Updated: Aug 14, 2020
New COVID-19 cases and even deaths from the disease are spiking in Oregon, proving that far too many people are forgoing safe social distancing practices. We want to share the love of local arts and events happening near you, but we also want to encourage everyone to shelter in place as much as possible. Outdoor events and mask requirements help slow the spread, but only by avoiding social gatherings completely can we truly flatten the curve quickly. Please, consider finding ways to stay at home and enjoy your weekend. If you must go out, do so safely and responsibly.
With that important disclaimer out of the way, we’ve got our usual roundup of safe, socially distanced events and remote performances for you to check out no matter where you are in the state. Share this article with your fellow Oregonians and check back every week for more local events coverage.
Rufus Du Sol - Live at The Cuthbert - Free
Friday, Aug. 7 - 7 pm to 9 pm
Australian house musicians Rufus Du Sol (formerly just Rufus) are taking their talents to Eugene with a free remote livestream from the Cuthbert Amphitheatre. Known for playing electronic drum kits and synthesizers live during their energetic show, Rufus Du Sol should provide a nice dose of EDM for anyone looking to dance this weekend. No social interaction required.
Slightly Stoopid / Pepper / Common Kings - Free
Saturday, Aug. 8 - 5 pm to 8 pm
San Diego ska group Slightly Stoopid have been playing in Bend for decades now. The Central Oregon city has long been a bastion for reggae and punk fans, so it’s no surprise that this concert features three ska acts. Opening the night are Hawaiian bands Pepper and Common Kings, so enjoy a full ticket night from the comfort of your own home.
SOCIAL DISTANCING EVENTS
Cinema Unbound - $35+
Drive-in at Zidell Yards - 3121 SW Moody Ave. - Portland, OR
Drive-in movie theatres are back, with temporary or seasonal ones popping up all over Oregon thanks to the need for social distancing. One of them is being hosted at an industrial lot by the Portland waterfront, converted into a large screen that will show important cultural cinema this summer. While showings for this weekend’s screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble and Moonlight (2016) are already sold out, you can check back every week through September for a chance to catch one of these shows.
Black In Oregon
Friday, Aug. 7 - All Day
Broadway Coffeehouse - 1300 Broadway St. NE #100 - Salem, OR
This art exhibit, featuring works by local and national artists, focuses on Black pioneers. Many pieces are inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement that’s still occupying the national spotlight. All proceeds from the gallery will go to selected charities and nonprofits, like the Equal Justice Initiative. Enjoy a pastry and a cup of coffee while admiring some work by Black artists, and consider buying a piece if you can afford it. It’s for a good cause.
Friday, Aug. 7 - 4:30 pm to 8 pm
Dunbar Farms - 2881 Hillcrest Rd. - Medford, OR
Ashland folk and bluegrass band The Antelopers have been busting out covers of americana music from the 1930s and onward for years now. They will take their energetic and rustic performance to Dunbar Farms in Jackson County this weekend. Food will be provided by Yola’s Tacos. This open-air show provides safe social distancing, though crowd sizes should be limited and people should wear masks when not eating or drinking.
Britnee Kellogg at Tunes & Tastings
Friday, Aug. 7 - 7 pm to 9:30 pm
The Oregon Garden - 879 W Main St. - Silverton, OR
The Oregon Garden is hosting a brand new summer concert series featuring local and touring musicians. Country singer/songwriter Britnee Kellogg, originally from Vancouver, WA, was featured on two two seasons of American Idol and has since performed with country megastars and toured around the globe. She’s bringing her impressive vocals to Silverton for this socially distanced show, though tickets are selling out fast. If you can’t get in now, check back for upcoming performances.
Left Coast Country
Saturday, Aug. 8 - 7 pm
World Famous Kenton Club - 2025 N Kilpatrick St. - Portland, OR
Another country show happening in the Willamette Valley this weekend is at the iconic Kenton Club, which has a small outdoor stage and seating area. This is sure to be a popular show, since Portland’s Left Coast Country has built quite a local following since forming in 2010. As such, attendance is likely to be limited and seating hard to come by. Even if you manage to get in, bring a mask and practice safe social distancing.
Pride March for Black Trans Lives
Saturday, Aug. 8 - All Day (11 am to 7 pm)
Federal Courthouse - 405 E 8th Ave. - Eugene, OR
A rally and demonstration at the federal courthouse in Eugene will bring people of all colors together in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and local Pride organizations like TransPonder. Live speeches and musical performers will also be featured at this educational and cultural event.
Lincoln City Sunday Market
Sunday, Aug. 9 - 9 am to 2 pm
Cultural Center - 540 NE Hwy 101 - Lincoln City, OR
It's up to all of us to be safe and responsible. Instead of crowding into bars and attending get-togethers, choose remote activities whenever possible. If a social distancing event looks crowded or unsafe, pick somewhere else to go.
If you or someone you know has a safe event or livestream coming up, we want to feature it on an upcoming roundup. Let us know in the comments below or by reaching out on social media.