Independence Day 2020 Events Round

This shot from last year's Waterfront Blues Festival has us pining for the days when we could gather in crowds again. However, this annual festival is offering a virtual experience this year and there are plenty of other great, safe events to enjoy around Oregon this weekend. (Photo courtesy of WBF)

Given the need for proper social distancing, Oregon has plenty of safe ways to celebrate this Independence Day weekend with remote performances and socially distanced shows. Whether you’re looking for something to put on in the comfort of your own home or if you want to find a safe event to attend out of the house, Curbside’s got you covered with this roundup of great local art happening near you.

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Have a safe and fun Fourth of July, Curbsiders.



Virtual Waterfront Blues Festival

All Weekend

Remote Livestream

While many of Oregon’s large music festivals were forced to cancel this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Waterfront Blues Festival is still rocking with a virtual showcase of this year’s performers. In collaboration with local radio station KBOO, the music will be pumped out all over the internet, via Facebook pages and livestreams provided directly from the organizers. No matter what kind of music you’re looking for this weekend, the Waterfront Festival is worth checking out.

The Brothers Jam & George Walker

Friday, June 3 - 8 pm to 10 pm

Facebook Live

Inspired by the rootsy rock of The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers, local blues act The Brothers Jam will be providing some Friday night tunes as part of PDX Couch Tour’s online multimedia offerings. This livestream performance will offer local acts and kicks off via Facebook Live.

Newport Symphony July 4th Video Special

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 7 pm to 10 pm


While it's not a livestream, exactly, this special video featuring old performances by the Newport Symphony Orchestra will stand in for the traditional yearly performance. This safe way to enjoy some orchestral fanfare will go well with whatever else you have going on at your place this weekend. Check out the NSO’s website directly to view the video and peruse the many other videos uploaded to the site with performances by each of the orchestra’s talented local musicians.



TFS // Skulberger // Couver

Friday, July 3 - 8 pm

EastSide Bar & Grill - 2530 NE 82nd Ave. - Portland

While many concert venues are still shuttered throughout Oregon, lifted restrictions on live performances have allowed some places, like EastSide in Portland, to do live performances that adhere to social distancing policies. As such, attendees are required to wear masks and strict capacity limits will be enforced. That said, the local punk rock talent is worth the effort if you can come safely.

Drive-In 4th of July - $20

Saturday, July 4 - 6 pm to 10 pm

Volcanoes Stadium - 6700 Field of Dreams Way - Keizer, OR

This is another hybrid-style event, as the concert and fireworks will be available both for livestream and via onsite drive-in parking. The music will be doled out by oldies rock group JT & The Tourists, with a tribute to military heroes to follow at 8 pm. The annual fireworks show, launched from the stadium, kicks off at 10 pm. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

Party On The Pier

Saturday, July 4 - 4 pm to 10 pm

The location of this party is, unfortunately, quite vague. That appears to be by design, however. Organizers from UV Collective, a local DJ and dance show promoter out of Portland, are taking every precaution in limiting crowd sizes and forcing attendees to wear masks. However, for those looking for a safe place to let loose on the dancefloor, enjoying the vibe on the waterfront, this is an event for you.

Cedar Teeth

Saturday, July 4 - 7 pm

Worthy Brewing - 495 NE Bellevue Dr. - Bend, OR

Few bands capture the folk sounds of Central Oregon like Cedar Teeth, which formed in the foothills of Mount Hood before becoming a local powerhouse. The group will be providing the tunes at a breezy patio show at Worthy Brewing in Bend. Following the concert, attendees will get a great view of the Pilot Butte fireworks show, which kicks off at 10 pm.

Sunday Musica - Featuring The Salem Ramblers

Sunday, July 5 - 2 pm to 5:30 pm

Coria Estates - 8252 Redstone Ave. SE

Social distancing hasn’t put a damper on the Sunday Musica series at Coria Estates. Local acoustic duo, The Salem Ramblers, will provide mood music for those wanting to taste some local wines in the Willamette Valley this weekend.


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