By Eugene Magazine | Published March 2018

Happy Easter weekend! The daffodils are blooming, the bunnies are hopping, and brightly-colored eggs filled with treats have magically appeared. Celebrate the holiday weekend with local egg hunts, spring celebrations, and whale watching, among other things to keep your kids entertained through the end of spring break.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt at 5th Street Market

Now through March 31, search for Easter Eggs at stores throughout the 5th Street Market. The eggs are filled with candy and coupons to all your favorite stores. You can find eggs during store hours at Pendleton, Will Leather Goods, gilt + gossamer, Freudian Slip, Velvet Edge Boutique, Title Nine, and Swahili.

Now through March 31 | Store hours | 296 E 5th Ave., Eugene | Free |

Spring Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast

It’s Spring Whale Watching week along the Oregon Coast! Watch as gray whales travel north to their summer home in Alaska. Head to your favorite beach with a pair of binoculars. Check out their website for a list of 24 designated locations where volunteers will help you spot whales and teach you more about them.

Now through March 31st | All day | The beach of your choice | Free |

Kids Cooking Class: Spring Break

Your kids will have three opportunities to experience vacation-inspired during their spring break. On Thursday, the “Island Retreat” class will teach how to make salmon with mango salsa, veggie couscous, and pineapple mango upside-down cake. Friday’s “South of the Border” class will feature Nana’s Mexican rice, street tacos, and Dulce de Leche cupcakes. Tying up the week will be the “Happy Trails” class on Saturday, showing kids how to make BBQ chicken sliders, shoestring fries, and mini hand fruit pies. Sign up now as these classes often fill up.

Thursday-Saturday | 3 pm | Provisions Demo Kitchen, 296 E 5th Ave., Eugene | $40/class |

Heceta Head Lightstation 124th Birthday Party

Join the team at the Heceta Head Lightstation in celebrating its 124th year of providing light to the Oregon Coast. Enjoy a hotdog or cupcake while you listen to live music or attend a tour of the lighthouse and light keeper’s home. Bring your lighthouse passport to cross off this historic lighthouse.

Friday | 4 pm | 725 Summer St., Florence | $5 parking | 

Farmfancy One-Year Anniversary Party

Help Farmfancy celebrate their first year of business starting on Friday! Sip some Sweet Cheeks wine while munching on a complimentary Sassy Cupcake on Saturday. They will also have a Floral Class on Saturday with 45 hidden discounts all weekend!

Read our profile of Farmfancy ( to find out the hidden gems that owner Jennifer Egge has dubbed “rusty gold.”

Friday-Saturday | 9 am | Farmfancy, 91109 N Willamette St., Eugene | Free admission |

A Chorus Line at the Hult Center

The classic musical telling the tale of the audition process for a Broadway musical will be at the Hult Center this weekend. Be inspired by the characters’ tenacity in getting the part they want and following their dreams. The show does contain some adult content and is suggested for mature audiences only.

Friday-Saturday | Multiple times | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center, Eugene | $38-$99.75 |

Easter Egg Stash Dash

Lace up your shoes and don your run-friendly Easter gear for the Easter Egg Stash Dash. The day’s events include three waves of 1K egg hunts/dashes for the kids, a 5K, and a half marathon, all at Pre’s Trail. Any parent who registers for the half can register one child in the 1K dash for free. Register with Eclectic Racing to celebrate Easter the runner’s way!

Saturday | 8:45 am | Pre’s Trail, Alton Baker Park, Eugene | $10-$49 |

MEGGA Hunt at Lively Park

Don’t be late for your chance to claim some of the 25,000 eggs and prizes at the annual MEGGA Hunt at Lively Park. There will be four different age-related waves of egg hunts (broken down by grade in school) starting at 9:30, as well as noncompetitive hunts with two sensory-friendly hunts and one adaptive hunt at the end of the event. Parking is limited, so get there early to park at Thurston High School and shuttle to the park.

Saturday | 9:30 am | Lively Park, 6100 Thurston Rd., Springfield | $6-$8 |

Easter Brunch Buffet at SweetWaters on the River

Start your Easter Sunday at the Easter Brunch at SweetWaters on the River. The brunch will feature a family-friendly buffet, including kids’ activities and mimosas. Visit their site for a full menu and to make a reservation.

Sunday | 10 am | SweetWaters on the River, Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene | $19.99-$42.99 |

King Estate Easter Brunch

Celebrate Easter with King Estate Winery with their family-style brunch. With offerings for all eating preferences (including kids’ options), such as the Easter Ham with brown sugar glaze and pear-vanilla chutney or the roasted chicken breast with arugula, peas, and mustard jus, your mouth will be watering and your mind will be distracted away from the day’s egg hunt. Call the restaurant at 541/684-5189 to make your reservation.

Sunday | 10 am | King Estate Restaurant, 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene | $55 |


28th Annual Chef’s Night Out

Buy your tickets now for the annual culinary experience you won’t want to miss. Presented by King Estate Winery and FOOD for Lane County, Chef’s Night Out showcases local food and drink favorites from many restaurants around the city. The purchase of an early entrance ticket will give you the first taste of the many delicious options available that night.

Tuesday, April 3 | 6:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center, Eugene | $75-$90 |