Social Distancing Roundup - Sept. 18, 2020

While Oregonians will have to brave the smokey air again in order to travel this weekend, we’ve got a great list of live events for you to check out, ranging from a goth-tiki night to some sweet, classic reggae.

New COVID-19 cases and deaths from the disease are continuing to spike 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 effectively. Adding in the record-breaking bad air-quality, it might be worth considering 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.

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Dark Lagoon: A Goth Tiki Night

Saturday, Sept. 19 - 8 pm to 10 pm

Remote - Decadent ‘80s - 3416 N Lombard St. - Portland, OR

A night of two subcultures: tiki and goth. The creators of the event, Portland-based nightclub Decadent ‘80s, wanted to show off the darker side of the tiki-bar motif. So grab your tiny umbrellas, pull out a pair of black skinny jeans and a floral print button-up, mix up some tropical drinks, and enjoy.

Deaf Arts Livestream

Saturday, Sept. 19 - 6 pm to 8 pm

Remote - CymaSpace - 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. - Portland, OR

CymaSpace, a Deaf-focused nonprofit organization, along with Fingers Crossed Interpreting, will be hosting this arts livestream on Saturday. The event will include poetry, skits, and performances that bring Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing stories to light. Donations will be accepted.

Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band

Saturday, Sept. 19 - 8 pm to 9:30 pm

Remote - Nectar Lounge - 412 N 36th St. - Seattle, WA

Our Northern neighbor has an incredible night of Reggae happening at the Nectar Lounge in Seattle, and they will be livestreaming the event. Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band will be bringing some old-school reggae that you can’t miss. Fearon, born in Jamaica, started playing music when he was 16, and would eventually join the Gladiators. He moved to Seattle in the late 80’s and has been creating incredible music ever since. A donation of $13 is suggested by the organizers.

Deep Dark Yoga: Doom Metal Yoga

Sunday, Sept. 20 - 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Yogakindarocks - Portland, OR

If you like yoga but just can’t get into the slow, relaxing music then this event is for you. Yoga, doom metal style. This is an all-level class and should be suitable for most. There is a suggested donation of $5-$15. The event will be livestreamed on Zoom and you can find more information on how to join here.

Deaf Awareness Week 2020

Sept. 21 through Sept. 25 - 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Remote - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center - Fresno, CA

Though this isn’t technically on the weekend, this livestream series is really amazing and definitely worth checking out. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center is hosting a week of livestreams that will be celebrating Deaf Awareness Week. These series of streams will feature a variety of games, stories, and much more. Learn more here.


Oregon Crafters Market

Saturday through Sunday - 11 am to 6 pm

Oregon Crafters Market - 215 N Water st. - Silverton, OR

This event will feature local music and handcrafted goods, plus it gives you a chance to support small businesses. Even with the fires still raging and air quality being what it is, this event is currently still going on. Check before you go to make sure the event is still going to happen. Learn more here.

Free Creatures: 2020 Harvest Party

Saturday, Sept. 19 - 7 pm to 10 pm

WildCraft Cider Works - 232 Lincoln St. - Eugene, OR

Tickets Available

Free Creatures, an Oregon-based alternative hip-hop group, is coming to Eugene this weekend. Their unique sound is absolutely worth checking out. This event will be maintaining all COVID-19 safety protocols. You must book your tickets in advance so they can keep numbers limited.

Live Music By Chance Wiesner

Saturday, Sept. 19 - 7 pm to 9 pm

Brew Coffee & Tap House - 1320 Edgewater St. NW B10 - Salem, OR

The best way to describe Chance Wiesner is by a line in his bio on Spotify: “Sly poetic stylism seems to spill out of Wiesner as easy as a Pabst-induced piss spills out of your average two-bit singer-songwriter.” His music is silly and quite enjoyable. You can enjoy his wit this weekend at Brew Coffee & Tap House. Don’t forget your mask!

The Donkeys Ride to the Blue Diamond

Saturday, Sept. 19 - 6 pm

The Blue Diamond PDX - 2016 NE Sandy Blvd. - Portland, OR

Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys, a local folksy blues treasure, will be headed up to The Blue Diamond this weekend. They invite you to party in the streets with them, socially distanced and wearing a mask, of course.

Hopyard Yoga + Beer At Rogue Farms

Sunday, Sept. 20, 9:45 am to 10:45 am

Rogue Ales & Spirits (Rogue Farms) - 3590 Wigrich Rd. - Independence, OR

We have featured the Yoga + Beer livestream a few times before, but occasionally it is just better to go in person. This sixty minute, all-levels yoga class will be held at beautiful Rogue Farms just outside of Independence. After the class, stick around for a beer or two. Pre-registration is required, learn more here.

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