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WhirLocal Salem

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222 Commercial St NE PMB 2303
Salem, Oregon 97301

Salem, Oregon is alive with a great lineup of local events to round out the first month of the year. Let’s end January on a high note, celebrating the lively spirit of the Salem community with these can’t-miss events!

First Taste Oregon 2024

First Taste 2024 offers an exquisite experience with Oregon’s finest wines, ciders, spirits, brews, and eats. Attendees can explore offerings from top winemakers, craft brewers, distillers, artists, and culinary experts. Whether you prefer wine, cider, craft beer, or spirits, there’s something for everyone. Plus, discover unique finds from various artists and vendors. Enjoy a taste, a glass, and take home a bottle. Tickets are available now!

Date: January 26 – 27, 2024
Time:  Friday from 4 PM – 9 PM // Saturday from 12 PM to 9 PM
Location: Oregon State Fair & Expo Center // 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR
Cost: Varies (view ticket information)

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Candlelight Concerts at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre

Join the Candlelight concert series in Salem for an extraordinary evening on January 26. The night will feature two performances at the Grand Theatre. At 6:30 PM, immerse yourself in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and then at 9:00 PM, experience a Tribute to Queen, all in the ambiance of (electric) candlelight. Don’t miss out on this magical musical experience!

Date: January 26, 2024
Time:  6:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Location: Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre // 187 High St NE, Salem, OR
Cost: Varies (view ticket information for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons or A Tribute to Queen)

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Marc Cohn

Grammy-winning artist Marc Cohn, celebrated for his soulful hit “Walking in Memphis,” exemplifies a masterful blend of storytelling and soulful music—deeply rooted in American rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel. His 2019 collaborative album ‘Work to Do’ with the Blind Boys of Alabama, features a mix of studio and live recordings, capturing the essence of American music’s rich heritage. With a year marked by numerous performances, Cohn continues to entertain audiences with his fresh musical perspective and deep respect for American music’s roots.

Date: January 26, 2024
Time:  7:30 PM
Location: Elsinore Theatre // 170 High St SE, Salem, OR
Cost: Varies (view ticket information)

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2nd Annual Edward Van Halen Memorial Concert

Join The Yard Food Park for a tribute night honoring the legendary Edward Van Halen, focusing on his David Lee Roth era music. Hosted by JFK and featuring some of the Northwest’s top musicians, this event celebrates Van Halen’s legacy. The two-night event takes place on January 26 and 27. For ticket inquiries and purchases prior to the event, please send a direct message to The Yard.

Date: January 26 – 27, 2024
Time:  8:00 PM
Location: The Yard Food Park // 4106 State St, Salem, OR
Cost: $25

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Free Riding Class at Timber Town Harley-Davidson

Join Team Oregon for a free riding class at Timber Town Harley-Davidson on January 27th. Topics covered will include balance and U-turns, proper braking, common causes of motorcycle crashes, and more. Refreshments will be available. No advance registration is required. Bring a friend along for this exciting learning experience!

Date: January 27, 2024
Time:  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Timber Town Harley-Davidson // 3436 Fisher Rd NE, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE

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Año Nuevo Celebración

Rescheduled from January 13th, Xicha Brewing North is set to host a vibrant Año Nuevo Celebración on January 27th, starting at 6 PM. The evening will feature DJ Cavaliere spinning a selection of Latin tropical hits. Guests can look forward to a 30-minute bachata lesson at the beginning of the night, followed by a social dance.

The highlight of the night will be Xicha’s first bachata competition at 8:30 PM! Dancers are invited to showcase their bachata moves, with the top two couples winning cash prizes – $150 for first place and $100 for second. This event promises a night of lively music, dance, and celebration.

Date: January 27, 2024
Time:  6:00 PM
Location: Xicha Brewing North // 2195 Hyacinth St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Cost: FREE

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Latin Dance Class for Beginners at the Salem Kroc Center

Learn Latin dance basics every Saturday evening at the Salem Kroc Center, located in North Salem. The beginner-friendly classes cover salsa, merengue, bachata, and more, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Starting with an hour of instruction, the class is followed by an open dance hour for practice. Suitable for singles or couples, with rotating partners. Free for Kroc members, $10 for non-members. A fun way to meet new people and learn dance steps!

Date: January 27, 2024
Time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Salem Kroc Center // 1865 Bill Frey Dr NE, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE for Kroc members, $10 non-members

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What are you doing this weekend in Salem? Consider joining one of these great events put on by local businesses or organizations!

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