By Eugene Magazine

The arts and libations are at the center of this weekend’s events, which will take you to see local artists, to the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, and to enjoy some local brews.

Bacon, Bluegrass, and Boneyard Beer

Beergarden is celebrating their fifth annual Bacon, Bluegrass, and Boneyard Beer Fest with food truck specials (all featuring bacon, of course!); live music, and Boneyard beers, including a special IPA collaboration.

Thursday through Sunday | 11 am | Beergarden, 777 W 6th Ave. | Free admission |

Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

The Newport Seafood and Wine Festival is celebrating its 42nd year with more than 150 Pacific Northwest wines, wine competitions, vendor booths (including those for craftspeople, wineries, and galleries), and food. Buy your tickets in advance on their website.

Thursday, 5 pm; Friday, 12 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am | Newport Marina, Newport | $10-$48 | 21+ |

Lecture: On Art, Camp, and Human Sacrifice

Carla Rossi, Portland-based drag clown, is coming to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History with her findings as Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Metaphysical and Digestive Clown Research. The person behind the drag, Anthony Hudson will also be presenting.

Thursday | 6 pm | Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1680 E 15th Ave. | Included with general admission |

Ground Control to Mr. Tom!

Mr. Tom is bringing the Magical Moombah back to the Shedd for an afternoon of fun, contests, jokes, singing, and dancing, all themed around outer space!

Friday, 10:15 am; Saturday, 10 am and 1 pm | The Shedd Institute, 285 E Broadway | $5 |


“despondent” at the Maude Kerns Art Center

Maude Kerns Art Center is opening “despondent,” with a reception on Friday. The new exhibit is a group show featuring six artists who each have a connection with the Pacific Northwest and also have an MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Each piece tackles the way melancholy feels. This exhibit is on display until March 20.

Friday | 6 pm | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. | Free admission |


The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance and Eugene Ballet are joining forces for the second iteration of Interplay, a collaborative dance experience that brings together professional and university choreographers and dancers. The event will feature live music by pianist Lara Downes.

Saturday | 4 pm and 7:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center, | $45.50-$68 |

PNW Art for Australia

Local artists are coming together to help the animals effected by last month’s bush fires in Australia. Join them for an evening of fine art from more than 20 artists, wine from Sweet Cheeks Winery, and music from the Big Sue Band, all benefitting the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Saturday | 6 pm | Sweet Cheeks Winery, 27007 Briggs Hill Rd. | $25 |

Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour

Celebrate Oregon beer by following the Zwickelmania 2020 Tour on Saturday, February 22! Multiple breweries, including Alesong Brewing and Blending, Elk Horn Brewing, Falling Sky Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing, and Plank Town Brewing will be participating with special events, tastings, and specials.

Saturday | Times vary | See website for participating locations |

Oregon Wetlands Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

Eclectic Edge Racing is hosting the annual Oregon Wetlands Half, which will take runners on a half marathon, 10K, or 5K course through the West Eugene natural wetlands preserve along Amazon Creek and the Fern Ridge Bike Path. It’s worth it just for the fresh air!

Sunday | 10 am | Eclectic Edge Racing Headquarters, 750 Commercial St. | $25-$45 |

Beethoven Birthday Bash

The Eugene Concert Choir is celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a Birthday Bash in his honor. They’ll perform the Choral Fantasy, songs and arias, excepts from “Missa Solemnis” and, of course, “Ode to Joy.”

Sunday | 2:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $25-$59 |

Manual Cinema Workshops

As part of Manual Cinema’s micro residency at the Hult Center this month, they are hosting hands-on workshops to share their storytelling techniques. There will be three offerings: Adult Professionals parts 1 and 2 (18+), a college student workshop, and a teen workshop for middle and high school students. The class sizes are limited, so sign up soon!

See website for dates and times | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $2 |

Next week: Nat Geo Live: Rhinos, Rickshaw, and Revolutions

Next Sunday, the third installment in this year’s Nat Geo Live series brings photographer Ami Vitale to the Hult Center to talk about her experiences in areas torn by violence and conflict and also areas of extreme beauty. She’ll present on what it means to be “living the story.”

Sunday, March 1 | 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $25-$28.50 |