By Eugene Magazine | Published August 2018

The visual and performing arts are at the center of this weekend. Between the last days of the Downtown Visual Arts Festival, celebrations of Latino culture and arts, and other arts events, local art is ripe for viewing and appreciating this weekend.

ARTiculate at Hult Center

As part of the Visual Arts Festival, celebrate the arts at this variety and talk show highlighting community arts. The awards for the Mayor’s Art Show and Eugene Biennial will be announced alongside interviews with jurors, curators, and Eugene Mayor, Lucy Vinis.

Thursday | 7 pm | Soreng Theater, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | Free, no ticket needed | hultcenter.org

Teen Movie: Jaws at Echo Hollow Pool

Watch Jaws while swimming! But don’t worry, there won’t be any sharks in this pool.

Thursday | 9 pm | Echo Hollow Pool and Fitness Center, 1655 Echo Hollow Rd. | Free admission | eugene-or.gov

First Friday Artwalk

Celebrating the beautiful artwork playing a role in the Visual Arts Festival, join the guided tour at the First Friday ArtWalk. Start at the Mayor’s Art Show, see the BRIDGE exhibitions at the Hult Center, enjoy the works that are part of the Eugene Biennial, see Matt Small and AIKO’s contributions to the 20×21 Mural Project, and then visit the Salon des Refuses show at the New Zone Gallery. Hosted by Isaac Marquez, City of Eugene Cultural Services Director, and Liora Sponki, Lane Arts Council Executive Director.

Friday | 5:30 pm | Starting at Maurie Jacobs Community Room, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | Free | lanearts.org

Downtown Visual Arts Festival

Wrapping up this weekend, the Downtown Visual Arts Festival celebrates the art that surrounds us in Eugene. There are four ongoing gallery shows and new murals around town. Take advantage of these opportunites to see local art:

20X21 EUG Mural Project Eugene Walls| July 28-August 3 | 20x21eug.com

Eugene Biennial | July 25-August 25 | Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 12pm-5:30 pm | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission| karinclarkegallery.com

Bridge Exhibitions | July 25-August 3 | Hult Center Plaza to Willamette St. at 8th Ave. | Free | eugene-or.gov

Mayor’s Art Show | July 27-August 25 | Gallery hours: Tues-Fri, 12 pm-5 pm; Sat, 11 am-3 pm | Maurie Jacobs Community Room, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | Free admission | https://www.eugene-or.gov/3868/Mayors-Art-Show

Salon des Refuses | July 27-August 25 | Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 12 pm-6 pm | New Zone Gallery, 220 W 8th Ave. | Free | newzonegallery.org

Downtown Visual Arts Festival | July 25-August 3 | eugene-or.gov

Jordan Schnitzer Free First Friday

Visit Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art this Friday for their Free First Friday! Current exhibits: A Decade of Collecting, Herman Brookman: Visualizing the Sacred, Rodrigo Valenzuela: Work in its Place, Glenn Brown/Transmutations: What’s Old is New Again, “Weegee’s Grief and Joy: Selections from the Collection,” Masterworks on loan, Reflections of the Cosmic Web: Intricate Patterns in Daoist Art. This is the last weekend to see some of these exhibits!

Friday | 11 am | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Ln. | Free | jsma.uoregon.edu

Hidden Figures at Willamalane

Willamalane is hosting a viewing of Hidden Figures and all things space with astronaut food, the opportunity to create your own constellations, and a chance learn about what’s beyond our atmostphere. Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ will also be there serving some delicious food.

Friday | 7:30 pm, movie starts at sunset | Wilamalane Park, 1276 G St., Springfield | Free | willamalane.org

First Friday Park Walk at Spencer Butte

Learn about the ecology at Spencer Butte at the First Friday Park Walk. Led by Naturalists from the River House Outdoor Center, hikers can strap on their boots and learn something new about this Eugene landmark.

Friday | 9 am | Spencer Butte, Ridgeline Trail trailhead, 52nd Ave. and Willamette St. | Free | eugene-or.gov

40th Annual Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly In

Honoring the life and memory of aviator Jim Wright, a longtime supporter of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society (OAHS), biplane rides and other aviation-themed festivities welcome Stearman pilots from throughout the west coast.

Friday-Sunday | 9 am | 2475 Jim Wright Way, Cottage Grove | Free admission, $75 for plane ride | oregonaviation.org

Whiteaker Block Party

The Whiteaker Block party is back for its 12th year of celebrating the Whit. There will be live music from local bands, kids’ activities, carnival games, food, and more! Come see the decorated houses and the life that thrives in this historic neighborhood.

Saturday | 12 pm | The Whit neighborhood | Free admission | whiteakerblockparty.com

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Starting 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 | Shakespeareinthepark.com

Sunday Jams at EUG fun Sladden Park

Sunday Jams, which brings local DJs to local parks for all to enjoy, kicks off this weekend at Sladden Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy music with your family. There may also be a basketball tournament forming to correspond with Sunday Jams.

Sunday | 3 pm | Sladden Park, 925 Cheshire Ave. | Free admission | eugene-or.gov

Oregon Jamboree Country Music Festival

Featuring 25 shows across two stages, the Oregon Jamboree Country Music Festival brings country music artists, such as Brett Elderedge, Clint Black, and Brantley Gilbert, to a weekend of camping, music, and fun. Bring your tent to Sweet Home and buy your tickets early to experience this great festival.

Friday-Sunday | See website for full lineup and times | Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave., Sweet Home | $45-$280 | oregonjamboree.com

Pickathon in Happy Valley

Head to Happy Valley for a music festival built with community in mind. In their 20th year, Pickathon brings together musical acts from all genres, paired with delicious food, drink, and fun for the whole family with sustainability in mind. See their website for their full lineup as well as ticketing and camping information.

Friday-Sunday | See website for full lineup and times | Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hage Rd., Happy Valley | $75-$320 | pickathon.com

5th Annual Uphill Challenge and 5K Mountain Run at Mt. Hood Meadows

Daring mountain runners are lacing up their running shoes for the annual Uphill Challenge and 5K Mountain Run at Mt. Hood Meadows this Saturday. The Uphill Challenge starts in the base area parking lot, gaining 621 feet in elevation over the 1.2-mile course. Prizes are available for fastest man and woman. For the first time, a 5K Mountain Run has been added. They will also complete the Uphill Challenge and then follow the Timberline Trail to complete the race. Open to kiddos!

Saturday | 9 am registration, 10:30 am race start | Mt. Hood Meadows, 14040 OR-35, Mt. Hood | $15-$35 | skihood.com

“Can Touch This” exhibit with the OSLP Arts & Culture Program

Let your fingers do the walking at the “Can Touch This” exhibit at the Lincoln Gallery. Hosted by the OSLP Arts and Culture Program, “Can Touch This” showcases art meant to be interpreted by touch. Join them for their opening , featuring live music from Ben House, on Friday, or visit the gallery during normal hours: Mon-Fri, 10 am-5 pm.

Friday | 5:30 pm | The Lincoln Gallery, 309 W 4th Ave. | Free admission | artsandcultureeugene.org

Meet me in the Zocalo

Presented by reigning SLUG Queen Santa Frida Elisa Refugio Babsita (aka Mija Andrade when not fulfilling official duties), Meet me in the Zocalo celebrates Latino culture and showcases Latinx community members through live music, beautiful dance, wonderful art, and delicious food. Join them at the East Park Block on Sunday!

Sunday | 1 pm | East Park Block, 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free admission | eugene-or.gov