By Eugene Magazine | Published August 2018

Beer and fermentation take center stage this weekend. These delicious local sips with fantastic music and showing either your Scandinavian or LGBTQA pride (or both!) make the perfect combination!

Pints Gone Wild: Cascadia Wildland fundraiser

Benefitting the Cascadia Wildlands, join Ninkasi Brewing as part of their Pints for a Cause series. Starting at noon, $1 from every pint sold in the Tasting Room will go directly to the Cascadia Wildlands, which works to protect and preserve the wild lands and ecosystems around the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday | 12 pm | Ninkasi Brewing Company, 272 Van Buren St. | Free admission |

Mule Fest at Tap & Growler

Drink your fill of mules at Mule Fest at the Tap & Growler this weekend. Taste their mule-tastic experiments, all served in the traditional copper cup. There will also be live music by Breakers Yard on Thursday and Tim McLaughlin on Saturday.

Thursday-Saturday | 11:30 am | The Tap & Growler, 207 E 5thAve. | Free admission |

Suburban Homecraft: Fermentation

Learn the art of fermentation with the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House as part of their Suburban Homecraft series. You’ll learn how to naturally preserve vegetables the way the pioneers did and how to ferment natural fruit beverages and naturally corned beef. Register on their website before all the spots fill up!

Saturday | 10 am | Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette St. | $25 |

Eugene-Springfield PRIDE Festival 

Show your LGBTQA pride at the Eugene-Springfield PRIDE Festival this Saturday. Hosted by Fabulous Diva Simone Slaughter and KEZI’s Bryan Anderson, join them for speeches, performances from Soulicisious and the Gay Men’s Chorus (among others), drag entertainment, and much much more!

Saturday | 12 pm | Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd. | $5 donation |

Oakridge Keg & Cask Festival 

Presented by Alpine Stream Construction, head east this Saturday for the 10thannual Oakridge Keg and Cask Festival! There will be delicious food trucks, live music, and of course, beer and wines galore! Enjoy your favorites or find something new in their collection of contributing breweries, wineries, and cideries!

Saturday | 3 pm | E 1stSt., between Oak and Alder, Oakridge | Free admission |

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Continuing this weekend, enjoy free Shakespeare in the park. This year, they’ll be presenting performances of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, directed by Sharon Se’love. Performances are Saturday and Sunday evenings through August.

Saturdays and Sundays through August 26 | 6 pm | South Lawn, Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St. | Free admission |

Oregon Festival of American Music 

Finishing this weekend, celebrate the American music greats at the Shedd with their annual Oregon Festival of American Music (OFAM). They’re continuing their theme from last year: In the Hands of the Muses: Tributes to Songbook Masters and Mentors. The festival is full of talks, live perfromances, films, and much more to pay homage to our country’s musical legacy. Here’s what’s going on this week (see their website for ticketing details):

Film:Summer Stock | Wednesday | 10 am | Sheffer Recital Hall |

Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues with Byron Stripling | Wednesday | 1:30 pm | Jaqua Concert Hall |

Talk: Pioneer Singers of American Pop: Tucker, Greene, and Harris with Ian Whitcomb | Wednesday | 5 pm | Sheffer Recital Hall |

A Night in New Orleans, directed by Byron Stripling | Wednesday | 8 pm | Jaqua Concert Hall |

Film:College Swing | Thursday | 10 am | Sheffer Recital Hall |

Centerpiece: Notes on a life in Broadway Jazz, directed by Vicki Brabham | Thursday | 1:30 pm | Jaqua Concert Hall |

Tom McDermott and the music of New Orleans | Thursday | 5 pm | Sheffer Recital Hall |

La Vie en Rose: Edith Piaf et la chanson, directed by Siri Vik | Thursday | 8 pm | Jaqua Concert Hall |

Film:It Happened in Brooklyn | Friday | 10 am | Sheffere Recital Hall |

Community Sing-Along: Songs from the ‘40s, lead by Amy Adams | Friday | 1:30 pm | Sheffer Recital Hall |

Talk: Britain Bounces Back with Ian Whitcomb | Friday | 5 pm | Sheffer Recital Hall |

Sinatra and Basie in Redd, directed by Chuck Redd | Friday | 8 pm | Jaqua Concert Hall |

Film:How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | Saturday | 10 am | Sheffer Recital Hall |

Live from The Emerald Palace: The variety special in the golden era of television, directed by Siri Vik and Michael Stone | Saturday | 1:30 pm | Jaqua Concert Hall |

Talk: Frank Loesser with Jim Ralph | Saturday | 5 pm | Sheffer Recital Hall |

The Heart and Soul of Frank Loesser, directed by Vicki Brabham| Saturday | 8 pm | Jaqua Concert Hall |

OFAM | August 1-11 | John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, 868 High St. | See website for ticketing information |

Scandinavian Festival 

Every year, Junction City celebrates heritage with the Scandinavian Festival. It will be a fully packed weekend of fun for everyone with musical and dance performances across three stages, infinite food and drink options, demonstrations, costume displays, community dances, photo opportunities, and much much more. Here’s a selection of what you can expect from this weekend dedicated to northern Europe. See their website for a full list of activities and performances.

Norwegian Day| Thursday | 10 am

Processional and Opening Ceremonies| Thursday | 10 am | Festival Park Stage |

Swedish Day| Friday | 10 am

Danish Day | Saturday | 10 am

Scandia Run: 10k and 5k | Saturday | 8 am | Lyle Day Park, between 5thand 6thAve., Junction City | $20-$35 |

Finnish Day | Sunday | 10 am

Beer Gardens | All weekend | 11 am | Throughout festival grounds |

Scandinavia Meatball Dinner | All weekend | 4 pm | Moose Lodge, 427 Front St., Junction City |

Community Dance | All weekend | 10 pm | Festival Park Stage |

Oregon Microbrew and Wine Terrace | All weekend | Multiple times | Under the water tower, 7thand Front St., Junction City |

Closing Ceremonies, Pageant “How the Gods Got their Treasure” | Sunday | 8 pm |

Scandinavian Festival | Thursday-Sunday | 10 am | 6thand Greenwood, Downtown Junction City | Free admission, individual activity cost may vary |