End the summer with wineries, festivals and tours
September means summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school for the kids, but there is still plenty of fun to have in and around Salem, Oregon. Here are 30 events you don’t want to miss this month:
1. “Annie Get Your Gun”
An Elsinore Theatrical production, “Annie Get Your Gun” features cirque aerialists, professional performers and unforgettable music. The shows are Sept. 1-2 and Sept. 6-9 at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. Tickets range from $29-$59.
2. Bauman’s Cider Festival
Enjoy some of the best ciders in the Northwest at Bauman’s Cider Festival, in Gervais, Oregon, on Sept. 29-30. The $16 ticket includes eight tasting tickets and admission to Bauman’s Harvest Festival.
3. Blues on the Willamette
Join Arcane Cellars, in Salem, for three days of great wine, classic blues, artisan vendors and food. Regionally-known blues artists will perform at the event Sept. 1-3. Admission is $5.
4. Calamity Hill Labor Day Weekend Open House
Calamity Hill Vineyard and Farm, in Amity, Oregon, is only open three weekends a year. Visit the winery Sept. 1-3 to enjoy wine, olive oil and the farm’s beautiful gardens and pond. Admission is $10.
5. “Dead City”
Willamette University’s M. Lee Pelton Theatre will host performances of the comic drama “Dead City” on Sept. 27-Oct. 13 in Salem. The play tells the story of Samantha Blossom, a woman who wakes one day to find her life being narrated over public radio.
6. Detroit Lake Cruz-In
The annual Detroit Lake Cruz-In is Sept. 15. The event features classic cars, motorcycles and boats. Admission is free.
7. Downtown Dallas Murder Mystery
The second annual Downtown Dallas Murder Mystery is Sept. 15. Explore Dallas, Oregon, while tracking down characters, finding clues and solving the mystery. Tickets are $10.
8. Family Fair
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, in Salem, is celebrating its ninth year with a free family fair on Sept. 22. There will be bounce houses, live music, vendors and food.
9. Foraging Fair
Discover local, edible plants with an expert foraging guide, taste what you can find foraging in the Willamette Valley and connect with organizations interested in sustainable practices at the Pringle Creek Community Foraging Fair, in Salem, on Sept. 30.
10. Gaiety Hollow Garden Tour
Head to Gaiety Hollow for the last garden tour of the year on Sept. 22. Tour Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver's glorious gardens at their historic Salem property with docents leading the way. Admission is $5 for anyone over the age of 16.
11. Harvest Dinner at Left Coast Estate
On the eve of harvest, Left Coast Estate invites guests into the vineyards for a special dinner on Sept. 8. Located in Rickreall, Oregon, the estate will pair a five-course dinner with Left Coast wines. Tickets are $125.
12. Heritage Vineyard Tasting
Join St. Innocent Winery, in Jefferson, Oregon, for a tasting on Sept. 7. A selection of older vintage wines and current releases will be paired with foods that Mark Vlossak, the founder and winemaker, has chosen and prepared. Vlossak will guide guests through the wine and food pairings. Tickets are $40.
13. Home, Hearth & Handwork Tours
Throughout September, the Bush House Museum will highlight Victorian Era handwork and hand-painted china. Take a tour of the museum, located in Salem, to view a variety of handmade linens and quilts and china painted by Eugenia Bush. Tickets are required.
14. Mount Angel Oktoberfest
Mount Angel Oktoberfest is Sept. 13-16 in Mt. Angel, Oregon. The 53rd annual German-style festival will celebrate with a blend of food, beer and family fun, including traditional dances, wiener dog races and live music.
15. Mud, Sweat & Beers
Mud, Sweat & Beers is a 5K mud run and brewfest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, in Woodburn, Oregon, on Sept. 22. The run takes place across the iconic Wooden Shoe fields and consists of 12 challenging obstacles. Afterwards, there will be a beer festival with local food, microbrews and live music.
16. Ned LeDoux
In country music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it’s one Ned LeDoux doesn’t mind standing in one bit. He’ll perform hits like “This Cowboy’s Hat” at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre on Sept. 13. Tickets are required.
17. OktoberFest & Harvest Kick-off at Keeler Estate
Join Keeler Estate Vineyard, in Amity, for German Bratwursts, beer and wine tastings on Sept. 23. There will also be live, retro rock music.
18. On Your Feet Friday
This year’s last On Your Feet Friday is Sept. 14. Walk or run to checkpoints in downtown Salem to discover new places, win raffle prizes and have fun.
19. Open Streets Salem
On Sept. 22, select Salem streets will close to traffic so the public can safely run, walk and play while interacting with a number of local businesses and activities along the route – including a puppet parade.
20. Oregon Grape Stomp Championship & Harvest Celebration
The 28th annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship & Harvest Celebration is Sept. 22-23 at Willamette Valley Vineyards, in Turner, Oregon. There will be wine tasting, food pairings, live music and nonstop grape stomping action. The $15 admission fee includes wine tasting, but there is an additional $10 registration fee per team to stomp.
21. Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair is Aug. 24 – Sept. 3 in Salem. The fair will host big-name entertainment, dozens of competitions, livestock, carnival rides and so much more.
22. Oregon Trail Live
Test your pioneering skills in this live-action version of the classic computer game "The Oregon Trail" on Sept. 8. Compete in a variety of family-friendly challenges around the Willamette Heritage Center, in Salem, and see if you have what it takes to win an award. Registration is $20 per team.
23. Our Shared Heritage: Multicultural Day at the Capitol
The Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, will celebrate the many diverse cultures that make up the heritage of Oregonians on Sept. 8. Festivities include music and dance performances, exhibits and family activities. Admission is free.
24. River Fusion 22
Explore a full menu of outdoor activities and experience the magical fun of the North Santiam River Country along Highway 22 on Sept. 20-23. Celebrate the outdoors with entertainment, food, kayaking and more at Camp Taloali in Stayton, Oregon.
25. Salem River 2 Ridge Relay
'Paddle, bike and hike from Salem’s Riverfront Park to Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, Oregon, on Sept. 16. The Salem River 2 Ridge Relay can be completed as a team or an individual. Registration is required.
26. Salem Rotary Multi-Sport RiverFest
Starting in Salem on Sept. 23, this multi-sport event includes a triathlon, duathlon, 5K/10K runs, half marathon and kid’s run. Afterwards, there will be a wellness festival at Riverfront Park. Registration is required for the athletic events, but the festival is open to the public.
27. Sublimity Harvest Festival
The Sublimity Harvest Festival, a tradition since 1973, returns to Sublimity, Oregon, on Sept. 7-9. The festival has live music, monster trucks, pulling events and activities for the entire family. Tickets are required.
28. Tap Into Polk County
“Tap Into” everything Polk County has to offer during a weeklong celebration of local beer and harvest season Sept. 14-23. Events throughout the week will include farmers’ markets, block parties, culinary experiences and ghost walks.
Take a morning stroll through Minto-Brown Island Park, in Salem, with your four-legged best friend on Sept. 8. The 1.5-mile walk will have fun activities and will raise funds to support pet care for Willamette Valley Hospice patients. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 the day of.
Celebrate beer, food and culture at the first annual Xichafest on Sept. 8 in Salem. There will be live music, tacos and fresh-roasted green chile. The event is family friendly, with a $5 cover charge for ages 10 and up.
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