Special Events

General Information

Welcome to the City of Salem's Special Events. Listed below are some of the events thatSalem Parks and Recreation the Parks and Recreation Department puts on for Salem and our growing community each year. We have something for everyone in your family from kids' holiday events; to outdoor music concerts with local, regional, and national performers; craft brewery events; to half marathon road races. Keep checking back with us to stay up to date on new and exciting events.

If you have any questions or if your business wants to sponsor an event, please feel free to give us a call at 540-375-3057.

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Community Events


Join us for some of the area's best Jazz music at Longwood Park! Admission is free and food and drink will be available for purchase. Salem Catering will be selling beer and wine, but patrons are not allowed to bring alcohol into the venue. No pets allowed.


Cost: Free of charge

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024

Food: Lazy Bulldog, The Tailgate, Saltys Lobster, Wicked Lemon

Location: Longwood Park

Time: 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Sponsors:infirst Federal Credit Union

Virginia Market

Family Friendly

Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. The movie starts at dusk. Admission is free. Movie time snacks will be available to purchase from Big Fun Events.

Time: Movies start at dusk (around 8:30 pm) unless otherwise specified

Location: Kiwanis Park

Food Truck: The Tailgate

2024 Dates and Movies:


Calling all children ages 3 to 10 years old! Come to the Salem Civic Center Fields for an Easter Egg Hunt and to visit with the Easter Bunny.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm.

Egg Hunt Times: Hunts will be run approximately every 15 minutes with roughly 25 participants per hunt.

Hunts for the two younger age groups (3 and 4, 5 and 6) will be on the back field with the two older age groups (7 and 8, 9 and 10) using the front field.


Salem Distance Run

Join us for the 50th anniversary Salem Distance Run!

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2024

Time: 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. 

Location: Races will begin on Main St. in Downtown Salem and end at Longwood Park

Distances: 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Registration Link- Registration opens on March 1st