Updated: Nov 20
If ever there was a weekend for all the bookworms in Oregon, this is it. We’ve got virtual writing seminars, readings by famous authors and much more to check out below. We’re continuing our highlights of entirely virtual events happening near you to help everyone do their part to keep Oregon healthy by staying home. There are still plenty of ways to have fun and support local artists without going out, trust us.
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Portland Book Festival - Free
Friday, Nov. 13 - All Day
Remote Events - Portland, OR
This annual book festival is entirely virtual and kicked off last weekend. If you’re still not convinced to check out this star-studded lineup of authors, you can build your own festival experience by RSVP-ing to specific events throughout the month of November. You can see all the virtual discussions, lectures and readings your heart desires. Pre-registration is required to gain access to the secure links, so register in advance of whatever seminars you’d like to attend. If you or someone in your family is a literary nerd, this is the event to check out.
OR e-CON - Free
Remote Events - Portland, OR
Not only is there a book festival going on, there’s also an annual convention for publishers and writers, which has moved entirely online this year. This virtual mini-convention runs all weekend and will provide readings and talks with published authors, as well as classes on everything from self-publishing to seeking literary representation. This event is free, though donations are encouraged to help cover the cost of the event. Again, pre-registration is required.
Home Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov. 14 - 10 am
Remote Marketplace - Salem, OR
The ultimate example of a grassroots and locally organized virtual pop-up, this event brings all of us inside the organizer’s garage to share in the love of arts and crafts. Wares from local businesses around the area will be on display and people can support them by purchasing products directly through the online marketplace. Expect live demonstrations of knitting and crafts of all kinds, too. For an example of how community artists can come together to support one another and organize online events, even during a global pandemic, this is a great event to check out.
Artisans For Animals
Saturday, Nov. 12 - All Day
Remote Marketplace - Portland, OR
This holiday craft marketplace is entirely virtual and all proceeds will go to support area animal clinics. It’s a full 24-hour market, so you can log in anytime from midnight early Saturday morning to 11:59 p.m. at night. For a chance to not only support local businesses and artists but also crucial animal health services, consider making a purchase here.
PYPFest (Portland Youth Philharmonic) - Day 1
Saturday, Nov. 14 - 7 pm to 9 pm
Remote (Portland, OR)
The Portland Youth Philharmonic’s annual festival is always a brilliant showcase of young and talented local musicians. This year’s festival is entirely online in order to help keep our communities healthy, but the highlight of great young artists is just as exciting as ever. Not only does this event help you discover virtuosos near you, this organization has dedicated its 2020 season to partnerships and programs that seek to end the exclusion of people of color in orchestras. This is a two-day event, with concerts both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Check their website for more details.
Deep Dark Yoga
Sunday, Nov. 15 - 2:30 pm
Remote Livestream via Zoom
Are you the kind of person who finds electric guitar more soothing than wood pipes? This is the yoga event for you! This livestream yoga class instructs all levels of participants in basic yoga, all while doomy metal plays in the background. Don’t worry, it’s not like it’s all blast beats and growling, but the music offers something new for those who like a little bit of background doom and gloom in their Sunday. This recurring yoga course is free, though donations to the studio are encouraged and waiting lines tend to form to get into the Zoom chat.
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