From markets to a half-marathon, Corvallis residents can look forward to plenty of events in 2023

Wes Flow, News Contributor

With a new year comes new opportunities, and there will be plenty of events both on campus and around town for Oregon State University students and Corvallis residents in 2023.

The 2023 season of the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market begins on Jan. 14 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. According to the Winter Market website, the market will be held every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until April 8.

The Arts Center, located on Madison Ave., is turning 60 in 2023, with a celebration planned for Jan. 21. The event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., is open to the public, according to The Arts Center website.

The Corvallis Community Center is going to host C3 GameCon, a gaming convention, on Feb. 17 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are available on the City of Corvallis website, with advance one day admission costing $12 and two day passes $18 when purchased in advance.

The LaSells Stewart Center will be presenting a pair of pianists during the winter and spring. Russian-born pianist Sofya Gulyak will be performing at the center on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m., and Spanish pianist Martín García García will be there on May 7 at 4 p.m. Ticket prices for both shows are $25 in advance, or $28 at the door, according to Corvallis-OSU Piano International.

Runners may be interested in a pair of races taking place on April 15: The Corvallis Half Marathon and 5k. Organized by the Rotary Club of Corvallis After Five, both events will start and finish on Ralph Miller Lane, with the half marathon starting at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k at 9 a.m., according to the event’s website. There is a registration fee for both, with the 5k being $35 for those who register by Feb. 28, and the half marathon $75 for entrants who register by Feb. 28.

Over the summer, the Corvallis Knights, an amateur baseball team in the West Coast League, will be playing games in June, July and early August, according to the team website. The team plays home games at Goss Stadium, on the Oregon State University campus.

The 50th annual Corvallis Fall Festival will be taking place on Sept. 23 and 24, taking place in Central Park. The event is an outdoor, free to attend art festival, with vendors selling a variety of handcrafted items. According to the Corvallis Fall Festival website, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept 23, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 24.

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