregon. The event includes a plein air art show. Four nearby lavender farms will also be opening their farms to the public that weekend.
 
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