August events near Salem, Oregon
From viewing a rare total solar eclipse to attending the annual state fair, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley this month. Here are 30 events to add to your calendar:
1. Airlie Winery Welcomes Irish Setter Breeders
Rocky and Riley, the winery dogs, are excited to welcome their extended family to Airlie Winery on Aug. 5! The winery, located in Monmouth, Oregon, will host Irish Setter breeders in the picnic area from 12-5 p.m.
2. Aurora Colony Day Antiques + Vintage Faire
Aurora, Oregon, will host a community parade, art show, pancake breakfast, vintage antiques faire and farmers market on Aug. 12. The event will feature living history demos, a traditional beer garden, a free evening concert in the park and more.
3. Community Fiesta
Enjoy traditional Latino music, food, dancing and the coronation of the Fiesta Queen at the Community Fiesta in Independence, Oregon. The fiesta is scheduled for Aug. 27 at Riverview Park.
4. Duck Pond Cellars Music at the Pond
Head to Duck Pond Cellars, in Dundee, Oregon, every Saturday in August for live music by the pond. The summer concert series includes blues, pop, folk and soul rock performances.
5. Englewood Forest Festival
The Englewood Forest Festival will highlight local artists, musicians and businesses in Northeast Salem on Aug. 12. There will be live music, food carts, art and environmental workshops. The festival's goals are to build community, culture and environmental education in the neighborhood.
6. Family Building Blocks Riverfront Family Fest
This health and safety resource fair is free to attend. With a range of family-friendly activities, the festival is a fun place for families to spend time with each other and build new relationships with other community members. The event will be held Aug. 5 at Salem’s Riverfront Park.
7. Fiesta Mexicana
Mark your calendar for the 54th Annual McDonald's Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana on Aug. 4-6. Held at Legion Park in Woodburn, Oregon, there will be delicious food, entertainment, classic cars, a parade and soccer tournament.
9. Great Oregon Steam Up
Learn about the early machinery that helped Oregon develop and grow Aug. 5-6 at the Great Oregon Steam Up at Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon. Farm tractors, early engines, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an Oregon flour mill and an authentic steam sawmill will be on display. A historic trolley and miniature railroad will be offering rides.
10. Harvest Fest
The Yamhill Valley Heritage Center is hosting Harvest Fest Aug. 19-20. Enjoy old-time harvesting of the oat field using antique farm equipment and draft animals. There will also be stagecoach rides, pioneer children’s activities and working sawmill and blacksmith shops! The heritage center is located in McMinnville, Oregon.
11. High Street Hustle
Run, walk or race on the streets of scenic Salem, Oregon, during the High Street Hustle on Aug. 12. The 8k, 5k and 1k is the largest race held in Salem -- a blueprint for a community coming together to get healthy.
Hoopla, Aug. 5-6 outside of the Oregon State Capitol, is the state’s premier 3-on-3 street basketball event. It is believed to be the second largest event of its kind in the United States.
13. Left Coast’s Run for the Oaks
The 2nd Annual Run for the Oaks at Left Coast Cellars is Aug. 5. The 5k walk and 10k run winds through some of the most beautiful estate vineyards and old-growth oak savannas in Oregon’s wine country. Registration includes a complimentary wine tasting.
15. Melissa Etheridge
When those eponymous rich and raspy vocals hit your eardrums, it can only mean one thing: Melissa Etheridge has taken the stage. Experience the magic Aug. 5 at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon!
16. Molly Mo’s Summer Antique Faire
Find antique vintage, re-purposed and handcrafted goods at Molly Mo’s Summer Antique Fair on Aug. 11 in Sublimity, Oregon. Shop some of the Northwest's best vendors on the outdoor grange grounds, inside the historic grange and schoolhouse. There will also be a beer and wine tent, food and live music.
17. Monty Python’s SPAMalot
Pentacle Theatre, in Salem, will be performing the 2005 winner of three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical, “Monty Python’s SPAMalot,” is lovingly ripped off from the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The silly and original show will run Aug. 18-Sept. 9.
18. Movies in the Garden
The Oregon Garden hosts movies in the garden every Thursday in August. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at dusk on the beautiful Garden Green. It’s also a great opportunity to catch a sunset in the Garden! The August movies are “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “The Little Rascals,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “School of Rock” and “The Lorax.”
19. Oregon State Fair
Enjoy all the fun of the 152nd Oregon State Fair from Aug. 25-Sept. 4 in Salem. Celebrate the best Oregon has to offer with concerts, livestock, competitions, food, shopping and so much more. It is annual fun for the whole family!
20. Paddle and Brew Tour- Rogue Hop Farms
Paddle the Willamette River and tour and taste your way through Rogue Hop Farms with Cascadia Expeditions. Starting in Independence, Oregon, you’ll learn basic kayaking strokes and maneuvers while learning about the local hop industry. The tour ends with lunch, tastings and a tour of Rogue Hop Farm. Tours are scheduled for Aug. 5 and 27.
21. Paws for the Cause
The Stayton Veterinary Hospital is hosting a dog wash and canned food drive on Aug. 12. Staff members will be washing dogs for free, just bring a non-perishable food donation for either pets or humans.
22. Polk County Fair
The Polk County Fair is happening Aug. 10-12 at the fairgrounds in Rickreall, Oregon. The three-day event will boast live entertainment, agriculture, rodeos and children’s activities.
23. River City Music & Art Festival
Enjoy an afternoon by the river with live entertainment, food, local craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, eclipse education and activities at the River City Music & Art Festival. The festival will take place Aug. 20 at Kimmel Park in Mill City, Oregon.
24. Salem Ale & Cider Trail
Pick up your Salem Ale & Cider Trail Passport and visit all 12 stops along the trail. Passports can be purchased at any participating location for $5. Collect a stamp at each brewery and cidery to receive a free drinking vessel. The passport program is ongoing.
25. Silverton Fine Arts Festival
The Silverton Fine Arts Festival is Aug. 19-20 in historic Silverton, Oregon! Taking place at Coolidge-McClaine Park, attendees can mingle with artists, enjoy fine performances on the entertainment stages, experience the variety of flavors at the international food court, visit the wine and beer garden, and, perhaps, wake up their artistic flair with hands-on art activities.
26. Summer Concert Series at Linfield College
Sit back, relax and enjoy listening to some of the Northwest’s best musicians at the Linfield College Summer Concert Series! Located on the Linfield Green, in McMinnville, enjoy free concerts on Aug. 1, 8 and 15.
27. Total Solar Eclipse
Salem is lucky enough to be right in the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21. There are dozens of events and celebrations in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties happening throughout the weekend. Check out the Travel Salem eclipse events page for a full list of activities: http://www.travelsalem.com/events/total-solar-eclipse-2017
28. Tri-County Charm Trail
Select wineries, attractions and communities through Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties have partnered to create the Tri-County Charm Trail. Visit all 33 locations to collect a unique wine charm at each stop. Click here for locations and details. The trail is ongoing.
29. Yamhill County Fair
Head to McMinnville to enjoy the entertainment of the Yamhill County Fair from Aug. 2-5. There will be plenty of food, drinks, vendors, carnival rides and games. There are also three nights of big name entertainment, three nights of rodeo and a demolition derby.
30. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Enlightened Theatrics is excited to present the classic family musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The production represents a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends. The show runs Aug. 4-27 at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre.