Welcome Spring in with these fun events happening in and around the Mid-Willamette Valley!
Winter is coming to an end, which means more sunshine and blooming flowers coming up next! Welcome in March with these 30 things to Do in and around the Mid-Willamette Valley.
Through March 21 at Pentacle Theatre
The Cake, written by Bekah Brunstetter and under the direction of Jennifer Gimzewski, is in production through March 21 at Pentacle Theatre, in Salem. Follow the story of Della as she comes face-to-face with an unexpected challenge and must make a big decision. This show is for mature audiences and tickets are required.
March 1 at St. Paul’s Music Guild
Pianist Christopher Atzinger will perform a recital March 1 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Salem. Come hear works by J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms, as well as a special performance by the St. Paul’s Chamber Singers. Free.
3.Minto-Brown Island Park Walk
March 1 at Minto-Brown Island Park
Take a walk through Minto-Brown Island Park, in Salem, with the Salem Audubon Society on March 1. Expect to see a wide variety of resident and wintering migrant birds. Free.
4.Peace on Canvas Painting
March 3 at Mish Mash Crafters Market
Create your own canvas with a painting and a quote at the Mish Mash Crafters Market, in Salem, March 3. Reservations and tickets are required.
5.EarthWISE Sustainability Luncheon
March 5 at Willamette Heritage Center
The 2020 Earthwise Sustainability Luncheon is March 5 at the Willamette Heritage Center, in Salem. Open to both EarthWISE organizations and the general public, guests will have the opportunity to hear from successful leaders in the sustainability community and learn about actions they can take to help work towards a more sustainable Oregon. Tickets are required.
6.Half Penny 11 Year Anniversary
March 6 at Half Penny
Wish Half Penny a happy 11th birthday March 6 at Half Penny Public House, in Salem. The celebration includes great food, live music and endless dancing. This event is for adults over 21 and admission is free.
March 6-7 at Capitol City Theater
Funnyman Cory Michaelis—who appeared on Netflix’s “Huge in France”—takes the stage March 6-7 at the Capitol City Theatre, in Salem. Come ready for a good time and lots of laughs. This show is limited to people 18 and older and tickets are required.
8.Young Artists’ Showcase
March 6-April 18 at Bush Barn Art Center
The 11th annual Young Artists’ Showcase is on display at Bush Barn Art Center, in Salem, starting March 6. The exhibit features artwork by hundreds of students from local schools. Admission is free.
9.80s/90s Dance Party
March 7 at the Oregon Garden Resort
Adults over 21 are invited to a throwback bash March 7 at the Oregon Garden Resort, in Silverton, Oregon. Dress in your best 80s/90s costume, invite your friends and dance the night away while enjoying live music, snacks, drinks, costume contests and more. Tickets are required.
10.Cat About Town Art Show & Wine Sip
March 7 at Friends of Feline
Friends of Felines, in Salem, is hosting an art show March 7 to benefit the cats in their care. Come play with the cats as you browse the art show and sip wine. This free event is for all ages.
11.Live Music and Line Dancing
March 7 at Main St. Bistro & Coffee
Main Street Bistro & Coffee, in Silverton, Oregon will have live music and free Line Dance lessons the evening of March 7. This event is limited to adults over 21 after 7pm.
March 11 at Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series
The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series presents a special concert featuring concert pianist Janina Fialkowska, March 11 at Willamette University, in Salem. Janina has over 40 years of experience and studied in both France and at the Juilliard School, in New York. Tickets are required.
13.Sign Language Learning Series at Cubanisimo
March 12 at Cubanisimo Vineyards
Head to Cubanisimo Vineyards for the third and final event of a free sign language series at their tasting room in Salem on March 12. This class is for adults over 21. Registration is required.
14.Story and Craft Night
March 12 at Young at Art
Bring your little ones to a special story and craft night, March 12 at Young at Art, in Salem. Listen to a short story and create and take home a project that goes along with the book. Tickets are required.
15.Radiohead Music Project
March 13 at Willamette University
Willamette University’s Jazz Collective will host a collaborative event with the Theater, March 13 in Hudson Hall at Willamette University, in Salem. The high-energy performance will showcase composer and arranger Patty Darling. All ages are welcome to attend this ticketed event.
16.Flying Bee Ranch Open House
March 14 at Flying Bee Ranch
Check out Flying Bee Ranch, in Salem, during their annual open house, March 14. The open house features discounts, raffles, refreshments and the usual complimentary honey tastings. Admission is free.
17.Salem Paddy Pint
March 14 at Riverfront Park
The Salem Paddy Pint returns to Salem’s Riverfront Park on March 14. 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. After the run, enjoy yard games and food and beverages provided by Sparky’s Brewing Company. Registration is required.
18.Symphony No. 5 — Salem Symphonic Winds
March 15 at the Elsinore Theatre
The Salem Symphonic Winds presents “Symphony No. 5: Freedom From Fear”, a new symphony by local composer Kevin Walczyk. The concert is March 15 at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. Tickets are required.
19.St. Patrick’s Day Party
March 17 at Sisters Irish Bistro
Sisters Irish Bistro is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party in the third-floor ballroom of the Reed Opera House, in Salem, on March 17. Come celebrate the day with drinks, food, live music by band Bridgid’s Cross Irish Band and much more. Tickets are required.
20.A Night on the Red Carpet
March 20 at Salem’s Historic Grand
People over 21 are invited attend to their very own adult prom. Dance the night away and support Salem’s Historic Grand, March 21 in the ballroom. Tickets are required.
21.Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Starting March 20 at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
Experience the beauty of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, located in Woodburn, Oregon, this spring. The festival, with more than 40 acres of tulips, kicks off March 20. Tickets are required.
22.Mid-Valley Yard, Garden and Home Show
March 20-22 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds
The Mid-Valley Yard, Garden and Home Show is March 20-22 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in Salem. The show boasts hundreds of new and innovative products and services for homes and gardens. Admission and parking are free.
23.Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol
March 21 at the Oregon State Capitol
Celebrate Japanese culture among the beautiful cherry blossom trees at the Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, on March 21. There will be both indoor and outdoor family-friendly activities. Admission is free.
24.Deepwood Plant Sale
March 20-21 at Deepwood Museum & Gardens
Deepwood Museum & Gardens, in Salem, will hold its annual two-day plant sale March 20-21. Shop for native and companion plants and enjoy guided tours of the nature trail. Admission is free.
25.Family Day at the Museum
March 21 at the Polk County Oregon Historical Society
Have a fun and educational family outing, March 21 at the Polk County Oregon Historical Society, in Rickreall, Oregon. There will be free admission and plenty of activities for everyone.
26.Varsity Vocals West Semifinals
March 21 & 28 at the Elsinore Theatre
The Varsity Vocals West Semifinals, the largest international A Capella tournaments exclusive to high school students and universities around the world, return to Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on March 21 & 28. Witness as the top schools compete for a spot in the Finals in New York City. Tickets are required.
27.Wine Blending Class
March 21 at Chateau Bianca Winery
Try your hand at winemaking March 21 at Chateau Bianca Winery, in Dallas, Oregon. Create and take home your very own custom blend. Tickets are required at this 21 and over event.
28.World Beat Bash 2020
March 21 at Salem’s Historic Grand
Celebrate the cultures of the Philippines with the World Beat’s annual benefit celebration on March 21 at Salem’s Historic Grand, in Salem. Filipino Cuisine, a raffle and an auction are among the many things to experience! Tickets are required.
29.Spring Break Passport to Fun!
March 23-27 at the Oregon State Capitol
The Oregon State Capitol and several other downtown Salem attractions are teaming up to host this year’s “Passport to Fun!” program March 23-27. Visit the various downtown venues to enter to win prizes.
30.Latino Basketball Tournament & Youth Jam
March 21-29 at Willamette University Sparks Center
The largest Latino basketball tournament in Oregon history returns to Salem this month. The Youth Jam, on March 21, is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for boys and girls in grades K-12. The 5-on-5 adult tournament is the following March 27-29. All events are held at Willamette University.