By Eugene Magazine

It’s a week for local art, live and virtual performances, athletic feats, and celebrations. These and other events going on around Lane County this week.

Cover photo by Blake Robertshaw, taken from a bird’s eye view of Eugene. Submit your own photo of Lane County by emailing [email protected] or tagging #whywelivehereeug on Instagram!

Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines. Events are subject to change.

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Symphony Soundwaves VI

The Eugene Symphony is ending their 2020-21 season with the final installment of their Symphony Soundwaves series. Tune in for the premiere on Thursday at 7:30 pm, or watch for free through their YouTube channel for the next week. The performance will feature Zhou Tian’s “Nocturne,” Terry Riley’s “In C,” Chen Yi’s “Shuo,” John Cage’s “Second Construction,” and Ralph Vaughn Wiliams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.”

Thursday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | Free |



This year’s Spring BRAVa breakfast hosted by the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene will be virtual, but it will still include all the programming of previous events. Tune in for awards presented by Mayor Lucy Vinis, and other celebrations of the intersection of arts and business.

Friday | 8 am | Virtual | Free |


Family Fun in the Sun

Fridays and Saturdays through the whole summer, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is hosing “Family Fun in the Sun,” a series of family-friendly activities perfect for getting your child active and interested in history. June will highlight natural athletes like cheetahs, kangaroos, chimps, and other fast mammals.

Starting Friday and Saturday | 11 am | Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1680 E 15th Ave. | Included with regular admission |


First Friday ArtWeek

This month’s First Friday ArtWeek visits “Architecture of Dreams” at Anti-Aesthetic, a performance by #INSTBALLET at Capitello Wines on Friday, and a meet the artist reception with Bets Cole for her show at Karin Clarke Gallery. See their website for a full list of events and showings.

Starting Friday through next Friday | Ongoing | Multiple locations | Free admission |



The Oregon Contemporary Theatre is premiering ART by Yasmina Reza for both in-person and live streaming. The play explores what art truly is and how much it’s worth.

Opening Friday | See website for times | Virtual and at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 W Broadway | $15-$32 |


Alesong’s 5th Anniversary

Alesong Brewing and Blending is celebrating their 5th anniversary! Celebrate with them at their countryside brewery for a house party that will feature their annual anniversary collaboration IPA, ice cream bites from Prince Puckler’s, live music by Inner Limits, and pizzas by Oregon Wood Fired Pizza.

Saturday | 1 pm | Alesong Brewing and Blending, 80848 Territorial Hwy. | Food and drink available for purchase |


Daydream Derby

Acoustic cover band Daydream Derby will be performing at the 5th Street Market this weekend, bringing an eclectic mix of familiar hits and hidden gems that includes The Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and much more.

Saturday | 12 pm | 5th Street Public Market courtyard, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free admission |


Oregon Gran Fondo

This weekend is the Oregon Gran Fondo, racing through Cottage Grove. The bike race consists of two all-road routes and two mixed-surface routes. While registration is closed, you can still cheer on the competitors!

Saturday | All day | Starting and ending in Cottage Grove | Free to watch |


Sunday Funday Bluegrass Concert series

Pfeiffer Winery is premiering their summer Sunday Funday Bluegrass Concert series this Sunday! Sip some stunning wine while swaying along to local bluegrass and folk bands.

Starting Sunday | 1 pm | Pfeiffer Winery, 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City | $5 |


Eugene Beer Week

Eugene Beer Week kicks off on Monday! Touted as the first annual DIY Beer Week, local breweries will be hosting informal tastings and events, but will also be pouring all your favorites as well as some new ones!

Starting Monday through Sunday | Ongoing | Multiple locations | Food and drink available for purchase |


The Child’s Center 50th Anniversary

The Child’s Center in Springfield is marking their 50th Anniversary with a virtual celebration! The evening will include a silent auction, trivia, and a look back at their half-century of providing health services to children, youth, and their families.

Wednesday | 7 pm | Virtual | $0-$50 |


2021 NCAA D1 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field champs

It’s track and field championship season! The 2021 NCAA D1 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Champs are taking over Hayward Field starting Wednesday (through Saturday). See star athletes run, jump, throw, and more!

Wednesday through Saturday | Ongoing | Hayward Field, 1580 E 15th Ave. | See website for ticket prices |




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 |


Lane County Farmers Market

The Lane County Farmers Market is now open in their new location on Saturdays and their old location on Tuesdays! Join them 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. | Tuesday, 10 am , 8th Ave. and Oak St. | 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 |


Veneta Downtown Farmers Market

The Veneta Downtown Farmers Market is now open for a season celebrating local farmers and craftspeople. Check out their website for a full list of farmers, vendors, and artisans.

Saturday | 10 am | 3rd Ave. and Broadway, Veneta | Free admission |


South Valley Farmers Market

The South Valley Farmers Market in Cottage Grove is the perfect place to 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 |


Whiteaker Community Market

The Whiteaker Community Market is now open! 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 |


Florence Farmers Market opens

The Florence Farmers Market opens for the season starting on Tuesday! Join them for fresh produce, pickles, hand pies, seafood, and more in Old Town Florence.

Tuesday | 3 pm | Bay and Kingwood Streets, Florence | Free admission |


Spencer Creek Growers’ Market opens

The Spencer Creek Growers’ Market is celebrating their 12th year with a large collection of backyard and hobby farmers looking to sell their wares. Bring your shopping list and you’ll be sure to cross fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meats, eggs, plants, and more off of it!

Saturday | 10 am | Spencer Creek Grange, 86013 Lorane Hwy. | Free admission |


Art Exhibits

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 |


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.

Now through June 12 | During usual gallery hours | White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Windowfront Exhibitions

New Windowfront Exhibitions have opened downtown, this time for the Asian Celebration: Strength in Unity. See art installations, like “1000 Hopes” by Sara Miura Zolbrod or “Our Stories: Immigrants of America” by Melissa “Mimi” Nolledo, and windowfront paintings by Urban Canvas artists. On display until June 7. Check out their website for a map and full list of all 13 exhibitions. Last chance!

Now until June 7 | Ongoing | Throughout Downtown Eugene | Free |


Everyday Inspiration

Maude Kerns Art Center is showing “Everyday Inspirations,” featuring works by multiple artists covering all mediums. Through charcoal, graphite, pastels, photography, and more, the artists have submitted works showcasing pieces with still life inspirations. Open until June 4. Last chance!

Closing Friday | Normal gallery hours | Suggested donation: $3-$5 | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. |


Bets Cole: Right Angles & Raw Edges

Works by Elmira-based landscape artist Bets Cole are now on display at Karin Clarke Gallery. See the nearly 40 watercolor and gouache paintings depicting the relationship between buildings and nature around Oregon and also in Europe across Ireland, France, and Italy. On display until July 10.

Open through July 10 | Normal gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Other ongoing events

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 |


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 |


Broadway Streatery

Now through September 27, eat outdoors and in the road with the return of the Broadway Streatery program! East Broadway between Willamette and Olive Streets will be closed to traffic to give local restaurants expanded seating to accommodate for social distancing and welcome more customers. Come support local restauranteurs!

Now through September 27 | Ongoing | Broadway between Willamette and Olive Sts. | Food available for purchase |


Pfeiffer Burgers and Brews

Pfeiffer Winery is celebrating this week’s Burgers and Blues night with live music by Riffle. Sip on a glass of wine, or buy a whole bottle and indulge in delicious burgers.

Fridays | 6 pm | Pfeiffer Winery, 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City | $5 admission |