Get your history, music, and lunacy fix this weekend at the UFO Festival in McMinnville! The Hotel Oregon is a beautiful old hotel from 1905, and both the cellar and rooftop bars are lovely. Sallie Ford will be playing there on Friday night, and Willamette Week just named them the "best new band of 2010."
If you're going to stay in town, on Saturday Mayoral candidate Chuck Bennett is going to appear on the Ed Forman show at The Space! "Imagine Stephen Colbert as a libidinous sociopath," said Willamette Week last year about Ed Forman. Bennett clearly isn't uptight! Maybe he'll also get to learn more about the noise ordinance. This sounds like great electoral fun!
Wait, there's more! The Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center is opening this weekend in the space where Blue Pepper used to be! It's all ages, so we're not sure there will be beer there - though the Pepper had a liquor license, the new establishment may not. The building is the 1887 First National Bank block, a totally fitting location for a steampunk-themed cafe! CT kinda likes these modern Victorians.
(Coaster image: Howder's Brewiana)