Social Distancing Roundup - Sept. 11, 2020

We searched high and low for local arts events so you don’t have to. While Oregonians will have to brave the smokey air in order to travel this weekend, we’ve still got a jam-packed list of live events for you to check out, from local music to comedy showcases.

Be sure to check out the full roundup of events happening all over The Beaver State below, and spread the love for local art by sharing it with all your friends. Check back every week at for more local arts news and events.


Latino Fest 2020

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 - 1 pm to 3 pm

Remote - Bend, OR

This annual festival provides live cultural arts and entertainment, from vibrant garments and music to performative dances and presentations. While Oregonians won’t be able to enjoy the celebration in person this year, the folks at the Latino Community Community Association are serving up videos and live video talks with local Latinx leaders. For an event with cultural importance and creative fun, this is what you’re looking for.

Mac & Chels Homecoming Saturday, Sept. 12 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Capitol - 190 NW Oregon Ave. - Bend, OR

The second of two remote events out of Bend this weekend, this one is a night of local comedy. Comedians Chelsea Woodmansee and Jennie Mac are each delivering sets that are funny whether you’re there in person or watching via livestream from the comfort of your own home.


The Boondock Boys

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Honky Tonks - 2275 McGilchrist St. - Salem, OR

Two members of Portland rock group The Boondock Boys will be serving up an acoustic set at Honky Tonks in Oregon’s capital. For a toe-tapping, country western time this weekend, check out this local music option.

Rock Candy

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 - 7 pm

Grape Street Bar & Grill - 31 S Grape St. - Medford, OR

This venue in downtown Medford often has weekend concerts that highlight local acts and this show will feature a night of old fashioned rock n’ roll. Billed as “Southern Oregon’s Sweet & Sticky Rock Band,” Rock Candy is sure to provide an energetic and oozing performance to what's shaping up to be a smokey weekend.

W101 Comedy Night (North Bend) - $5

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 - 8 pm to 11 pm

The Mill Casino - 3201 Tremont St. - North Bend, OR

It’s another night of laughter at The Mill Casino on the Southern Oregon Coast, as frequent followers of Oregon events will recognize this from previous events roundups. The venue often features local talent and traveling jokesters from up and down the West Coast. This weekend is Sacramento comedian DJ Sanhu and seasoned East Coast talent Carl Lee.

Sunflower Festival

Friday, Sept. 11 - 9 am to 5 pm

Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm - 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. - Portland, OR

Ever seen a giant sunflower up close before? No, not a big sunflower, a GIANT one! You’ve got a chance to this month at Plumper Farm during these tours of the 2-acre patch of sunflowers grown specifically for you to gawk at. All kinds of varieties will be on display and scenic tours are spaced out so as to give everyone a chance to explore the grounds safely by practicing social distancing.

Milwaukie Porchfest

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 - 7 pm to 8 pm

Milwaukie, OR

It’s the last chance to check out this local music showcase in Milwaukie as this month-long recurring event enters the home stretch. This PorchFest provides people with a chance to walk around and listen to some local music, all played from participating lawns and porches throughout the community. If you haven’t had a chance to consume music this way, you should seize your opportunity here.

Oregon Crafter’s Market

Saturday, Sept. 12 - 11 am to 6 pm

North Water Street - Silverton, OR

Another event that’s been going on for the past several weeks, the Oregon Crafter’s Market is still providing people in the central Willamette Valley a chance to gander at the artwork of local crafters. Come to this outdoor marketplace and community showcase to support local creators by buying from them directly, though be mindful of air quality advisories.

September Sounds In Sellwood

Saturday, Sept. 12 - 2 pm to 7:30 pm

Sellwood Square Project - SE Nehalem St. - Portland, OR

This outdoor concert series in Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood will provide listeners with some nice local grooves all month long. First up this weekend is funky-blues specialist Lloyd Jones, followed by the Whiskey Def Duo serving up some bluegrass. Check back here every week for more looks at what’s happening with this and other local music showcases.

The Pop Rocks // LoW Lite

Saturday, Sept. 12 - 6 pm to 9 pm

Mac’s Restaurant & Night Club - 1626 Willamette St. - Eugene, OR

Billed as “Oregon’s premier party band,” The Pop Rocks specialize in covers of 80’s and 90’s rock tracks that are sure to hit your nostalgia meter hard. They are supported by LoW Lite, a two-man stripped-down version of local rock band Left On Wilson. The short acoustic set is sure to get people vibing before the place pops off later in the evening.

The Kronk Men // Dr. Green Dreams // It’s Chaos

Saturday, Sept. 12 - 4 pm to 7 pm

Silver Moon Brewing - 24 NW Greenwood Ave. - Bend, OR

Ever feel like you don’t get enough punk in your diet? You can get a nice square meal during the daytime with this show featuring local acts in Bend. Central Oregon three-piece It’s Chaos will start things off, followed by funk-punk band Dr. Green Dreams. Local instrumental-heavy rock band The Kronk Men will cap off the afternoon at Silver Moon Brewing.

Saturday Art Walk

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 - noon to 8 pm

Historic Downtown Astoria

Participating cafes, restaurants and galleries will be showing off great local works all day long this Saturday. Whether you’re wanting to stop in at multiple places during an afternoon walk or simply check out the art being featured at a specific location, there are plenty of chances to gander at some local goodies this weekend on the Northern Coast.

Jen Ambrose

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Downtown Market Co. - 123 E Main St. - Medford, OR

Few things pair with the brunch hour quite like acoustic jazz music. That’s what Jen Ambrose is serving up in downtown Medford on what’s sure to be a smoky Sunday afternoon. Her looping solo performances touch all kinds of sounds, but tend to stick to bluesy background fare.

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