By Eugene Magazine

The Eugene area is ripe with celebrations of local art, culture and community this week. Junction City’s annual Scandinavian Festival features artwork, crafts, and music of Scandinavian culture for all to enjoy. Save money and experience the works of William Shakespeare with Free Shakespeare in the Park. Former member of the Portland-based group Hungry Mob, Mic Crenshaw, joins Oregon Culture Nights with an outdoor program. And there’s lots more.

August 3 – September 10
2022 Eugene Biennial | The Karin Clarke Gallery is holding a juried show celebrating exceptional art of our region.This is the 4th Eugene Biennial, which was started by Karin Clarke Gallery in 2016 when the Jacob’s Gallery closed and the popular Mayor’s Art Show with it. Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. karinclarkegallery.com

August 5 -12
Visual Arts Week | Enjoy diverse creations from local artists during Visual Arts Week. Visit in-person and online galleries, tour art installations and revisit Eugene’s murals. eugene-or.gov

August 11-14
2022 Scandinavian Festival | Junction City’s 61st Scandinavian Festival celebrates Scandinavian heritage with musical entertainment, informational presentations, food, and handicrafts. Enjoy musical performances from instrumental groups, folk dancers, and more. Vendors will be selling Scandinavian craftwork such as paintings, jewelry, and embroidery, and the festival will include traditional Scandinavian foods as well as fair foods. junctioncityscandia.org

August 11
Oregon Culture Nights: The Poetry of Hip-hop with Mic Crenshaw | World-class emcee, Mic Crenshaw, will perform at Oregon Culture Nights. Crenshaw is a former member of Hungry Mob, a Portland-based group, and he is a 2001 Portland Poetry slam champion and national finalist. This is an outdoor program, so bring your chairs and blankets! mnch.uoregon.edu/events

August 14
The Backseat Lovers | The Backseat Lovers is an indie-rock quartet from Utah. The band consists of lead vocalist Joshuan Harmon, drummer Juice Welch, lead guitarist/vocalist Jonas Swanson and bass guitarist KJ Ward. The group self produced their EP Elevator Days released in June 2018, and their single called “Kilby Girl” has over 82 million streams globally. The McDonald Theater, mcdonaldtheatre.com

August 13
The Saturday Market | The Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods – this is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. The Saturday Market is the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the U.S. eugenesaturdaymarket.org

August 6 – 20
Little Women The Musical at VLT | Beloved sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March will delight us on stage in the Tony Award-winning musical, Little Women, performing this August at The Very Little Theatre in Eugene. thevlt.com

August 14
Whiteaker Community Market | Inspired by the need for a community gathering space, the Whiteaker Community Market meets weekly to bring together the diverse talents of their neighborhood. whiteakercommunitymarket.com

August 9-14
Eugene Emeralds vs Vancouver | Cheer on the Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team as they play six games against the Vancouver Canadians. The games will be held at the baseball stadium at PK Park. milb.com

August 17
Tony Glausi Quintet | Tony Glausi returns to Jaqua Concert Hall and Eugene with his Quintet, featuring Mexican vocalist Nana Mendoza, on tour in support of his newest CD, Everything At Once. Glausi is widely recognized for his exceptional work as a trumpet player, composer, and producer. With Everything At Once, which also features Mendoza, he heads for straight-to-the-gut pop jams and R&B-influenced tunes that take inspiration from a bevy of sources while still remaining uniquely true to his vision as an artist. Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd, theshedd.org

Through August 28
Free Shakespeare in the Park presents: Twelfth Night or What You Will | Free Shakespeare in the Park is the longest running Shakespeare only theater group in Eugene. The group presents the work of William Shakespeare for the Lane County community to enjoy for no cost every August. FreeShakespeareinthePark