To learn about the world around you, a cultural stop to Cinco De Micro Festival in Salem is exactly what you need.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you are looking for something fun to do on your day off, you can discover some culture here.
When he's not whipping the youth soccer players of the Portland Timbers into shape, Waterfront Fitness's owner Jason Bell heads to the city’s riverside parks to shape up everyday citizens with rigorous athletic drills. He and his team of qualified instructors convene beneath Portland's sky during all but the coldest months, incinerating calories during one-hour boot camps held every morning and evening. These sessions include activities such as strength circuits, Interval training, games, and box fit, which features high-speed punching drills and cardiovascular throwdowns beneath the boughs of mighty park trees. The trainers also provide general and sport-specific personal training for exercisers in search of an intense, highly personalized regimen to build muscle or burn fat.
Every year, revelers gather in the forest of the Pacific Northwest to "experience the magic of the realm." Faerieworlds brings together music acts from around the globe, including celtic rock bands, folk trios, didgeridoo prodigies, ghost cellists, and more ethereal artists. Under bright lights and twinkling stars, audiences shed their inhibitions to dance, commune, eat, drink, and find new friends during the three-day celebration.
Faerieworlds, a soft footprint event, reduces its impact on the physical world by using environmentally sound practices and encouraging audiences to do the same. Organic and vegetarian food vendors fill the bellies of hungry guests, and afterward they can employ the onsite glass, paper, and plastic recycling programs. A rideshare program helps save gas, and 100% green electrical power reduces the footprint more effectively than building a massive megaphone in front of every stage.
When your berries and pies are sold all around the country, you need to have a lot of them. And indeed, Willamette Valley Pie Company's team handles 20 million pounds of fruit every summer and makes 2,400 pies during each eight-hour shift at the bakery. Its berries—all of which are individually quick-frozen so they won't stick together—also go into yogurt, muffins, ice cream, and smoothies.
At its core, however, the company is local and family-owned. That's why it opened its Farm Store in 2009, creating a place where visitors could order freshly baked pies, tour the facilities, and even pick their own berries from the fields. The store also hosts an annual Pie and Harvest Festival in October. There, guests partake in classic autumnal activities, from exploring mazes to going on speed-dates with pumpkins to find their perfect match.
For nearly two decades, three-day festival The Bite & Brew of Salem has celebrated Northwest American summer through beers, food, and outdoor entertainment. Held on the grassy lawns of Riverfront Park, the annual event combines family-friendly entertainment with performances by 15 local and national bands on two outdoor stages. Meanwhile, local breweries such as Salem Ale Works, Hop Valley Brewing Co., and Gilgamesh Brewing pour more than 60 draft beers, including a few hard-to-find concoctions. To complement the suds, a plethora of Oregon food carts and restaurants serve sweet and savory fare under the blazing July sun.
Formerly the Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Fest, 2015's First Taste Oregon will showcase the same types of Oregon talent: winemakers, brewers, distillers, and chefs. On Friday, January 23, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, January 24, from noon to 10 p.m., a fresh lineup of vendors will flood the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center's Columbia Hall with their pours, suds, and cuisine. Though the final list of exhibitors remains a mystery, participants have included Eastside Distilling—which led a special tasting of its bourbon, vodka, and coffee rum, among others—and demos by several Oregon chefs. Visitors can park in the free lot, and purchase some taste tickets to enjoy similar activities this year.