Farmers markets and art exhibits are opening, livestreams are premiering, and nature is calling—all these and many other events going on around Lane County this weekend.
Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines.
Submit your own event for consideration!
Virtual Gallery Walk Through
Karin Clarke Gallery is celebrating their showing of Mark Clarke: Discoveries with a virtual walkthrough on Friday. The exhibit features recently uncovered works by Mark Clarke, the gallery owner’s father.
Friday | 11 am | Virtual | Free | facebook.com/events
Premiere: Marisol’s Christmas and Watermelon Kisses
University Theatre is premiering two one-act plays by Jose Cruz Gonzalez (directed by Theresa May) on Friday: Marisol’s Christmas and Watermelon Kisses. After the premiere, both plays will be available for steaming on their YouTube page.
Premiering Friday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | Free | youtube.com/channel
The Vanishing West
White Lotus Gallery is opening The Vanishing West: Photographs by Rich Bergeman, starting Friday. The exhibit features photographs depicting “what’s been left behind” around the Pacific Northwest. His works will be on display until June 12.
Opening Friday | During usual gallery hours | White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. | Free admission | wlotus.com
City Nature Challenge
Between Friday and Monday, join in on the Eugene-Springfield City Nature Challenge. Document local plants and animals while enjoying the great outdoors, guided by an easy-to-use phone app that is being used in more than 450 cities worldwide doing the same thing!
Friday through Monday | All day | All through Eugene and Springfield | Free | mckenzieriver.org
Oregon Wine Month Kicks Off
This Saturday marks the kick off of Oregon Wine Month! Celebrate our local vineyards, wineries, and wine merchants all month long! Stay tuned on our social media pages and newsletter for stories on Lane County’s wine scene.
Through May | Ongoing | willamettewines.com
May Day at Hendricks Park
Celebrate May Day at Hendricks Park by taking on a project and making the park look even more beautiful! Sign up in advance for a time slot!
Saturday | 9 am | Hendricks Park, Summit Ave. and Skyline Blvd. | Free | signupgenius.com
Live Art Auction
KindTree-Autism Rocks is finishing off their ongoing online art auction with a live auction on Saturday. Bid on framed art by individuals with autism and peruse what’s already available!
Saturday | 6 pm | Virtual | Free admission | kindtree.org
Oregon Mozart Players are premiering “All-Out Amadeus,” a tribute to Mozart featuring three of his iconic pieces: Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 303; Piano Trio in E Major, K. 542; and Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478. The performance will be available for streaming until May 31.
Premiering Saturday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | $5-$25 | oregonmozartplayers.org
Veneta Downtown Farmers Market
The Veneta Downtown Farmers Market is opening this Saturday for a season celebrating local farmers and craftspeople. Check out their website for a full list of farmers, vendors, and artisans.
Opening Saturday | 10 am | 3rd Ave. and Broadway, Veneta | Free admission | venetadowntownfarmersmarket.com
South Valley Farmers Market opening
The South Valley Farmers Market in Cottage Grove is opening this weekend! Visit for local produce, baked goods, artisan crafted works, and more! You can also order in advance for pick up through their website.
Saturday | 11 am | 7th and Main St., Cottage Grove | Free admission | southvalleyfarmersmarket.square.site
West Coast Gravl
Unleash your inner Viking at the West Coast Gravl bike race in Florence! Choose between the short or long route, spread across two days full of gravel racing. Register on their website.
Sunday | 7:30 am | Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence | $105 | mudslingerevents.com
Whiteaker Community Market opening
The Whiteaker Community Market opens this Sunday! Explore local art and produce at Scobert Park in the Whit. Check out their list of vendors and COVID-19 safety guidelines on their website.
Sunday | 11 am | Scobert Park, 4th Ave. and Blair St. | Free admission | whiteakercommunitymarket.com
Star Wars-themed Vaccination Clinic
To celebrate Star Wars Day, Ophelia’s Place is hosting a COVID vaccine clinic for girls 16 to 18 and their families. Sign up now to save your spot!
Tuesday | 3 pm | Ophelia’s Place, 1577 Pearl St., Ste. 100 | Free admission | signupgenius.com
The Heart Milagro: Arte Latino
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Jessica Zapata, founder of Arte Latino. Together, you can pay homage to the life of Frido Kahlo in this facilitated art and history project through the creation of The Heart Milagro, which represents love, healing, gratitude, and longing.
Wednesday | 12 pm | Virtual | Free (plus cost of supplies) | calendar.uoregon.edu
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 | 5stmarket.com
Mark Clarke: Discoveries
Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting “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.
Now through May 29 | Usual gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission | karinclarkegallery.com
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 | lanecountyfarmersmarket.org
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 | eugenesaturdaymarket.org
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 | eugeneymca.org
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 | jsma.uoregon.edu
Florence-based artist Gigi Lassan’s acrylic abstract paintings and “Avec Le Temps” jewelry collection are currently on display at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce visitor center, now through June 1, on loan from The Studios at Jayne Smoley Design. Her paintings are often inspired by impressionists like Sam Francis, Jackson Pollock, Kupka, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.
Now through June 1 | Ongoing | Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 290 Hwy-101, Florence | Free | facebook.com/gislenegigilassan
Catch Oregon Mozart Players’ 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 | oregonmozartplayers.org
Sheild Bistro Happy Hour
Every Wednesday through Saturday, Sheild Bistro gives you the opportunity to enjoy $2 off tapas and $5 off house wine and taps at their Happy Hour! Stop by for a pre-dinner treat!
Wednesdays through Saturdays | 3 pm | Sheild Bistro, 298 Blair Blvd. | Free admission | sheildcatering.com