It’s the weekend for festivals and celebrating nature! Find your way to appreciate the history, culture, and nature around you.
Chef’s Showcase: Traditional BBQ
Mike Snyder and Stevie Provencio are bringing BBQ tastes to Blackboard at Provisions. The menu is filled with BBQ classics, including beef brisket, chicken, and pork ribs, as well as everyone’s favorite sides like green chile mac, baked beans, watermelon, and peaches and cream. Register on their website soon to save your spot.
Thursday | 5:30 pm | Blackboard at Provisions, 296 E 5thAve. |$50 | provisionsmarkethall.com
Starting Thursday, celebrate Junction City’s history at the annual Scandinavian Festival. The whole town is transformed into a Scandinavia village, with shops, food and drink, dance troupes, a life-sized Dala Horse, and more.
August 8-11 | See website for event times and locations | Free admission | junctioncityscandia.org
Harvey at the Very Little Theatre
Harvey, a story centering around a giant imaginary rabbit of the same name, is premiering at the Very Little Theatre this Friday, with performances on Thursdays through Sundays until August 24. Follow the family struggling with this rabbit in the room.
Friday through August 24 | Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 pm; Sundays, 2 pm | The Very Little Theatre, 2350 Hilyard St.| $14-$21 | thevlt.com/harvey
Eugene-Springfield Pride Festival
Help in promoting respect in diverse expression at the Eugene-Springfield Pride Festival on Saturday. The event will kick off with a march starting at Spectrum at 150 W Broadway, following a path to Alton Baker Park, where there will be live entertainment, food and drink, vendors, community partners, and much more!
Saturday | Marching begins: 10 am; Event, 11 am | Marching begins: Spectrum, 150 W Broadway; Event: Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd. | Free admission | marliedesigns.wixsite.com/eugenepride
Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Walk
Seek peace at the Shinrin Yoki Forest Bathing Walk at Mt. Pisgah this Saturday. Connect with nature to re-center yourself. Register in advance on their website.
Saturday | 10 am | Mt. Pisgah, 34639 Frank Parrish Rd. | Free |. bufordpark.org/tours
Bend Magazine is hosting Bigstock, their annual music festival benefitting Oregon Adaptive Sports. Big Head Todd and the Monsters are headlining this weekend’s concerts, with performances from Freddy Jones Band, Sleepless Truckers, and Stealhead. There will also be an open bar and a lineup of food trucks.
Saturday | 4 pm | Coyote Ridge Ranch, 18930 Couch Market Rd., Bend | $150-$1,000 | bendmagazine.com/bigstock-bend/
Bugs by the Billions
Nearby Nature is hosting a bug-themed adventure: Nature Quest: Bugs by the Billions. Join them Sunday with butterfly nets, magnifiers, bug barns, and more to catch and examine the bugs and other critters living in the Alton Baker Park meadows.
Sunday | 10 am | Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd. | Free for members, $5 for non-members | nearbynature.org
Oregon Native Bee Day
Beyond Toxics is celebrating Oregon Native Bee Day on Tuesday. Help the Save Oregon’s Bees campaign to protect our 500 native bee species by joining them at either Cornucopia, where they will donate a percentage of your meal to the cause.
Tuesday | 9 am | Cornucopia, 295 W 17thAve. or 207 E 5thAve. | Free admission | facebook.com/events
REI Presents: Exploring Oregon’s Ancient Forests at WildCraft Cider Works
Oregon Wild is coming to WildCraft Cider Works for an evening dedicated to Oregon’s Ancient Forests, including Chandra LeGue, with her new hiking guide. Learn more about the wonders around us at this great event. And, $1 from every pint sold will be donated to Oregon Wild.
Tuesday | 7 pm | WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. | Free admission | wildcraftciderworks.com
Next week: Food Truck Fest
Eugene Food Truck Fest is taking over PK Park next Saturday and Sunday. Come for your favorites, try something new, or sample from everywhere to satisfy any and all cravings. All proceeds benefit the Eugene Mission.
August 17-18 | 11 am | PK Park, 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | Free admission | eugenefoodtruckfest.com