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WhirLocal Salem

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222 Commercial St NE PMB 2303
Salem, Oregon 97301

Salem is bursting into March with a weekend full of activities that offer fun for everyone! From spring gardening workshops and live music to local theater productions, the city is alive. Let’s take a look at a few events happening this weekend in Salem.

1980s Throwback Weekend at Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards is celebrating 40 years of winemaking! Come by one of their locations and share in a special selection of wines from two of their vineyards planted in 1983: 2021 Bernau Block Pinot Noir and 2020 Elton Pinot Noir. You can also enjoy savings on their $83 Collection of 2022 Pinot Gris, 2022 Estate Chardonnay and 2022 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir.

80s costumes will get a bonus pour. Share your participation by using the hashtags #drinkwillamette and #wvcelebrates40 on social media!

Date: March 1-3, 2024
Time:  11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Willamette Valley Vineyards // 8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR
Cost: Products for purchase (view reservation information)

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First Friday Art Walk

It’s the beginning of another month, which means the First Friday Art Walk is back! This event invites participants to explore the heart of Salem alongside some of downtown’s beloved businesses. From 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, experience local art, engage in pop-up events, and immerse yourself in live music. Don’t forget to grab your Art Walk Passport for a chance to win the raffle basket!

March’s participating businesses include:

– Art Department // 254 Commercial St NE
– The Awkward Peach Boutique // The Reed, 189 Liberty St NE #104C
– Capitol Menswear // 220 Commercial St NE
– CreativiTee & Rofe Designs // 110 Commercial St NE (Required stop)
– Elsinore Framing & Fine Art Gallery // 444 Ferry St SE
– The Freckled Bee // 105 Liberty St NE
– Hattawear // The Reed, 189 Liberty St NE #103
– The Holman Hotel // 195 Commercial St SE
– Manna Bakery // 237 State St
– Munchies Downtown Market // The Reed, 189 Liberty St NE #107
– One Fair World // 474 Court St NE
– Quantum Light Anne // The Reed, 189 Liberty St NE #101
– Salem on the Edge // 156 Liberty St NE
– Salem’s Historic Grand // 191 High StNE
– Sewell Sweets // 155 Liberty St NE #160

Date: March 1, 2024
Time:  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Salem
Cost: FREE

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Rofe Designs & CreativiTee 5-year Anniversary Celebration

Rofe Designs and CreativiTEE is a required stop during the First Friday Art Walk for good reason—they’re celebrating their 5th anniversary with an event full of creativity and community spirit! Festivities will include sampling cider from 1859 Cider Co. (yes, THAT cider company!), enjoying treats from Manna Bakery, and trying non-alcoholic cocktails from For Bitter For Worse. Guests can also add a design to a special 5-year CommuniTEE shirt. The evening will also feature guest artist Angela of Encanto Creations.

Date: March 1, 2024
Time:  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Rofe Designs & CreativiTee // 110 Commercial St NE, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE

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Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre Inaugural First Friday Art Walk Gala

As another stop on the art walk, Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre warmly invites you to the inaugural First Friday Art Walk Gala. This event will showcase artists Timmy Bewell, Emma Otherwise Designs, Alan Thompson, Eric Tautkus, Whisky Nick, and Decoupaz Dreamz, with music by Oregon Freddy. Enjoy art and music in the Brick Room throughout the evening, with a champagne toast at 5:30 PM and a theatre tour at 7:30 PM.

Date: March 1, 2024
Time:  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre // 187 High St NE, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE

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The Prom at Pentacle Theatre

Pentacle Theatre presents “The Prom,” directed by Robert Salberg. Come be the first to see opening weekend, or get tickets later in the month as this production runs from March 1st to March 23rd.

“On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, THE PROM expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.” – Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Date: March 1 – 3, 2024
Time:  Friday & Saturday 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Sunday 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Pentacle Theatre // 324 52nd Ave NW, Salem, OR 97304
Cost: Varies (view ticket information)

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Spring Color Bowl Workshop

Gather a few friends for this great hands-on workshop in Wavra Farms’ heated greenhouse! Get ready to get your hands dirty and choose which plants—like pansies and primroses—you’d like to plant in your color bowl. This “a la carte” workshop just asks that you pay for what you use, and soil will be provided.

No registration needed—simply arrive and check in at the counter.

Date: March 2, 2024
Time:  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Wavra Farms & Nursery // 7882 Jordan St SE, Salem, OR
Cost: Pay for what you use

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Pruning Blueberries Workshop

Learn all about blueberry pruning and care with the Marion County Master Gardeners Association. This hands-on workshop covers everything from bed preparation to fertilization. The workshop is free but requires pre-registration through the MCMGA website, where you can find further details and registration links. The event will proceed regardless of weather.

Additionally, participants should read OSU pamphlets Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden EC 1304 and Blueberry Cultivars for the Pacific Northwest PNW 656 (find them here) before attending and bring clean pruners or loppers.

Date: March 2, 2024
Time:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Marion Demonstration Garden // 3180 Center St NE, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE (view registration information)

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Andee Joyce Presents Rhythm & Autism

Andee Joyce’s “Rhythm & Autism,” a one-woman musical comedy, explores growing up autistic in the ’60s and ’70s with humor and heart. Designed to be a sensory-friendly performance, this show invites people of all abilities to celebrate joy through a personal journey filled with ‘pop culture cheese’ and infectious rhythms.

This free event is hosted by the Salem Public Library Foundation and welcomes attendees on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Date: March 2, 2024
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Salem Public Library // 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE

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Mass of the Children by John Rutter

Don’t miss a beautiful performance by The Willamette Master Chorus Youth Honor Choir performing alongside the Willamette Master Chorus, an orchestra, and soloists Catherine van der Salm and Simon Staples. Get your tickets now for March 2nd or 3rd!

Date: March 2 – 3, 2024
Time:  3:00 PM
Location: Willamette University // 900 State St, Salem, OR
Cost: $27 (view ticket information)

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Half Penny 15th Anniversary with the Burnt Hill Band

The Half Penny is turning 15! Join the celebration of their 15th anniversary with live music by the Burnt Hill Boys. No cover charge.

Date: March 2, 2024
Time:  8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Half Penny // 3743 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR
Cost: No cover charge

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With so many different local activities to start off March, it’s hard to know what to do first! From music and comedy to enjoying nature and art, Salem’s a great place for finding new adventures and being part of the community. Have a great time, and make some new memories!

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