By Eugene Magazine

With Thanksgiving and the first couple days of December behind us, we’re officially into the holiday season. Take in local art and retailers, warm up with a run around Mount Pisgah, and surround yourself with festive feelings.

Please wear a mask, social distance, and follow all safety procedures.

Artworky by Adam Grosowsky

First Friday ArtWeek

Celebrate local art with Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWeek, kicking off this Friday. While there won’t be a guided tour, you can check out these displays and exhibits all week (and some beyond!). Highlights: Art for a Change Mural Exhibit at Friendly Street Market, “Adam Grosowsky: No Direction Home” at Karin Clarke Gallery (pictured), “Mexico, Beautiful, and Loved” by Isabel Dutroncy at 1059 Willamette Street, and much more!

Starting Friday through Dec. 11 | All day | Multiple locations | lanearts.org/first-friday-artwalk

ArtSpark Virtual Gala

Bidding is still happening, benefitting ArtSpark in their virtual gala. This Friday, they are hosting a live virtual event and a live auction. Check out their list of packages up for bid.

Live event: Friday | 6 pm | Virtual | Free admission | artspark2020.ggo.bid

Photo by Tara Glaser on Unsplash

Frozen Trail Runfest

Level 32 Racing is hosting the Frozen Trail Runfest to get your moving, warm, and experiencing Howard Buford Park at Mount Pisgah. Sign up for their 5K, 15K, 25K, or 50K course.

Saturday | 8 am | Howard Buford Park, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. | $25-$60 | level32racing.com/Frozen_Trail_Runfest

Photo by Levi Midnight on Unsplash

Annual Springfield Christmas Parade

An annual tradition is seeing a new twist. For this year’s Springfield Christmas Parade, the floats will be stationary, showcasing the “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” theme.

Saturday | 12 pm | S A St. from 5th Street to 18th Street, Springfield | Free admission | facebook.com/events

Madre’s Club: Art Workshops in Spanish

As part of Fiesta Cultural and in partnership with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, join the Lane Arts Council for a community art club for Spanish-speaking mothers looking to express their creativity and improve their art skills. Children are also welcome!

Saturday | 11 am | Virtual | Free | lanearts.org/fiesta-cultural

Virtual Concert with Son de Barranca

Lane Arts Council and Noche Cultural will be hosting a virtual concert featuring Son de Barranca, a group that performs traditional Mexican music and dance. All ages welcome!

Sunday | 12 pm | Virtual | Free | lanearts.org/fiesta-cultural

Hult Presents: Star-studded Folksbiene Chanukah Special

The Hult Center and the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene are presenting “A Star-Studded Folksbiene Chanukah Spectacular,” with appearances by many well-known faces including Mayim Bialk, Billy Crystal, Barry Manilow, Carol Burnett, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, among many others!

Tuesday | 7 pm | Virtual | Free | nytf.org/spectacular

 

ONGOING EVENTS

5th Street Market Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Take on 5th Street Market in their Holiday Scavenger Hunt, now through December 20. Their passport will have you visiting all the local shops and searching for a present icon to guide you. Prizes are available for those who complete the passport!

Now through Dec. 20 | During normal Market hours | 5th Street Market, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free to participate | 5stmarket.com/events/holiday-scavenger-hunt

The Emporium

Every Wednesday and Thursday through Christmas Eve, shop local makers, bakers, and artists for your holiday gifts and goodies at The Emporium, in Veneta.

Wednesdays and Thursdays | 12 pm | The Emporium, 88170 Territorial Hwy., Veneta | Free admission | facebook.com/events

Artwork by Andrea Daly

 Galleria at the Smith Marketplace

The Galleria at the Smith, Eugene’s newest artist marketplace, gives us all the chance to peruse artists’ works, which cover all mediums from ceramics to fiber arts to jewelry, and much more. They will be open every weekend through the end of the year.

Saturday and Sunday | 12 pm | The Galleria at the Smith, 768 E 13th Ave. | instagram.com/galleria_at_the_smith

YMCA ESCAPE 2020 Triathlon

Now until December, finish 2020 strong with Eugene Family YMCA’s ESCAPE 2020 end-of-the-year triathlon. Through the next few months and at your own pace, you will need to swim 2.5 miles, run/work the cardio machines for 26.2 miles, and bike 112 miles. Register on their website.

Now until Dec. 31 | Virtual and at Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St. | $40 | eugeneymca.org

Thursday Night Live with Francesco

Every Thursday through April, Eugene Symphony conductor and music director Francesco Lecce-Chong for visits from guest musicians, watch parties of past performances, and an all-around appreciation of music. This week: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major

Thursdays | 7 pm | Virtual | Free | eugenesymphony.org

Photo by Eugene Saturday Market, featuring The Flaming Pearl

 Eugene Saturday Market

Shop local artisans, see live music, and pick up lunch from one of the many food carts at the Eugene Saturday Market. See website for safety guidelines and this week’s booths.

Saturday | 10 am | 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free admission | eugenesaturdaymarket.org

Photo by Shelley Pauls on Unsplash

Lane County Farmers Market

Stock up on your week’s groceries at the Eugene Saturday Market. Shop local produce, meat, and baked goods. See website for safety guidelines and current vendors.

Saturday | 9 am | 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free admission | lanecountyfarmersmarket.org