New year, new activities in the Mid-Willamette Valley

Kick off 2020 with exciting events throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley. From paint nights to winter hikes, January has a lot to show for the New Year!

1. Christmas in the Garden
Christmas in the Garden continues through Jan. 5 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. This award-winning event features one million twinkling lights, ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market, snowless tubing, festive music, photos with Santa Claus and holiday treats. Tickets are required.
 
2. Sláinte: Celebrating Celtic Cultures
Sláinte: Celebrating Celtic Cultures runs through Jan. 22 at the World Beat Gallery, in Salem. The exhibit explores seven Celtic cultures through customs, celebrations and more. Free.
 
3. First Day Hike
Free guided hikes will be offered at state parks across Oregon on the first day of the year. There will be a one-mile hike at Silver Falls State Park, a two-mile hike at Champoeg State Heritage Area and a one-mile hike at the Willamette Mission State Park. Parking fees will be waived.   

4. Free Carousel Ride
Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is offering free rides on New Year’s Day. A canned food donation is suggested.
 
5. New Year’s Day Hangover Run
Kick off your resolution with this annual family-friendly 3K New Year's race on Jan. 1 in Salem. Runners over the age of 21 can also participate in the "Beer Mile", a race that combines running and beer. Registration is required.
 
6. Trivia at Angels Share Barrel House
Angels Share Barrel House, in Turner, Oregon, hosts trivia every Thursday, including Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Bring your friends and play as a team to test your knowledge. All ages are welcome to attend.
 
7. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Pentacle Theatre presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Jan. 3-5 at the Elsinore Theatre, in Salem. This family-friendly show is a Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. Tickets are required.
 
8. Sip and Paint Class
Ring in the New Year with a painting class at Arcane Cellars, in Salem, Jan. 4. Enjoy great wine, great company and great fun learning to paint step-by step. Ages 12 and up are welcome to attend, but participants must be over 21 to drink. Tickets are required.
 
9. TEDxSalem VII “Vision”
Salem’s officially licensed TEDx event brings people together for a TED-like experience at the Salem Convention Center on Jan. 4. There will be talks and performances by members of the community, lots of food, swag and networking. Tickets are required.
 
10. Saintly Sundays with Saint Syndrome
Saint Syndrome is “Oregon’s only Piano-Playing Live-Singing Drag Queen”. Come see this one-of-a-kind entertaintress every first Sunday, including Jan. 5, at Taproot Lounge & Café, in Salem. Admission is free.
 
11. Comedy Open Mic Night
Join Capitol City Theater, in Salem, for comedy open mic nights on Wednesdays, including Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. The show is for those over 18. Tickets are first come, first served.
 
12. Jacob Westfall at Bentley’s
Singer-Songwriter Jacob Westfall will perform Jan. 9 at Bentley’s in Salem. This event is for adults over 21. Free.
 
13. Girls Night Out at Eola Hills Wine Cellars
Ladies over 21 are invited to Eola Hills Wine Cellars, in Rickreall, Jan. 10 for a fun night out drinking wine and creating a do-it-yourself home décor sign. Tickets are required and must be purchased by Jan. 3.
 

14. Guided Meditation Class
Join Bellywood Dance Studio, in Salem, for a guided meditation class Jan. 11. This 1-hour session will benefit your soul, mind and body. Donations are welcome but not required.
 
15. Sign Language Learning Series at Cubanisimo
Cubanisimo Vineyards is offering a free sign language series at their tasting room in Salem, starting Jan. 16. This class is for adults over 21. Registration is required.
 
16. Las Cafeteras at WOU’s Smith Fine Arts Series
East Los-Angeles based musical group Las Cafeteras is bringing their vibrant sound and positive message to Western Oregon University’s J. Edgar Rice Auditorium, as part of the Smith Fine Arts Series, Jan. 17. Tickets are required.
 
17. Signals: A Pop-Up Art Exhibition
Signals is the third show of The Black Rectangle Collective, following the Glimpse I & II exhibitions, which will host five local premiere fine artists. The gallery will be open Jan. 17 at the Gray Lab in Salem. Admission is free.
 
18. Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Pentacle Theatre presents Murder on the Orient Express Jan.17-Feb.8. This adaptation of the classic murder mystery written by novelist Agatha Christie is sure to have you on the edge of your seat! Tickets are required.
 
19. Stranger Things 80’s Night
A Stranger Things theme night will be held at the Coin Jam, in Salem, Jan. 18. This event is for adults over 21. Free admission.
 

20. Wine & Dine with Essential Oils
Learn about the benefits of essential oils at Chateau Bianca Winery, in Dallas, Jan. 18, where you will be treated to a wine tasting, followed by a light 4-course meal prepared with vitality oils and paired with wines. Tickets are required.
 
21. Arts In Our Lives: Ricardo De Mambro Santos
Ricardo De Mambro Santos, Professor of Art History and Film Studies at Willamette University will speak as a part of the Salem Art Association’s newest series, Arts in Our Lives. The lecture will be Jan. 24 at Bush Barn Art Center. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
 
22. Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2
The Oregon Symphony, under the direction of Eun Sun Kim, presents an evening of classical music featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Jan. 24 at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium. Tickets are required.
 
23. First Taste Oregon 2020
First Taste Oregon is Jan. 24-25 at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, in Salem. Enjoy the best of Oregon’s brews, ciders, food, wines, spirits and specialty shopping from a variety of vendors. Tickets are required.
 
24. Varsity Vocals Quarterfinals
Witness the largest international A Capella tournament at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on Jan. 24-25. Hundreds of performers from every corner of the world will compete, including several high school and college groups from Oregon. Tickets are required.
 
25. Wine 101
Cover the basics of wine and wine tasting at the Chateau Bianca Winery on Jan 25 during their Wine 101 class. Perfect for if you’re just getting started with wine, work in the industry, or are already a pro. Tickets are required, free for Wetzel Wine Club Members.
 
26. Brews, Bites & Books
Head to Stayton Public Library in Stayton, Oregon Jan. 25 for an after-hours evening of live music, craft beer and local food. Tickets are required.
 
27. Oregon Wedding Showcase
Find everything you need to make your wedding dreams a reality, including venues, photography and other vendors, at the Oregon Wedding Showcase within the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center on Jan. 25-26. Tickets are required.
 
28. Salem Symphonic Winds: Tales of Sorcery
Hear a concert by the Salem Symphonic Winds at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on Jan. 26. This performance, titled “Tales of Sorcery”, showcases The Piano Concerto in A Minor, Opus 16 by Edvard Grieg. Tickets are required.
 
29. Salem Bearcats & The Arts: A Night at the Opera
The Salem Bearcats & The Arts series aims to recognize the arts community in our region. There will be a special performance which will showcase operas by rivaling composers, Mozart and Salieri. The show is Jan. 28 at the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center on Willamette University’s campus in Salem.
 
30. Aurora Borealis at Salem Ale Works
Get your New Year off to an artistic start with a Northern Lights inspired paint night Jan. 28 at Salem Ale Works. Instructors will guide participants through step by step in the painting process, so no experience is necessary. Tickets are required.