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20th Annual World Beat Festival – Starting June 23rd

World Beat Festival 2017

Celebrate. Explore. Culture.

Save the date for the 20th annual

World Beat Festival Title

Friday Night at the Beat: June 23rd (Amphitheater Only)
Festival: June 24-25, 2017

Riverfront Park | Salem, Oregon

Planning for the 20th World Beat Festival is under way. If you are interested in working behind the scenes, we have volunteer groups that manage just about every aspect of the Festival – from logistics, to vendors, to volunteers.

Stay in touch with us by visiting our Facebook page. Or to find out more about our organization, visit our website at SalemMulticultural.org

WULAPALOOZA 2017! at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Sat. April 29th

Wula poster 2017 with Ad

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Brown Field (in front of Goudy Commons) | Jackson Plaza (in front of Hatfield Library and next to Mill Race)


Festival Lineup


Wulapalooza is an annual earth, art and music festival that takes place on the campus of Willamette University. Local schools, performance groups, and professional bands perform for over a thousand students and community members annually with local businesses and student groups fundraising for various charitable organizations. We are an Earth Day and community festival that yearly brings in thousands of community members and students. The 19th annual Wulapalooza festival will take place on April 29th, 2017.

Admission to Wulapalooza is completely free to both students and the community.

Willamette WULAPALOOZA website and more information


Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival in #SalemOR – March 17-19

Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival


20 Performances. 6 Venues. Downtown Salem. 
Explore Theatre in Full Bloom. 

This March, not only will blossoms be blooming at the Capitol, but so will Salem’s theatre scene thanks to a collaborative effort between local and regional theatre companies and businesses.

On March 17–19, 2017, the Salem Theatre Network will host the Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival, a city-wide theatre event in Salem’s downtown core.


  • 20 Performances
  • 5 Workshops
  • 6 of Salem’s downtown theatre venues
  • Exclusive Wine & Beer Tastings
  • Passport & Prizes

Visit website for more information:

  • Buy Tickets
  • Performance Schedule
  • Event Descriptions
  • Parking


#SalemOR Cherry Blossom Festival – Sat., March 18th

March 18, 2017

Oregon State Capitol Blding and Park
Salem, OR 97301

Here are some of the activities for the whole family to participate in:

  • Kite Flying Demonstrations
  • Make-your-own kite kits
  • Taiko Drumming
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Bonsai Display and Demonstration
  • Ikebana Display and Demonstration
  • Gyotaku
  • Cherry Product Samples
  • Koto Music
  • Musical performance from Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival
  • Kimono Fashion Show
  • Japanese Dance and Chorus Performances
  • Cherry Industry Information

More can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1641385406165027/.

Free and open to the public.

Free parking under the Capitol Mall (accessible from Chemeketa Street, from Capitol or Winter Streets) and in the Yellow Lot (between Winter and Summer Streets and Center and Marion Streets.)

Before the event you can participate in the Cherry Blossom 5K Run!

More information here: https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/Salem/CherryBlossomRunandFestival

Salem as a city embraces cherry blossoms and Japanese culture throughout the city.

World Beat Gallery is hosting “Kitsuke: The Art of Wearing Kimono: February 1 to May 17.

For more information, go to http://salemmulticultural.org/gallery_current.shtml. And to see other kimono related talks and demonstrations hosted by World Beat visit http://salemmulticultural.org/gallery_calendar.shtml.

Salem Theatre Network is hosting a four-day Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival.

For more information, go to https://salemtheatrenetwork.org/cherryblossom/ .

At the beginning of March you will start to see decorated Japanese parasols at local downtown businesses and other locations. These are a project by Artists in Action. Check out the parasols when you are out and about. Learn more about Artists in Action at https://www.meetup.com/ArtistsInAction/.

Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest – Feb. 25th, 26th

Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest

Saturday, Feb 25th, 2017 from 9 am to 4pm

Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm

Polk County Fairgrounds

This is an exciting time in Agriculture with the resurgence of the Family Farm and Saturday Markets.

It is the perfect time to reconnect rural and urban life through an event that will both promote small farms and be fun and educational for kids.

In February 2017 the Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest will do just that.

The Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest will give Saturday Market Vendors and Local Farms a place to sell food and hand-crafted products in winter, to reconnect with their summer customers. The show is early enough in the season for folks to purchase their early stock, diversify existing stock, place orders and make connections with local vendors for future purchases.


learn more!

#SalemOR Winter Brewfest 2017! Starting today! Feb. 1st-4th

dscn8821Featuring over 100 handcrafted beers and ciders on tap and some of the best food and entertainment that the Willamette Valley has to offer.

 February 1-4, 2017

Wednesday – 6pm to 10pm
Thursday – 4pm to 10pm
Friday – 11am to 11pm
Saturday – 11am to 11pm

Oregon State Capitol

Join us in the heated tent across the street from the Oregon State Capitol Building at the Capitol Mall.

1-Day Pass:
Wednesday: Free
Thursday: $10*
Fri & Sat: $20**

Weekend Pass: $30***

*Includes 2 taste tickets and souvenir glass
**Includes 4 taste tickets and souvenir glass
***Includes 6 taste tickets and souvenir glass

Parking info: Parking is available at the underground Capitol Mall parking structure directly below the event site during the hours of: Wed, Thurs, Fri – 7pm-midnight, and Saturday – 10am-midnight.

Access to the structure is on Chemeketa Street and the gates will lock promptly at midnight. Additional parking may be found on the streets or in one of the city’s downtown parking structures.

Presale tickets are $5 off and available online at Eventbrite (click here to purchase online) or in person at: b2 Taphouse, Westside Taphouse, Gilgamesh Brewing, Venti’s, and Santiam Brewing.

Winter Brewfest Website – more information, including Music, Food, and Handcrafted Beer and Cider linups.

#MtAngelOR Hazelnut Festival – Sat. & Sun. Dec. 3-4th

hazel_nut_logoYou are invited to participate in:

Oregon’s premier Hazelnut Fest & German Holiday Market!

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board and the Oregon Department of Agriculture is sponsoring the annual Mt. Angel Hazelnut Festival and German Holiday Market.

Saturday, December 3 and Sunday December 4, 2016

Mt. Angel from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Hazelnut Fest includes a German style holiday market featuring authentic German and regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature Hazelnuts.

The history of the Hazelnut in the Willamette Valley of Oregon dates back to the settlement of the valley by early French settlers. Today, more than 600 growers are located in the Willamette Valley – the prime growing region for hazelnuts in the United States.

Mt. Angel, Oregon is a wonderful place to visit! Nestled between farmland and foothills, Mt. Angel is located 18 miles northeast of Salem on Highway 214. This little town, founded in the late 1800s by German settlers, has an Old World flavor which is heightened by the many Bavarian-style storefronts and signage. Mt. Angel celebrates their German heritage each year during the Oktoberfest, one of Oregon’s largest festivals. More than 350,000 people attend the four-day festival, which has been held in Mt. Angel for more 50 years. Oktoberfest was also founded by the Mt. Angel Chamber.

The small town of Mt. Angel – population 4,000 – knows how to put on a festival. The Hazelnut Festival and German Holiday Market is built on the chamber of commerce tradition of skilled marketing of events and a large team of volunteers. To learn more about, Mt. Angel visit http://www.mtangelchamber.org.

We hope you join us for this great event!

Mt. Angel Hazelnut Fest Webpage