By Eugene Magazine | Published December 2017

How are you celebrating the end of 2017 and the start of 2018? These local events are sure to start your new year off right.

Winter Whale Watching at the Oregon Coast

This weekend marks the last days of Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast. With 24 designated “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of the thousands of gray whales making their way to Mexico. You can also check out our story on where to watch in Florence here.

Through Sunday | All Day | Multiple locations | Parking fee depends on site | oregonstateparks.org

Eugene Opera: The Barber of Seville

Presented by the Eugene Opera, laugh along to the classic opera which showcases a barber helping two young lovers. College and youth discounts available.

Saturday and Sunday | multiple times | Hult Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Eugene Center | $20-$87 | hultcenter.org

First Run 10k & 5k at Valley River Inn

Kick off 2018 with a healthy start at the First Run 10K/5K. Register online through Sunday or in person on race day. There is a late-night race Sunday evening to ring in the New Year and a Monday morning race to start it off right. Those who participate in both races will eligible for extra prizes. Race is chip timed.

Sunday and Monday | 11:59 pm, Sunday; 10:00 am, Monday | Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene | $25-$40 | level32racing.com

New Year’s Eve Gala – All That Glitters

Benefitting homeless youth and human trafficking issues, All that Glitters New Year’s Eve Gala features music by The Ben Rice Trio with Paul Biondi. Hosted by the Junior League and black tie optional, there will also be a silent auction and balloon pop.

Sunday | 8:00 pm | Along Came Trudy Events, 1486 18th St., Springfield | $30-$60 | www.eugenecascadescoast.org

New Year’s Eve Ball featuring Satin Love Orchestra at Valley River Inn

“Wear whatever makes you feel groovy” to the Valley River Inn New Year’s Eve Ball featuring Satin Love Orchestra. Satin Love is celebrating their 20th anniversary and wants you to celebrate with them with a special lounge area, door prizes, and a champagne toast at midnight!

Sunday | 8:30 pm | Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene | $60 | www.eventbrite.com