In the week leading up to both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, attend one of these great events to celebrate the end of October holidays. There are also opportunities to enjoy live music, stock up on winter gear, and learn more about the local mushroom scene.
For this month’s “Movies at Maude’s,” the Maude Kerns Arts Center will be hosting a showing of Coco, a Pixar/Disney film that is beautifully inspired by Dia de los Muertos. Follow Miguel on his adventure through the land of the dead on Thursday.
Thursday | 7 pm | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. | Free with suggested donation | mkartcenter.org
Stock up on all your winter activity gear at the annual Ski Swap! There will be skis of all types, snowboards, warm clothing, snowshoes, helmets, and other needs for taking to the slopes. Get first pick on Friday with a ticket, or test your luck by waiting until Saturday to get in for free. See their website for details on selling your old gear.
Friday, 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave. | $2 on Friday, free on Saturday | eugeneskiswap.org
YMCA Halloween Party
The Eugene Family YMCA is hosting a family-friendly Halloween party that will feature a Monster Mash dance party, a chance to bounce on inflatables, rounds of spooky bingo, crafts, snacks, and swimming. Open to all ages and for both members and community members. Costumes encouraged!
Friday | 6 pm | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St. | Free with suggested donation to First Place Family Shelter | eugeneymca.org
Evynne Hollens: From Pop to Broadway
Evynne Hollens is returning with the sixth edition of her Contemporary Songbook Project, which highlights famous pop artists who wrote hit Broadway musicals like Elton John, Sara Bareilles, and Cyndi Lauper, among others. She will be joined by vocalists Siri Vik, Dylan Stasack, Adriana Ripley, and Charles Cook, as well as Peter Hollens and Vicki Brabham.
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 3 pm | The Shedd Institute, 285 E Broadway | $9-$28 | theshedd.org
Kentucky Falls and North Fork Smith Trail Hike
Join Oregon Wild for a long hike starting at Kentucky Falls, following along the North Fork Smith Trail. The difficult hike will be 8.7 miles with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. There will be shuttles to get hikers between entry and exit points, as well as carpools to get to and from Eugene. See their website for more details and to register.
Friday | All day | Suislaw National Forest | $5-$10 suggested donation | oregonwild.org
Ballet Fantastique is opening their 2019/2020 season with the world premiere of Nevermore, a ballet inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe. The performances will include live music from Liz Dorman, Sergei Teleshev, Dale Bradley, and a few surprises along the way.
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $28-$76 | balletfantastique.org
At this special Halloween-themed event, come face to face with dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest. There will be the full dinosaur exhibit, a baby dinosaur show, a walking dinosaur show, dinosaur rides, and much more. A free toy will be given to any child in costume and with the chance to win the costume contest. Buy your tickets in advance!
Friday, 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave. | $20-$36 | jurassicquest.com
Make It! Skull Crafts
BRING will be hosting a skull crafting workshop, paying homage to the Mexican calavera as part of Fiesta Cultural. Using reused and leftover materials, decorate your own calavera. There will also be food to purchase available from Quiroz’s Taqueria.
Saturday | 11 am | BRING, 4446 Franklin Blvd. | Free admission | latest.facebook.com/events
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with author and illustrator Yuyi Morales at the Springfield Public Library. There will also be musical performances and traditional crafts such as cascarones, sugar skulls, and a sawdust mural.
Saturday | 1 pm | Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St., Springfield | Free | springfield-or.libcal.com
Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival
Celebrate all things mycology at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival. There will be a huge mushroom exhibit, live music, hay rides along Meadow Road, a cider booth, nature walks, a kids’ booth, the Fantastical Scarecrow Contest, talks, and food, plant, and craft vendors.
Sunday | 10 am | Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. | $10 suggested donation | mountpisgaharboretum.com
Disco Halloween Extravaganza
KindTree-Autism Rocks is hosting their annual Disco Halloween Extravaganza with a visit from the Great Pumpkin, a chance to have your fortune read, a dance contest, face painting, and more. All proceeds go to benefit KindTree’s programs and services.
Sunday | 6 pm | Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave. | $5-$15 | facebook.com
Starting Wednesday, Fifth Street Market will be hosting their annual Haunted Market with professionally carved pumpkins, face painting, a storyteller, and safe trick or treating. The festivities will continue on Thursday.
Wednesday through Thursday | 6 pm | Fifth Street Public Market, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free | 5stmarket.com
Ladies and Gentlemen, An Evening with Jason Mraz and Raining Jane
Jason Mraz is bringing his new album Know.to the Hult Center on Wednesday, with collaborators Raining Jane. They’ll be bringing tunes like “Making It Up,” “Unlonely,” and “Have It All.” For more information on the album, visit the Hult Center website.
Wednesday | 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $24-$114.75 | hultcenter.org
Next week: WildCraft Halloween Celebration
WildCraft is celebrating Halloween with live music from transcendental folk band The Deer and the genre-blending Cedar Teeth. Come for good music and good cider. Get your tickets in advance for a $2 discount.
October 31 | 8 pm | WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. | $10-$12 | 21+ | wildcraftciderworks.com