By Eugene Magazine

It’s the last week of March, so get out and enjoy the warm weather, but also take in live music, films by Asian-American makers, a workshop for artists, and much more happening around Lane County this week.

Cover photo of a sourdough painted like a chrysanthemum by Dawn Lea of Wild Flour Baking Co. Submit your own photo for the chance to be featured in The Weekender by emailing us or tagging #whywelivehereeug on Instagram!

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Ratie D

Ratie D will inspire you with her performance at the Hult Center on Thursday, singing and playing the mbira as part of the Hult’s 10×10 series. Tune in to this livestream on Thursday! You can also read our story about her here.

Thursday | 7 pm | Virtual | $10 |


DisOrient Asian American Film Festival

The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival is opening this Friday with a full lineup of films, specials, shorts, panel discussions, and Q/A sessions. Join them in celebrating Asian American film creators as they follow this year’s theme: Raising Our Voices.

Through Sunday | Ongoing | Virtual | See website for prices |


Taj Mahal: Livestream Concert Series

Legendary blues and roots musician Taj Mahal will be performing via livestream from the UC Theatre in Berkeley, Calif. This week, tune in for Taj Mahal’s collaboration with Fantastic Negrito.

Saturday | 6 pm | Virtual | $25-$80 |


Dwight Yoakam: One Time Live

Tune in for three virtual performances by Dwight Yoakam and his band, presented by the Hult Center. On Sunday, see them perform Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room.

Sunday | 6 pm | Virtual | $20-$165 |


Financial Wellness for Creatives

On Tuesday, the Lane Arts Council is hosting a workshop, Financial Wellness for Creatives, hosted by Brooke Benson, founder of Not Starving Artists. If you’re a creative freelancer looking to learn more about better managing your finances, this is the workshop for you!

Tuesday | 4:30 pm | Virtual | $25 |


Nat Geo Live: Mysterious Seas

On Wednesday, explore the depths of the oceans with deep-sea biologist Diva Amon and marine biologist David Gruber in this installment of the Hult Center’s virtual Nat Geo Live series. You might see species you’ve never known existed!

Wednesday | 7 pm | Virtual | $20 |


French Regional Dinner: Burgundy

Visit France from afar with a celebration of the Burgundy region thanks to Marche. The stunning meals will all be paired with scrumptious, perfectly curated wine. Call or check out their website to see the full menu and reserve one of the limited in-person spots or order it to go.

Wednesday | 5 pm | Marche, 296 E 5th Ave. | $60 |




Weekend Market

Every weekend, take in the new 5th Street Market Expansion or explore your old favorites while perusing pop up shops and artisans. Grab some food, enjoy displays, and learn about the new businesses in the Market Alley.

Saturday and Sunday | 11 am | 5th Street Public Market, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free admission |


Animal Collective

Now open, Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibition featuring our animal friends. The show includes works by Rick Bartow, Marit Berg, Tom Blodgett, Matthew Dennison, Tallmadge Doyle, Adam Grosowsky, Robert Shlegel, and Betsy Wolfston.

Now through April 10 | During normal gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Lane County Winter Farmers Market

Shop local and fresh at the Lane County Farmers Market! Check their “In Season” page to see what will be available on your shopping list (or expect to be surprised and inspired). This is their last weekend at the Park Blocks. Starting April 3, with the opening of the full market, they will be on 5th Avenue, between High and Oak Streets.

Saturdays through March 27 | 10 am | Oak St. and 8th Ave. | Free admission |


Downtown Eugene Windowfront Exhibitions

Explore downtown Eugene to see the empty storefronts turned into interactive art installations. On display through April 23!

Friday through April 23 | Ongoing | Multiple locations | Free admission |


Random Perfections & Embodied Experience

Maude Kerns Art Center is hosting two exhibits on Friday: Random Perfections & Embodied Experience. Random Perfections, in the Main Gallery, features ceramic pieces by Rebecca Arthur, abstract paintings by Carol Jenkins, and mixed media works by Geralyn Inokuchi. Embodied Experience, in the Salon Gallery, includes cut-paper pieces by Vicki Idema and elaborate sculptures by Karen Russo. Last chance!

Now through March 26 | Regular gallery hours | $3-$5 suggested donation |


Choose Your Own Fitness Adventure: Oregon Edition

The YMCA is encouraging you to be inspired by the stunning nature around us and stick to a six-month fitness challenge along the way! With challenges like swimming the length of the Willamette River (40 miles) and biking the length of the Oregon Timber Trail (670 miles), you’ll feel like you’ve taken on some of our region’s favorite landmarks. Register on their website!

Ongoing through September 12 | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., and around town | $40-$50 |



The House of Strange Rituals will be revealing “Blink,” a collaborative piece with AHFEMME, on display in the window next to the McDonald Theatre.

Now through April 23 | Ongoing | 1038 Willamette St. |


Whiteaker Community Market Windowfront Exhibition and Virtual Market

The Whiteaker Community Market is displaying their vendors and hosting a virtual market, open through mid-April! Peep their windowfront exhibition and shop local!

Now through April 23 | Ongoing | Free admission |


14th annual NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is hosting their annual NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition, displaying the works of K-12 students in the museum’s Education Corridor Galleries. Following the theme of “Art, Hope, and Resilience,” students were encouraged to share their own stories through words and images.

Now through June 14 | Open during normal museum hours | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Ln. | See website for admission prices |