(Illustration by Anna CK Smith/Special to Salem Reporter)


Need a good read? The YMCA is hosting its annual used book sale this weekend.

It's the last used book sale in the old YMCA building before its demolished, said CEO Sam Carroll. He said it could be up to 18 months before the next one.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 685 Court St. N.E.



Now in its 70th year, the Salem Art Fair is hosting more than 200 artists in Bush Pasture Park this weekend. Peruse ceramic bowls, pine needle baskets and wooden cutting boards during the three-day event.

Its the largest art fair in Oregon, said Salem Art Association's Executive Director Sandra Burnett.

“It does bring to Salem a signature cultural event unlike any other in the valley,” Burnett said. 

The band Con Brio will headline the event on Friday at 7:30 and Too Slim and The Taildraggers headline on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 or $10 for a three-day pass. Admission is free for kids 16 and under and for Oregon Trail Card holders. The event, at 600 Mission St. S.E, runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. More info can be found on the Salem Art Association’s website.

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Transport back to the time when Queen Elizabeth ruled the land and knights battled for honor and glory. The Canterbury Renaissance Faire is in town the next two weekends.

Enjoy juggling, jousting and blacksmithing on Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets cost $15. Children and seniors cost $12. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. 6965 Valley View Rd. N.E. Silverton

Jousting takes place at noon and 4 p.m. More info can be found on the event's website.

Rev up your hot rods. Rust-O-Rama heads to the Oregon State Fairgrounds Saturday.

The event is put on by local car club the Cherry City Bombers and aims to celebrate cars made before 1965 and motorcycles from 1979 and older.

There’s a car show, swap meet and pinup contest. Admission costs $5 and $20 for cars. Motorcycles are also $5. The event opens at 9 a.m. at 2330 17th St. N.E. More info can be found on the bombers' website

Head to Vagabond Brewing to support Born Again Pit Bull Rescue. Half of the money from $8 limited edition glasses sold at the Pints for Pits event will support the organization.

The event runs from noon until midnight, or until glasses run out. Representatives of the rescue will be at the brewery from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. raffling off prizes for dogs and humans. 2195 Hyacinth St. N.E. More info can be found on Facebook.

Think you grill the best steak? Enter the steak competition at the NW BBQ Bacon, Beer & Steak Festival on Saturday at Willow Lake Golf Center for a chance to win a $1000 first place prize and entry into the Steak World Championship in Texas. Entry into the steak competition costs $150.

The event also features a bacon competition and samples for the public. There will be food trucks, beer and a kid zone with bouncy houses.

Tickets cost $8 online or $10 at the door. Kids 10 and under are free. Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 6020 Windsor Island Rd N., Keizer. More info can be found on the festival's website.


Watch drag queens strut their stuff during an all-ages drag show at Shotski's Sunday afternoon. The show starts at 3 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m.

Cover is $5. Kids 5 and under can get in for free. More info can be found online. 1230 State St. Call bar for table reservations 503-385-8625.

Have a tip? Contact reporter Saphara Harrell at 503-549-6250, [email protected] or @daisysaphara.