Events near Salem, Oregon
The Mid-Willamette Valley is filled with popular local events in September! From the Oregon State Fair to Mt. Angel Oktoberfest and the Oregon Grape Stomp, there’s something for everyone. Here are 25 events to check out this month:
1. Art Harvest Studio Tour
Take a self-guided tour of Yamhill County Sept. 29-30 to visit the studios of more than 30 artists. An exhibition will be held at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon, throughout the month.
2. Calamity Hill Labor Day Open House
Calamity Hill Vineyard and Farm’s annual Labor Day Open House will be held Sept. 2-4. Located in Amity, Oregon, the vineyard has eight wines to taste, gardens and territorial views.
3. Capitol City Cornhole Classic
Take part in a friendly cornhole competition Sept. 9 at the State Capitol State Park. The fundraiser for Shangri-La will also feature food trucks, beer from Salem Ale Works and activities for the whole family. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 6.
4. Carlton Crush Harvest Festival
The sixth annual Carlton Crush Harvest Festival is Sept. 9. The festival features a team grape stomp competition, artist market, live music and children’s activities.
5. Detroit Lake Cruz-In
Love classic cars, motorcycles and boats? Don’t miss the Detroit Lake Cruz-In on Sept. 16. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories.
6. First Sunday at St. Innocent Winery
St. Innocent Winery, in Salem, is hosting First Sunday on Sept. 3. Winemaker Mark Vlossak will be grilling Wisconsin bratwurst and sausages to serve with the winery’s Temperance Hill Pinot Noir.
7. Gaiety Hollow Gardens
Wander through the historic gardens of Gaiety Hollow this month. There will be an open garden on Sept. 10 and a guided tour on Sept. 23.
8. Halfway to St. Patty’s at McMenamins Hotel Oregon
Mark the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day on Sept. 16 at McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, Oregon. There will be music, food and drink specials and a special event stamp for your McMenamins Passport.
9. Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist
Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artist and illusionist, will be performing at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on Sept. 22. His show, “Family Magic,” has been voted as one of the top 10 live shows in America.
10. Mount Angel Oktoberfest
Celebrate 52 years of festival at this year’s Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. Bringing together more than 350,000 people, the German-style festival combines family fun, beer, music and food. The event is Sept. 14-17.
11. Oregon Brews & BBQs
A fundraising event for St. James Catholic School and GhanaHope Foundation, Oregon Brews & BBQs will have more than 18,000 square feet of tent, 50-plus taps serving craft beer and cider, barbeque and live music. The event is Sept. 8-10 in McMinnville.
12. Oregon Grape Stomp
The 27th annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration is Sept. 23-24 at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon. Compete in teams of two for the championship, enjoy wine tasting, play lawn games, listen to live music and indulge in food pairings.
13. Oregon State Fair
The 152nd Oregon State Fair is Aug. 25-Sept. 4 in Salem! Enjoy all of your fair favorites, including food, rides and livestock. There will also be performances by Trace Adkins, Eddie Money and the Salem Symphony.
14. Oregon Trail Live
Live the dream or die of dysentery at Oregon Trail Live on Sept. 9. Held at Salem’s Willamette Heritage Center, the event challenges teams to confront the difficulties of the Oregon Trail.
15. Patriot Day Cruise-In at the Brown House
View dozens of classic cars at the historic Charles & Martha Brown House in Stayton, Oregon, on Sept. 10. The event is free, but donations will support the restoration of the Brown House.
16. Redhawk Labor Day Weekend Festival
Head to Redhawk Vineyard, located in Salem, Sept. 2-4 for wine and barrel tasting, barbeque and music. There will be homemade sausages, tri-tip sandwiches, salmon pate, cheeses and more.
17. Salem Art Walk – Final Friday
The Salem Art Walk happens on the last Friday of every month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Sept. 29, there will be pop-up galleries, open studies and local artwork at venues located throughout the city.
18. Salem River 2 Ridge Relay
The inaugural Salem River 2 Ridge Relay is Sept. 16-17. Starting at Riverfront Park in Salem, participants will hike, bike and kayak nearly 60 miles to Silver Falls State Park on Sept. 17. Registration is required. There will also be an environmental symposium before the race on Sept. 16. The free event is open to the public and will highlight the race route.
19. Stephanie Wood: Polk County Ethnobotany
Stephanie Wood, a Grand Ronde Tribal member, is a seventh-generation basket weaver, ethnobotanist and cultural keeper. Visit the Polk County Museum on Sept. 30 to see how traditional Native American foods and medicine plants were harvested and prepared in Polk County.
20. Sublimity Harvest Festival
The annual Sublimity Harvest Festival is Sept. 8-10. The family-friendly event will have live music, pulling competitions, monster trucks, kid zone and more.
21. The 60s: Pop and Op Art Prints
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art, in Salem, will feature “The 60s: Pop and Op Art Prints” exhibition through Oct. 22. It explores the Pop and Op art movements that emerged in the 1960s and how it had a profound influence on the development of psychedelic posters and fashion.
22. Treasures in the Attic
The Yamhill Valley Historical Society is hosting Treasures in the Attic, a quilt show, appraisal faire and vintage market, on Sept. 16. There will be more than 100 quilts on display. The event will take place at the Heritage Center in McMinnville.
23. Walnut City Music Festival
The Walnut City Music Festival is Sept. 1-2 on the grounds of the Granary District in downtown McMinnville. The one-stage music festival will feature national touring acts and local favorites.
24. Wedding & Event Show – Willamette Heritage Center
Explore a wide variety of vendors at the Willamette Heritage Center on Sept. 30. Venues, photographers, caterers, planners and more will be represented at the event.
25. Winter’s Hill Harvest Party
Join Winter’s Hill Estate Winery for an afternoon of eating and drinking on Sept. 30. Red Hills Market will be serving food from a mobile wood-fired oven. Tickets are required.