By Eugene Magazine

On Thursday night, we will bid adieu to 2020, and look to 2021 with hope for a brighter year. Celebrate the changing of the years and get a solid start to the new year with these events around Lane County.

Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines.

Sleep Squad

Starting this week, join the Hult Center and Story Pirates in helping your little ones (ages four to 12) get to sleep and learn something along the way. Starring Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper, you’ll be guided through three different virtual experiences, adapted from kid-written stories. Each ticket holder will receive a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” to accompany their adventure.

Now through Feb. 21 | Ongoing | Virtual | $35 | hultcenter.org

Cleopatra

Ballet Fantastique is bringing a presentation of their 2018 performance of Cleopatra for your New Year’s Eve viewing pleasure. And, if there are a few left, you can pair your viewing with a delicious meal from Lion & Owl.

Thursday | 8 pm | Virtual | $20-$250 | balletfantastique.org

Pink Martini: Good Riddance 2020

The Hult Center is bringing a virtual performance by “little orchestra” Pink Martini to your screens this New Year’s Eve. Filmed in from of a 35-foot Christmas Tree, the performance will include fan favorites and holiday classics.

Thursday | 6 pm | Virtual | $15-$35 | hultcenter.org

Eugene Opera’s NYE Special

The Eugene Opera is hosting a virtual concert, featuring beloved arias and duets, Viennese operetta selections, and American folk standards. Check out their website to see what fully awaits you!

Thursday | 7 pm | Virtual | $15-$100 | eugeneopera.org

KindTree-Autism Rocks East Coast New Year’s Eve Party

KindTree, Autism Society Oregon, and Club EMU are joining forces to host a virtual East Coast New Year’s Eve Party. Tune in for scavenger hunts, music and dancing, games, and much more! Dress up as your favorite character!

Thursday | 7 pm | Virtual | Free | kindtree.org

Ninkasi Virtual Trivia

Ninkasi Brewing is hosting a virtual trivia night, hosted by Ty Connor! Crack open a cold one to pair with a night of trivial pursuits and piano tunes.

Thursday | 7 pm | Virtual | Free | facebook.com

YMCA 2021 Reset

The Y is offering a way to start the new year on the right foot with their six-week 2021 Health Reset Challenge. Through this program, you’ll be given the tools to stick to your health and fitness resolutions.

Register until Jan. 18 | Ongoing | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., and Virtual | $20-$30 | eugeneymca.org

Virtual Artist Talk: Hallie Ford Fellows

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is hosting a virtual artist talk, featuring Hallie Ford Fellows Avantika Bawa, Pat Boas, and Elizabeth Malaska. They will discuss materials, formal concerns, and methods of making. Register on their website!

Wednesday | 5 pm | Virtual | Free | jsma.uoregon.edu


Ideas on Tap: Art Saved My Life

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be hosting their monthly “Ideas on Tap” series, this month featuring writer, educator, and creative revolutionist Renee Mitchell, who will be speaking on how “Art Saved My Life.”

Wednesday | 6 pm | Virtual | Free | mnch.uoregon.edu

Have a virtual or socially distant event that’s open to the public? Submit your event for consideration!