By Eugene Magazine

This week we welcome the New Year, and that means New Year’s Eve is the best party night of the year. Take in a comedy show on Thursday at WildCraft, then head to Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge on Friday for music by Jesse Mead. The New Zone Holiday Store offers a wide array of artsy gifts, prints, and cards through December 30. Before you go out (or stay home!) to celebrate welcoming 2024, take your pick of a 10K or 5K run along the bike path near Valley River Inn. December 31 is also the day that the Lane County Audubon Society invites all levels of bird enthusiasts to take part in their Christmas Bird Count. Eugene Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration takes place at the Hult Center. Satin Love Orchestra takes over the Graduate, and Rock ’n Rewind and SoulStruck will keep you dancing all night at Mac’s. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on New York’s time and get a glass of bubbly with your ticket to the party at Iris Vineyards Wine Bar. Art exhibits continue this week, including Adam Grosowsky’s “Snow in Jerusalem” which is at Karin Clarke Gallery, while “A Layered Conversation,” fiber art by Candace Hunter, wraps up at New Zone Gallery. 

December 28
Eugene Comedy Presents: Wild Ones
| Wild Ones is a curated comedy open mic every Thursday with host Seth Milstein, featuring a semi-curated list of performers. Sign-up is 7:20 – 7:40pm. The show starts at 8pm. All ages are welcome until 9pm.

December 29
Jesse Meade
| Friday nights at Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge means great live music and a perfect dinner night out with friends, family, or a special date! A variety of music performances will be showcased on Friday evenings, with some outdoors, weather permitting, though most will be inside the Lounge’s beautiful indoor space. Explore the complete lineup of gifted musicians on the Lounge’s online calendar. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge, heartoforegonwine.com

December 29 & 30
Themed Wine Tastings at Sundance Wine Cellars
| Sundance Wine Cellars’ free themed wine tastings highlight various wine regions on Fridays, and on Saturdays, they host local and regional wineries. Apart from the weekends, their tasting bar is always open and has free samples of their featured wines. Sundance Wine Cellars has Oregon’s largest selection of wine and is one of the oldest wine retailers in the Willamette Valley. Since 1983, Sundance Wine Cellars has provided an unparalleled selection of wine from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Sundance Wine Cellars, orwines.com

Through December 30
The New Zone Holiday Store
| The New Zone Holiday Store offers a wide array of artsy gifts, prints, and cards. All items are handcrafted by New Zone’s local artist members, with many of them using reused and repurposed material. This is a great way to make a loved one happy with a tasteful gift that supports Eugene’s art community but doesn’t add to waste. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

December 31
Eugene Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
| Eugene Symphony had such a blast at our first-ever New Year’s Eve Celebration in 2022, so we want to keep the party going by ringing in 2024 with class and style. The festivities begin with a concert featuring Strauss waltzes, favorites from the Great American Songbook with Eugene’s own Halie Loren, and pianist Alexandre Dossin playing George Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue as it marks the 100th anniversary of its 1924 premiere. Afterward, commemorate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one with dancing, drinks, and more in the lobby! eugenesymphony.org

December 31
First Run 10K & 5K
| The 10K and 5K run/walk for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day start and finish adjacent to Valley River Inn. All courses will follow the bike paths along the Willamette River. The courses are flat, fast and scenic. Valley River Inn, level32racing.com

December 31
Lane County Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count
| All levels of bird enthusiasts are welcome to join the 82nd Annual Lane County Christmas Bird Count across various locations in different towns! Make sure to bring birding gear, a lunch, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Register soon to secure your preferred birding location. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with more than 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out on one calendar day to count birds. Eugene, Cottage Grove, Oakridge and Florence, laneaudubon.org

December 31
New Year’s Eve ’70s Whiteout Party with Satin Love Orchestra |
Get ready to step into the groovy era of the ‘70s at Satin Love Orchestra’s 2023 New Year’s Eve ’70s Whiteout Party! This immersive event invites everyone to dress in white for a night filled with disco beats, dazzling lights, and retro vibes. Satin Love Orchestra will be playing iconic tunes from ABBA, Bee Gees, and Donna Summer on a disco dance floor. Sponsored by Taco Bell, the party includes a Live Mas Lava Lounge, a themed photo booth, and a late-night food truck for post-midnight munchies. This is a 21+ event. Graduate Eugene, events.com

December 31
New Year’s Eve A Go Go With Rock ’n Rewind & Soulstruck
| Dance and dine at Mac’s Restaurant and Nightclub on New Year’s Eve night! Starting at 9 pm in the Vet’s Ballroom at Mac’s, find Rock ‘n Rewind and join in the dance contest. Following the wildly successful Woodstock 50-year Anniversary Tribute Show, The Rolling Stones “Rock & Roll Circus” Tribute show and “The 60’s Psychedelic Ball” at Mac’s Restaurant and Nightclub, Rock ‘n’ Rewind will host a phenomenal show at Mac’s! Featuring festive lights and a dance contest! SoulStruck will take the stage at 8:30. They are a high energy funk and soul group that makes it hard to not move and will awaken your chakras. Mac’s Restaurant and Nightclub, macslivemusic.com

December 31
NYC New Year’s Eve Party at Iris Vineyards Wine Bar
| Celebrate New Year’s Eve on New York’s time! Watch the ball drop in Times Square and toast to the new year. Grab a bite from the food truck Kico’s BBQ, join in the raffle, get some festive pictures at the photo booth, and play patio games in the heated back patio. Tickets include a glass of bubbly. Iris Vineyards Wine Bar, events.com

Through December 31
Fiber Art by Candace Hunter: A Layered Conversation
| Making “Muse-influenced fiber art” is a playful adventure. To quote Candace: “Fiber art, as I practice it, is a layered conversation with my Muse. I use tools and techniques from fine art and textile practices on a layered foundation to create Art Quilts. I invite my Muse to influence the project on many levels. As I work, I take into account the suggestions that arise, and I let go of the results. I don’t always get what I expect, but what I get is always perfect for the piece I’m working on. It’s a playful and adventurous experience.” New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

Through January 27
Adam Grosowsky’s “Snow in Jerusalem”
| “Snow in Jerusalem” is a show of new paintings by Adam Grosowsky at the Karin Clarke Gallery. The gravity of current world events, as well as painful matters closer to home, inform some of these new paintings. By his own admission, Grosowsky was shocked by the intensity with which the world tragedies presently unfolding have affected him. He was also distressed by heartbreaking developments touching people close to him. The show hangs until January 27. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com