By Eugene Magazine

Get out and move with National Dance Week, see a collaborative quilt made out of trash, hear from business experts, and more around Lane County this week.

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Alison Saar and Hank Willis Thomas in conversation with Hamza Walker

On Thursday, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is hosting artists Alison Saar and Hank Willis Thomas in conversation with Hamza Walker, director of the LA nonprofit LAXART and adjunct professor in Chicago. Both artists’ works dwell in themes of gender, race, and identity. Register on JSMA’s website!

Thursday | 4 pm | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Ln. | Free |


National Dance Week

National Dance Week kicks off this Friday and the City of Eugene Cultural Services team has a full lineup planned! Enjoy weekday lunchtime performances in Kesey Square starting Monday, enjoy downtown dances on Friday the 23, and check out their schedule of workshops and classes to get your dance on.

Starting Friday | See website for schedule and locations | Free admission |


Itty Bitty Boutique Sale

Shop the ultimate in thrift kids cloths, supplies, and toys at the Itty Bitty Boutique sale this weekend. Starting Friday, peruse the aisles of products contributed by local families!

Friday-Sunday | 9 am | Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W 13th Ave. | Free admission |


Free the Forest

Help keep the forests at Hendricks Park clean and open by volunteering at Free the Forest this weekend. They’re looking for folks to help with invasive species removal, habitat restoration, trail maintenance, and more. Check out their website for more information and to RSVP!

Saturday | 9 am | Hendricks Park, Summit Ave. and Skyline Blvd. | Free |


A Taste of Darjeeling

The Eugene Tea Fest is partnering with Young Mountain Tea to bring “A Taste of Darjeeling,” where they’ll explore the history and flavors of Darjeeling tea, all to benefit Eugene Tea Fest’s first event.

Saturday | 11 am | Virtual | $10-$65 |


From Plastic Waste to Art quilt

Opening on Tuesday and on display only until Friday, Helen Liu’s From Plastic Waste to Art quilt will be on display on the exterior walls of the Academy of Arts & Academics in Springfield. The collaborative work called on community members to submit their own quilt square made of commonly discarded household trash.

Tuesday through Friday | Ongoing | Academy of Arts & Academics, 615 Main St., Springfield |


Economic Summit 2021

The Eugene Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Economic Summit, bringing together local experts, business perspectives, and economists to share insights, network, and see what’s coming to prepare your business for the future.

Wednesday | 8 am | Virtual | $40-$55 |


Rebecca Solnit

The McKenzie River Trust is hosting writer Rebecca Solnit for Upstream: Conversations Between People and Rivers. Solnit will share her reflections on how people shape and are shaped by the land, how we support each other and recover from times of trauma, and why we must be compassionate.

Wednesday | 7 pm | Virtual | $5-$12 |




Weekend Market

Every weekend, take in the new 5th Street Market Expansion or explore your old favorites while perusing pop up shops and artisans. Grab some food, enjoy displays, and learn about the new businesses in the Market Alley.

Saturday and Sunday | 11 am | 5th Street Public Market, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free admission |


Mark Clarke: Discoveries

On Thursday, Karin Clarke Gallery is opening “Mark Clarke: Discoveries,” featuring works by the owner’s father that have only recently been discovered, including coastal works, imaginative pieces, and more. On display through May 29.

Opening Thursday | Usual gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Lane County Farmers Market

The Lane County Farmers Market is now open in their new location! Join them on 5th Avenue between High and Oak Streets to shop local and fresh! Check their “In Season” page to see what will be available on your shopping list (or expect to be surprised and inspired).

Saturday | 9 am | 5th Ave. between High and Oak Sts. | Free admission |


Saturday Market

The Eugene Saturday Market is now open in their usual spot in the Park Blocks. Peruse local artisans and craftspeople, pick up lunch from the international food court, and see live music. It’s a Eugene institution!

Saturday | 10 am | 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free admission |


Downtown Eugene Windowfront Exhibitions

Explore downtown Eugene to see the empty storefronts turned into interactive art installations. On display through April 23!

Now through April 23 | Ongoing | Multiple locations | Free admission |


Choose Your Own Fitness Adventure: Oregon Edition

The YMCA is encouraging you to be inspired by the stunning nature around us and stick to a six-month fitness challenge along the way! With challenges like swimming the length of the Willamette River (40 miles) and biking the length of the Oregon Timber Trail (670 miles), you’ll feel like you’ve taken on some of our region’s favorite landmarks. Register on their website!

Now through September 12 | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., and around town | $40-$50 |



The House of Strange Rituals will be revealing “Blink,” a collaborative piece with AHFEMME, on display in the window next to the McDonald Theatre.

Now through April 23 | Ongoing | 1038 Willamette St. |


Whiteaker Community Market Windowfront Exhibition and Virtual Market

The Whiteaker Community Market is displaying their vendors and hosting a virtual market, open through mid-April! Peep their windowfront exhibition and shop local! Now at a new location!

Now through April 23 | Ongoing | 873 Willamette St. | Free admission |


14th annual NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is hosting their annual NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition, displaying the works of K-12 students in the museum’s Education Corridor Galleries. Following the theme of “Art, Hope, and Resilience,” students were encouraged to share their own stories through words and images.

Now through June 14 | Open during normal museum hours | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Ln. | See website for admission prices |


She Says

Last week, Oregon Mozart Players premiered their virtual performance of “She Says,” featuring “Starburst” by Montgomery, “Violin Concerto in C Major” by Hadyn, and “String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 14” by Mayer. Now you can watch the performance any time you like through their website until May 10.

Ongoing until May 10 | Virtual | Suggest donation: $25 |