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Riverfront Park is the City’s premier urban event park, located along the Willamette River and in close proximity to businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and other parks and trails. The park is also home to a number of Salem’s annual events, including The World Beat Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Summer Movies in The Park, Holiday Tree Lighting, and many walk/run events. 

The 26-acres of existing parkland is the result of industrial land conversion. Paper, flour, and woolen mills, as well as a coal gasification plant and an auto junkyard formerly occupied the site. Today, it features large grassy areas, an amphitheater, play equipment, a splash pad, and a covered Rotary Pavilion. A dock provides access to the Willamette River and the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler.

*ID required and will be checked at the door of the event, even if you are part of the Willamette Marathon and Half Marathon event.

Riverfront Park is also home to Salem’s Riverfront CarouselA.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and the EcoEarth Globe. It connects to Minto-Brown Island Park by the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and to Wallace Marine Park by the Union Street Railroad Bridge.

(above description taken from the City of Salem website.)

The closest airport to the City of Salem is the Portland International Airport. Drive time from the airport to Salem is 70 minutes. Salem provides a wide variety of lodging options to best accommodate you on your stay.


For assistance in finding the best accommodations for you or seeing what other great dining, shopping, and recreational opportunities abound be sure and visit Travel Salem online at

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