Social Distancing Roundup - Aug. 21. 2020

Curbside Press ventured deep into the far corners of the internet for local arts events so that you don’t have to. Here’s the roundup of safe, socially distanced events happening near you, no matter where you are in Oregon.

Our editor's pick is Milwaukie’s Porchfest, an outdoor concert series held each Friday until Sept. 11. Musicians of all skills and ages will be performing on their stoops, stairs, and lawns for their neighbors. For the rest of the weekend, listen to some Beethoven with a Fifth Symphony livestream, and watch Shrek 2 in Sublimity. Check out all this and more below. Be sure to share this events roundup with the art-lovers in your life.

Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.


Indian Classical Music - FREE

Friday, Aug. 21 - 7:30 pm

Portland, OR

More Information Here

Join Kalakendra, a non-profit organization based out of Portland, for a night of Indian classical music. This is a free event, though donations are welcome. The performance will consist of carnatic vocalist Aditya Prakash, Violinist Shiva Ramamurthy, and mridangam player Rohan Krishnamurthy.

Beethoven 5 at the Square - FREE

Saturday, Aug. 22 - 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square - 701 SW 6th Ave - Portland, OR

Listen to the electrifying sounds of Beethoven from the comfort of your home this weekend. Go to the Pioneer Courthouse Square's Instagram page this Saturday to celebrate the 250th year since Beethoven's birth. The performance will start with David Brokaw on the piano and then be followed by the Fifth Symphony.

Maroon 5 Live

Saturday, Aug. 22 - 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Concord Pavilion - 2000 Kirker Pass Rd - Concord, CA

Do you ever feel like you don't have enough Maroon 5 music in your life? Well here is your chance for more. The show will be available for streaming, learn more here.


Milwaukie Porchfest 2020 Concert Series

Every Friday - Aug. 21 - Sept. 11

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Since COVID-19 continues to halt large public gatherings, cities and organizations have had to come up with creative ways to engage with their communities. One example is Milwaukie, just south of Portland. The community is holding a Porchfest concert series every Friday through Sept. 11. Much like the Porchfest in Grants Pass that Curbside Press covered back in 2017, performers will play on their lawns and front stoops, showcasing local musicians throughout the city. Everyone is encouraged to get out their instrument, get out to the porch, and join into the communal celebration. Social distancing and masks will be required. Check here for more information.

Pull-In Movie: Shrek 2 - $20 per Carload

Saturday, Aug. 22 - 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Sublimity Festival Grounds- 11880 Sublimity Rd SE - Sublimity, OR

Yeah, we know, ANOTHER Shrek event? We’re excited, too! The Sublimity festival grounds will have Shrek 2 playing for you to be able to sit in your car, maintaining social distancing and enjoying one of the better films of the 21st century. Finally, a public setting for you to show everyone how loudly you can sing, “I need a hero”, during the Fairy Godmother’s climactic musical number.

Face Covering Distribution Event - FREE

Saturday, Aug. 22 - 9 am to 12pm

Benton County, OR - View Locations

This isn’t art related. During these hard times it is important that people have access to all of the resources that can help them combat COVID-19. Attendees to this event in Benton County can pick up free face coverings (primarily KN95 masks), some children's masks, hand sanitizer and more. Please stay safe and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Socially Distance Paint Party - $45

Reservations Required (4 Spots left)

Sunday, Aug. 23 - 1 pm to 3 pm

Stomp Tasting Room, Croft Vineyard - 5475 River Rd S - Salem, OR

Croft Vineyards is hosting a socially distanced paint and sip party this weekend. The subject of the night: succulents. That’s right, drink a little wine and paint your own wonderful succulent that can’t die on you like the ones you keep under/overwatering at home. There are only 4 spots left as of writing this roundup so make your reservations today.

Got a safe, socially distanced event or livestream coming up that you want people to know about? Let us know so we can feature it in an upcoming events roundup. Be sure to share this article with your fellow Oregonians to let them know what's happening on their streets.

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