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Featured Event: The Oregon Pioneer's 80th Birthday Party

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On Tuesday, September 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. we will be celebrating the Oregon Pioneer's 80th birthday with a free, family-friendly event in the West Galleria area of the Oregon State Capitol. 

                  • ​Come and learn more about the pioneer who stands watch atop the Capitol.
                  • Hear from Jenny Bordan, the school child who came up with the idea for the 1980s "Pennies for the Pioneer" campaign.
                  • Make a pioneer ornament to decorate the national Christmas tree in Washington DC.
                  • Learn more about the "What I Like About the Oregon Outdoors" essay contest for 4th graders through the US Department of Forestry.
                  • and more!



    

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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. Please call ahead to see if Tower Tours are planned as usual, 503-986-1388Self-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 around the building though and will close off Court Street in front of the building between July 31 to August 5. The Capitol is still open for regular business and tours! For more information on HOOPLA, please see their website.


 

Margaret Prentice's "Love of Landscape" in the Governor's Ceremonial Office

August 2 through September 27, Free

The natural landscapes of Margaret Prentice's oil paintings are part of an artistic career that has spanned papermaking, etchings, woodcut prints and paintings, and has at its foundation the practice of drawing. Prentice's experience of a particular place in time –the space, light and shadows, reflections on water, the atmosphere – is translated into each composition. The paintings lead the viewer's eye through the picture plane with the direction of lights and darks, and the rhythm of brushstrokes. As viewers are drawn into the depicted landscapes, they are reminded of their own special experience in nature. Come and see this Oregon Arts Commission-sponsored show until September 27. 


 

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. Please call ahead to see if Tower Tours are planned as usual, 503-986-1388​. 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.


 


 

Our Shared Heritage: Multicultural Day at the Capitol - We Are All Oregonians

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

 

The Capitol celebrates the many diverse cultures that make up the rich heritage of Oregonians. 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 - The Bounty of Recipes

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

 

Jennifer Roberts 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 until November 12. 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 160th 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. 


 

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

DATES TBD,  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.    

Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 25​, 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. Minimal activities are available at the Information Kiosk. Families can also go on a self-guided building tour, volunteers will be stationed throughout the building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SORRY -- NO TOWER TOURS are available this day.

 

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

Saturday, April 27, 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.

   

This Place Matters Exhibit 

May 20-31​, 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. 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 Tours 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. Please call ahead to see if Tower Tours are planned as usual, 503-986-1388. 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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