As cooler days bring us rain and fog, it's starting to feel a lot more like autumn in Oregon. Curbside Press is illuminating this first weekend of October with a gleaming roundup of local events.
Even as more and more artists and venues find ways to hold events safely, a fall resurgence of COVID-19 cases is sweeping through Oregon and beyond. While we’ve done our best to find events that seem to adhere to safe social distancing practices, it’s up to all Oregonians to make smart and healthy choices when in public.
This weekend, consider one of these remote options over in-person gigs. If you do go out, wear a mask and make sure you practice safe six-foot distancing from others. Help us spread the love of local arts by sharing this article with the art-lovers in your life.
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Mt. Angel Oktoberfest - Zuhaus Edition
All Weekend - 4 pm to 10 pm
Remote Livestream - Mt. Angel, OR
Oregon’s premier Oktoberfest Celebration is an annual affair in Mt. Angel, but COVID has made the pressed-in crowds and face-stuffing pleasures of this event too great of a risk this year. Instead, the festival is moving online, with virtual tastings and performances that will still scratch that folksy European itch we all get in the fall. You can buy food, drink and memorabilia directly online during the event, which starts on Friday and runs through the entire weekend.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Friday, Oct. 2 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Oregon Natural Desert Association - Bend, OR (Remote Event)
This evening of locally produced short films will put our beautiful Pacific Northwest on full display, with breathtaking photography from Oregon’s high desert. All proceeds go to aid conservation efforts by the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and this entirely remote event will provide you with gorgeous outdoor eye candy from the comfort of your own pajamas.
Sage Crow III
Friday, Oct. 2 - 7 pm to 10 pm
WildCraft Cider Works - 232 Lincoln St. - Eugene, OR
While this is a live event for those with advance tickets, others will be able to watch the proceedings via Facebook Live. Sage Crow is a three-piece comprised of local musicians Dorian Crow (upright bass), Sage (keys/samples) and Michael Kay (vocals), who dole out hip-hop and neo soul jams in an electric live show. Masks are required at the event and outdoor seating space will be distanced. Bring your own seats or, better yet, check the livestream.
Doves and Vultures
Saturday, Oct. 3 - 8 pm
Johnny B’s - 120 E 6th St. - Medford, OR (Remote Livestream)
Medford’s downtown blues venue, Johnny B’s, has converted its live showroom into a streaming-capable space for all to enjoy. This weekend’s show is local trance rock group Doves & Vultures, who craft a progressive metal sound that channels groups like Tool and Deftones. See just how lively a remote show can really be by checking this concert out.
Deep Dark Yoga
Sunday, Oct. 4 - 2:30 pm
Remote via Zoom - Portland, OR
Frequent readers of our event roundups will recognize this repeat event, which provides a different take on yoga. For those looking for an amped up yoga experience, this livestream hosted by the YogaKindaRocks studio out of Portland (via Zoom) provides a suitable workout for all experience levels -- with more than a dash of heavy music thrown in. Expect to wait in a virtual waiting room for a bit as the Zoom tends to fill up fast.
SOCIAL DISTANCING EVENTS
Haunted Forest - $15
All Weekend - 7 pm to 10 pm
Frog Pond Farm - 2995 SW Advance Rd - Wilsonville, OR
Yes, the moment October hits (even before then, really), the world goes into Halloween mode. Oregon’s got plenty of beautiful farmland that helps us lean into that rustic aesthetic of fall, and this haunted patch of acreage in Wilsonville will provide a nice jumpstart to the terror of the season. For less scary fare, the farm also hosts a Pumpkin Patch Safari during the day, featuring a variety of animals.
Adios Al Verano!
All Weekend - 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Tropicale - 2337 NE Glisan St. - Portland, OR
Summer may be in the rearview mirror, but the summer vibes can definitely stay alive. Say goodbye to summer with a proper fiesta that's got food, drink and plenty of Latin New Wave music from local DJs. Salsa dancing is not only encouraged, there’s a chunk of time dedicated to clearing the dancefloor and get to steppin'. Every day of the weekend has a new party going on, with live music kicking off in the early evening.
Left On Wilson
Friday, Oct. 2 - 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Dew Drop Inn - 394 Blair Blvd - Eugene, OR
Our local highlight out of Eugene is this rock show by the newly minted lineup of Left On Wilson. The rock group is no stranger to Eugene but is featuring a new drummer for the first time at this show. Come check out this showcase of their talents in a socially distanced venue.
Sunshine & Whiskey Party
Friday, Oct. 2 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
HonkyTonks - 2275 McGilchrist St. - Salem, OR
This live concert is our second salute to the sunny days that are going in a hurry -- and it’s a doozy. Featuring The Flex Tones, a three-piece band that produces a versatile range of rock, R&B and jazz, this show is sure to have grooves for everyone. Veterans of the Mid-Willamette music scene, The Flex Tones have been cranking out covers and original tunes since 1996.
Frankie Hernandez Band
Friday, Oct. 2 - 6 pm to 8 pm
RoxyAnn Winery - 3283 Hillcrest Rd. - Medford, OR
Oregon’s wineries and vineyards have provided us with a wealth of outdoor spaces to enjoy live, local music during this year that’s upended it all. Take advantage of your opportunity to do so with this Southern Oregon showcase of local funk and reggae artist Frankie Hernandez.
Socially Distant Karaoke
Friday, Oct. 2 - 7 pm to 11 pm
Coney Station - 295 S. Broadway - Coos Bay, OR
For those worried about how to make karaoke safe in the pandemic times, this event takes every precaution with a touchless microphone and germ shields in front of singers’ faces. You wearing a mask is the final piece of the puzzle to truly bring this activity back and make sure it stays safe for all.
Outdoor Drag Extravaganza 2: Legends
Saturday, Oct. 2 - 5 pm to 7 pm
Fair Oaks Neighborhood - Portland, OR (see link for details)
Rescheduled due to the much-needed rain that soaked Oregon last weekend, this event is still on in this quiet neighborhood south of Portland and across the river from Lake Oswego. All of the performers will be