Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm ~ Woodburn, Oregon ~ Photo by S. Forrer

Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Mid-Willamette Valley

As winter comes to an end and spring begins, celebrate the change of season with garden events, Easter egg hunts and live performances near Salem, Oregon, this month!

1. Al’s Kids’ Club: Strawberry Explosion
Children can plant strawberry plants in a unique container at Al’s Garden and Home store in Woodburn, Oregon, on March 3. Registration is required.

Gaiety Hollow garden ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Dee Hendrix2. “A Man Named Pearl”
On March 18, Salem Cinema will screen the film “A Man Named Pearl,” which tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. The show will benefit the Lord & Schryver Conservancy.

3. Bauman’s Farm and Garden Easter Egg Hunt
Head to Bauman’s Farm and Garden, in Gervais, Oregon, on March 31 for a children’s Easter egg hunt. Every child will be able to collect 12 eggs and pick their prizes. The hunt is recommended for children under the age of 12. Admission is $5 per child. Depending on the weather, other activities may be available for an additional charge.

4. Brahms’ Violin Concerto
Brahms’ Violin Concerto, one of the greatest violin concertos ever written, will be performed at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium, in Salem, March 16. Tickets are required.

Bush Barn Art Center ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper5. Braids & Brawn: The Power of Girls
The Salem Art Association will host “Braids and Brawn: The Power of Girls” throughout the month of March at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem. The exhibition is a photo documentary by Salem photographer Diane Beals, which features portraits of 40 girls showcasing their strengths and what empowers them. 

6. “Calendar Girls”
Pentacle Theatre, in Salem, will host “Calendar Girls,” a comedy by Tim Firth, on select dates in March. The show is based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who made an unconventional calendar to raise money for the local hospital. Tickets are required.

7. Carousel Story Hour
Children can enjoy reading, sing-alongs, interactive group play, complimentary refreshments and a free carousel ride at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel Story Hour on March 2.

8. Chateau Bianca: Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for Adults
Chateau Bianca, in Dallas, Oregon, is hosting an Easter egg scavenger hunt on March 31 for adults only. Go out to the vineyard to hunt down clues, drink wine and have a fun time with friends and family. RSVPs are preferred.

Cherry Blossom ~ Oregon State Capitol ~ Photo by Ron Cooper9. Cherry Blossom Day at the Oregon State Capitol
Celebrate the impact of Japanese culture on Oregon and the history of the cherry industry on March 17 at the Oregon State Capitol. The free event will feature music, exhibits and children’s activities.

10. Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival
The Salem Theatre Network will host the Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival, a city-wide event, March 9-11. The event will feature 15 performances and five workshops at six different venues across the city.

11. Deepwood Easter Egg Hunt
This is a spring highlight at Deepwood Museum & Gardens in Salem. Children will enjoy visiting with the Easter Bunny, crafts and egg hunts according to age group on March 31. Advanced registration is required. 

Deepwood Museum and Gardens ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper12. ​Deepwood Plant Sale
Deepwood Museum & Gardens will hold its annual plant sale on March 23. Shop for native and companion plants and enjoy free tours of the nature trail. Admission to the sale is free.

13. Formal First Saturday
On the first Saturday of every month, Archive Coffee & Bar invites the community to dress up and drink vintage cocktails in downtown Salem. This month’s event will be held on March 3.

14. Friends Spring Market
This spring market will take place at three separate locations in Sublimity, Oregon, and Salem on March 17! Each location, Molly Mo’s, Whatever’s and Mama Roost, offers a different selection of home goods, including vintage furniture and accessories, garden decor, textiles and handmade art.

15. Hallie Ford’s Birthday
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art, in Salem, will honor its benefactress and namesake, Hallie Ford, on March 17 by offering free admission.

16.  Howie Mandel  
Visit Spirit Mountain Casino, in Grand Ronde, Oregon, and see comedian, actor and TV host Howie Mandel as he performs stand-up comedy on March 3. The event is for ages 21 years and older. Tickets are required.

Oregon State Fairgrounds ~ Salem, Oregon 17. Mid-Valley Yard, Garden and Home Show
The 2018 Mid-Valley Yard, Garden and Home Show will be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in Salem, March 16-18. See the latest in design ideas, home improvement services, gardening trends and outdoor living. Admission and parking are free.

18. “Pete the Cat”
“Pete the Cat,”a musical based off a series of books, will be performed at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on March 14. The family-friendly show tells the story of a cool and smooth cat who moves in with a perfectly normal family. Tickets are required.

19.  Red Carpet Gala Dinner
Join Eola Hills Wine Cellars at its Rickreall, Oregon, tasting room for a red carpet gala fundraising dinner with stars Amy Roloff and Gabriel Cox on March 3. Tickets are required.  

Lobby of Elsinore Theatre ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper20. Salem Concert Band: In the Steps of the Sousa
The Salem Concert Band will present its "In the Steps of Sousa" concert on March 11 at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. The performance will focus on theater music heard both in Sousa's time and also later in the 20th century. Tickets are required.

21. Salem Paddy Pint 10k, 5k and kids dash
The Salem Paddy Pint returns to Salem’s Riverfront Park on March 17. The 10k, 5k and kids dash run and walk benefit the Dental Foundation of Oregon, which provides local children with free dental care and oral health education. Sparky’s Brewing Company will be providing food and beverages.

22. Saturday & Sunday Musica
Visit Coria Estates, in Salem, March 3-4 for a weekend full of good tunes and great wine. Admission is free.

Silver Falls State Park ~ Sublimity, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper23. Silver Falls Owl Prowls
Join park rangers for an evening of owling on March 10 and March 24 at Silver Falls State Park. The program will feature an indoor owl presentation, an owl pellet dissecting activity and a half-mile hike to call for owls.

24. St. Patrick’s Day: Historic Brown House Benefit Lunch
The Historic Brown House, in Stayton, Oregon, is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day benefit lunch on March 17. Lunch includes a sandwich and three craft beer tastings or soda. This event is for ages 21 years or older. Tickets are required.

25. The Fab Four
The Fab Four, a cover band of The Beatles, will perform at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium on March 23. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of the songs, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. Tickets are required.

26. “The Foreigner
“The Foreigner” is a delightful, fly-on-the-wall comedy that will have you laughing from start to finish. Enlightened Theatrics will be performing the show on select dates from March 7-25 at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper27. Spring Break Passport to Fun! Program
The Oregon State Capitol, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center, World Beat Gallery and Salem Art Association have teamed up to host this year’s “Passport to Fun!” program March 26-30. Visit all five locations to enter to win a prize basket. Passports can be downloaded here.

28. Wild Bounty: The Hidden Mushroom Economy
Award-winning author Langdon Cook will speak about his experience writing the book "The Mushroom Hunters," at the Salem Public Library on March 1. You’ll learn about edible fungi in Oregon and the interesting characters who make a living by collecting them. Admission is $5.

29. Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest
Experience the beauty of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, located in Woodburn, March 24-April 30. The entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leashes, will enjoy strolling through the 40 acres of stunning tulips. Tickets are required.

30. Willamette University 16th Annual Social Pow Wow
Members of the community are invited to come together at the Willamette University Social Pow Wow through various types of dance, song, food and arts and crafts. It will be held on March 10 at the university’s Sparks Athletic Center in Salem. Admission is free.