Botanicals, native plants, and local wares are at the center of this weekend. Enjoy the sunshine before it gets too hot at one of these events.
First Friday ArtWalk
This month’s First Friday ArtWalk, hosted by Francesco Lecce-Chong, director and conductor of the Eugene Symphony, starts at Kesey Square for the kick off of Bike Month. Follow the guided tour to Epic Seconds for “Macedonian Noir” by Robert Dandarov, to Oregon Art Supply to see Sarah Grew’s mixed media pieces, to Passionflower Design to learn about creating pot-less ornamental plants, and finally to the Karin Clarke Gallery to see Olga Volchkova’s exhibit.
Friday | 5:30 pm | Starting at Kesey Square, Broadway and Willamette St. | Free | lanearts.org
The Resinators, a rock, punk, and reggae band, are bringing their “Skantin’ with Sasquatch” tour to WildCraft Cider Works this Friday. Chiefed and Skyler Lutes will also be performing. Enjoy the show while sipping some delicious ciders and munching on delicious food from Krob Krua Thai Family Kitchen.
Friday | 7 pm | WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. | $8 in advance, $10 at door | wildcraftciderworks.com
Big “O” Tournament
Emerald City Roller Derby is hosting the annual Big “O” Roller Derby Tournament, bringing together teams from around the world to bout across three tracks all weekend. Cheer on ECRD as they take on these global opponents.
Friday-Sunday | See website for schedule | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave. | $25-$60 | ecrg.com
Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah Plant Sale
Stock up on native plants for your garden at the Native Plant Sale this Saturday, hosted by the Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah. Choose from a wide variety of plants, including wildflowers, camas, tarweed, and other grasses and shrubs. Visit their website for a full list of plants available.
Saturday | 9 am | Native Plant Nursery, 34639 Frank Parrish Rd. | Free admission | bufordpark.org
Botanicfest in Veneta
Celebrate botanicals at BotanicFest in Elmira this Saturday. There will be more than 30 vendors selling herbs, seeds, and other products as well as speakers, workshops, live music, a silent auction, and food vendors.
Saturday | 11 am | Elmira Grange, 88764 Sprague Rd., Elmira | botanicfest/home
Free Herbalism Project
Mountain Rose Herbs is hosting their annual celebration of herbs and botanicals at the Free Herbalism Project. There will be lectures with Maria Noel Groves and KP Khalsa, live music from Moonlight Jubilee, plant walks, and flowing organic herbal tea. See their website for the full schedule.
Saturday | 11 am | Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. | Free admission | mountainroseherbs.com
Whiteaker Market opening
The Whiteaker Market is opening for the season in their new location! Join them for food, jewelry, clothing, visual art, and craft vendors, all at Scobert Park.
Sunday | 11 am | Scobert Park, 4th and Blair | Free admission| whiteakercommunitymarket.com
Cheerful Little Earful
Continuing their series celebrating famous composer and lyrist teams, the Shedd is paying tribute to Al Dubin and Harry Warren this Thursday. You’ll hear some of their well-known classics, like “Jeepers Creepers,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and “That’s Amore,” among others.
Sunday, 3 pm | The Shedd, 868 High St. | $30 | theshedd.org
JP Sears at the Hult Center
Comedian and YouTuber JP Sears is bringing his comedy show to the Hult Center this Sunday. Laugh along as he brings humor to his experiences as an emotional healing coach, international teacher, speaker, and world traveler. There is also the option to purchase a VIP Meet and Greet ticket.
Sunday | 7 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $33.50-$46 | hultcenter.org
An Evening with David Sedaris
Humor writer David Sedaris is bringing his wit and charm to the Hult Center this Monday with the recent release of his new essay collection, Calypso. He is also the author of Barrel Fever,Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, among many others.
Monday | 7 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $35-$73.75| hultcenter.org
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz
Eddie Palmieri, noted pianist and Latin jazz musician, is coming to the Shedd this Wednesday. The Grammy-award winning bandleader, arranger, and composer draws from jazz influences such as Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and his own brother, Charlie Palmieri.
Wednesday | 7:30 pm | The Shedd, 868 High St. | $19.50-$49| theshedd.org
Staff Restaurant Pick: Falling Sky Delicatessen
Local brewery, Falling Sky, has three locations to serve your local beer and pub food needs: the Brewpub, the Delicatessen, and the Pizzeria. At the Brewpub, enjoy their Back Alley Tacos. The Delicatessen is more sandwich and deli inspired, including deli hashes like their Cajun Sweet Potato hash. At the pizzeria at the EMU, they serve pizza, but also pasta, wings, salads, and other delicious treats. Pair all their comforting food with one of their beers, all brewed locally.
Falling Sky | Brewpub: 1334 Oak Alley; Delicatessen: 790 Blair Blvd.; Pizzeria: UO EMU, 1395 University St. | See website for specific location hours | fallingskybrewing.com