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.
To really support our grassroots journalism, consider purchasing a premium subscription from Curbside Press, unlocking access to our full archive of local events recaps, artist profiles and much more.
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 impersonating celebrities during their acts, with the event hosted by local drag queen Bolivia Carmichaels as Reba McIntire. Masks are required and chairs won’t be provided for all, so bring your own.
Save The Music Concert Series
Saturday, Oct. 3 - 4 pm to 7 pm
Silver Moon Brewing - 24 NW Greenwood Ave. - Bend, OR
This outdoor concert series has proved all month long that even a pandemic can’t stop the spirit of the music. Every Saturday features a new local band on Silver Moon Brewing’s patio stage, with food and drink provided by the venue. This is a tight venue, though, so you it’s on you to wear masks and maintain safe distancing.
Saturday, Oct. 3 - 10 am to 11:30 pm
Salem Goat Yoga - 290 55th Ave. NW - Salem, OR
The second of our whacky, recurring yoga events, this one is live and in-person thanks to an outdoor venue and plenty of spacing between mats. We love a weird take on physical activities that help us get out creative juices floating, and this one takes the cake with live baby goats to enjoy while you work out your body kinks.
Saturday, Oct. 3 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Brew Coffee & Tap House - 1320 Edgewater St. NE - West Salem, OR
Another outdoor event that had to be rescheduled due to rain (and once before that due to smoke), this concert will showcase local cover band Fam Jam. The group, in their own words from the event page, plays “hits from the 60s and 70s … that nobody else plays.” If that’s not enough to pique your interest, there will coffee and adult beverages, with plenty of activities planned to distract the kids.
Salem Saturday Market
Saturday, Oct. 3 - 9 am to 3 pm
Downtown - Marion St. - Salem, OR
We don’t always highlight weekly outdoor markets, especially the well-known ones in Oregon’s urban centers. With the complications of crowds during COVID it can be hard to demonstrate how organizers are taking proper precautions. But Salem’s Saturday Market has, like many local artisanal showcases, been through the ringer between pandemic complications and hazardous air quality that kept it closed during key weekends. Help local crafters and restaurants bounce back by showing up and buying some goodies.
Polk Flea Market
Sunday, Oct. 4 - 9 am to 3 pm
Polk County Fairgrounds - 920 S Pacific Hwy - Rickreall, OR
Another outdoor marketplace in the Mid-Willamette Valley is just down the highway from our state’s capital. This annual showcase of local agricultural and crafty products will be held at the Polk County fairgrounds and consist of outdoor events and booths.
Oregon Crafters Market
Saturday, Oct. 3 & Sunday, Oct. 4 - 11 am to 6 pm
Oregon Crafters Market - 215 N Water St. - Silverton, OR
Entering its final stretch, the Oregon Crafters Market is another recurring event that’s managed to survive everything this year could throw at it. Local artists and business owners will be slinging their wares in charming Silverton, with masks required and sanitizing stations at the ready.
Know of an upcoming event in #Oregon that you want to see featured in an event roundup? Let us know in the comments or by hitting us up on social media. Help us spread the love of local art by sharing this with your friends and family, and be sure to check back every week for more local arts news.