By Eugene Magazine | Published July 2018

The festivals and live performances continue this weekend! Get your local fair fix, see logs become art, and celebrate local history, while enjoying the summer. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Lane County Fair

The Lane County Fair is coming to the Fairgrounds this weekend! Come for the rides, stay for the concerts. There will be a wide selection of food, entertainment (including live performances from Melissa Etheridge and comedian Bill Engvall, among many others), games, exhibits, animals, and artisan booths! Buy your admission tickets and ride bracelet ahead of time on their website or at the gate!

Wednesday-Sunday | 11 am | Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W 13th Ave. | $6-$9 admission, $36-$37.50 for unlimited rides bracelet | atthefair.com

Bohemia Mining Days

Celebrate Oregon’s mining history at Bohemia Mining Days in Cottage Grove. There will be historical talks, live music, parades, a carnival, the Discover Cottage Grove Historical Treasure Hunt, libations, and the Town Feud Contest, all following this year’s “Every Trail Tells a Tale” theme. Join them for fun and history. For a full list of activities, visit their website.

Thursday-Saturday | All day | Downtown Cottage Grove, E Main St. and E Washington St., Cottage Grove | Free admission | bohemiaminingdays.org

Party on the Plaza: the BrassRoots Movement

The BrassRoots Movement has been performing traditional and modern New Orleans-style brass band music in and around Portland since 2010. Dance along at this free concert this Thursday at the Hult Center Plaza.

Thursday | 5:30 pm | Hult Center Plaza, 1 Eugene Center | Free| hultcenter.org

McKenzie River Chainsaw Art Festival

Twelve local professional carvers will be transforming wood into beautiful works of art at the McKenzie River Chainsaw Art Festival this weekend. Throughout the festival, each artist will carve four pieces, and all pieces will be available for bid through the festival’s auction. Come see the wood chips fly!

Friday-Sunday | 10 am | McKenzie Community Track and Field, 51326 Blue River Dr., Blue River | $5 | mckenzietrack.com

There’s a Pirate in the Pantry at Cottage Theatre

Featuring youth actors from their annual summer Melodrama Camp, Cottage Theatre presents “There’s a Pirate in the Pantry,” an interactive, family-friendly musical. Sing along and boo at the villains!

Friday and Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday, 2:30 pm | Cottage Theatre, 700 Village Dr., Cottage Grove | $7 | cottagetheatre.org

Summer Rowing Camp

The South Eugene Rowing Club is hosting their annual Summer Rowing Camp starting this weekend. Learn to row on beautiful Dexter Lake in one of their four sessions. Those who participate in Session 4, which is a week long, are eligible to compete in the Green Lake Summer Regatta in Seattle. Open to students entering eighth through 12th grade. For pricing and to register, visit their website.

Session 1 starts Saturday | 8:30 am | See website for route locations | $99-$225 | cycleoregon.com

Suburban Homecraft: Sourdough bread at SMJ House

Learn to make sourdough bread with the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House on Saturday. The instructor will show you how to catch, care for, and use a wild sourdough culture, proofing your dough, and secrets to the trade, all developed and passed down by our ancestors.

Saturday | 10 am | Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette St. | $25 | smjhouse.org

Annual Sand Master Jam

Dune Riders International is coming to Florence this weekend for the annual Sand Master Jam, the longest-running sandboard competition in the world. Competitors will face off in slalom, rail slide, and drag race challenges. This competition is also open to amateur sandboarders.

Saturday | 2 pm | Sand Master Park, 5351 Hwy. 101 | Free | florencechamber.com

Covered Bridge Tour 

As part of Bohemia Mining Days, take a tour of six Cottage Grove-area covered bridges, starting with two in town. This two-hour tour, chartered courtesy of South Lane Wheels, will teach you about the history of the bridges with opportunities to take photos at all locations. There are two opportunites, but seating is limited, so secure your spot now!

Saturday, 2 pm; Sunday, 4 pm | Meeting at Bohemia City “train station,” Coiner Park, E Main St. and E Washington St., Cottage Grove | $10 | bohemiaminingdays.org

Pfeiffer Winery 35th Anniversary Bash

Help Pheiffer Winery celebrate their 35th Anniversary this weekend! Chef Billy from the Zingaro will be serving delicious food while live music from Darline Jackson’s “My Band” gives ample dancing opportunities. RSVP is required.

Saturday | 6 pm | Pfeiffer Winery, 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City | $25-$45 | pfeiffer-winery.ticketleap.com

Eugene Symphony in the Park

See the Eugene Symphony at their annual free summer concert at Cuthbert Amphitheater this Saturday. Throughout the evening, they will showcase teasers for their upcoming season, including John Williams suite from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. See their website about how to secure your free ticket. Can’t make it to the Saturday performance? They will be performing the same set In Cottage Grove on July 23!

Saturday | 6:40 pm | Cuthbert Amphitheater, 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy. | Free (must get ticket in advance) | eugenesymphony.org

Monday | 6:25 pm | Bohemia Park, S 10th St., Cottage Grove | Free (no ticket required) | eugenesymphony.org

Race for the Ace 

Join Eclectic Edge Racing for the Race for the Ace 5K Poker Run/Walk. Benefitting PeaceHealth Riverbend’s Children’s Miracle Network program, collect playing cards from the course marshalls as you run for the chance to win prizes for the hand you are dealt! Prizes will also be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers and top finishers in each age group. Register on their website.

Sunday | 9 am | Riverbend Annex, 123 International Way, Springfield | $20-$25 | eclecticedgeracing.com