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Celebrate longer days and the start of spring by partaking in festivals, wine tastings and garden tours in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. Here are 30 things to do in March:
1. Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase
View more than 35 antique spinning wheels in a living display March 11-12 at the Aurora Colony Museum. Every wheel is fully functional and will be in use by operators dressed in costume. An oscillating pendulum wheel, of which there are only five known to be in existence, will also be on display.
2. Bubbles & Bivalves in the Barrel Room
Eola Hills Wine Cellars will pair newly-released sparkling wines with local oysters on March 18. The event will be held in the barrel room, surrounded by more than 3,000 barrels.
3. Carousel Story Hour
Celebrate Dr. Seuss and the Carousel Storybook Collection on March 2 at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel. There will be readings and complimentary refreshments. Attendees will also receive a free carousel ride.
4. Cheese Making Workshop at the Oregon Olive Mill
Sip a glass of wine from Durant Vineyards while watching an in-depth cheese making demonstration on March 18. Gayle Starbuck, farmstead owner and cheesemaker, will teach the basic principles of artisanal cheese making. Enjoy samples of fresh made cheeses and finish the afternoon with a dessert. RSVP is required.
5. Chef’s Cinema: “Julia & Julia”
Enlightened Theatrics and Paradiso are joining forces to host an afternoon of film and food. On March 12, “Julia & Julia” will screen at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre. After the show, Chef Robert Durkin will host a post-show discussion and cassoulet pairing.
6. Cherry Blossom Day
Among dozens of blooming cherry trees, the Oregon State Capitol will host its third annual Cherry Blossom Day on March 18. The celebration will include a 5K run and walk, kite flying, cherry tasting, traditional Japanese performances and exhibits and other free, family-friendly activities.
7. Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival
The Salem Theatre Network will host the first Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival March 17-19. The city-wide event will feature 20 performances and workshops at six venues in downtown Salem. The shows will be paired with some of the Willamette Valley’s best wines, brews and food.
8. Chris Jones Residency at Venti’s
Chris Jones, a local guitarist and singer, will be taking over Venti’s downtown for an entire weekend. Jones will give free performances March 23-25.
9. “The Color Show – Green”
The Keizer Art Association will host its annual color show March 2-25. This year, the featured color is green. The art will range from 2D, 3D, photography and children’s art, but each piece’s primary color will be green.
10. Corban Theatre Presents “Robin Hood”
Larry Blamire’s “Robin Hood” comes to Corban University March 9-19. During two matinees and five evening performances, Corban Theatre students will bring to life the world's most famous and charismatic outlaws.
11. Doll Show and Sale
The 35th Annual Doll Show & Sale will take place at the Polk County Fairgrounds on March 25. Vendors will be selling dolls, bears, toys and other related items. Children 10 years old and under receive free admission.
12. “Emma’s Child”
“Emma’s Child,” a drama about a woman’s attachment to the child she had hoped to adopt, opens March 3 at the Pentacle Theatre. Performances are scheduled through March 25.
13. The Everly Brothers Experience
The Bird Dogs, brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed, will take the stage at the historic Elsinore Theatre on March 3. The duo will bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the stage.
14. Fan Flicks: “The Big Lebowski”
On March 26, Enlightened Theatrics will pair a cult classic with a themed cocktail at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre. The theatre will be streaming “The Big Lebowski.” Themed attire is encouraged.
15. Gaiety Hollow Garden Guided Tours
The Lord & Schryver Conservancy will open the Gaiety Hollow gardens to visitors on March 25. Guided tours of the gardens will take place on the fourth Saturday of the month through September. Trained docents will walk visitors through the grounds and discuss the history and design of the gardens.
16. McMinnville Art and Wine Walk
Head to historic downtown McMinnville on the third Saturday of every month for the Art & Wine Walk. Your self-guided tour can start in any participating business. Each shop will have artists discussing their work, exhibits, live performers or wine tastings.
17. McMinnville Saturday Market
Visit McMinnville’s year-round farmers market! The market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors sell produce, handmade gifts, skin care products and more.
18. Michael Bolton at Spirit Mountain Casino
Grammy Award winning singer Michael Bolton will perform at Spirit Mountain Casino on March 18. Attendees must be 21 years or older.
19. Mid-Valley Yard, Garden & Home Show
The Mid-Valley Yard, Garden & Home Show is coming to the Oregon State Fairgrounds March 17-19. See the latest in outdoor living, gardening trends, design ideas, tools for the garden and home improvement products and services. Admission is free.
20. Miller Woods Conservation Area Spring Break Adventure
Looking for a way to get the kids outside this spring break? Children, kindergarten through sixth grade, are invited to participate in a spring break camp March 27-28 at Miller Woods Conservation Area. Hosted by Watershed Education Adventures, the two-day program will connect kids with nature.
21. Oregon Cat Video Festival
Attend the Northwest's first annual cat video festival March 11 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The festival will feature videos, food, beer, wine, costume contests, performances, games, vendors and family activities. Oregon comedian Alex Elkins and Portland's Moshow the Cat Rapper will make guest appearances.
22. Polk County Flea Market
The Polk Flea Market will take place March 5 at the Polk County Fairgrounds. A favorite regional flea market, it will offer a combination of new and old items.
23. Salem Paddy Pint 5K
Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by participating in the Salem Paddy Pint 5K on March 18 at Riverfront Park. The run will benefit the Dental Foundation of Oregon and its Tooth Taxi, which provides free dentistry for kids in need. Sparky’s Brewing Company will serve food and drinks after the race.
24. Sip and Paint: Uncorked Painting at Arcane Cellars
Create your own masterpiece while sipping wine at Arcane Cellars on March 26. Step-by-step painting instructions will be provided, and no experience is needed. The class is $30.
25. Sip! McMinnville Wine and Food Classic
Watch some of the best chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills, talk with winemakers and taste wine March 10-12 at McMinnville’s Wine and Food Classic. Held at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, the festival will feature more than 170 exhibitors, including food vendors, breweries, distilleries and cideries.
26. Utopia St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Utopia Vineyard on March 17. Enjoy traditional Irish appetizers and a flight of five Estate wines.
27. Willamette University Social Pow Wow
Presented by Willamette University’s Native and Indigenous Student Union, the 15th Annual Social Pow Wow will take place March 11. It will feature native arts and crafts, food vendors, dancers, drum groups and a dance contest. Admission to the event is free.
28. Willamina’s Old School Music Festival and Sleepover
Willamina will host its first Old School Music Festival and Sleepover March 4-5. The event will feature several musicians, including Hillstomp, RootJack and Cedar Teeth. After the show, attendees are invited to pitch a tent or stay in an RV or trailer at the West Valley Community Campus. There will be local food, beverages and children’s activities.
29. Wine, Pear and Cheese Jubilee
Pair Willamette Valley Vineyards’ delicious wines with gourmet cheeses and fresh local pears March 11-12. Admission includes a wine flight with pear and cheese pairing and a 45-minute seated wine tasting.
30. Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest
Stroll through 40 acres of beautiful tulips while enjoying expansive views of vineyards and mountains. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm will be open daily to visitors March 24-April 30. Each year the flowers are arranged in a new pattern. There will also be food, wine tastings and children’s activities.
For more events happening in the Mid-Willamette Valley, visit the Travel Salem event calendar or Travel Yamhill Valley.