By Eugene Magazine

Festival season is kicking off, with multiple events that extend all weekend long. Head to the coast, stay in town, or cheer on the brave runners in the Eugene Marathon.

UO Women’s Lacrosse Pac-12 Tournament

The UO Women’s Lacrosse team is hosting the annual Pac-12 Tournament this weekend at Pape Field. Cheer on the Ducks as they take on all their league rivals.

Thursday-Sunday | See website for match schedule | Pape Field, 2727 Leo Harris Pkwy. | $13.50-$19.50 |

GloryBee Bee Weekend

GloryBee is hosting their annual Bee Weekend this Friday and Saturday, offering two days of beekeeping learning, bee pre-order pick up, demonstrations, honey samples, food, and more. This event is open to the whole community, whether you’re a seasoned beekeeper or just want to know how you can help save the bees.

Friday, 9:30 am; Saturday, 9 am | GloryBee, 29548 B Airport Rd. |

ArtSpark Gala

Join ArtSpark, a local organization that works to celebrate and bring the arts to area schools, for their annual gala and auction this Friday. There will be dinner and entertainment, a wine wall, a dessert dash, and an art auction, all benefitting ArtSpark’s programs.

Friday | 6 pm | The Shedd, 868 High St. | $100 |


Head to the coast for FlorenceFest, the annual festival celebrating Oregon wineries, jazz music, and art. All weekend, enjoy wine tastings from 12 different wineries, a juried art show and sale curated by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, and jazz performances from Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection, Soul Vaccination, Inner Limits, The Flat Nines, Kerry Politzer Trio, Maree Beers Quartet, and Sunny Sundstrom.

Friday and Saturday | 2 pm | Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence | $20-$25 | 21+ |

Wildcraft Fiddlehead Festival

Wildcraft Cider Works is celebrating their annual celebration focused around spring botanicals. There will be live music, artists, food, and flowing pints. Learn from experts and local nonprofits while enjoying ciders and grooving to the music.

Friday, 6 pm; Saturday, 1 pm | Wildcraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. | $8-$15 |

Eugene Marathon

This weekend is the Eugene Marathon! Runners have been training for months to take on the 26.2-mile course that wraps through Eugene and along the river. There is also a half marathon, a 5K, and a kids’ Duck Dash. Full and half marathon participants can get a free massage, and all participants can enjoy pancakes after the race. All weekend there will be other events, including an expo at the Lane Events Center.

Saturday, 8 am: Kids Duck Dash; 8:30 am: Eugene 5K; Sunday, 7 am: Full and half marathon start | See website for routes and maps | $30-$130 |

Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Need a few more plants to complete your spring garden? The Lane County Master Gardener Association is hosting their annual plant sale and silent auction to help you fill in those gaps. They will have a large selection, including annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vegetable, herbs, and much more. There will also be booths from local organizations, a Kids Zone, and a huge silent auction.

Saturday | 9 am | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13thAve. | Free admission|

McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival

Celebrate the history of drift boats on the McKenzie River at the Wooden Boat Festival this Saturday, which is also opening day of fishing season. Learn about the history, area wildlife, and the boats themselves.

Saturday | 10 am | Eagle Rock Lodge, 49198 McKenzie Hwy., Vida | Free |

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

This Saturday, the Eugene Family YMCA is bringing together community families for a free event focused on inspiring kids to stay mentally and physically healthy. Join them for a bounce house, bike repair, ping pong tables, oversize games, raffles, crafting opportunities, and much more.

Saturday | 11 am | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St. | Free |

Cherry Blossom Festival at LaVelle Vineyards

For the fourth year, LaVelle Vineyards is celebrating the beauty of the season at their annual Cherry Blossom Festival starting this Saturday. There will be vendor booths, live music, chocolate, food from different purveyors, and delicious wines. The celebration will continue next weekend as well.

Saturday | 12 pm | LaVelle Vineyards, 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira | Free admission |

An Afternoon with Beethoven

The Eugene Symphony presents a family concert: An Afternoon with Beethoven, bringing together families to show kids the magic of music. The performance will go through the composer’s life story and his music, while teaching the audience about music, the orchestra, and instruments. In the lobby before the show, there will be an instrument petting zoo, “Sound, Music, Physics!” with the UO Physics department, and “Song Circle—Ode to Joy!”

Sunday | 1:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $12.50-$22.50 |

The Oregon Ballet in Florence

The Oregon Ballet OBT2 troupe is visiting Florence this weekend for performances that include classical, romantic, neo-classical, and contemporary styles.

Sunday | 2 pm | Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence | $10-$20 |

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Adapted from the book of the same name by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, is coming to the Hult Center this Tuesday. Watch the title character battle it out with Greek gods on his quest to figure out his newly discovered powers.

Tuesday | 7:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $35-$71.50 |

Staff Restaurant Pick: Bao Bao House

Bao Bao House, located in the heart of downtown near the Park Blocks, is the perfect place to stop in for your bao fix. Dine in or take out, the restaurant offers classic flavors and dishes, as well as chef specials to keep you coming back. Try their large selection of dumplings or steam fried bao zi in pork or curry. If you’re craving some good soup, the noodle with big mac pork chop is worth trying.

Bao Bao House | 868 W Park St. | Wed-Mon, 11 am-9 pm |