By Eugene Magazine

This is the weekend for powerful speeches and lectures, Harry Potter, and learning about the community. Check out these and other events going on around Lane County.

Namita Gupta Wiggers: “One Hundred Lifetimes and a Day”

Portland-based writer, curator, and educator will be lecturing at the University of Oregon this Thursday, presenting “One Hundred Lifetimes and A Day,” about the importance of research.

Thursday | 4 pm | Lawrence Hall, Room 177, 1190 Franklin Blvd. | Free |

Florence City Expo

Florence is hosting their annual State of the City Address on Thursday as part of a larger City Expo. Join them and visit with various city departments and staff to learn more about what was accomplished in 2019 and what to look forward to in 2020. The State of the City Address from Mayor Henry will start at 6 pm.

Thursday | 5 pm | Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. | Free |

Arsenic and Old Lace

Cottage Theatre is opening their performances of Arsenic and Old Lace this weekend. The story follows two aunts who care for their nephew, Teddy, who is convinced he’s actually President Theodore Roosevelt.

Opening Thursday through Feb. 16 | Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 2:30 pm | Cottage Theatre, 700 Village Dr., Cottage Grove | $15-$25 |

KEZI Eugene Boat and Sportsmen’s Show

If you’re looking for ways to perfectly punctuate your summer, the KEZI Eugene Boat and Sportsmen’s Show is one you’ll want to check out this weekend. Visit for hundreds of displays, booths, and attractions showcasing all types of outdoor recreation including boating, camping, fishing, RVing, hiking, and much more.

Friday, 12 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave. | $1-$8 |

Shane Koyczan

Street poet Shane Koyczan first gained international fame when he performed at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. Now, with multiple books, graphic novels, collaborations, and an award-winning documentary under his belt, he’s coming to the Hult Center, armed with his recent works, The Basement in My Atticand Inconvenient Skin.

Friday | 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $25-$39.75 |

Harry Potter in Concert

(Sponsored Content) The ultimate local Harry Potter experience, the Eugene Symphony will be performing along Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneon Friday and Saturday. Relive the magic as the symphony performs the now-classic score.

Friday, 8 pm; Saturday, 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $60-$104 |

Bristow Trail Runs

Level 32 Racing is hosting a trail run at Elijah Bristow State Park this Saturday. Choose from a 50K, 25K, 10-mile, or 5-mile run, all on the same 5.2-mile loop. For a trail map and registration details, visit their website.

Saturday | 8:30 am | Elijah Bristow State Park, Dexter | $30-$55 |

First Saturday Park Walk

Join the City of Eugene recreation and parks departments for the first First Saturday Park Walk of 2020 at Tugman Park. Learn about recent park developments and habitat work along this walk.

Saturday | 9 am | Tugman City Park, 3666 Hilyard St. | Free |

Lane County Farmers Market

The Lane County Farmers Market is opening their Winter Market starting this Saturday. Join them Saturdays for delicious, fresh, and locally grown produce, meats, honey, sauces, and more.

Saturday | 10 am | Park Blocks, 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free admission |

Eugene Town Square Open House

Learn more about what’s going on with the Eugene Town Square, the future home for the Lane County Farmers Market, Saturday Market, and City Hall, at an open house on Tuesday. Join them at Whirled Pies to talk to those involved and see the latest designs of the renovations to the Park Blocks.

Tuesday | 4:30 pm | Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave. | Free admission |

Ambrosia Five-Course Wine Dinner

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar is hosting a five-course wine dinner, featuring wines from the Grimaldi Winery in Piedmont, Italy, and a presentation by Simone Grimaldi about his family’s traditions of winemaking. See the paired menu and make your reservation on their website.

Tuesday | 5:30 pm | Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar, 174 E Broadway | $75 |

Ideas on Tap: Return: Race, Democracy, and the Boundaries of Belonging in North America

As part of the UO’s Ideas on Tapseries, political scientists Debra Thompson is presenting “Return: Race, Democracy, and the Boundaries of Belonging in North America.

Wednesday | 6 pm | Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne, 2490 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Next week: Mountain Rose Herbs Tap Takeover at WildCraft Cider Works

Next Saturday, Mountain Rose Herbs will be taking over at WildCraft Cider Works, bringing delicious, botanical brews.

Saturday, Feb. 8 | WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. | Free admission |

Restaurant Spotlight: Bruno’s Chef’s Kitchen

Bruno’s Chef’s Kitchen is a unique experience, with a guarantee that you won’t have the same menu twice. Their menu changes weekly, based on that week’s ingredients, which are sourced locally. Their passion for food and fine cuisine will be obvious and your experience will be unforgettable.

Bruno’s Chef’s Kitchen | 3443 Hilyard St. | Tues-Sat, 5 pm-close | 541/687-2433 |