By Eugene Magazine | Published September 2018

The arts are in their full glory this weekend in all mediums and venues. Friday is a big night, with cultural celebrations, exhibit openings, and the start of the annual Rods and Rhodies Festival.

Fiesta Cultural

Celebrate Latinx arts and culture through the more than 30 events as part of Fiesta Cultural, happening throughout Lane County through December. The kick off party starts at 5:30 in conjunction with the First Friday ArtWalk, bringing music, performances, dance, and piñatas for the kids. This initiative, presented by the Lane Arts Council, seeks to bring opportunities for full inclusion in the arts through multicultural programs and events.

Kick off on Friday | 5:30 pm | Kesey Square, Broadway and Willamette | Free |

Community-wide Garage Sale in Florence

Starting Friday, Florence is hosting their annual community-wide garage sale. Spread throughout the city, take this opportunity to find rare treasures, hidden gems, and bargains galore while enjoying the coast. Pick up a sale guide at the Siuslaw News office.

Friday-Sunday | All day | Florence | Prices vary |

2018 Rods and Rhodies Festival

This weekend marks the 11thyear of the annual Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational Car Show in Florence. This events gives local gear heads the chance to show off their rides and drool over others’ during the main event on Saturday and awards on Sunday. An all-comers “Kool Car Stand-Around” show-and-shine is new this year where anyone can show off their classic car along the invited jewels. Here are some of the other events happening as part of this annual show (all events in the Port of Siuslaw Parking Lot in Old Town, Florence):

Pre-show Stand-Around | Friday | 12 pm | Free

Invitational Car Show Opens| Saturday | 9 am | Free

Pinewood Derby| Saturday | 11:30 am | Free to watch

Cruise Old Town Florence| Saturday | 4:15 pm | Free

Invitional Car Show Continues| Sunday | 9 am | Free

Award presentation| Sunday | 12 pm | Free

2018 Rods and Rhodies Festival| Friday-Sunday | Times vary | Port of Siuslaw Parking Lot, 1stand Nopal, Florence | Prices vary |

First Friday ArtWalk

Continue your monthly tradition or start a new one at the First Friday ArtWalk! Led by former Downtown Languages Director Paulina Romo, the bilingual (English and Spanish) tour will start at Fiesta Cultural, making its way to the Broadway Commerce Center, Euphoria Chocolate Company, and Oregon Art Supply. There will also be special presentations at galleries throughout the city, such as Vistra Framing and Gallery, The New Zone Gallery, and ECO Sleep Solutions.

Friday | 5:30 pm | Kesey Square | Free |

20thAnniversary Grower’s Dinner

Every year, Marche thanks the wonderful people who grow and supply their delicious food. In it’s 20thyear, the Marche Growers Dinner will serve a summer-themed menu showcasing all of their ingredients and our area. Reserve your seats online.

Sunday | 5 pm | Marche, 296 E 5thAve. | Contact for pricing information |

Cheese Class: Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, Take Two

Celebrate the cheeses from Parma, Italy, at the Provisions Cheese Class: Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prsciutto di Parma, Take Two, this Thursday. Taste samples that represent different ages and producers, paired with lambrusco. Learn the history of these combinations and why they’re so significant.

Thursday | 5:30 pm | Provisions Demo Kitchen, 296 E 5thAve. | $40 |

“Look Me in the Eye” at the OSLP Arts and Culture

In conjunction with the First Friday ArtWalk, OSLP is opening their Look Me in the Eye exhibition, which promotes inclusion and respect for all. The exhibit will be on display through the end of October, but join them Friday for a reception, sponsored by Wild Craft Ciderworks and the Kiva Grocery.

Friday | 5:30 pm | The Lincoln Gallery, 309 W 4thAve. | Free admission |

Fast Forward: Mayor’s Teen Art Show

Maude Kerns Art Center is hosting Fast Forward: the Mayor’s Teen Art Show in September. Join them on Friday for an award ceremony and reception and to see the art by local high school students. Their work crosses all mediums, including acryclic and water color paintings and photography.

Friday | 6 pm | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15thAve. | Free |

Creating With Wool Landscape class

Fleece and textile artist Mary Jane Moffat will be teaching a class on Saturday, where you can learn how to create landscapes with wool. She’ll show you needlefelting and wetfelting techniques as well as composition and design principles, what kind of wool is best, and how to use a “resist” to make elements really pop. Preregister by email:

Saturday | 10 am | Mary Jane Moffat Studio, 2275 Grant St. | $60 |

Cash & King–The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends

Two full sets celebrate the music of two musical legends: Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. This show presents their hit songs alongside stories of their careers and lives as told by Steven Kent, who knew both of the performers and was inspired by their work.

Friday | 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $38-$43.25 |