Updated: Sep 11, 2020
We ventured to the far corners of cyberspace to track down all the safe, local arts events happening near you this weekend. Pay it forward by sharing this with all your friends. This weekend, livestreams are simmering down but local outdoor concerts will still provide a chance to catch some in-person art. As usual, we encourage people to practice safe social distancing.
If you or someone you know has an upcoming event, one that clearly adheres to social distancing protocols, we’d love to feature it in an upcoming roundup. Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.
Open Deck Livestreams: SQUARMS // Kovert // SNTNL
It’s a night of UK-produced beats and raps as indie groups SQUARMS and Kovert take to the webwaves (instead of airwaves?) for a night of vibey tracks. While not an in-person concert, this livestream will still allow the artists to engage directly with fans as they bring their music straight to living rooms.
SOCIAL DISTANCING EVENTS
Milwaukie PorchFest - Free
Friday, Sept. 4 - 7 to 8 pm
Milwaukie, OR - More info here
If you’ve never been to a Porchfest before, you’re missing out on a cool way to experience local music. From acoustic solo sets to full band performances, local artists play setlists from participating porches and lawns. Attendees are encouraged to wander around and listen to multiple musicians throughout the hour, or plop down on the grass once you find something you like. You’ve got your chance to experience it this weekend in Milwaukie, south of Portland. Not only is this a cool way to show support for local music, it’s a safe, outdoor event where masks are required.
Oregon Crafter’s Market
Saturday, Sept. 5 - 11 am to 6 pm
215 N Water St. - Silverton, OR
Frequent readers of our events roundups will have seen this one featured a couple times already and it’s the biggest showcase of local artisans and makers happening in Oregon. Masks are required and safe social distancing is a must at this outdoor marketplace where you can enjoy some cuisine and support local artists and businesses with your purchases.
Sunflower Festival - $12
All Weekend - 9 am to 5 pm
Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm - 11435 NW Cornelius Pass Rd. - Portland, OR
These agricultural tours start this weekend and continue for the next couple of weeks, providing you with plenty of chances to catch some of the action. There’s plenty of creativity that goes into these two-acre tours of sunflowers, including giant sunflowers that are sure to to grab your attention. Whether you’re looking for some artistic inspiration out in the sun or just want a pleasant afternoon walk, this is the event to check out. Children and seniors get a discount.
Music On The Lawn: Darlene Jackson
Friday & Saturday - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Mac’s Restaurant & Night Club - 1626 Willamette St. - Eugene, OR
Eugene ‘s “powerhouse soul diva” Darlene Jackson is bringing the tunes to downtown Eugene in this outdoor concert. She’s backed by her own band and will be performing elsewhere in the area this weekend, too, doling out some gospel and R&B at every stop. Mac’s Restaurant also has local rock band Daddy Rabbit on Saturday, so there’s two local concerts to catch this weekend.
Music On The Patio: Lost Ox
Saturday, Sept. 5 - 7 pm to 9 pm
Worthy Brewing - 495 NE Bellevue Dr. - Bend, OR
Worthy’s summer concert series is still going strong, providing Bend residents and visitors with an outdoor space to enjoy local musicians. This weekend is Lost Ox, a jazz fusion band that kicks out great mood music and up-tempo numbers. Support some local music and business, but bring a mask, with this showcase.
Brian James & The Revival
Friday, Sept. 4 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Grape Street Bar & Grill - 31 S. Grape St. - Medford, OR
In the first of two Southern Oregon concerts to check out this weekend, Brian James brings the blues to downtown Medford. This cozy venue tends to fill up quickly, so it’s important to wear a mask and practice safe social distancing.
Friday, Sept. 4 - 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Dunbar Farms -
Dunbar Farms is another local venue providing outdoor spaces for local music. This weekend they’ve got local folk-rock singer-songwriter from Talent, OR, Daniel Nickels. Table reservations are required ahead of time to keep crowd sizes manageable and make sure everyone can stay socially distanced. Bring and wear a mask when not consuming food provided by food truck or sipping on Rocky Knoll wine.
Jazz & Wine
Saturday, Sept. 5 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Noble Estate - 146 SW Bay Blvd. - Newport, OR
The selling points are right there in the name, as local musicians Annie Averre (vocals) and Attila Csikos will be providing mood music to the tune of Latin and jazz standards. Not only does this pair nicely with some local wine and food, you’ll get a gorgeous view of Yaquina Bay, too.
Missing Link - $8
Friday & Saturday - 7 pm
Liberty Theater - 1203 Commercial St. - Astoria, OR
Oregon’s own Laika Studios made this film, which is being screened at Astoria’s beautiful Vaudeville-era theater. Laika, which also made hits like Coraline (2009) and The Corpse Bride (2005), has another beautiful creation on their hands with Missing Link. For a review of the film, read this article from December.
Be sure to share this roundup with the art-lovers in your life to let them know what’s happening in their streets. Check back at curbsidepress.org for more local events coverage every week.