Wagon rides to classical performance: weekend events in Salem

The warm weather doesn’t appear to be going away as the weekend approaches, and there is no shortage of Salem-area events to get friends and family outside.

The National Weather Service’s latest reading at McNary Field forecasts a weekend high of 82 degrees on Saturday.

Cars on display, baseball, local performances and more are on the calendar. Here’s a guide to the fun for May 19-21.

Gaze at cars

The location of the Brothers Car Museum has long been something of a well-kept secret, as the 600-plus-car collection is only open to private tours. 

Register online to see the collection on Friday, May 19, and bring a camera as all cars will have either hoods up at the event. Tickets are $25 and free for children 12 and under.

Visitors will find food trucks and jewelry for sale starting at 10 a.m. 

Tickets are sold with a timeslot between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Event proceeds will be donated to SafeSleep United, a low-barrier women’s shelter operated by United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

The Northern Lights Theatre Pub is hosting a cruise-in on Saturday to celebrate the latest release in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Check out an array of classic, modern and muscle cars before watching the new movie Fast X. 

The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 3893 Commercial St. S.E.

Catch a live show

The Keizer Homegrown Theater this weekend is performing “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play about a woman who leaves her husband and children and then returns 15 years later. 

The show is scheduled for Friday through Sunday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m at the Keizer Heritage Center, 980 Chemawa Rd. NE. Tickets are $25 and free for those with Oregon Trail Cards

The local rendition is written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Patricia Wylie. Tickets are available online.

“Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life— instantly propelled world drama into the modern age,” according to an event description aid. In part two, “many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?”

The Salem Orchestra and Salem Youth Symphony will join Sunday to perform some of the most well-known classical pieces side by side.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Elsinore Theatre, and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $35.

“Be swept away by the grandeur of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the epic soundscapes of Holst’s Jupiter, and the iconic Fanfare for a Common Man. To conclude, be moved to your core by the emotional intensity of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a work of profound beauty and depth,” an event description said. “This concert promises to be a truly unforgettable musical journey that showcases the best of both established and emerging local talent. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the magic of live classical music at its finest.”

Get a book on sale

There will be book sales this weekend in both Salem and Keizer.

The Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. S.E., will have its sale Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Find the sale downstairs in the library’s Anderson Rooms A&B. 

The library will have paperbacks on sale for $0.75, hardcovers for $1.25, children’s books for $0.50, and audio or visual material for $0.50-$1. 

Contact Friends of Salem Public Library for more information at (503) 362-1755 or [email protected], or check their website.

The Keizer Community Library Annual Book Sale and Fundraiser will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to to 5 p.m. at 980 Chemawa Rd. N.E.

The library can be found at the parking lot entrance of Keizer City Hall. There will be paperbacks available for $0.50 and hardcovers for $1. 

Learn to Fish 

New or intermediate fishers can learn from experts about casting, knot tying and more at a free skill-building event sponsored by the Mid-Willamette Outreach Group.

“Learn to Fish” is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Keizer Rapids Park, 1900 Chemawa Rd. N.

More event information is available online.

Take someone out to a ball game

Saturday is Kids Day at Volcanoes Stadium. That means admission is free for kids 12 and under for two baseball games to choose from at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Email [email protected] to request a free voucher. Call the stadium with questions at 503-390-2225.

Admission is $19 for adults. The stadium is located at 6700 Field of Dreams Way N.E. in Keizer

Take a wagon ride

The annual S.T.E.A.M.’d Up for Kids event on Saturday will include miniature train rides if weather permits, rope making, self-made ice cream, an all-ages scavenger hunt and wagon rides.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Powerland Heritage Park, 3995 Brooklake Road N.E. in Brooks (exit 263 off Interstate 5). Tickets are free for children and $6 for adults.

S.T.E.A.M.’d Up for Kids event brings hands-on activities “designed to stimulate the minds of youth mechanically,” according to a 2022 press release.

Trolley rides will be available with an additional $5 fee for adults and $3 for kids. Some who attend will also get to drive a heritage tractor, with limited availability. Find more information online.

Take a walk or run

Bush’s Pasture Park will host the STRIDE 5k Run/Walk on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 

All ages are welcome to run or walk a 5k through the south central Salem park.. Dogs on a leash and strollers are allowed. There is a $5 fee. 

“Perfect for the first-time or less experienced runner whose goal is to be active and healthy,” the city of Salem’s website said. Registration can be done there.

Arts and crafts

The west Salem Artisan Market is a low-barrier market that brings artists and crafters from historically marginalized communities every first and third Saturday. 

At the Corner Art Gallery and Boutique, 1105 Edgewater St. N.W., will host the market on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find more information online.

Have an event you’d like included in our weekly roundup? Reach out to Managing Editor Rachel Alexander at [email protected]. Please include the date, time, cost and a link to or information about buying tickets, if required.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.