By Eugene Magazine

Happy Independence Day! In addition to all of the usual July 4 activities like the Springfield Light of Liberty Celebration and Eugene Pro Rodeo, there are a lot of other activities to choose from also. Be sure to click through to our July 4 article as well as checking below. This week marks the return of Art & The Vineyard, plus it’s First Friday ArtWalk in Eugene. What will you do this week?

July 3-7
Papa’s Pizza Invitational
| Welcome to the 47th annual Papa’s Pizza Invitational hosted by the Eugene Challengers. Over the course of five days, teams will compete against each other in the area’s most competitive baseball tournament, attracting teams from all across the West Coast. Swede Johnson Stadium,

July 4
Flag Day Display |
A unique Flag Day display will be presented at Eugene’s Alton Baker Park for free public viewing. 24 flags, each with an explanation of its historical significance, will be encircling the parks’ Duck Pond – allowing for a leisurely self-guided tour. Bring yourself and others to learn about our country’s history while also enjoying a beautiful sight. This family-friendly event is brought to you by local historian and retired teacher, Ray Brown. Alton Baker Park,

July 4-6
Emeralds Baseball
| The Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play The Hillsboro Hops. PK Park,

July 5
Civic Winery’s Wine Garden Party
| Civic Winery is hosting a series of Friday night parties in the Civic “wine garden” on July 5 and July 26, from 6-9 pm. The Friday Garden Parties are co-hosted with Osteria DOP with music by DJ Aaron. Text “Join” to 843-838-9333 for event reminders and updates. Free to attend. Civic Winery, civicwinery

July 5
First Friday ArtWalk
| Celebrate Eugene’s vibrant art scene with The Block is Hot: Vol. 3. Start your self-guided tour at Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave), where you can pick up your ArtWalk Guide and shop the Artist Marketplace before exploring the many galleries and art venues of Downtown Eugene. This month, the voices of Black, African American, and POC community members and those with connections to the African Diaspora are celebrated. The celebration will include family-friendly activities and programming led by guest producer Treylon Day of Dayinthelife Entertainment. The monthly First Friday ArtWalk is from 5:30-8 pm and is always free. Downtown Eugene,

July 5
Dark Sky Kayak Tour
| Paddle the calm waters on a Cascade lake by the light of the stars. The quietness of the night will be enhanced with the sounds of nature as you paddle. Your guide will point out celestial bodies of the night sky and the natural environment that emerges from the night. Westfir Lodge,

July 5
Actor’s Cabaret’s “The Prom”
| Here’s an opportunity for everyone to go to the Prom. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring yourself, just get a ticket and show up to this life affirming, heart-warming, toe-tapping good time musical comedy! Be who you are and come as you are! No gowns or tuxes required. Consider this your formal “Promposal” to the Prom. Actors Cabaret offers a pre-selected dinner or brunch before the show. Vegetarian options are available. Show only seats are also available. Actors Cabaret,

July 5
Anya Lecuyer and Friends
| Friday Night Music at Silvan Ridge Winery is back with more live music on Silvan Ridge’s outdoor stage. This week enjoy R&B/soul music from Eugene. Also on tap are food carts and partnerships with local charities so that every concert is giving back to our community. Silvan Ridge Winery,

July 5
Born of Wildfires
| Join new band Born of Wildfires and On Your Way BBQ for an evening of food and music. Bennett will have their full lineup of whites, reds, signature pinot noirs, cold hard ciders, and local beers on tap. Bennett Vineyards,

July 5 & 6
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,

July 5-7
The Art and the Vineyard Festival
| The Maude Kerns Art Center is presenting the 37th annual Art and the Vineyard Festival, returning to Alton Baker Park in Eugene after a 4-year hiatus. The festival takes place Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7. The Art and the Vineyard Festival is a benefit for the Maude Kerns Art Center, supporting the Center’s yearlong Exhibits and Education programs. Alton Baker Park,

July 6
Music at Oakway Center
| Oakway Center is hosting a special Saturday night music performance in the Heritage Courtyard. As always, these events are free, open to all ages, and there’s no better view than from the patio at Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge. Reservations are limited to 90 minutes and outside tables fill up quickly so reserve your table now.

July 6
24 Preludes With Aaron Diehl And David Wong
| Pianist Aaron Diehl has redefined the lines between jazz and classical, and built a global career around his nuanced, understated approach to music-making. Praised for his “traditional jazz sound with a sophisticated contemporary spin” (The Guardian), Diehl has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra. Joined by bassist David Wong, Diehl performs Roland Hanna’s 24 Preludes, alongside works by J.S. Bach and Bud Powell. This event is part of the Oregon Bach Festival, a multi-week music festival in Eugene. Hult Center,

July 6
The Saturday Market
| The Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods – this is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. The Saturday Market is the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the U.S.

July 7
Cajun Crab Seafood Boil And Wine Tasting
| All you can eat Fisherman’s Market seafood boil and tasting of 3 Thirst Club wine pairings featuring Oregon Dungeness crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, crawfish, andouille sausage potatoes and corn – all seasoned with house Cajun butter. Additional wine available by the glass or bottle for an extra charge. Two seating options available: 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Advanced tickets required. Oregon Wine Lab,

July 7
Holst’s “The Planets”
| A spectacular adventure through the cosmos! Projected in HD on a giant screen over the stage, the latest images from modern space – produced in cooperation with NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, and filmmaker Duncan Copp – provide a stunning visual canvas as the OBF orchestra performs Holst’s glorious musical score. The jolting rhythms, grand tunes, and eerie atmospheres have been the inspiration for sci-fi and adventure films since the late 1910s. The concert also includes Stravinsky’s beloved Symphony of Psalms. This event is part of the Oregon Bach Festival, a multi-week music festival in Eugene. Hult Center,

July 7
Paint Party
| It’s time for a paint party! Come paint an acrylic piece with professional step-by-step guidance from Sarah Shines Art. Beginners and all ages are welcome, and all materials are provided. Emerald Art Center,

July 9 & 10
Emeralds Baseball
| The Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play 6 games against Vancouver through July 14. PK Park,

July 10
Walk It Off with the Y
| Join in the family-friendly fun with themed nights, weekly raffles, and guided and independent walks at the new Y at 600 E. 24th Ave. The event is free and is held from 5:30-6:30 pm every Wednesday. Tonight’s theme is “Tie Dye Day.” Show your spirit! Alton Baker Park,

Through July 14
Oregon Bach Festival
| The annual Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival offers 30+ music events, and runs for two weeks every summer, typically late June to mid-July. International musicians and vocalists perform legendary orchestral and vocal concerts. The event also features guest artists who present contemporary and crossover works. Concerts take place at the Hult Center, UO’s Beall Concert Hall, and other venues across Oregon. Enjoy a broad range of diversity in musical selections, workshops, seminars, educational opportunities and free community events. Locations vary,

 Through August 10
“Oregon Coast” Opening Reception at White Lotus Gallery
| This summer, White Lotus Gallery is bringing the cool sea breezes from the Pacific Ocean to downtown Eugene! This Oregon coast-themed exhibition will feature the works of 10 artists — Rich Bergeman, Jon Jay Cruson, Dirk Eshleman, Analee Fuentes, Satoko Motouji, Connie Mueller, Jamie Newton, Lillian Pitt, Margaret Prentice, and Gary Tepfer – and showcase reduction linocut prints, paintings, photography, mixed media art, and sculptures. Come to see the Oregon coast we all know and love through these artists’ eyes! White Lotus Gallery,