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Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol

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Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The second Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol will surely delight many with a diverse group of cultures being celebrated and on center stage at the Capitol. See performances from groups representing China, Samoa, Hawaii, India and the Philippines. There will be activities for the entire family. Learn about many upcoming events throughout Oregon in May for Asian and Pacific Island Month. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Parking is free on the weekends. There will be three tours to the observation platform at the top of the Capitol at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Those tours are free, weather permitting and capacity controlled. First-come, first served. 

Schedule of Events

10 a.m.                        Paradise of Samoa Dance Performance, Front Steps

10:30 a.m.                  CABA Lion Dance Performance, Front Steps, Take your photo with the lions!

11 a.m.                        "Fun in the Sun" by Ukephoria, Rotunda

                                    Tower Tour

Noon                           Philippine Cebuano Dancers and Friends of Salem join Filipino American Friendship Club for a performance of Barrio Fiesta Suite, Front Steps

                                    Tower Tour

12:30 p.m.                  Chinese Friendship Association of Portland Fitness Dance Team, Rotunda

1 p.m.                          HULA Maidens, Front Steps

                                    Tower Tour

1:30 p.m.                    Kalabharathi School of Dance, Rotunda

 

BOOTHS:10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

·         Lan Su Gardens 

·         Greater Salem Filipino American Association

·         Filipino American National Historical Society

·         World Beat 

·         Memorial Healing Garden by the Asian Pacific Family Club

·         Micronesian Islander Community

·         Oregon Marshallese Community

·         Chinese Friendship Association

·         AARP Diversity Group​

·         Oregon China Sister State Relation Council 


    

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April



Capitol Mall in Spring

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

April 3 – 28 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

 

Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars #661 Uniform Display Museum

April 2-20, Free

This annual exhibit is one of the Capitol's most visited.  Every year Salem's VFW displays newly acquired uniforms in the Galleria. This year's exhibit features 60 uniforms, including a husband and wife team, a WWI Medal of Honor winner and an Imperial Japanese Army WWII uniform. For more information on this exhibit, please call Tom Vanderhoof with VFW #661 at 503-589-9376.    


Oregon Arts Commission Exhibit in the Governor's Office Presents Amanda Wojick

April 9 to May 31, Free

Eugene artist Amanda Wojick exhibits "The Space is Always" in the Governor's Office until May 31. Wojick's work explores a collision of abstraction and everyday life. Using layered texture, vibrant colors and irregular shapes, she weaves together elements of painting, sculpture and collage. This exhibition is made possible in part through the support of the MacDowell Colony and the Oregon Arts Commission. For more information visit www.oregonartscommission.org.​


Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 26​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Oregon State Capitol has a Take Your Child to Work Day fun pack available for this year's event. A walking tour brochure of State Capitol State Park, a park scavenger hunt sheet, and a state seal scavenger hunt sheet are all available at the Information Kiosk. Families can also go on a self-guided building tour. SORRY -- NO TOWER TOURS are available this day.


 

 OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Penina Taesali
Thursday, April 26, Noon in Hearing Room C. Free.

Writer, poet, educator, and cultural arts activist, Penina Taesali is the author of Sourcing Siapo. Sourcing Siapo is a full-length book of poetry that courageously reveals lost family stories. Taesali's latest work, a chapbook: Summons: Love Letters to the People, debuted at the Salem Poetry Project at the end of March. Taesali's books will be for sale during the event in the Oregon Capitol Store and she will be available to sign the titles after her presentation. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


 

Exploring Oregon's Heritage: Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol celebrates the rich impact of the many diverse cultures of this large geographic areas peoples to our state. Come celebrate the day with exhibits, performances, booths, music and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 

May

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

May 1 – 31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, subject to guide availability due to school tours (please call in advance.) Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

    

Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation Exhibit

May 1-11​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.

For 150 years, Oregon State University has provided access to a high-quality college education for all Oregonians, solving tough challenges through groundbreaking research, serving community needs, and propelling the state and global economy. Following the Morrill Act of 1862, the Oregon Legislative Assembly designated Corvallis College as the state’s land grant college on October 27, 1868. Today, Oregon State serves more than 31,800 students and continues its land grant mission to reach communities across the state through OSU Extension Service operations in all 36 counties.​


This Place Matters Exhibit 

May 14-31​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.

The Salem Historic Landmarks Commission sponsored and will install this exhibit in honor of Historic Preservation Month, May 2017.  The photos on display highlight Salem's historic buildings, neighborhoods and places that matter to Salem residents. 

 

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June

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

June 1 – 30 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, subject to guide availability due to school tours (please call in advance June 1-13.) Free. Tower Tours start on June 19! Visit the Oregon Pioneer, tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

 

Make Music Salem

June 21​, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. FREE.

Make Music Day Salem celebrates a diverse range of music with free concerts at numerous locations throughout downtown. For more information about the line up planned, click here.​

 

 

July

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

July 1 – 29 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

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August

 


Tour Your Capitol and Parks

August 1 – 31 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

 

HOOPLA

August 4 and 5

HOOPLA returns! This is not a Capitol-sponsored event, or an Oregon State Capitol Foundation event. HOOPLA does take place in front of our building though! For more information on HOOPLA, please see their website.



September

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

September 1 – 30 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.


 

OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Kerani Mitchell - Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians.

Thursday, September 6, Noon in Hearing Room C. Free.

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project is coming to the Capitol to beg the question -- What Makes Us Oregonians? This Oregon State Capitol Foundation Speaker Series presentation comes right before our first Multicultural Day of Celebration at the Capitol. Kerani Mitchell will present in hearing room C at noon. This will also be streamed online at www.oregonlegislature.gov. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.



 

Hispanic Heritage Day

Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

The Capitol celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic people and their impact on Oregon. Festivities include booths, music, dancing and more. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


October

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

October 3 – 31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.


 

 

OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Jennifer Roberts - Stone Soup

Thursday, October 4, Noon in Hearing Room C. Free.

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project is coming to the Capitol to have a discussion about the importance of recipes. This Oregon State Capitol Foundation Speaker Series presentation comes right before our fourth annual Oregon's Bounty event, which celebrates the agricultural harvest. Jennifer Roberts will present in hearing room C at noon. This will also be streamed online at www.oregonlegislature.gov. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.



 

Oregon's Bounty
Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free​

Capitol Galleria/State Capitol State Park Event will showcase the variety of crops harvested in Oregon and shared with the world. Families are encouraged to learn about the significance of agriculture through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. This will be a free, fun learning event for kids and adults with lots of hands-on activities and displays. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.​


November

 


              

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

November 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

A Tribute to Veterans

Friday, November 9, Noon to 2 p.m.   Free

Pay tribute to our military veterans at our annual event. This year we will be dedicating a new plaque at the Oregon Medal of Honor Memorial, and MOH recipient Robert Maxwell will be present. For more information on this event, please contact Visitor Services at 503-986-1388.



Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tuesday, November 27, 5:30 p.m. Free

Help kick off Holidays at the Capitol with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. A musical performance will transpire from 5 to 5:30 p.m. before the tree lighting ceremony begins. This fun-filled night delights families with a visit from Santa, the Grand Tree coming alive with lights, a model railroad train, free refreshments and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 


 

Holidays at the Capitol

November 28-December 22 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Free

The Capitol Rotunda is filled with sounds of the season with visiting choirs throughout the state. There is chair seating available and Capitol holiday decor is sure to add to your visit!  This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 

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December

 



Tour Your Capitol and Parks

December 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

No guided building tours in the month of December. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

Holidays at the Capitol

Through December 22 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Free​ 

December 18-22, daily performances are limited as schools are no longer in session. Please refer to schedule for performance times.

The Capitol Rotunda is filled with sounds of the season with visiting choirs throughout the state. There is chair seating available and Capitol holiday decor is sure to add to your visit! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 


 

Oregon Capitol Store for the Holidays 

                        

Come by to see a vast array of the Oregon gourmet foods and beverages that our Oregon Capitol Store carries. Create a small or large gift basket with your choice of delicious treats! Or get some new holiday decor.



January

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

January 2-31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.


             



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February

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

February 1-28 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. ​Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.​​

 

Oregon's 159th Birthday Party

Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Our Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we will have costumed history interpreters, historic re-enactments, activities for children, period music, covered wagons and a stagecoach, free birthday cake while supplies last and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


March

 


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Tour Your Capitol and Parks

March 1 – 31 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival

March ​

The Salem Theatre Network will hold its third annual Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival in March in Salem. The three-day event features 15 performances and five workshops in six venues across the city. The Salem Theatre Network is an alliance of 12 theater organizations with the mission of supporting, promoting, and uniting theatre communities in and around Salem. The festival brings together all the network's member organizations and theater lovers in a three-day celebration of all things theater. Visit  https://salemtheatrenetwork.org/​.​

Cherry Blossom Day

Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol celebrates the rich impact of the Japanese culture on Oregon and the history of the cherry industry. Come celebrate the day with exhibits, booths, music and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

  

 
 
 
 

Spring Break Passport to Fun! Program

March 25 to 29, 2019

 

It's back! The Spring Break Passport to Fun! program will run March 25-29, 2019. The Oregon State Capitol, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center, World Beat Gallery and Salem Art Association have partnered to bring free activities to families. You can enter to win a prize basket at any of the locations. For more information, call Visitor Services at the Capitol, 503-986-1388. 

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