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salem oregonSalem Oregon is the capital of the state of Oregon and lies along the Willamette River.  It is somewhat of an educational center and home to Willamette University and Corban University, as well as the Chemeketa Community College. In addition, it welcomes many tourists every year. Salem makes an exceptional event when it comes to events laid on for locals and visitors. Every year, from May to October, the Salem Saturday Market offers a unique shopping experience with handmade crafts and local produce. There is also a Farmer’s Market, an all year indoor market and holiday season markets. Other events cater for art, culture and music. salem oregonThese include:
  • The Salem Art Fair and Festival is held every summer at Bush’s Pasture Park and includes various exhibits, food and entertainment The World Beat Festival is held in Salem every June. It is a two day event at Riverfront Park and offers art and crafts, music, dance, food and culture celebrating international life and talent
  • The Oregon State Fair, every August until Labour Day, is the most popular and largest event in Salem and is held at the State Fairgrounds in the North. The Fair attracts visitors who compete in horse shows and other animal exhibits and enjoy fairground rides and other entertainment. Every July at Riverfront Park, The Bite of Salem, welcomes visitors for a weekend of food sampling, cookery displays and live entertainment. Food and drink is an important part of life in Salem. Visitors can enjoy a number of wineries and vineyards, including the oldest in the state of Oregon, called the Honeywood Winery
  • Those who love their films will love both the Mid-Valley Video Festival and the Salem Film Festival, with a range of films old and new, as well as independent film companies showcasing their talents. Oregon State Hospital was the set for the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Gay Pride event for Salem is held each August and called Capitol Pride, which celebrate LGBT life in a carnival atmosphere
salem oregon Whenever you visit Oregon, there seems to be an event of some kind on offer for visitors! The rest of your time can be spent exploring the area which has 46 parks, including Minto-Brown Island Park which is the largest and most popular. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy two courses, one a nine hole in Woodmansee Park and another an open 18 hole course at Cascade Gateway Park, both of which are free and accessible to the general public. There’s plenty to see and do in Oregon, whether it is walking among the oldest buildings in the area and admiring the architecture, shopping, dining or visiting one of the many museums. The museums include the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum and the interactive museum A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village for children.

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