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Salem, Willamette Valley Weekend Planner

Honoring Silverton's native son, Homer Davenport, the event features a parade, food, music, car show, fun run, and the popular davenport (couch) races.

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Don't miss the 16th annual Oregon National Guard Hoopla Tournament, and while your there, grab a Salem classic -- Bob's Hamburgers to enjoy while you watch the games. Photo Courtesy: ONG Hoopla

(SALEM, Ore. ) - As thousands of people descend in and around the Oregon State Capitol Mall area in downtown Salem this weekend for the 16th annual 3-on-3 Oregon National Guard Tournament, there are plenty of other options in and around the mid-Willamette Valley for people to enjoy.

From climbing to the top of the Oregon State Capitol, to Family Fun Fest at Riverfront Park, to the famous Homer Davenport Days in Silverton there is something for everyone this weekend.

Travel to the Top of the Oregon State Capitol:

Climb 121-steps to the Oregon Capitol observation deck and enjoy the view of the City of Salem and Willamette Valley.

Friday 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 and 2:00 p.m., Friday. Capitol hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission.

Homer Davenport Days:

Honoring Silverton's native son, Homer Davenport. The event features a parade, arts & crafts, food, music, car show, fun run, Lions pancake breakfast and davenport (couch) races.

Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Coolidge McClaine Park and Other Venues 300 Coolidge St. Silverton, Ore.

Riverfront Family Fest:

The Riverfront Family Fest is an opportunity for Family Building Blocks to support the community in a free, fun way where families and young children learn more about safety and health with hands-on activities. Free admission. Salem's Riverfront Park.

The Great Oregon Steam-Up:

62 acres of family fun. Big parade, train and trolley rides, 15 heritage museums, demonstrations and exhibits, youth passport program, collectibles swap meet, flea market, lots of activities, live music and great food. Admission: $12, kids 12 and under free.

Antique Powerland Museums 3995 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, Ore.

Fiesta Mexicana:

The Fiesta Mexicana in Woodburn is celebrating its 51st Anniversary in 2014. This is a tremendous milestone for the Latino community of Oregon.

Founded in 1963 and originally an “End of Harvest” Fiesta for migrant workers in the Woodburn area, Fiesta Mexicana has grown into one of the premier heritage events in Oregon. In fact, it was named the Best Cultural Event in the state by the Oregon Festival & Event Association 2010. You will experience the people, music, art, food and culture of the Mexican people.

Fiesta Mexicana offers a wide assortment of activities, from music, dance, performing arts, visual arts, children’s activities, soccer tournament, cultural education, authentic Latin food as well a weekend of local and international entertainment.

The Fiesta Mexicana is produced by the Woodburn Area Tourism / Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce, and strives to celebrate the many different aspects of the Hispanic culture.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Legion Park 1385 Park Ave Woodburn, Ore.

Free Summer Concert With Patrick Lamb:

Keizer Rotary Amphitheater. Free Summer Concert with Patrick Lamb, Oregon’s hottest Jazz and Funk Show. Free parking, free admission. All ages. Food, beer and wine available.

Gates open 5:00 p.m. with show time at 6:30 p.m.

Keizer Rapids Park 1900 Chemawa Rd. N

Bike Oregon Wine Country:

Join Eola Hills Wine Cellars for fully supported bike tours through wine country every Sunday in August. Visit local wineries en route - we'll provide lunch and BBQ dinner at the winery. $75.

Sunday - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Eola Hills Wine Cellars Winery and Tasting Room

501 South Pacific Highway 99W Rickreall, Ore.

Fishermen's Bend Celebrating 50th Anniversary:

Fisherman's Bend Recreation Site east of Salem, and two miles west of Mill City, is celebrating 50 years of providing family friendly camping to generations of campers this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Activities celebrating the event include:


9:00 p.m. -- "What's Around The Bend" -- Interpretive video of the recreational opportunities at Fish Bend.


2:00 p.m. Annual Water Fight at the Cottonwoods Ball Field

8:00 p.m. -- History of Fish Bend/Santiam Canyon by long-time Fish Bend Manager J. Grant.


10:00 to 2:00 p.m. -- Classic Car Cruise at the Firs Group Site.

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