Detroit Lake fireworks ~ Photo by Zak Stone

Festivals, rodeos and fireworks

From viewing fireworks over the holiday weekend to attending some of the area’s best annual festivals and rodeos, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley this month. Here are 25 events to add to your calendar:

1. Canterbury Renaissance Faire

Enjoy the splendor of more simple times at the Canterbury Renaissance Faire, in Silverton, Oregon, on July 21-22 and July 28-29. The faire will have four stages of continuous entertainment with singers, dancers, jugglers and period demonstrations, including blacksmithing, archery and sword fighting.

2. Cherryfest NW

"Eat, drink and be cherry” at Cherryfest NW on July 4-8 at Salem’s Riverfront Park. Formerly known as the Bite & Brew of Salem, this event will feature more than 80 microbrews and ciders, a variety of food vendors, Fourth of July fireworks and activities for the entire family. The festival will offer free admission on July 4 and July 8.

3. Detroit Lake Water Ski Show

The Portland Water Spectacular Water Ski Show Team will perform at Detroit Lake, in Detroit, Oregon, on July 28-29.

4. Donald Hazelnut Festival

Celebrate the area’s rich agricultural heritage at the Donald Hazelnut Festival in Donald, Oregon, on July 14. The festival will feature a parade, car show and live music.

5. Fireworks at The Oregon Garden

Catch a stunning fireworks display at The Oregon Garden, in Silverton, Oregon, on July 3. There will also be live music, children’s activities, food vendors and a barbeque dinner. Admission is free after 6 p.m.

6. Fireworks Over Detroit Lake

The annual fireworks show over Detroit Lake will be held on July 7. The fireworks generally start around 10 p.m.

Independence 4th of July parade ~ Independence, OR7. Fourth of July Festival in Monmouth

Head to Main Street Park in Monmouth, Oregon, July 3-4 for a community art show, classic car show, parade and live entertainment. A mini marathon and tennis tournament will accompany the festival.

8. Great Oregon Steam-Up

The Great Oregon Steam-Up is July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5 at Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon. The annual event will have trolley rides, a flea market, tractor pulls and machinery demos.

9. Independence Days

Held annually around the Fourth of July, Independence Days is full of fun and activities for the entire family. From July 1-4, the town of Independence, Oregon, will have a carnival, live entertainment, artisans, fireworks and a parade.

10. LeAnn Rimes: “Love is Love Tour”

LeAnn Rimes’ “Love is Love Tour” is coming to Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on July 13. Rimes is a multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. Tickets are required.

11. Live Music at Redgate Vineyard

Sip wine, enjoy live music and soak up the summer at Redgate Winery in Independence. The winery is holding several concerts throughout the month. Click here to view the full schedule.

12. Marion County Fair

This traditional county fair features a carnival, petting zoo, rodeo, 4H/FFA student exhibits, vendors and big-name entertainment. The fair is July 12-15 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

13. Music in the Parks

​Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy free concerts at local parks this month. Starting the second week of July, there will be concerts on Tuesday evenings at Woodburn Library Park, Wednesday evenings at Monmouth Main Street Park and Friday evenings at Independence Riverview Park.

Mt. Angel Abbey ~ Photo by Ron Cooper14. Saint Benedict Festival

The annual St. Benedict Festival at Mount Angel Abbey, in Mt. Angel, Oregon, will be held July 7. As the monks share their vocation stories along the pilgrimage of life, there will be yard games, Benedictine Brewery beers, Willamette Valley wines and a picnic lunch to enjoy. The event is for ages 21 and older.

Salem Art Fair & Festival ~ Photo by Ron Cooper15. Salem Art Fair & Festival

Just blocks from downtown Salem, you’ll find more than 200 artists, live performances, craft beer and wine and art activities at the Salem Art Fair & Festival. The 69th annual festival will be held at Bush’s Pasture Park on July 20-22.

16. Salem Stars & Stripes Run

Enjoy a beautiful 5K run through Salem’s Riverfront Park, Wallace Marine Park and over the Union Street Bridge on July 4.  There will also be a 5K Stars & Stripes Challenge, a run with three military-style challenges.

17. Santiam Canyon Stampede

The Santiam Canyon Stampede, in Sublimity, Oregon, returns July 20-21. Along with barrel racing, bull riding and roping, there will be children’s activities before the main event and an after party for ages 21 and older.

18. Santiam Summerfest

The Santiam Summerfest is July 28 in downtown Stayton, Oregon. There will be a street fair, food, brews and live entertainment all day.

19. “Shrek the Musical JR

An educational camp for teenagers will culminate in the production of “Shrek the Musical JR” at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre on July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5. From casting to live performances, the teens will spend the entire month preparing for the show alongside Enlightened Theatrics.

St. Paul Rodeo ~ Photo by Reed Lane Photography20. St. Paul Rodeo

The 83rd annual St. Paul Rodeo, in St. Paul, Oregon, runs from July 3-7. There will be rodeo performances, live entertainment, fireworks and a carnival throughout the week.

21. The Great White Wine Festival

Taste outstanding and unique white wines from the Willamette Valley at Left Coast Estate’s Great White Wine Festival on July 14 in Rickreall, Oregon. There will be live music, family-friendly yard games and a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $25.

22. Untapped

Celebrate local breweries and restaurants at the second annual Untapped event at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on July 14. A fundraiser for Family Building Blocks, the event, for ages 21 and older, will feature local food and drinks and live music.

Volcanoes Baseball ~ Keizer, OR ~ Photo by David Barker23. Volcanoes Games

The Volcanoes, a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, play at home on select days in July. The Volcanoes Stadium is located just off Interstate 5 in Keizer, Oregon. Click here to view the full schedule.

24. Waterfall Walk and Mimosas

Take an easy, morning hike to a beautiful waterfall at Bjornson Vineyard, in Salem, on July 7. Afterwards, the vineyard will serve mimosas and bagels. RSVPs are required. 

25. Woodburn Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day at the city of Woodburn’s Fourth of July Fireworks. Enjoy a night of family activities, musical entertainment, great food and dazzling fireworks.

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