Updated: Sep 2, 2021
The virus news continues to get more and more positive for Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority continues to report plunging numbers of new cases and hospitalizations (though cases have gone in the wrong direction a couple days this week), and deaths from Covid-19 have been trending downward for weeks. Thanks to local events and artists doing the right thing by cancelling shows and going virtual, we’re almost through this long, dark tunnel, folks.
But we’ve still got a little time before things return to normal, as shown by these events that range from virtual to in-person depending on where you are in the state. With each county having its own vaccination rates and transmission levels, things are going to be plenty confusing as life starts to open back up. Curbside Press is here to help you find what you’re looking for with this roundup of events happening right here in Oregon.
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Festival of Roses: Fleet Week and Porch Parade
June 2 through 6 & May 31 through June 13
Various Locations - Portland, OR
While Portland’s annual festival that celebrates Rose City’s namesake is still on hiatus due to the pandemic, there’s a fan-favorite event returning and a reimagined parade for the social distancing era. Fleet Week provides Oregonians with a chance to gawk at some of the truly massive vessels that come along the Columbia River, many of which will be decked out in flowers. Plus, neighborhoods all over Portland will be participating in a Porch Parade, where folks can walk or drive around at their leisure to soak in the artistry of participating yards. Events like this, and so many other great virtual reimaginings from the past year, show how Oregonians will always find ways to enjoy local art, no matter what restrictions are in place.
Sunday, June 6 - Saturday, June 12 - 7 pm
Al’s Den & Ringler’s Annex - 1223 SW Stark St. - Portland, OR
This week-long concert series will hit the McMenamins Al’s Den & Ringlers Annex in Portland this weekend. It runs throughout next week, too, so you have plenty of chances to catch one of the many local and touring bands that will roll through. As the name suggests, there’s an emphasis on hip-hop break beat music, but there is quite a range of acts that fall into this corner of the modern music world. Though, also don’t let the name fool you because the music kicks off in the evening, not during breakfast time…
Act 2 at Salem Saturday Market
Saturday, June 5 - 10 am to 2 pm
Salem Saturday Market - Marion Street - Salem, OR
A local acoustic duet will be providing tunes all afternoon at the Salem Saturday Market, which, of course, also features local craft goods and artistry of all kinds. This event, by the way, highlights exactly why the service Curbside Press provides with these event roundups is so needed. There is absolutely no reference or link to Act 2 on the typical events pages you find online, but we scoured Facebook until we found the right local band so you know exactly what’s playing and the artist gets the proper shout-out they deserve. You’d be shocked just how many websites fail to provide basic information about the who, what, when and where of local events. Here, we go the extra mile.
Made in Southern Oregon Market
Saturday, June 5 - 10 am to 3 pm
Downtown - Pine St. (Between 1st and 4th) - Central Point, OR
Part of an entire weekend of events in and around Central Point, the often-overlooked but rapidly growing suburb of Medford, this market will feature local wares from foods to arts to industrial products. A later event is the annual Brews, Bluegrass and BBQ at nearby Roxy Ann Winery, so there’s something for everyone in Southern Oregon this weekend.
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