SALEM EVENTS Jun. 27
PHOTOS: Salem celebrates the return of World Beat festival
A hot weekend didn't keep the crowds away from Riverfront Park for a celebration of dance, food, art, culture and of course, dragon boat racing. The festival was the first World Beat held since the pandemic.
City wants your best photos of Civic Center for 50th anniversary party
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 22
PHOTOS: Salem celebrates solstice with music across town
The weather couldn't have cooperated better for Salem's annual Make Music Day event, which featured free performances from about 100 local bands in parks, local businesses, alleys and sidewalks.
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 22
World Beat invites Salem to dance with 2022 return
After a two-year hiatus, the multicultural festival is celebrating all weekend in Riverfront Park with drumming workshops, Mexican folk dancers, the Parade of Nations and plenty of food.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 20
Salem’s fair trade shop celebrates 20 years as a market for artisans around the world
For 20 years, One Fair World has provided a place where people from nearly 50 countries can sell their products in Salem. Its founders say their dedication to helping impoverished people build their independence, a regular flow of new items and community support have been key to the organization’s longevity.
Catch free performances Tuesday at Salem's Make Music Day
Public Works Day returns Friday at Riverfront Park
Affordable housing project for veterans to break ground Wednesday in northeast Salem
Top belly dancers converge in Salem this weekend for national competition
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 7
Salem Pride event debuts Saturday with march, live performances downtown
The new event will give Salemites an opportunity to celebrate Pride Month in addition to the city’s longstanding late summer Capital Pride event.
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 6
PHOTOS: Salem tests amphitheater with inaugural First Friday concert
A drizzly day meant a smaller audience as Salem singer Rich McCloud took the stage at the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.
Pick up a Gerry Frank memento at estate sale starting Friday
First amphitheater concert planned Friday following Salem Art Walk
SALEM EVENTS May. 31
PHOTOS: VFW honors the fallen at City View Cemetery
Veteran of Foreign Wars Marion Post 661 held a Memorial Day ceremony at the south Salem cemetery Monday.
Snuggle a kitten while drinking beer at Thursday event
Catch Chemeketa artwork in first student show since pandemic
Learn about Russia-Ukraine war's impact on citizens at Salem Tuesday library talk
Catch a flamenco-inspired saxophone performance in Sunday concert
South honors thespian legend in black box theater dedication
Celebrate Gerry Frank's life Thursday at Salem Convention Center
SALEM EVENTS May. 16
PHOTOS: Kids explore trains, tractors and old-fashioned laundry
Powerland Heritage Park's annual S.T.E.A.M.'d Up for Kids event drew curious people of all ages to the collection of antique museums for a day of discovery and building.
Learn about local Pacific Islanders through school district event
Learn about one of Oregon's first Black residents at Sunday lecture
City seeks help Saturday to prepare Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day
SALEM THEATER May. 12
Young performers bring on a rainbow of fun
A one-weekend-only performance of Enlightened Theatrics’ “The Rainbow Fish Musical” brings the talents of local elementary and middle school students to the stage.
Annual S.T.E.A.M.’d Up for Kids returns to Powerland Saturday
Library book sale returns to Salem this weekend
City cancels First Friday amphitheater concert due to thunderstorm forecast
Marion County gardeners resume annual fairgrounds plant sale Friday
Contemporary art collection on sale Tuesday to benefit Assistance League
Beach Boys, Nelly part of State Fair's seven-concert lineup this summer
Free concerts by local bands added to Salem's First Fridays
Willamette Master Chorus performance to benefit Ukraine
Salem Poetry Project Thursday features award-winning writer, open mic
South's 1991 baseball state champions to reunite Saturday
Colin Mochrie coming to Elsinore with hynosis-improv act "Hyprov"
SALEM AREA EVENTS Apr. 22
Gender-bending “Twelfth Night” adaptation opening Friday at Pentacle dives into identity
Based on the classic Shakespeare play, performances of “Twelfth Night” are scheduled at the northwest Salem theater until May 14.
Salem leaders celebrate groundbreaking for domestic violence housing complex Hope Plaza
Oregon Ag Fest returns Saturday and Sunday in Salem
SALEM BUSINESS Apr. 19
Botaneity offers, wine, eggs in revitalized west Salem farmstand
The Lindbeck farm, once a U-Pick orchard in west Salem, is getting a new life as a farmstand after Kayla Borgen and Robert Lauer purchased and restored the home over the past year. They will hold a grand opening April 23.
Celebrate Earth Day with Friday nature walks, ice cream
Salem Convention Center hosts exhibition celebrating new artwork
Marion County Fair announces country, hip-hop headliners for 2022
LOCAL EVENTS Apr. 14
Cast before the pandemic, actors take the stage in family drama "Independence"
An intimate, four actor production set entirely in a dysfunctional family's living room opens Friday at Keizer Homegrown Theatre.
Get your spring garden on with plants from FFA students
Awesome 3000 won't happen in 2022, future uncertain
Get a boost on gardening, fitness, nutrition with free library workshops
Lineup announced for Salem's punk, ska MIG Fest
SALEM ART AND CULTURE Apr. 1
Salem artist fashions colorful clothes from whiskey packaging
Artist Carlee Wright's exhibit of fashion made from repurposed trash will be on display through April at the downtown Salem on the Edge gallery.
SALEM EVENTS Apr. 1
Get a piece of South, Leslie history at Saturday gala
The Saxon Success Fund, a parent-led nonprofit to support longer-term projects benefiting South Salem High School students, is hosting its first fundraiser over the weekend as leaders plan to relocate and expand the school’s college and career center.
Police identify four killed in homeless encampment crash Sunday
SALEM EVENTS Mar. 28
PHOTOS: Equestrians compete at state fairgrounds
The Oregon Paint Horse Club Spring Fling brought dozens of competitors to the Historic Horse Stadium in Salem.
Oregon Symphony returns to Willamette University in October
Public memorial for Gerry Frank set for May 19
Stock up on plants at Deepwood's weekend plant sale
Hoopla expands to 6-day event for 2022
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 4
World Beat Gallery opens "Impressions of China" exhibit
The gallery is run by the Salem Multicultural Institute, which will also bring back the World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park this summer.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 3
Saturday market opens March 5 for longer season
Salem’s largest farmers market has had two years of steady growth during Covid as people looked for outdoor activities and ways to avoid the grocery store. This season, organizers hope to launch an emerging farmer program for kids to sell produce.
Get up to speed on Ukraine with panel of Willamette experts
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 1
Corban leaders highlight donations for agriculture program, athletic facility at scholarship fundraiser
Dr. Sheldon Nord, Corban University's president, announced he'd be stepping down from the job following this year's graduation ceremony in early May.
SALEM EVENTS Feb. 25
McKay strings take center stage with Saturday “Four Seasons” fundraiser concert
Rather than sell chocolate bars or collect cans, the high school’s most advanced orchestra is staging a one-night-only performance of one of the most difficult pieces in the classical canon, with a guest soloist from the University of Oregon.
SALEM SPORTS Feb. 22
Salem Capitals kick off debut basketball season
The team, formed last year, is a member of The Basketball League and will play its first game March 4 at the Salem Armory.
LOCAL EVENTS Feb. 17
Constellations features a unique love story through the eyes of the multiverse
With the popularity of stories about the multiverse increasing in pop culture (such as Spider-Man: No Way Home), the latest offering from Keizer Homegrown Theater explores a romantic story that spans different realities in the show Constellations. Shows run Thursday through Sunday this week.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 11
COLUMN: Community leaders gather, applaud mayor’s final State of the City
Mayor Chuck Bennett delivered his final address to a room full of the city’s electeds and department heads, including commissioners, the district attorney, fire chief and former mayor.
SALEM EVENTS Feb. 7
PHOTOS: An icy swim raises funds for Special Olympics
Two dozen teams braved an ice-cold pool in Salem Saturday, with some Polar Plunge participants donning costumes or wearing their police uniforms. The event was one of several Special Olympics of Oregon fundraisers around the state, and raised close to $44,000.
SALEM EVENTS Jan. 26
“The Little Mermaid,” awash with melody and heart, opening at North
After delaying the show’s opening due to the omicron surge, tickets for the North Salem High School production are on sale, with shows starting Feb. 3.
SALEM EVENTS Dec. 24
PHOTOS: Tuba performers make merry at Salem Tuba Holiday
The annual tradition returned to the stage Friday at the Elsinore Theatre.
SALEM EVENTS Dec. 23
Salem's Christmas Eve tuba tradition is back
The show begins at noon Friday at the Elsinore Theatre and will feature about 35 tuba and baritone players from around the region playing Christmas classics, with some new arrangements.
Watch lights synchronized to music, donate to Center for Hope and Safety
Holiday market offers handmade gifts all weekend
City ceremony will light up Riverfront Park Friday night
Catch a Christmas play starting Friday at Willamette
"True red" art on display through December at downtown gallery
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Dec. 8
Family Building Blocks' Gala of Trees spreads joy throughout the community
The nonprofit's annual gala included spreading decorated trees across the city, culminating in a virtual tree auction.
Small businesses featured at Equity in Action bazaar Saturday
Deepwood hosts free Holiday Open House Saturday
COVID VACCINATION Dec. 3
New Marshallese nonprofit aims to bolster community health through Covid vaccine clinics
The President of the Marshall Islands and Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett are among the featured speakers at a Saturday Covid vaccination clinic put on by the Marshallese American Network for Interacting Together, a recently formed nonprofit based in Keizer.
LOCAL EVENTS Dec. 3
The Gubser Miracle of Lights tradition continues in Keizer
This year’s display will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 and continue every night from 6-10 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 26. The route is approximately 3.5 miles and runs through the Gubser neighborhood beginning at 14th Avenue NE and Lockhaven Drive.
Handmade, vintage gifts on tap at fairgrounds Saturday from over 100 vendors
SALEM THEATER Dec. 1
Beloved musical "Annie" gearing up for Salem audiences
Enlightened Theatrics' production of the Broadway classic opens Dec. 3 at Salem's Historic Grand Theatre.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 30
Pentacle presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” through radio broadcast
The show runs from Dec. 3 to 18 at Pentacle Theatre and follows the Christmas classic tale of George Bailey as he learns how he's touched the lives around him.
Veterans to be honored at Oregon Capitol
See an alligator before Jurassic Park showing at the Elsinore Theatre Wednesday
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 5
Salem Peace lecture to focus on Indigenous strategies to fight climate change
Winona LaDuke, a longtime Indigenous activist and two-time Green Party vice presidential candidate, presents the 2021 Salem Peace Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 10
Polk County Fairgrounds to host holiday fair Friday, Saturday
HALLOWEEN IN SALEM Nov. 1
PHOTOS: Salem celebrates Halloween 2021
There was plenty of fun to be had at the annual Fairmount neighborhood Halloween parade, as well as trick-or-treating events at Gilbert House Children's Museum and Willamette Heritage Center.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 26
Boo Bash shares happy tails of pet adoption
Canine greeters, kittens and plenty of volunteers helped raise money for the Willamette Humane Society's annual auction.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 20
Farmers, business leaders celebrate Oregon agriculture
The Harvest Festival returned to Salem Convention Center this week, featuring a talk about in-vitro dairy cow fertilization and more.
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 19
PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of "The Mousetrap" as live theater returns to Salem
The murder mystery show, which runs through Oct. 23, is the Pentacle Theatre's first in-person performance since the Covid pandemic began.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 14
Disco guests silently raise money for breast cancer research
Kelli Jaecks, a Salem breast cancer survivor, used her birthday as an opportunity to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Don a costume and bid on animal-themed gifts at Bowser's Boo Bash
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 12
PHOTOS: Dance and celebration mark Indigenous Peoples' Day in Salem
Gathering under an amphitheater designed to resemble a Kalapuya woven basket, dancers from several tribes celebrated Oregon's first recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday.
Jewish jazz compositions highlighted in virtual Salem concert series
Pentacle Theatre returns to the stage with murder mystery "The Mousetrap"
Colorful dances, music featured at Oregon Capitol's Hispanic Heritage Month event Saturday
Adopt one cat, get a second one free in Salem Saturday
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 13
PHOTOS: Cornholers gather at Capitol to benefit Shangri-La
Experienced competitors and novices took to the grass Saturday for the Capital City Cornhole Classic. It was the fifth year for the competition and fundraiser.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Sep. 7
Benefit raises more than $500,000 to support Santiam Canyon relief
An historic farm was the setting for robust bidding at oral and live auctions on Saturday, Aug. 28, to support two groups helping the communities and people of the Santiam Canyon continue recovery from last year's wildfires.
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 6
Return of the Monster Cookie Ride
The Monster Cookie Ride was on Sunday, Aug. 29. With good weather, riders had options for several routes to get to their cookies.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 30
PHOTOS: West Salem marching band performs at Premier Night
Following two weeks of band camp, high school marching band students at West enjoyed a barbecue with their parents, then performed at the school's football stadium.