15 things to do in Albany this March (Part 1)

Photo of a woman in a brightly colored riding outfit riding a purebred horse at the NW Horse Show & Expo in Albany Oregon

Looking for fun this March? Below, we’ve highlighted events all across Linn County that will appeal to family members of all ages. In fact, there’s so many activities we have to split our monthly blog into two parts. So enjoy “Part 1” and come back in another week or so for the second half. For even more fun, check out our full online calendar.

March 6th The Albany Historic Carousel & Museum is hosting “A Wee Bit o’ Fun” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Join the critters for rides, make-and-take activities, Leprechaun Bingo and $5 dinner specials. Rides are unlimited with pot-o-gold raffles every ride – all for the $5 admission fee.

March 6 Ever heard the phrase, “Now cut that out?” Well, two local artisans, Melissa Babcock Saylor and Linda Herd, will share their “cut-it-out!” pieces at Gallery Calapooia for a First Friday reception on March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Saylor specializes in paper collage works and Herd in hand-sawn jewelry. Their show will remain up for the month of March in case you miss the reception.

graphic with bearded person holding beerMarch 7 from 2 to 5 p.m., It’s time for the “Beards and Brews Festival.” Celebrate luxurious facial hair and quaff delicious frothy beverages at Calapooia Brewing Co.’s annual fundraiser. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

March 7 from 4 to 9 p.m., get your brews on at the “3rd Annual Albany Taps & Caps,” presented by 3 Sheets Brewery & Taproom, The Growler Garage & Tap House, No Rails Ale House, Deluxe Brewing, Calapooia Brewing Company, and the Albany Downtown Association. This is a fundraiser benefiting Furniture Share. For tickets and information call the Albany Downtown Association at 541-928-2469 or visit ADA’s website.

March 7 From 5:30 to 8 p.m., join your friends for a fun evening supporting children’s literacy at “Library Uncorked!” Taste wine, beer and cider from the Pacific Northwest and bid on cool items in the silent auction. Ticket holders receive a unique event glass, five tasting tickets, an opportunity to win a grand prize drawing, delicious hors d’oeuvres and music by the Bush Pilots. Tickets are available at both the main library and the Carnegie, at the Friends Bookstore or purchase online.

March 10 At noon in the Lebanon Public Library, historian Tony Farque will tell the story of the Santiam Wagon Road. Sponsored by the Lebanon Museum and the library, the program is open to all and free of charge. Audience members are welcome to bring a lunch and eat while they listen. The library is located at 55 Academy St. in Lebanon.

Woman dressed in Civil War Era costume at the Albany Regional Museum in Oregon March 11 from noon to 1p.m. If you haven’t attended a History Bites presentation at the Albany Regional Museum, what are you waiting for? Conveniently scheduled once per month during the lunch hour, these free presentations almost always entertain and educate on life in our community over the last few centuries. Previous topics have included the history of nutria and how they infamously populated the Willamette Valley, and Civil War Era clothing for women and children. Topics to be announced, so stay tuned, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear from the museum! (The photo is from last month’s presentation and presenter Linda Steffen.) 

Save the Dates for the marvelously nutty play “Squirrel Lake” at the Albany Civic Theater. Through a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, things go terribly and hysterically wrong for a family gathering for a reading of a will. Performances at 7:30: March 6, 7, 12, 13, 14. Performance at 2:30 on March 8. For tickets and more info view ACT’s website.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED! March 13 and 14 ((((The “Fly Tyers & Fly Fishing Expo”)))). For more information, visit the event website.

March 13 — LBCC CONCERT CANCELED.

Photo of people in boat.March 14 Take to the calm waters of Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, Oregon. from 9 to 11 a.m., Bring your kayak, canoe, or other non-motorized watercraft and join “Build Lebanon Trails,” as they follow the water trail on the lake. Learn about the history and the development of this crown jewel of the Lebanon trail system plan. *Please note: in order to participate, you must sign a waiver and use all required safety gear as listed by the organizers. Read about requirements and registration at the organizer website.

March 14 — IRUN FOR KIDS POSTPONED:  The “17th Annual iRun for Kids” race will be rescheduled. Telephone 541-979-2773 for more information.

March 14 — 1st ANNUAL CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED:  Due to actions combating the coronavirus, this event will be rescheduled, according to the Albany Fire Department Facebook page.

March 14 and 15 Will you see a little red corvette at the mall? Come find out during the annual “Corvette Show” at Heritage Mall in Albany. This event is free and sponsored by the Beaver State Corvette Club Members. For more info visit the mall’s Facebook events page.

March 20, 21, 22HORSE FAIR CANCELED: Due to the governor’s ban on events of 250 people or larger to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Annual NW Horse Fair & Expo at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany has been canceled. Organizers of the event say the fair will be back next year, March 26-28, 2021. For more information, visit the event website.

March 30POSTPONED.  “History Sips” with the Albany Regional Museum at Deluxe Brewing and Sinister Distillery, 635 NE Water Ave in Albany, from 7 to 8 p.m. The topic is “The History of Women in Brewing.” Admission to the presentation is free (spirited and brewed libations available for purchase). Donations gratefully accepted and go towards the operation of ARM.

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