Wine tasting, live music and family fun
The shortest month of the year is here, but there are still plenty of things to do near Salem, Oregon!
1. 20th Annual Clay Ball: Pop of Color!
The Salem Art Association’s annual Clay Ball is Feb. 23 at the Salem Convention Center. Don your best Warhol-inspired outfit and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer from Gilgamesh Brewing and wine from Bryn Mawr Vineyards while exploring the silent auction. Afterwards, you will be seated for a three-course gourmet dinner, followed by a live auction and dancing. Tickets are required.
2. A Couple’s Date Night & Sign Workshop
Create his and her signs for your home at Same As It Never Was Vintage, in Independence, Oregon, on Feb. 9. Tickets are limited.
3. Beer + Chocolate
Sample beer and chocolate at Salem Ale Works, in Salem, on Feb. 16. The brewery will release six dark beers to pair with chocolates from Country Cake Shop. Tickets are required.
4. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Willamette Master Chorus will present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy,” arguably his most famous work, on Feb. 23-24 at Willamette University in Salem. Tickets are required.
5. Brooks Yoga Sunday
Enjoy a morning of relaxation at Brooks Winery, in Amity, Oregon, with a free yoga class on Feb. 10. Stay for wine tasting afterwards.
6. Buck Mountain Mudslinger Trail Run
Come dressed in your best western-themed clothes, bring your canine running partner and run a nearly seven-mile loop that offers amazing views and lots of mud on Feb. 23 at Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, Oregon. After the race, there will be chili, coffee and beer. Registration is required.
7. Cupid’s Night Out
Visit Salem’s Riverfront Carousel on Feb. 9 for a night of Valentine’s Day fun. For $5 per person, there will be unlimited carousel rides, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and a photo booth. Space is limited.
8. Diana Graham at the Elsinore Gallery
Experience the whimsical cat paintings of Diana Graham during the month of February. The Elsinore Gallery, in Salem, will welcome the new artist with a reception on the evening of Feb. 6.
9. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8
The Oregon Symphony Association in Salem, featuring guest violinist Simone Lamsma, will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 at Willamette University on Feb. 8. The performance showcases some of Dvorak’s richest melodies. Tickets are required.
10. Eli Young Band
Eli Young Band is performing at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on Feb. 7. The band has several platinum and multi-platinum chart toppers, along with awards for best country song of the year. Tickets are required.
11. Hellebore & Early Bloomers Weekend
Join Dancing Oaks Nursery and Gardens, in Monmouth, Oregon, for a special opening Feb. 23-24 in celebration of early-blooming plants, such as Hellebores. The nursery opens for the season in March.
12. Legacy of Play Day
Enjoy free admission to the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, in Salem, on Feb. 18. Legacy of Play Day honors A.C. Gilbert’s spirit of tinkering, engagement and discovery.
13. MiyakoCon 4
This two-day convention is full of anime and pop culture content. There will be gaming, cosplay, contests, panels, artists and more. The event is Feb. 23-24 at Quality Suites in Keizer, Oregon.
14. Movie Night at The Bungalow Theatre
The Woodburn Historical Museum & Bungalow Theatre is showing “Singing in the Rain” on Feb 22. The red carpet event will have a social hour, hors d’oeuvres, mocktails and a silent auction. Tickets are required.
15. Oregon Golden Gloves Championship
This annual boxing tournament will be a test of strength, endurance and talent among some of the best boxing athletes in Oregon. The event is Feb. 1-2 at the Salem Armory Auditorium. Tickets are required.
16. Oregon’s 160th Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the 160th anniversary of Statehood Day at the Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, on Feb. 16. Learn the story of our great state while enjoying costumed interpreters, music and family-friendly activities. The event is free to attend.
17. OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Dede Montgomery “My Music Man”
Dede Montgomery will share her personal family history, as told by her book “My Music Man,” including stories that trace back to William Willson, the man who named Salem. The event, on Feb. 14 at the Oregon State Capitol, is free to attend.
18. Pinot & Chocolate Celebration
Indulge over Valentine’s Day weekend at Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Pinot & Chocolate Celebration in Turner, Oregon. Pair the winery’s latest releases with artisan chocolates while learning how to create the perfect match on Feb. 16-17. Tickets are required.
19. Prismagic Presents: “Bunny”
Prismagic, an international circus arts company, will present a one-night-only stage performance of “Bunny,” an endearing love story of a magician who brings his stuffed rabbit to life, only to realize he may have received more than he bargained for. Bring the whole family for an evening of excitement at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre on Feb. 16. Tickets are required.
20. Rustic Roots Vintage Market
Make all your farmhouse dreams come true at the Rustic Roots Vintage Market at the Polk County Fairgrounds, in Rickreall, Oregon, on Feb. 22-23. The market will feature vendors that specialize in shabby, repurposed and industrial items.
21. Salem Winter Brewfest
Adults (ages 21 and over) are invited to Salem Winter Brewfest on Jan. 30-Feb. 2. The four-day festival will feature an enormous selection of beer, cider and delicious food, as well as live music. Tickets are required.
22. Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show
The premier Northwest saltwater fishing show is Feb. 23-24 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. This two-day event offers seminars, demonstrations, a trade show, auctions and raffles. Admission is required, with free admission for youth ages 17 and younger.
23. “Share The Love” Progressive Tasting
Bring your Valentine to a special wine and food pairing event hosted by the seven wineries of the Mid-Valley Wine Trail at Eola Hills Wine Cellars on Feb. 16. Try wines from each of the wineries, paired with hors d’oeuvres created by local chef Max Germano. Tickets are required.
24. Silver Falls Owl Prowls
Expand your knowledge and curiosity about owls at this fun, hands-on event at Silver Falls Conference Center on Feb. 16. Learn about owls through an indoor presentation, dissect owl pellets and walk through the woods to call for owls. This event is recommended for ages five years and older, admission is free.
25. Sips n’ Science: The Mighty Mason Bee
Have a drink and learn about the Mason bee, a North American native that is essential to our ecosystem, at the Valkyrie Wine Tavern, in Independence, on Feb. 21. This event is for ages 21+, and a $5 donation is suggested.
26. The Brian Odell Band
Venti’s Café + Basement Bar, in Salem, welcomes The Brian Odell Band, from Portland, on Feb. 22. Influenced by “a little bit of everything,” including The Eagles, Green Day and Bob Marley, this unique ensemble is sure to reach music lovers of all types. This event is for ages 21 and over, admission is required.
27. The Everly Brothers Experience
The ZMED Brothers will celebrate the music of the 50s and 60s in a special performance, which aims to honor the legacy of the Everly Brothers and like artists, on Feb. 14 at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. Tickets are required.
28. The Pump and Dump Show: Parentally Incorrect Tour
Lifelong best friends Shayna and Tracey present a hilarious and freeing live comedy show created especially for the exhausted mom on Feb. 9 at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. Join them for a unique evening of laughing until you cry, drinks and reminiscing about what life was like before having children. This event is for ages 18+, and tickets are required.
29. Valentine’s Day Wine Pairings Dinner
For a romantic Valentine’s celebration, check out the various wine pairing dinners around the Mid-Willamette Valley: Willamette Valley Vineyards, in Turner, on Feb. 13-14, Keeler Estate Vineyard, in Amity, on Feb. 14, Left Coast Estate, in Rickreall, on Feb. 15 and Brooks Winery, in Amity, on Feb. 14.
30. Wine, Chocolate & Music
Head to Arcane Cellars, in Salem, for a wine and chocolate pairing with Missionary Chocolates on Feb. 10. There will be live music and a food truck. There is a $10 tasting fee per person.
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