Updated: May 7, 2021
And just like that, April comes to a close and we are barreling towards summer. All Oregonians over the age of 16 are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, and there are now numerous walk-in vaccine clinics. We have a cool variety of events this week, including the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, a virtual version of the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, a virtual 80’s dance party, and more.
Also this weekend, we will be releasing the first-ever video segment of "The Buzz", where Curbside Press covers new things happening in Oregon we are excited about! Be sure to keep an eye out for that on our social media, and our YouTube page.
Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.
2021 Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival - Tickets Available
Friday through Sunday - 9 am (times vary)
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm - 33814 S Meridian Rd - Woodburn, OR
Every year, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm hosts a festival for the blooming of their tulips. It is absolutely beautiful, with over 40 acres of vibrant flowers. Last year however, much like most businesses and festivals, they were unable to throw their celebration. With Covid guidelines they are able to open this year and will be taking the safety of everyone very seriously. To take in the beauty of spring this weekend, learn more here.
2021 Virtual Mt. Hood Jazz Festival
Friday through Sunday - starts at 9 am
(Virtual) Mt. Hood Community College - Gresham, OR
The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, hosted by Mt. Hood Community College, goes virtual this year with a three-day "immersion in the Jazz culture". There is a lot going on over these three days. There will be performances, workshops, and masterclasses taught by world-renowned musicians and educators. Learn more about this event here.
Brad Parsons Streams from LaurelThirst - Free
Friday, April 30 - 6 pm to 8 pm
(Virtual) LaurelThirst Public House - Portland, OR
Join Brad Parsons as he plays at LaurelThirst Public House this Friday. Parsons' music is raw, stripped-down country with some indie and honky-tonk themes throughout his discography. The event page for the show explains, "He moved all the way back to Oregon, but there’s a pandemic on, so Brad Parsons has hired the rhythm section of Ned Folkerth & Lewi Longmire (Left Coast Roasters, Kassi Valazza) to join him in playing a livestream concert from the empty LaurelThirst's stage!"
They will be livestreaming the event on LaurelThirst's Vimeo and Facebook page, and they do ask that you donate to the musicians. Learn more here.
80's New Wave Video Dance Party Attack Livestream - Free
Friday, April 30 - 8 pm to 11 pm
(Virtual) Video Dance Attack - Portland, OR
"The longest-running 80's dance party in Portland" is back with another new wave virtual event on Twitch. New wave, for those who are not aware, is a catch-all genre of music that describes the "new wave" of pop and rock music that was released during the late 70's and 80's that came after punk rock. The music set will include bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure, Yaz, A-ha, and more! Well, we can dance if we want to, and it's thanks to Video Dance Attack. Learn more here.
Trans Support Group - Free
Saturday, May 1 - 12 pm to 1 pm
(Virtual) Mid Willamette Trans Support Network - Corvallis, OR
This virtual support group is meeting this Saturday on Zoom. The Trans community has had a hard couple of years and it's important to reach out and have a network of support. The event is aimed at "transgender, non-binary, gender diverse, gender non-conforming, and other non-cisgender folks". Find out more information about the support group here.
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