By Eugene Magazine

We’re among the last few weeks of summer, and it’s not too hot out! Enjoy the outdoors at one of these festivals, but don’t forget your sunscreen!

Party on the Plaza: Gina Chavez

Eight-time Austin Music Award winner (including 2015 Austin Musician of the Year) Gina Chavez is coming to the Hult Center this Thursday for this week’s Party on the Plaza—one of last of the summer. Don’t miss this bilingual folk-pop artist.

Thursday | 5:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | Free admission |

Taste of Oakway

Join Relief Nursery for the Taste of Oakway. The evening includes wine from Broadway Wine Merchants, beer from Sunriver Brewing, tastes of the restaurants around Oakway Center, and live music by Ritmo y Romance. Celebrate summer and this great organization that supports local families. Get your tickets online today—admission includes a complimentary glass of wine.

Thursday | 6 pm | Heritage Courtyard, Oakway Center, 2350 Oakmont Way | $50 |

Oregon Wine Experience

Celebrate Oregon wines at the Oregon Wine Experience starting this Thursday. There will be different events each day, including the announcement of Best of Show on Thursday, the wine auction on Friday, the chance to bid on auction packages on Saturday, and a collection of tastes and treats on Sunday. Join the festivities all weekend, or just for a day. No matter how you participate, the wine will be flowing.

Thursday through Sunday | See website for event times and locations, Jacksonville | Admission prices vary |

Art in the High Desert

Starting Friday, more than 100 hand-selected visual artists from around the US and Canada are convening in Bend for Art in the High Desert. The free festival is set up along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District, giving attendees the chance to see nationally acclaimed artists and hear their stories.

Friday through Sunday | Old Mill District, 730 SW Columbia St., Bend | Free admission |


The 5th Street Market is setting up for their second year of Marketfest, celebrating the businesses, food purveyors, and chefs around the Market. There will be an iron chef and master mixologist competition, live music, interactive art, food and drink, classic cars, activities for the kids, and much more. There will also be a special ticketed brunch on Sunday.

Friday, 5 pm; Saturday 2 pm | 5th Street Market, 5th Ave. between High and Oak Sts., and Pearl St. | Free admission |

Music Festival of the Gorge

Jam to music while supporting arts experiences in Hood River schools and communities at the Music Festival of the Gorge. Enjoy the pFriem Beer Garden, food carts, and a lineup of area artists.

Friday, 6 pm; Saturday, 12 pm | Friday: see website for locations; Saturday: Hood River Waterfront Park Amphitheater, 650 Portway Ave., Hood River |

Hike for Hope with Looking Glass

Support Looking Glass by taking to the trails at the second annual group hike fundraiser this Saturday. Join them at Mt. Pisgah to help their runaway and homeless youth dinner program. Registration includes a parking pass, snacks, water, and a raffle ticket. Check for closures at Mt. Pisgah.

Saturday | 9 am | Meeting at Buford Park North Trailhead, 34639 Frank Parrish Rd. | $20 |

Willamette River Festival

Learn more about the Willamette River at this dedicated festival. Celebrate its history, culture, recreation opportunities, and ecology. Walking, biking, or paddling to the event is encouraged! There will be family-friendly activities and games, paddle races, canoe and kayak demos, safety education, a kids’ obstacle course, and much more!

Saturday | 11 am | Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd. | Free |

Woman’s Suffrage Tea

Join the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House for a special fundraising tea kicking off their year-long celebration of Woman’s Suffrage. There will be live entertainment and a raffle to accompany their traditional afternoon tea. Costumes encouraged! Buy your tickets in advance on their website.

Monday | 11 am | The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, 303 Willamette St. | $50 |

Next week: Mariachi Flor de Toloache at WOW Hall

Grammy-winning, all-women mariachi group Mariachi Flor de Toloache is coming to the WOW Hall on September 4. The Springfield High School Mariachi Band will open for this quartet, who have toured all over the world with their unique sound.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 | 8 pm | WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave. | $25-$28.50 |