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
Aug. 19
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Street Cars of Salem6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Brush up on your Salem history with this fascinating class about the days when street cars were in use here.

Presenter: Mark Kavanagh

Phone: 503-588-6303

Aug. 20
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Presentation and Tour with Park Ranger9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Riverfront Park
500 Water ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Enjoy a presentation at the Riverfront Pavillion, followed by a guided walk into Minto-Brown Island Park with knowledgable Park Ranger Mike Zieker. Please bring binoculars if you have them. There will be approximately 3-5 miles of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Presenter: Mike Zieker

Phone: 503-588-6303

Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Ink Blot Art10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Have fun expressing your creative side with this free class! All ages welcome. Taught by experienced art instructor Stacie Clark. The Plaza is located between JC Penney and the Chemeketa Parkade.

Presenter: Stacie Clark

Phone: 503-588-6303

Aug. 21
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Summer Salads11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Wednesday Farmers Market
530 Chemeketa ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Join us as we create a delicious summer salad using local ingredients from the Salem Farmers' Market. Demonstration by Health and Wellness Coordinator Kanoe Barth, of Center 50+.

Presenter: Kanoe Barth

Phone: 503-588-6303

Aug. 22
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Beaded Bangle Bracelet1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Create your own beaded bangle bracelet in an outdoor setting, under guidance of an experienced instructor. The plaza is located between JC penney and the Chemeketa Parkade. This class is also scheduled for September 12th at the same location.

Presenter: Mona West

Phone: 503-588-6303

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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