Salem events from June 6-12: Pride block party, free line dancing, new play

Summer is right around the corner, the weather is turning sunny and it’s Pride Month. Here’s a look at what’s happening in Salem from Thursday, June 6, to Wednesday, June 12. Event descriptions come from posts and listings by organizers.

Salem Pride

Capital Pride returns for a parade and block party to celebrate Salem’s LGBTQ+ community. From 11 a.m. to noon, a parade will march down State Street, starting at near the Oregon State Capitol.

The block party runs from 12-5 p.m. on State Street between Northeast Liberty and Commercial streets. It features music, outdoor games, face painting, chair massages, a free clothes closet and arts and crafts. Free.

Theater and other live entertainment

Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. N.W.

Starting June 7: Pentacle’s production of “Boy Gets Girl” opens on Friday and runs until Saturday, June 29. It follows a successful New York reporter’s fight to protect herself from a dangerous stalker. Tickets start at $27, and shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. S.E.

Thursday, June 6: Justin Willman visits Salem on his Illusionati Tour, an interactive evening of magic, comedy and mind-control. The show is at 7 p.m. at the Elsinore Theatre. Tickets start at $35.

June 8, 9: Students of Salem’s American Ballet Academy perform “Snow White” at the Elsinore Theatre. Show at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $18.

The Grand Theatre, 191 High St. N.E.

June 6: Rock It Boy Entertainment Of America presents “American Rock Legends” featuring: Night Moves – The Ultimate Tribute To Bob Seger and Centerfield – The Essential Tribute to CCR And John Fogerty. Show at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, tickets $49.50.

June 7: Hit Machine performs at the Grand Theatre at 8 p.m. Created by Bart Hafeman, the energy projected from this 7 piece band is highly contagious to say the least. The band plays hits from all eras as it’s not uncommon to here Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees), Kiss (Prince), Dynamite (Taio Cruz), You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC) all in the same set. All-ages, tickets $29.50.

June 8: “Rock of Ages” screens at the Grand Theatre with a live shadow-casted presentation by Denton Delinquents. Much like Rocky Horror, we play the movie on the screen and perform along with it; with props, costuming and make up! As ALWAYS, audience participation is strongly encouraged – bring your friends, dress up in your best 80’s attire, or as your favorite character and sing along with all your favorite songs! Show at 8 p.m., tickets $7.

Infinity Room, 210 Liberty St. S.E. #150

June 8: “Myles’ Modern Life: All 90’s Stand-up Comedy” is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Infinity Room. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Live music, dance, nightlife

June 7: Dead Bob, Lung and City of Pieces perform at Blast Off Vintage, 860 High St. N.E. Show at 6:30 p.m., all-ages. Tickets $20 in advance at the shop or $25 day of. More information here.

June 8: Copper Ridge performs at HonkyTonk Bar and Grill, 2275 McGilchrist St. S.E., starting at 8 p.m. More information here.

June 8: Xicha Brewing North hosts salsa dance night, 2195 Hyacinth St. N.E., from 7-11 p.m.

June 10: Free all-ages line dancing lesson at 6:30 p.m. at Checkpoint 221, 1233 Riverbend Rd. N.W. Instructor is Kelly Williams Brown. More information here.

Kelly Williams Brown demonstrates steps to students at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)


June 9, 10: Salem Cinema screens “The Motive and the Cue” as part of its National Theater Live series, presenting filmed productions of British plays. Screens at 12 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $15. The theater is at 1127 Broadway St. N.E.

Sports and recreation

June 8: The U.S. Specialty Sports Association is hosting an adult slowpitch softball tournament at Wallace Marine Park, 200 Glen Creek Rd N.W. Games begin at 8 a.m. More information and a tournament bracket is on the association website.

June 8 and 15: The Capital Pioneers, Salem’s semi-pro women’s tackle football team, plays home games Saturday at McNary High School, 595 Chemawa Rd. N. Keizer. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate and free for kids 12 and under. More information about the team is on their website.

June 8: Travelin Wheelz hosts three open roller skating sessions at the Madhouse, 1335 Madison St. N.E. All-ages from 3-5 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., adults only from 8-10 p.m. Admission $10 for all-ages, $15 adults only. Rental skates $5. More information and advance tickets here.

Shopping and markets

Wavra Farms hosts an Artisan Weekend Thursday, June 6, to Saturday, June 8. The event includes 30 local artists, food trucks, Snow Peak Brewing and live music. 7882 Jordan St. S.E. See a full schedule here.

A vendor with Blind Coffee Roasters talks with a customer at the Wavra Farms Indoor Winter Market on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Salem Public Market at 1240 Rural Avenue S.E.

Salem Community Markets will bring local produce, food and products to various places throughout the city all week.

The Wednesday Chemeketa Market runs from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and is held at the Chemeketa Community College Agricultural Hub at 4000 Lancaster Drive N.E. 

The Thursday West Salem Farmers Market will be from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at 1260 Edgewater St. N.W.

The Saturday Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 865 Marion St. N.E.

The Monday Hospital Market will be 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Salem Hospital’s campus, 875 Oak St., between building A & C.

Art shows

See what art and cultural exhibits are on display this month here.

Coming up

Browse our full listing of June Salem events.

Contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.