With mandatory closures and cancellations of nearly every live arts event in Oregon this spring, Curbside’s weekly events roundups fell by the wayside, too. Now, as restrictions are slowly being lifted and artists find new ways to spread their work in their communities, we are looking at new ways to let Oregonians know what art is happening near them.
We still want to be responsible and safe, however, so we are only going to highlight events that clearly adhere to and take proper precautions regarding social distancing. That means, predominantly, livestreamed events and outdoor performances will take up most of this space for a while. As such, we’ve broken our selections down based on the type of performance, to better help you prepare for safe, live art shows.
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Have a safe and fun Juneteenth Weekend, Curbsiders.
2020 Portland Horror Film Festival
All Weekend - Times Vary
This annual festival is shifting to a streaming format for its fifth year, in order to accommodate social distancing protocols still in place. Unlike going to a multiplex, proceeds from this event go directly to supporting local filmmakers and artists. Buy tickets to screenings and watch the films of local horror creators all from the comfort of your own home!
Make Music Day (Salem)
June 21 - 10 am to 10 pm
Remote Locations & Live Shows
Salem’s annual participation in the Make Music Day celebration is a staple of Cherry City’s live music scene. Normally, attendees would be able to wander all over downtown Salem, jamming out to tunes provided in alleyways and sidewalks outside of participating businesses. While things are sure to be different this year with social distancing requirements in place, many performances are still happening, and livestreaming shows can be found online all weekend long in celebration. Who says you can’t hold arts festivals during a quarantine?
“Virtually 4 Peaks” Music Festival (Bend)
All Weekend - 7 pm
While this annual folk and bluegrass festival won’t see a new installment this year, the organizers of this event are streaming past festivals for free on the event website, starting this weekend. Streams of previous festivals begin at 7 pm from Thursday through Sunday, so get a taste of beautiful Central Oregon this week with some americana music.
Worthy Brewing Livestream Concert Series
Saturday, June 20 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Many of Oregon’s bars and breweries double as performance venues, so some are working with artists to hold livestream shows and concerts, or to highlight recordings of previous nights’ tunes. Worthy Brewing in Bend is presenting a livestreamed performance from local bluegrass band Skillethead this weekend. Some of the proceeds from the show will go to support local bands and musicians directly, so this is a golden opportunity to help keep local arts alive.
Social Distancing Events
Juneteenth Jam - New Dew
Friday, June 19 - noon to 3 pm
Mill Ends Park - 56 SW Taylor St.
Kicking off a weekend of Juneteenth celebrations around Oregon, this outdoor concert will provide a safe-distancing picnic setting. Portland soul and progressive funk band New Dew will provide the jams, and you can check out and support their music by visiting the group’s Bandcamp page.
Juneteenth Oregon 2020 (Portland)
Saturday, June 20 - 1 pm to 5 pm
Remote & Outdoor Performances
While the events page and website are a little vague as to what, exactly is meant by this, the annual Juneteenth celebration -- which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the US -- will be “going virtual in 2020.” Black artists and speakers are on the bill, and more details about catching livestreamed or social distancing performances can be found online.
Oregon Crafters Market (Silverton)
Saturday, June 20 - 215 N Water St.
Another annual event that’s forging ahead this year, with proper social distancing requirements for phase 2, is this artisanal marketplace in Silverton. The open air market, featuring wares and crafts from all local makers, will provide a safe way to go hunting for arts and crafts this weekend. Wear a mask and stay at least six feet apart to help everyone stay safe.
Saturday, June 20 - noon to 7 pm
Alton Baker Park - 632 Day Island Rd.
Social distancing isn’t putting a damper on the Juneteenth demonstrations in Eugene, either. This free, annual event in Alton Baker Park is still on, with black-owned businesses and black artists featured in a marketplace and open-air venue. Practice safe social distancing and wear masks to this event.
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