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Bring on food, fun, festivities through the year.

Byline: Linda Sellers The Register-Guard

Lane County hosts a variety of festivals, concerts, markets and other fun events from now through December.

Recurring Events

Saturday Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8th and Oak in Eugene. April through mid-November. Free admission. Visit or call (541) 686-8885.

Lane County Farmers' Market: Tuesdays, May-October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays, June-Sept., noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April-November. Held at 8th and Oak/Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and at the Lane Events Center on Thursdays. Free admission. Call (541) 431-4923 or visit

Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market: Lane Events Center, Eugene. $1.50 admission. Call (541) 683-5589 or visit

Cottage Grove Growers' Market: June-Aug., Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Coiner Park. Free. Weekly growers' and crafters' market. Call (541) 942-2411 or visit

First Friday ArtWalks: First Friday of each month. Lane Arts Council hosts free walking tour of downtown Eugene's art galleries and attractions. Call (541) 485-2278 or visit

Florence Art Walks/Rides: Second Saturday of each month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Call (541) 997-1994 or (888) 968-4086 or visit

Walk in the Park: First Saturday of each month, April-Sept., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free. Local experts guide leisurely two-hour walks. Mt. Baldy/Ridgeline Trail, June 6. Call Eugene Outdoor Program at 682-5329.

Forest Discovery Tours: July 9, 25 & 30 and Aug. 6, various locations in Lane County. Sept. 16 in Florence. Free. Visit or call (541) 998-6438.

Island Park Gallery Receptions: June 3, Aug. 5, Oct. 7, Dec. 9. Willamalane Adult Activity Center, Springfield. Free. Call 736-4444 or visit


Emerald Art Center Juried Spring Show: Through May 29, Emerald Art Center, Springfield. Free. Displays from artists nationwide. Visit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 726-8595;

Florence Rhody Days Car Show: May 15-16, Three Rivers Casino, Florence. Model car contest, live music and cruise. Show & Shine 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. (541) 997-3128; visit

Rhododendron Festival: May 15-17, Old Town Florence. Free admission. The 101-year-old family festival features carnival, races, arts and crafts, junior and grand floral parades. (541) 997-3128;

Eugene Scottish Festival: May 16, Peace Presbyterian Church, 3060 River Road, Eugene. Free admission. Traditional Scottish music, food and merchandise; festival concert. (541) 688-2218;

Willamette Valley Music Festival: May 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene. Free admission. Variety of bands. (541) 346-437;

Wildflower Festival and Plant Sale: May 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mount Pisgah. Extensive displays of Oregon's native and naturalized flowering plant species. Suggested donation: $5 per person, 12 and under free. (541) 747-3817;

Just for Kids Talent Show: May 17, evening, Wildish Theater, 630 Main St., Springfield. Free. Kids ages 4-18 annual talent show. (541) 736-4544;

Tennis Championships: May 21-23, Eugene Swim and Tennis Club. Free. High school tennis players compete at 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A state championships. (503) 682-6722;

OSAA Track & Field Championships: May 22 & 23, Hayward Field, Eugene. High school track and field athletes compete at 6A, 5A and 4A state championships. Tickets: $15/adults, $9/students. Call (503) 682-6722;

Eugene Kennel Club & McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers Dog Agility Trials: May 22-25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lane Events Center, Livestock Arena, Eugene. Free. Licensed by the American Kennel Club. Call (541) 954-2989.

Function 4 Junction Classic Car Cruise: May 30, downtown Junction City. Free. About 300 showcars. (541) 954-0762;

Natural Treasure Hunts Nature Quest: May 30, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Alton Baker Park for a family hike. Learn how to use a GPS unit and compass. Crafts, snacks and a visit from a costumed Kinder Critter. $2/person or $5/family. Reservations suggested. (541) 687-9699;


We Are Bethel Celebration: June 6, noon to 6 p.m., Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen Road. Free admission. Moulin Rouge theme; costumes encouraged. Community booths, food, music, kid carnival. (541) 682-5521.

Prefontaine Classic: June 7, Hayward Field, Eugene. Premiere track and field event. (541) 346-4461 for tickets or 343-7247 for information;

Blooms and Butterflies: June 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Garden-themed booths, vendors and demonstrations, followed by pit BBQ and live music. (541) 584-2692;

Can Am Challenge Drag Boat Racing: June 13-14, Dexter Reservoir, Lowell. Hosted by Columbia Drag Boat Racing Association. (541) 461-3545; for ticket prices.

Living History Day: June 14, Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, Eugene. Old-fashioned summer day with live music and entertainment, games and prizes, free ice cream while supplies last. $5 adults, $2 children 12 and under. (541) 484-0808;

Music in the Garden: June 14, preview party June 13. View gardens in South Eugene. Fundraiser for Eugene Symphony. (541) 687-9487; for ticket prices.

Black Sheep Gathering: June 19-21, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Free. Participants exchange knowledge of, and appreciation for, handcrafted textiles and animals that produce natural fibers. Visit

Oregon Bach Festival: June 23-July 12. Series of orchestral, choral and contemporary concerts in various venues around Eugene. (800) 457-1486 for information; (541) 682-5000 for tickets;

Cottage Grove Concerts in the Park: June 24-Aug. 26, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free. Variety of music. (541) 942-2411;

Wonderful Worms Nature Quest: June 27. Meet at Alton Baker Park for an adventure in Learnscape Gardens. Sample garden goodies, crafts, and a visit from a costumed Kinder Critter. $2 person or $5 family. Reservations suggested. (541) 687-9699;

Pacific International Children's Choir Gala Concert: June 28, Hult Center for the Performing Arts. $12 general, $9 students and seniors. (541) 465-9600;


Island Park Rhythms Summer Concerts: July and August, dates TBA, at four parks in Springfield. Free. Bring picnic for lunchtime and evening performances. (541) 736-4544;

Eugene Pro Rodeo and Firecracker Bull Ride: July 2-5, Oregon Horse Center, Eugene. Rodeo, fireworks, nightly dances Thursday through Saturday. Firecracker Bull Ride on Sunday. (541) 689-9700;

Four Days of Fourth of July: July 2-5, Old Town, Florence. Free. Live outdoor music; fireworks over Siuslaw River. (541) 997-3128;

Eugene Emeralds Baseball Game and Fireworks Display: July 3, Civic Stadium, Eugene. Summer tradition since 1955. (541) 342-5367 or for ticket information.

Art and the Vineyard: July 3-5, Alton Baker Park, Eugene. Premiere art and wine festival features 150 artists. (541) 345-1571 or visit for ticket information.

Creswell July 4th Celebration: July 4, Holt Park, Creswell. Free admission. Activities all day, parade, games and food. Evening fireworks. (541) 895-5161;

Springfield Utility Board's Light of Liberty Celebration: July 4, Island Park, Springfield. Fundraiser features music, food, kids' activities, live entertainment and fireworks synchronized to music over Willamette River. (541) 744-3794 or for ticket prices.

Freedom Festival: July 4, Alton Baker Park, Eugene. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and watch Lane County's largest fireworks display. (541) 341-6200;

Yoncalla Fourth of July Celebration: Parade, 11 a.m.; amateur rodeo, 1 p.m.; ice-cream social, 5:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk.

Movie Night in the Park: July 10, 9 p.m., Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen. Free. Bring blanket and enjoy the movie, "The Neverending Story." Free popcorn. (541) 682-5521.

Bohemia Mining Days: July 10-19, Coiner Park and other locations in Cottage Grove. Celebrate local history with family fun, food and entertainment. Miners' breakfast, kiddie parade and Grand Miner's Parade. (541) 942-5064;

Cottage Grove Rodeo: July 10-11. 77954 Highway 99, one mile south of Cottage Grove. Two days of traditional rodeo events. (541) 520-5052 or for ticket information.

Oregon Country Fair: July 10-12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, outskirts of Veneta off Suttle Road/Chickadee Lane. Celebration of cultural diversity, art, music and food includes more than 50 food booths and 700 artisans. Nearly 40-year-old festival touts environmentalism and personal exploration. (541) 343-4298;

Summer Clash Drag Boat Racing: July 11-12. Dexter Reservoir, Lowell. Hosted by Columbia Drag Boat Racing Association. (541) 461-3545;

Pioneer Days: July 12, Greenwaters Park, Oakridge. Free. Community celebrates town's history and 150th anniversary of the state of Oregon with a potluck lunch and entertainment. (541) 913-2055 or (541) 782-4890.

Movie Night in the Park: July 17, 9 p.m., Churchill Park. Free; bring blanket for movie "Big." Free popcorn. (541) 682-5521.

Springfield Cruz: July 17-18, Fins Drive-In, Briggs Middle School and downtown Springfield. Free. Car show and cruise, classic car display. (541) 746-4620.

Coburg Golden Years: July 18-19, downtown Coburg. Free. Variety of arts and crafts, food booths, unique music, celebration parade. (541) 343-9875;

Whiteaker Neighborhood River Festival: July 24, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., behind the River House at 301 N. Adams St., Eugene. Free. Kid play, concert, food; movie at 9 p.m. (541) 682-5329.

Springfield Summer Festival: July 18, Island Park. (541) 736-4544 or for ticket information.

Lowell Blackberry Jam Festival: July 24-26, Rolling Rock Park. Free. Crafts, music, pie-eating contest, fishing derby, parade. (866) 516-5534;

Oregon Festival of American Music: July 24-Aug. 9, Hult Center for the Performing Arts and The Shedd Institute, Eugene. "Time After Time: Great Moments in American Songbook History." (541) 687-6526 or for ticket information.

Movie Night in the Park: July 24, 9 p.m., Sladden Park, Eugene. Bring blanket for movie "Bridge to Terabithia." (541) 682-5521.

Winging It Nature Quest: July 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Alton Baker Park for an adventure in the Walama Butterfly Meadow. Costumed naturalist and butterfly crafts. $2 person or $5 family. Reservations suggested. (541) 687-9699;

Obon & Taiko Festival: July 25, Alton Baker Park, Eugene. Free admission. Japanese folk dances, taiko drumming. Asian food and craft booths. (541) 461-5449.

Tour of Homes: July 25-Aug. 2, Eugene/Springfield and outlying areas. Free self-guided tour of local new homes. (541) 484-5352.

Coburg Quilt Show and Tea: July 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown Coburg. Free admission. Quilts, live music, tea, vendor booths, quilting sessions. (541) 686-8057;

Cruise Back in Time: July 26, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free. 18th annual car show. Vendors and music. (541) 942-8438.

Fern Ridge Pit Barbecue: July 26, noon to 5 p.m., across from City Park, Veneta. 54th annual fundraiser for St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Slow-roasted beef, silent auction, live music, games. Tickets range from $5 to $10. (541) 935-3933.

Movie Night in the Park: July 31, 9 p.m., Amazon Park, Eugene. Bring blanket for movie "The Parent Trap." Free popcorn. (541) 682-5521.

Coast Fork Cowboy Festival: July 31-Aug. 2, Creswell. Free. Street dance on Friday; homemade salsa challenge, line dance instruction. (541) 895-5161.


Coburg Car Classic: Aug. 2, downtown Coburg. Free admission. Car show and rally, chicken barbecue and variety of car games. (541) 688-6087.

2008 Multicultural Festival: Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Road. Free admission. International foods, family activities. (541) 682-5312.

Movie Night in the Park: Aug. 7, 9 p.m., Monroe Park, Eugene. Bring blanket for movie "The Wiz." Free popcorn. (541) 682-5521.

Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival: Aug. 8, noon to 8 p.m., Alton Baker Park, Eugene. Free admission. Social venue for bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgendered citizens. Food, entertainment. (541) 513-1711;

Scandinavian Festival: Aug. 13-16, downtown Junction City. Free admission. Old-World food, music, dancing; vendors. (541) 998-9372;

Lane County Fair: Aug. 18-23, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Concerts, rides, exhibits. (541) 682-4292;

Cottage Grove Family Fair & Timber Carnival: Aug. 21-23, WOE Fairgrounds, Cottage Grove. Old-fashioned fun, entertainment, education in a family environment. $1 admission. (541) 942-2411;

Sandbox Science Nature Quest: Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Medley of experiments with water, sand and soil. Snacks and a visit from a costumed Kinder Critter. $2 person or $5 family. Reservations suggested. (541) 687-9699;

Eugene Glass School Flame-Off Competition: Aug. 28-30, 575 Wilson St., Eugene. Annual lampworking competition draws participants from around the world. Demonstrations. (541) 342-2959;

Florence Friends of the Library Book Sale: Aug. 29-30, Florence Events Center. Proceeds to Siuslaw Public Library. (541) 997-1994;


Emerald Classic Cluster Dog Show: Sept. 3-6, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Free admission; $5 parking. Hosted by the Eugene Kennel Club and the McKenzie Cascade Dog Fancier; AKC licensed, all-breed, conformation shows, obedience/rally and agility trials. (541) 689-2747.

2008 Mayor's Art Show: Sept. 3-Oct. 29, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene. Free. Juried all-media art exhibition has extended hours during the Eugene Celebration. (541) 684-5635; visit

Eugene Celebration: Sept. 4-6, downtown Eugene. Arts and entertainment showcase with multiple stages for live music. Parades, street entertainers, kids' activities, food, vendors. (541) 681-4108;

Health and Well-Being Celebration: Sept. 4-6, downtown Eugene (inside the Eugene Celebration). Dozens of booths with a holistic health and spiritual orientation; international crafts, food, entertainment, free workshops. (541) 461-8052.

Elkton Fort Umpqua Days: Sept. 5-6, Community Education Center, Hwy. 38. Free admission. Saturday morning parade starts celebration of country life. Bass tournament, crafts, food booths, plant sale, games, butterfly exhibits, historical pageant. (541) 584-2692;

Rods -n- Rhodies Classic Car Show and Swap Meet: Sept. 11-13, Old Town Florence. Hot rods from across Oregon; craft fair, cruise, street dance. Swap meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. (541) 997-3128;

Fast Forward, The Mayor's Show of Teen Art: Sept. 11-Oct. 2, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene. Donation requested for admission. Juried show of art by Lane County teenagers. (541) 345-1571;

Fiesta Latina: Sept. 11-12, Island Park, Springfield. Annual Latin American cultural celebration. Food, local art, Latin music, dancing. Fireworks Saturday night. Small admission fee. (541) 344-5070;

Coburg Antique Fair: Sept. 13, downtown Coburg. Antiques from more than 350 dealers from around the country. Live music, food. (541) 683-0916;

The Gathering of Gardeners: Sept. 19-20, The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove. Garden-related entertainment, lectures, workshops, tomato taste-off, demonstrations, displays, vendors in festival atmosphere. (541) 942-2491.

Northwest Nationals Drag Boat Racing: Sept. 26-27, Dexter Lake, Lowell. Season finale. (541) 461-3545;


Main Street Chili Cook-Off and Harvest Festival: Oct. 3, noon to 4 p.m., downtown Cottage Grove. Free. Chili sampling, live music, crafts, food, 5-K run. (541) 942-2411;

Florence Area Humane Society Wine & Chocolate Gala: Oct. 9, Florence Events Center. Wine and chocolate tasting coupled with silent and live auctions. Proceeds to Florence Area Humane Society. (541) 997-1994;

Chowder, Blues & Brews Fall Festival: Oct. 9-11, Three Rivers Casino, Florence. Professional chowder cook-off and tasting, microbrew tasting and competition, food booths, live blues music. (541) 997-3128.

Lane County Home Improvement Show: Oct. 9-11, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Free admission. More than 250 home and garden exhibitors and hourly how-to seminars. (541) 484-9247;

Eugene Glass School Annual Dinner and Auction: Oct. 9-10, Eugene Glass School and Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene. Benefit for school with demonstrations, sales, auctions, bargains. (541) 342-2959;

Clayfest: Oct. 9-11, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Free admission. Clay work by nearly 70 local and regional artists. Pottery for the home, kitchen and garden. Clay tiles, jewelry and sculpture;

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit: Oct. 16-Nov. 6, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene. Artwork from U.S. artists celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead. (541) 345-1571;

Oregon Wedding Showcase: Oct. 17-18, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (800) 317-6589; visit

Buster Keaton Day: Oct. 17, Cottage Grove Community Center. Celebration of Keaton and his movie "The General," filmed in the town in 1926. Silent films, shorts, workshops, period dress. $5. (541) 942-2411;

Haunted Hike: Oct. 24, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Alton Baker Park. Guided hike; appearances by costumed creatures of the night. Crafts, raffle and snacks. $5 per person; preregistration required. (541) 687-9699; nearby

Mushroom Festival: Oct. 25, Mount Pisgah. Broad range of fungi collected throughout Western Oregon. Mushroom identification tips, children's activities, hayrides, music, food, craft vendors, winetasting; Suggested donation, $5 per person; 12 and under free. (541) 747-3817; mountpisgaharboretum.

Haunted Hayride: Oct. 26-27, Dorris Ranch, Springfield. Celebrate the harvest season with an old-fashioned hayride. Reservations required. (541) 736-4544;

Ski Swap: Oct. 30-31, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Giant sale of new and used ski equipment. Proceeds to Santiam, Willamette and Backcounty ski patrols. Small admission fee. (541) 914-9584;


National Mountain Trail Championships: Nov. 5-8, Oregon Horse Center, Eugene. Free admission. Premiere equine trail-riding competition. (541) 689-9700;

Celebrate Arts: Nov. 5-15, Florence Events Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Two- and three-dimensional juried art and photography from throughout Oregon. (541) 997-1994;

Lane County Veterans Day Parade: Nov. 8, 1:30 p.m., downtown Springfield. Free. Parade supporting soldiers. (541) 520-2307;

Eugene's Holiday Food and Gift Festival: Nov. 13-15, Lane Events Center, Eugene. Holiday shopping for art, crafts and gourmet food; Santa Claus. (503) 526-1080;

Art for All Seasons Membership Show: Nov. 20-Dec. 18, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography; Club Mud Ceramics Holiday Show & Sale. (541) 345-1571;

Night of 1,000 Stars: (tentatively Nov. 20), Fifth Street Public Market, Eugene. Theme-decorated Christmas trees, Santa, carolers, nutcracker performance by Eugene Ballet, hot cocoa and eggnog. (541) 484-0383.

Saturday Market's Holiday Market: Nov. 21-Dec. 24, Saturdays, Sundays and some weekdays. Lane Events Center, Eugene. Free admission. Saturday Market moves inside to offer handcrafted holiday gifts, food, music and entertainment. (541) 686-8885;

Holiday Farmers' Market: Nov. 21-Dec. 20, Saturdays, Sundays and some Fridays. Lane Events Center, Eugene. Farmers' Market moves inside to offer seasonal produce, wreaths, decorations, jams and jellies. Chef demonstrations. (541) 431-4923;

Very Victorian Holiday Exhibit: Nov. 26-Jan.3, Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, Eugene. Events, exhibits in decorated historic house. Victorian-era ornaments for sale. $5 adults, $2 children 12 and under. (541) 484-0808;

Festival of Trees: Nov. 25-29, Valley River Inn, Eugene. More than 50 elaborately decorated Christmas trees. Wreaths, stockings, gift baskets, gingerbread houses, crafts, holiday entertainment. (541) 228-3040.


Fern Ridge Light Parade: Dec. 3, downtown Veneta. Parade of lights, tree-lighting, Santa. Hot drinks. (541) 935-8843; visit

Junction City Parade of Lights: Dec. 4, downtown Junction City. Parade of light-filled floats. (541) 998-6154;

Harrisburg Parade of Lights: Dec. 5, downtown Harrisburg. Parade of light-filled floats. (541) 998-6154;

Holiday Lighting Ceremony: Dec. 5, early evening, downtown Cottage Grove. (541) 942-2411;

Springfield Christmas Parade: Dec. 5, 2 p.m., downtown Springfield. (541) 988-0955.

Tuba Carol Concert: Dec. 5, 1 p.m., downtown Springfield. One hundred tuba, euphonium, baritone and sousaphone musicians perform holiday favorites. (541) 988-0955.

Westfir Bridge Lighting: Dec. 5, 6 p.m. (remains lit through the month), Office Bridge in Westfir. Community celebrates decoration of the longest covered bridge in Oregon. (541) 782-3733.

Springfield Museum's Old-Fashioned Holiday Open House & Sale: Dec. 6, Springfield Museum. Local artists, collectible ornaments, music, caroling, food, gifts. (541) 726-3677;

Coburg Parade of Lights: Dec. 7, downtown Coburg. Parade of light-filled floats. (541) 343-0381;

Holiday Ice Show: Dec. 11-12, Lane Sport & Ice Center, Eugene. Performances by local skaters, beginners to national competitors. Admission is one store-bought, packaged toy for Toys for Tots. (541) 682-3615;
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