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Make a Day of It at the 2018 Salem Winter Brewfest

Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

The next installment of this series is the Salem Winter Brewfest!

Everyone in Portland is probably familiar with brew festivals – the events where a variety of local, regional, and nationwide breweries come together in one location to show off two or three of their beers (or ciders). For beer drinkers, they are a pretty awesome time. But, if you have attended one in PDX before, you may also be familiar with large crowds and, subsequently hugely long lines. While I don’t feel that this is a deal breaker (I feel, it allows more time to chat with your friends), it can be nice to be in a more manageable location at times.

The 2018 Salem Winter Brewfest, returns to the Oregon State Capitol Mall for the 4th year from January 31 – February 3rd.

First the running:

As the Capitol Mall is right in downtown Salem, it’s no too hard to trek a half-mile or so West or South to hit Riverfront Park or Bush Park (respectively). There are miles of trails in each, and both provide some of the premier areas to run. However, since the Capitol is literally right there, it may be more your style to actually run along the mall and around the building. There aren’t a ton of trails right nearby, but if you run this “upside-down T” shaped route, you can put in just over a mile with each loop. Feel free to then hop over State Street and put in a few miles running in and around Willamette University’s small campus for some additional mileage.

More about the Brewfest:

With the Capitol Building just outside the main tent doors, you aren’t going to find a much better backdrop. A sampling of just some of the participants are:

Check back for the full line-up of beers they will be showcasing, but expect some old favorites, as well as some new options as well. I personally excited to see some of the local breweries from Salem’s blossoming brewery scene – Vagabond, Santiam, Gilgamesh, Salem Ale Works, Anthem Cider, and Wandering Aengus Cider. There will be local food trucks and options on tap inside the giant heated tent, as well as live entertainment:

Follow the event on Facebook for all the updates.

2018 Event Dates:

  • January 31 – February 3, 2018 (Wednesday – Saturday)


  • WEDNESDAY:  4pm to 10pm
  • THURSDAY:  4pm to 10pm
  • FRIDAY:  4pm to 11pm
  • SATURDAY:  11am to 11pm

Cost: Purchase tickets here:

  • FREE on Wednesday
  • $5 on Thursday
  • $15 from Friday & Saturday
    • Tickets on Friday and Saturday include a commemorative glass and 4 taste tickets
  • $25 for Weekend Pass
About Matt Rasmussen (1234 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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