By Eugene Magazine

It’s a busy week! Between Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Oregon’s Birthday, President’s Day, and much more, this week has ample opportunities to get out, stay in, and enjoy all that Lane County has to offer.

Cover photo by Griffin Kingsbauer, taken of Nike the gryfalcon at the Cascade Raptor Center, submitted as part of our weekly photo contest. Submit your own photo for the chance to be featured as the cover photo for The Weekender!

Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines.

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Laura Fritz: Mechanisms of Uncertainty

JSMA is hosting a discussion with Portland-based artist Laura Fritz, who will talk about her works currently on display that covers a wide range of media including sculpture, video, and light. Register in advance on their website.

Thursday | 4 pm | Virtual | Free |


Symphony Soundwaves

The Eugene Symphony will be presenting Symphony Soundwaves, a streaming event featuring the Symphony Connect String Quartet. They will be performing works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, David Bowie, Journey, Smetana, Dale Bradley, and Pachelbel.

Thursday | 7 pm | Virtual | Free |


NW10 Festival

Oregon Contemporary Theatre is virtually hosting live performances of this year’s installation of NW10, with the theme of “Into the Cyberspace.” The festival features performances of plays by regional playwrights, judged by this year’s guest judge, NYC-based playwright/director Kareem Fahmy. The full lineup will be posted on Thursday, February 25, but you can watch each act starting this Thursday.

Thursday and Friday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | Free |


Alesong Winter Release Party

Alesong Brewing and Blending is celebrating the release of five new beers over six days of tastings. Reservations are required to try out their new brews!

Starting Friday | Reserve a time | Alesong Brewing and Blending, 80848 Territorial Hwy. | Free admission |


Handel’s Grand Opening

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, in the 5th Street Market expansion will be hosting a grand opening their first Eugene location this weekend with deals and specials, including the opportunity to win free ice cream for a year!

Friday-Sunday | All day | Handel’s Ice Cream, 550 Pearl St. | Free admission |


Valentine’s Day Oysters and Bubbly

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Capitello Wines’ annual Oysters and Bubbly event. Reserve your table for raw Pacific Northwest oysters shucked onsite and a full selection of sparkling wines to choose from.

Saturday | Call for time | Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton Ave. | Free admission |


Pride and Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet

Ballet Fantastique is teaming up with Bar Purlieu for a virtual Valentine’s Day presentation of Pride and Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet, set in Paris, France, in 1926. Jane Austen’s classic meets the Jazz Age with music played life by Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate.

Saturday – Monday | Available for streaming all day | $139-$150 |



The Fermata Ballet Collective is hosting Virtual, a body of works that will include choreography from Alaja Badalich and Caitlin Christopher, videography by Veronica Szmit, Antonio Anacan, Sarah Miller of The Daily Emerald, and photography by Jay Eads.

Saturday, 6 pm; Sunday, 2 pm | Virtual | $12 |


Oregon’s 162nd Birthday Celebration and Anniversary of Statehood

Valentine’s Day is also Oregon’s birthday! The State Capitol is hosting a virtual birthday party with the sharing of some historical facts, activities, and videos.

Sunday | 10 am | Virtual | Free |


French Connections

Oregon Mozart Players are hosting a virtual premiere of French Connection, which will include performances of Rameau’s Concert VI, Tansman’s Variations on a Theme by Frescobaldi, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449, with Kelly Kuo conducting and Avery Gagliano on piano.

Saturday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | Suggested donation: $5-$25 |


President’s Day Tree Planting

Mark President’s Day by planting a tree at University Park. Volunteer with the City’s team and bring your own tools and gloves to lay some roots. RSVP is required.

Monday | 9 am | University Park, 2300 University St. | Free |


Lucky to Like You virtual market

Until February 15, the Whiteaker Community Market is hosting the “Lucky to Like You” virtual market to help you support local while shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones. Check out their vendors and spread the love!

Now through Monday | Ongoing | Virtual |


34th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert

The Hult Center is hosting a presentation of the 34th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert, which will feature performances by Eddie Vedder, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, Valerie June, Angelique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Rubin Kodheli, and many more, including a personal video message from the Dalai Lama.

Wednesday | 5 pm | Virtual $25-$250 |


Endeavor Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity: Anti-Racism Conversations with Ayisha Elliott

The Eugene Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual discussion with Ayisha Elliot with Black Girl from Eugene, who will facilitate the session of racial equity and our personal relation to racism. This is part of the Chamber’s Endeavor Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity program.

Wednesday | 12 pm | Virtual | Free |




Lane County Winter Farmers Market

Shop local and fresh at the Lane County Farmers Market! Check their “In Season” page to see what will be available on your shopping list (or expect to be surprised and inspired).

Saturdays through March 27 | 10 am | Oak St. and 8th Ave. | Free admission |


Eugene Contemporary Art: A Critical Conversation

Continuing through March 21, Eugene Contemporary Art is bringing A Critical Conversation, a multi-faceted project focusing on the intersections of art, race, and privilege. The exhibition, which will be both in-person and have virtual options, will feature works by Gregory S. Black, Kathleen Caprario, Mika Aono, Kaitleyn Carr-Kiprotich, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Perry Johnson, Stormie Loury, William Rutherford, Josh Sands, Kerry Skarbakka, and Yvonne Stubbs. Mika Aono, with Neal Williams, will also be hosting a printmaking workshop this Saturday.

Now through March 21 | Anti-Aesthetic, 245 W 8th Ave. | Reservations Required for in-person viewings |


White Lotus Gallery Collection

White Lotus Gallery is showing a collection of works from their carefully curated collection, gathered through the last 30 years. See works by Katsunori Hamanishi, Kozo Inoue, Yuiji Hiratsuka, Xuesheng He, Huixin Miao, and Morris Graves, among others. Open through March 6.

Now through March 16 | Normal gallery hours | White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. | Free admission |


If not now, when?

Schedule a visit to see “If Not Now, When?” at the Maude Kerns Art Center. See works by Tim Boyden, Ila Rose, Jud Turner, and Michael Whitenack, which include paintings, metalwork, woodwork, and collaborative to express positivity, imagination, and creative synergy.

Now through February 12 | Schedule a time | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. |


Erik Sandgen

Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by Erik Sandgren, who specializes in paintings and woodcut prints depicting scenery from around the Pacific Northwest.

Now through February 27 | Normal gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Springfield Arts Commission: Season of Light

Downtown Springfield will be celebrating the Season of Light,” featuring luminarias created by six local artists displayed in the Springfield History Museum. Other Springfield businesses have been encouraged in put up their own displays and you can also get involved by picking up a DIY luminaria kit, giving to the Light Supplies Drive, or participating in the Seasons of Light Winter Reading Challenge.

Now through Mar. 1 | Downtown Springfield |


Sleep Squad

Join the Hult Center and Story Pirates in helping your little ones (ages four to 12) get to sleep and learn something along the way. Starring Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper, you’ll be guided through three different virtual experiences, adapted from kid-written stories. Each ticket holder will receive a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” to accompany their adventure.

Now through Feb. 21 | Ongoing | Virtual | $35 |


Photo by Dana Vion


19 local artists and groups are committed to lighting up downtown with illuminated window displays, installations, and performances. Check it out all this month!

Ongoing | Downtown Eugene | Free admission |


Grilled Cheese Experience

The 6th Annual Grilled Cheese Experience is kicking off this Monday, with 25 restaurants featuring everyone’s favorite cheese sandwich to benefit FOOD for Lane County. Each restaurant is putting their own spin on the classic, so be sure to try them all to find out which one is your favorite.

Now through February 28 | All day | See website for locations | Free admission |