By Eugene Magazine | Published July 2018

The first weekend of July brings free events, as well as outdoor festivals, and live musical performances! Take in the summer sun at one of these events!

Art and the Vineyard

Art and the Vineyard will be taking over Alton Baker Park all weekend. With an Artist’s Marketplace featuring local artisans, winery booths, live music, a youth art arena, and a food court, this event is fun for the whole family. Look for our booth and come say hi!

Friday-Sunday | 11 am | Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd. | $5-$30 |

Jordan Schnitzer First Friday Free Museum

Enjoy the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for free this Friday as part of this month’s First Free Friday. Currently on display: A Decade of Collecting; Michael Snow: Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids); Long Nineteenth Century in Japanese Woodblock Prints; Herman Brookman: Visualizing the Sacred; Rodrigo Valenzuela: Work in its Place; Glenn Brown/Transmutations: What’s Old is New Again; “Weegee’s Grief and Joy;” and Reflections of the Cosmic Web: Intricate Patterns in Daoist Art.

Friday | 11 am | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Ln. | Free |

First Friday ArtWalk

This month’s First Friday ArtWalk, hosted by voice talent and podcaster M. Clare Feighan, starts at 5thStreet Public Market looking at the copper art of FireSmith Copper. Follow the guided tour to OUT ON A LIMB Gallery, In Eugene Real Estate, a Product of Eugene and Mozilla Gigabit Showcase, and see #instaballet at the Oregon Contemporary Theatre.

Friday | 5:30 pm | Starts at 5thStreet Public Market, 296 E 5thAve. | Free |

Steve Martin and Martin Short in Bend

See Steve Martin and Martin Short in Bend as part of their “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” show, featuring The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. The comedic duo, whose careers have spanned decades, are well known to all and are sure to bring an amazing show to the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Friday | 5 pm | Les Schwab Amphitheater,  344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend | $79-$199 |

Willamette SxS Festival

Take your SxS for a spin as part of this two-day festival exploring the trails around Oakridge. There are three routes to explore, between 70 and 80 miles in length. Take in the natural beauty of the Willamette Forest, especially the gorgeous waterfalls and the view from the Warner Lookout.

Friday-Sunday | All day | See website for route locations | $50|

First Saturday Park Walk at Skinner

Take in one of the best views in town as part of the First Friday Park Walk at Skinner Butte. Learn about the natural elements and how this site is managed from naturalists from the River House Outdoor Center. Meet at the top of Skinner Butte in the parking lot.

Saturday | 11 am | Skinner Butte Park, 248 Cheshire Ave. | Free |

Oakridge Concerts in the Park: Kick’N Country Day

Bring your favorite picnic blanket to enjoy the first of Oakridge’s Concerts in the Park this Saturday. The series kicks off with Kick’N Country Day with performances by Haywire and 80 Proof Ale. For a full summer schedule, visit their website.

Saturday | 2 pm | Banner Bank Amphitheater, Greenwaters Park, 48362 Hwy. 58, Oakridge | Free |

Custom Leather Reel Case Workshop and Fly Fishing

Learn to build and design a leather reel case course with Annie Margarita. She’ll teach you how to make patterns, cut and tool the leather, and stain, paint, and hand stitch your own reel case. Bert de Klerk will also be leading fishing excursions all week!

Monday-Friday | All day | McKenzie River Inn, 49164 McKenzie River Hwy., Vida | $3,195 per couple |

String Cheese Incident

Catch String Cheese Incident in one (or both) of their two performances at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre this weekend. These are their only West Coast performances (other than the High Sierra Music Festival) this summer, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity!

Saturday and Sunday| 7 pm | Cuthbert Amphitheatre, 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy. | $53-$100 |

Oregon Bach Festival

The Oregon Bach Festival continues this week and next with more chances to experience and appreciate classical music in unique ways. For full details of these events, visit their website at

Discovery Series II: Cantata 105 | Thursday | 7:30 pm | Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, 961 E 18thAve. | $22.50-$34 |

Paul Jacobs All-Bach Organ Recital | Friday | 7:30 pm | Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St. | $12.50-$51 |

On the House: SFYCA Soloists | Saturday | 12:30 pm | The Studio, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | Free |

OBF Family: Big Brass Bonanza | Saturday | 2 pm | Soreng Theater, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $10.50 |

The Rodney Marsalis Philidelphia Big Brass | Saturday | 7:30 pm | Soreng Theater, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $39.75-$62.50 |

Let’s Talk! with KWAX host Peter van de Graaff and composer Richard Danielpour | Sunday | 1 pm | The Studio, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | Free |

The Passion of Yeshua | Sunday | 2 pm | Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $22.50-$68 |

Serenade Wine and Music Excursion | Monday | 12 pm | Iris Vineyards Winery, 195 E Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove | currently sold out |

Berwick Academy: Mozart at Twilight | Monday | 7:30 pm | Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, 961 E 18thAve. | $22.50-$34 |

Strangeland Family Youth Choral Academy | Tuesday | 7:30 pm | First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. | $12.50-$20 |

An Evening with Philip Glass | Wednesday | 7:30 pm | Soreng Theater, Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $62.50 |