Downtown Salem

The best time to visit Downtown Salem is right now! With more than 68 restaurants, independent and national retailers, a hotel, and two historic theaters, no visit to downtown is complete without shopping, dining, and entertainment. A variety of coffee shops are conveniently located as you take a walking tour of the historic district. Visit Riverfront Park and the recently completed pedestrian bridge that connects Minto-Brown Island Park and Wallace Marine Park trails.

Improvements are under way in several historic buildings, streetscape and public spaces, and new construction of an office building and residential rental units​—all contributing to downtown vibrancy.

What's happening
Jun. 19
Children and Teen Book Sale10:00 a.m.6:30 p.m.Anderson Rooms A&B
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

More than 2,000 books are available for purchase at bargain prices at this annual sale. Items at the sale also Includie DVD and VHS movies, educational posters, limited edition (limited supply) of Little Green Monster Aliens & Little Lucky Birds, and fun kid activities! Plus lots of great fiction books on sale for the adults! Prices range from 50 cents for childrens/teen books to $1.25 for fiction hardcovers.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Jun. 21
Make Music Day Salem at Salem Public Library11:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.Peace Plaza
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

A variety of acts will offer up live outdoor music for everyone to enjoy as part of the 4th annual Make Music Day in Salem.

11 a.m.-12 noon - Los San Patricios Radio Ensemble

12-12:30 p.m. - A Cafellas, men's a capella from South Salem High School

12:30-1:15 p.m. - Rocky Lavine (singer/songwriter; folk and jazz)

1:15-2 p.m. - Pedro & Tribe Culture (Latin; reggae; world)

2-2:45 p.m. - Vanessa Areli (indie-rock singer/songwriter)

2:45-3:30 p.m. - Guitar Jam Session (mass guitar lesson from Martin Guitar; free songbooks to keep)

Free and open to the public. (Rain location: Loucks Auditorium)

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Jun. 29
Zach Urness shares Great Hikes With (or Without) Kids2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Author and journalist Zach Urness shares highlights from his latest book, Great Hikes with Kids: Oregon to kick off summer in outdoor style. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase through a partnership with The Book Bin.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jul. 04
Independence Day Office Closure

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Aug. 01
Night of 1,000 Stars: Teen Talent Showcase6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy as talented middle and high school-aged youth team up for a night of entertainment and fun at Salem Public Library. Performers have been selected through audition. The show is free and open to the public, with seating on first-come, first-seated basis.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Contact us

Kenny LarsonCommunications and Community Engagement Manager
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301
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