St. Paul Rodeo ~ Photo by Kent Soule

Enjoy festivals, concerts and vineyards this month

Summer festivals and events return this month in the Mid-Willamette Valley! From the Oregon Garden Brewfest to the 20th annual World Beat Festival, there’s fun for the whole family near Salem, Oregon. Here are 30 events to check out in June:

  1. Art Scavenger Hunt at The Gallery at Ten Oaks
Join the folks at The Gallery at Ten Oaks on June 24 for an art scavenger hunt! Earn prizes by finding hidden clues throughout the gallery. Wine from Coleman Vineyards will be available to purchase.
  1. Brown House Plant Sale
Tour the Brown House, located in Stayton, for free and do some plant shopping on June 11. The nurseries donate a portion of all sales to the Santiam Heritage Foundation, to continue the rehabilitation of this unique monument.
  1. Ceili Mor/Irish Social Dancing
The Ceili of the Valley Society presents 2nd Friday on June 9, featuring live, traditional Irish music and dancing. No partner or experience is necessary for the dance lesson and all ages are welcome. The event will be held in Salem at VFW Hall Marion Post 661.
  1. Cherry City Music Festival
There will be three days of concerts playing in venues across Salem June 15-17. Admission is free unless otherwise noted per location. 
  1. Contemporary Abstraction at Bush Barn Art Center
Abstraction is a departure from depicting reality in art. It explores the relationships of forms, colors, and ideas. This exhibition, at the Bush Barn Art Center through June 24, explores three distinctive approaches to contemporary, abstract art through the work of Julia Bradshaw (photography), Ellen George (sculpture) and Elizabeth Magee (painting).
  1. Danilo Perez with Western Hemisphere Orchestra
Multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez will join forces with Western Oregon University’s Western Hemisphere Orchestra on June 10. It’s the final performance in the Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series. Tickets start at $25.
  1. Deepwood Wine & Jazz Fest
Wine and food from local wineries and restaurants will be served in the beautiful, historic gardens of Deepwood Museum & Gardens on June 24. The Ellen Whyte Trio and Blue Gardenia Jazztet will be performing. 
  1. Silver Falls State ParkFalls, Gardens & Vines: The Salem Tour
This guided and narrated tour starts at E.Z. Orchards, with its famous apple cider and strawberry shortcake. Travelers will continue to The Oregon Garden for a tram ride of the 20 specialty gardens. After that, the tour will go to Silver Falls State Park to experience the beauty of South Falls. The day concludes with wine tasting at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Tours are set for June 17 and June 24.
  1. Father’s Day at Yamhill Valley Heritage Center
Celebrate Father’s Day on June 18 with tours of the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center museum, special exhibits and refreshments. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
  1. Deepwood Museum and GardenFather’s Day Pub Tea
This Father’s Day Tea has a great twist – beer! Join Deepwood Museum & Gardens for a pub style menu and a flight of beers or teas on June 18. Treat your Dad, husband, brother, son or treasured friend to this tasting and storytelling of the history of beer and spirits. A house tour is included.
  1. Gilbert House Summer Block Party
This block party is all about summer learning!  On June 26, enjoy free admission to the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, hands-on activities and food.
  1. Gordon Lightfoot in Concert: The Legend Lives On…
Gordon Lightfoot, one of the all-time greatest musicians, is performing live at the Elsinore Theatre on June 12. He has more than 50 years of hit song making and soaring international album sales. Doors open at 7 p.m.
  1. Kroc Center Summer Camps
Starting June 19, the Kroc Center Summer Camps will offer a multi-venue experience with a variety of themed activities for children ages 4-15. Campers start each day together and then participate in camp specific activities, such as rock wall climbing, swimming and movies.
  1. Live Music Wednesdays at The Barberry
The Barberry, situated in downtown McMinnville, offers a seasonal menu and many wines. Every Wednesday this summer, the restaurant will host live music. The musical line up for June is Sonny Hess with Lisa Mann on June 7, Satellite Blooms on June 14, Ellen Whyte on June 21 and Ben Rice on June 28.
  1. Music Sunday at Brooks Winery: Zapata Brothers
Check out the soulful, blues stylings of Portland’s own Zapata Brothers as you sip award-winning wines and take in mountain views on June 25 at Brooks Winery. Admission is free.
  1. Ned Ledoux at Elsinore Theatre
Ned Ledoux will perform at the Elsinore Theatre on June 30. He tours with his father’s band to keep the musical spirit of Chris LeDoux alive. On tour, you’re guaranteed to hear “This Cowboy’s Hat,” the song most requested by his fans.
  1. Oregon GardenOregon Garden Brewfest
There is much to enjoy at the Oregon Garden Brewfest June 16-18!  The festival includes 120 Oregon beers, cider and meads, regional bands, food from local vendors, children’s activities on Sunday, shopping in the Brewfest Market and, of course, the 80-acre botanical garden!
  1. Redgate Vineyard’s Mid-Willamette Valley Ride
Take a 30-mile bike ride, visit four wineries, attend a barbecue and enjoy a three-hour Ty Curtis concert at Redgate Vineyard on June 17. A portion of the profits support the YMCA. 
  1. Reverend Shaky and the Part Time Believers at Venti’s
Formerly known as "Indigo Boyz," Reverend Shaky and the Part Time Believers have an eclectic set list of songs that you love but nobody else plays. The song selections range from folk and country to funk, rock, and alternative. The band will perform at Venti’s Basement Bar on June 23, admission is free.
  1. Science Night for Adults
For this month’s Science Night for Adults at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, Willamette University Chemistry will present on June 22.  Music will be performed by Tony Smiley (The Loop Ninja) and the Kitchen on Court Street will provide food.
  1. Sheridan Days
Head to Sheridan for a weekend of family fun June 15-18. The festival features carnival rides, a parade, music, motorcycle show, vendors and more.
  1. St. Paul Rodeo
The rodeo kicks off on the last day of June and continues through the Fourth of July. On Friday, June 30, you can expect all the annual fun with the Wild West Art Show, Carnival, Tack Room, the rodeo and fireworks.
  1. Strawberry Social in Old Aurora Colony
The Old Aurora Colony Museum Strawberry Social is historic family fun! There will be strawberries on sweet biscuits and cold ice cream, live bands, birdhouse building for kids and historical museum exhibits. The event is Sunday, June 25.
  1. Summer Solstice Wine Weekend in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Join winemakers and vineyard growers for wine, food, live music and a silent auction at Legacy Estate Vineyard on Saturday, June 17. Use your Weekend Tasting Pass to sample your way through the AVA on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 at participating wineries.
  1. Tour Devine by Heli in the McMinnville AVA
Experience the thrill of flight while taking in the beautiful sights of Oregon’s Willamette Valley from your own personal helicopter. Take one of these amazing flights through one of the AVAs every Thursday through Saturday in June.
  1. Vertically Challenged Car Club
See lowriders, hot rods, lifted trucks, imports and more at Powerland Heritage Park on June 17. Admission is $6.
  1. Wednesday Film Series at Elsinore Theatre

    Enjoy classic films every Wednesday in the Elsinore Theatre, a restored 1926 vaudeville theatre, in downtown Salem. The films for June include “Caddyshack,” “The Train” and “Casablanca.” 
  2. WillaMutt Strut 5k Fun Run/Walk
This 5k, non-competitive run or walk raises money for the animals at Willamette Humane Society. Bring your four-legged family members and enjoy the vendor booths, activities and contests on June 4 at Salem’s Riverfront Park.
  1. Williams and Ree Comedy Act
Williams and Ree are a music and comedy act out of the Dakotas. Their message of love and harmony also has underlying notes of deceit and debauchery. “We are all the same,” is their overall theme. They are performing at Eola Hills Wine Cellars on June 9.
  1. World Beat FestivalWorld Beat Festival
This multicultural event has been named Best Festival, Best Performing Arts Festival, Best Cultural Event and Best Music Program within a Festival by the Oregon Festivals & Events Association. This marks the event’s 20th year of celebrating the cultures of the world in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The festival celebrates with food, music, dance and activities June 23-25.

For more events happening in the Mid-Willamette Valley, visit Travel Salem or Travel Yamhill Valley