​30 things to do in May near Salem, Oregon | Travel Salem
Schreiner's Iris Garden ~ Keizer, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper

Gardens, wineries and farmers markets

Celebrate the start of summer wine tasting season, visit local farmers markets and explore blooming gardens near Salem, Oregon, this month!
1. Adelman Peony Gardens
Adelman Peony Gardens, in Salem, is open daily in May. The garden has more than 25 acres of peonies and a two-acre display garden.
2. Big Reds, Music and Chocolate
Join Arcane Cellars, in Salem, for a wine and chocolate pairing with Missionary Chocolates on May 6. There will be live music and food for purchase.
Silver Falls State Park ~ Sublimity, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper3. Birding and Wildflower Festival
The 40th annual Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival, in Silverton, is May 12-13. Local experts will lead wildflower and birding walks, nature sketching classes and Mother’s Day crafts. The event is free, but parking costs $5. 
4. Brooks Gardens
Brooks Gardens, in Brooks, Oregon, will also celebrate bloom season throughout the month of May. Explore three acres of iris gardens or wander into the peony fields, where more than 100 varieties of peonies bloom.
5. Brown House Spring Open House & Plant Sale
Tour the Brown House, located in Stayton, Oregon, on May 19. The home will also be hosting a plant sale and will have a gardener on hand to answer any questions. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of the 1903 home.
6. Bush House Free Museum Tours
The Bush House Museum, in Salem, will offer free tours in honor of Mother’s Day on May 13. The 45-minute guided tour will take you through the 1878 Italianate home, where you’ll learn about the Bush family and Salem’s early history. The tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis. 
7. Champoeg Founders’ Day
Champoeg State Heritage area, in St. Paul, Oregon, will host the 175th anniversary of Founders’ Day on May 5. The celebration will honor the 52 men who voted for the first provisional government west of the Mississippi River in 1843. There will be a replica town site, a solemn ceremony and other activities.
8. Cinco de Micro Brewfest
The Cinco de Micro Brewfest is back for its seventh year featuring a plethora of local and Northwest brews May 4-5 at the Salem Convention Center. Along with beer, there will be local eateries, distilleries and live music. The event is for ages 21 and older.
Downtown Dallas ~ Photo by Reed Lane Photography9. Dallas Art & Wine Walk
Discover Dallas, Oregon, at the Art & Wine Walk on May 20. The walk will take you to 12 different stops, where you’ll celebrate local businesses, artists, musicians and wineries. Tickets are required and include a wine glass, tasting tickets and coupons for downtown businesses.
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10. David Archuleta at the Elsinore Theatre
David Archuleta, who was the runner-up on American Idol’s seventh season, will perform at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on May 7. Tickets are required.
11. Detroit Lake Fishing Derby
The annual Detroit Lake Fishing Derby, a highly-anticipated, family-friendly event in Detroit, Oregon, is May 18-20. The lake is stocked with thousands of rainbow trout, 10 of which are tagged for cash prizes.
12. Digging in the Dirt
Enjoy a day planting spring annual flowers at the Oregon Garden, in Silverton, Oregon, on May 12. Afterwards, sit back and relax in the beautiful garden with a brunch buffet, live music and bottomless mimosas. Tickets are required.
13. Discover MI Town
Explore the downtown areas of Monmouth and Independence, Oregon, on May 19. Purchase tickets to ride a shuttle from each downtown and visit local restaurants, stores and organizations. Each participating business will offer a free promotional item or wine and beer samples to ticket holders.
14.  Johan Vineyards Syttende Mai (Constitution Day) Celebration
Johan Vineyards, in Rickreall, Oregon, will celebrate the Norwegian heritage of vineyard founder Dag Sundby on May 19. Enjoy Norwegian food, a Scandinavian chorus, traditional costumes and, of course, wine! Tickets are required.
15.  Keizer Iris Festival
The annual Keizer Iris Festival is May 17-20 in downtown Keizer, Oregon. Partake in a weekend full of live music, brews and wine, parades and carnival attractions.
16. Live Stand-Up Comedy with Susan Jones
Comedian Susan Jones will take the stage at the Silver Inn Tavern, in Salem, on May 9. Tickets are required.
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Cristom Vineyards ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper17. Memorial Day Wine Weekend
​Kick off the summer wine tasting season over Memorial Day Weekend as more than 150 Willamette Valley wineries, including Airlie Winery, Keeler Estate and Redhawk Winery, host special events and tastings. Taste new wines, listen to live music and enjoy food pairings from May 25-28. Events and dates vary by location.
18. Mother's Day Brunch at Chateau Bianca Winery
Celebrate mom at Chateau Bianca Winery, in Dallas, on May 13 with brunch and a mimosa bar. Reservations are required.
Aurora Depot ~ Aurora, Oregon ~ Photo by Kelly James19. Mother’s Day Weekend in Aurora
Spend the weekend eating, shopping and discovering historic Aurora, Oregon, May 12-13. Several businesses will feature special deals and activities.
20. Polk County Bounty Market
The Polk County Bounty Market returns to Dallas on May 3. Every week through September, the market will feature local growers, producers and artisans from Polk County.  
21. Powerland Heritage Park: Fun at the Park
Powerland Heritage Park, located in Brooks, is home to 14 different heritage museums, including the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum, Oregon Electric Railway Museum and Northwest Vintage Car & Motorcycle Museum. Most of the museums will be open on May 19 for Fun at the Park. There will also be crafts for sale and children’s activities. 
Farmer's Market ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper22. Salem Downtown Markets
The Salem Saturday Market, Hospital Market and Wednesday Farmers Market will be held every week in May. The Saturday Market is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 865 Marion Street. The Hospital Market is held every Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salem Hospital. The Wednesday Market is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 530 Chemeketa Street. The markets feature local produce, flowers, food, crafts and more.
23. Salem ETSY Team Spring Handmade & Vintage Market
There will be more than 70 vendors at the Salem ETSY Team Spring Market at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on May 12. The vendors will showcase unique, handcrafted  goodies, including housewares, clothing and jewelry. Admission is free.
24. Salem Taco Crawl
Eat all the tacos you want April 30-May 5 in downtown Salem. Taco specials will be available at 18 restaurants, including Bentley’s Grill, Taproot Lounge & Café and Coin Jam Arcade and Bar, throughout the week.
25. Schreiner’s Iris Gardens
Take in 10 acres of blooms May 11-31 during bloom season at Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. The display gardens are planted with more than 500 iris varieties and countless companion plants. Join the garden for special events throughout the season, including a Mother’s Day celebration, Memorial Day Weekend events and an artist fair.
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Willamette Heritage Center ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Ron Cooper26. Sheep to Shawl Festival
Sheep shearing demonstrations, live music and animals are just a few things to expect from the 33rd annual Sheep to Shawl Festival on May 12. The free festival celebrates the history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem.
27. “Shout! The Mod Musical”
Set in swinging London, this musical chronicles the liberation of five women who redefine themselves in an era of changing gender roles. Enlightened Theatrics will perform the show on select dates in May at Salem’s Grand Theatre. Tickets are required.
28. “The Elephant Man”
Catch a performance of “The Elephant Man” at Pentacle Theatre, in Salem, through May 5. The play recounts a man’s journey from a sideshow freak to a celebrated member of London’s high society. Tickets are required.
29. Timbers U23
Cheer on the Timbers U23, an amateur soccer team affiliated with the Portland Timbers, on May 8 at the U.S. Open Cup in Salem! The team consists of standout players from collegiate and youth programs throughout the country. Tickets are required.
Marathon ~ Salem, Oregon ~ Photo by Taylor Higgins30. Willamette Valley Marathon and Wine Festival
Starting at the Oregon State Capitol, the Willamette Valley Marathon will take runners through the heart of Salem and along the banks of the Willamette River. The event on May 6 will feature a marathon, half-marathon and half-marathon relay. Afterwards, the public is invited to celebrate with runners at the Willamette Valley Wine Festival at Salem’s Riverfront Park. Taste wine from several wineries and meet award-winning winemakers.
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