Bend and Eugene, Oregon Events Calendar

Looking for things to do in Bend or Eugene, Oregon this weekend, next weekend, or a few months from now? You shouldn’t have to look very wide or far: both Bend and Eugene are, after all, quite happening places. But we wouldn’t discourage you from seeking out special events to go along with their normal embarassment of riches. Browse Bend events and Eugene events below. There are, of course, a few common denominators in the events you’ll find in Bend and Eugene: outdoor events and competitions of physical endurance  are, of course, quite popular. In Bend, you’ll find that a lot of events revolve around beer in one form or another.  Eugene has plenty of outre cultural and artistic events going for it. Whatever kind of fun you’re looking for, though, look no further than here for the top things to do in Bend and Eugene.
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm
10:00 am
Eugene’s Asian-American community is an especially vibrant one, and every year, the Oregon Asian Celebration showcases this cultural heritage. The event features traditional performances, live music, fine arts, martial arts demonstrations, Asian cuisine, and more. This year’s theme is “Get Spirited Away!” a reference to the Hayao Miyazaki film of the same name and to …

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Lane Events Center
12:00 am
Beergarden, one of our absolute favorite venues in Eugene for beer and gourmet-level food cart edibles, is the place to be for the extended weekend of February 21-February 24. You might not be so into bacon, or not so into bluegrass, or not so into beer. But one of the three ought to be right …

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Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
What does “zwickelmania” mean? For clarification’s sake, it’s a portmanteau of the German word for lager and, well, the English word “mania.” But we’re honestly more excited about the other three words here: Oregon Brewery Tour. Zwickelmania is happening all over Oregon, and Eugene’s iteration is sure not to disappoint. How better to spend a …

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Various Eugene Breweries + Pubs
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
7:30 pm
If you haven’t heard the intricate, gospel-tinged African polyrhythms of long-time world music heavyweights Ladysmith Black Mambazo, now is your chance. Nelson Mandela called them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors,” and Ladysmith Black Mambazo collaborated with Paul Simon on his famed album Graceland. The group brings not only fantastic music but also plenty of tightly-choreographed dance moves to …

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The Shedd
Mar 7 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm
5:00 pm
We’re a Eugene real estate company, so of course we had to include this one. The Lane County Home and Garden Show is an annual extravaganza of everything you’ll need to make both the interior and exterior of your home shine. What do we mean by “extravaganza?” Try 325 different home and garden exhibits, including 60 …

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Lane Events Center
8:00 pm
Local cider and local music: you’re going to want to head to Wildcraft Ciderworks the evening of March 9 for your fill of both. We’ve written in the past about our love of Wildcraft’s new ciderhouse, just completed last year. If you’re into dry, wild-fermented cider pressed exclusively from Oregon fruit and botanicals, it’s hard not …

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Wildcraft Ciderworks
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 8:00 pm
12:00 pm
Like tattoos, or maybe thinking of getting inked up yourself? Then the Evergreen Tattoo Expo is not an event to be missed. Over 200 tattoo artists from 30 different states and four countries will be on deck, displaying their handiwork, offering workshops, and of course tattooing. There will be contests for categories such as sleeve, …

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Lane Events Center
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Running is big in Eugene. Steve Prefontaine and Nike founder Phil Knight both cut their mustard here, and today Eugene is known as “Track Town USA.” So naturally, there are a lot of races going on. Before you race your way into St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Sunday, March 17, it might make sense to …

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Doris Ranch Living History Farm
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm
6:30 pm
Eugene is a burgeoning epicenter of Pacific Northwest cuisine, known for its rustic (yet delicious) simplicity and farm-to-table ethos. It also features a growing number of top-notch eateries featuring cuisines from all over the world. Normally, you’d have to take in the best of Eugene’s culinary scene over the course of weeks, if not months …

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Hult Center
7:00 pm
There’s something about the Pacific Northwest, Eugene included, that draws intrepid outdoor adventurers of all stripes. Well, on the evening of April 9, two of the most intrepid adventurers around will be giving a special presentation at Wildcraft Ciderworks. The duo of Ras Vaughan and Kathy “OBAL Unbranded” Vaughan, AKA “Team Ultrapedestrian,” recently covered a …

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Apr 22 – Apr 29 all-day
12:00 am
National Dance Week is April 22-29, and Eugene is joining the party this year. Different events will be going on across the city, but the centerpiece of Dance Week’s activities will happen at Ballet Fantastique the evening of Wednesday, April 24. From 5:30 to 7:30, the venue will host an open house with excerpts from …

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8:00 pm
Eugene isn’t a huge place, but we’ve still had our fair share of rock legends coming through town in the past few years. Those have included Bob Dylan, Neil Young, David Byrne, and now fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Cougar Mellencamp. The Hult Center is a fantastic venue with world-class acoustics, …

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Hult Center
7:00 am
Did you know that Eugene is home to one of the nation’s premiere marathon events? The Eugene Marathon is a qualifier for both the Boston Marathon and Olympic trials, so the stakes will be high for competitive runners both in and outside the area. But more than anything else, the event is just a great …

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Autzen Stadium
May 3 – May 5 all-day
12:00 am
Oakridge is a bit of a drive east from Eugene, but the Tree Planting Festival is well worth the journey. What began way back in 1953 as a community gathering for planting trees has since blossomed into a full-blown community-wide festival. The main event takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 when volunteers will …

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Various venues, Oakridge OR
May 3 @ 10:00 am – May 5 @ 11:00 am
10:00 am
You read that right: International Roller Derby. Although roller derby occupies something of a fringe in the larger sporting world, it’s certainly taken Eugene by storm, with four local teams vying for supremacy. And Roller Derby is beginning to take over the world too, with 1,250 amateur teams worldwide. Come to the Big O Tournament, …

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Lane Events Center
May 11 @ 9:00 am
9:00 am
The McKenzie River trail is not only one of the most beautiful in the Pacific Northwest, it’s also one of the finest mountain biking and running trails you’ll find anywhere. (If you’re not familiar with it yet, check out our article on the McKenzie River Trail here.) What better way to experience it than an …

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May 19 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:00 am
The Eugene City Marathon happens Sunday, April 28 and is not to be missed whether or not you intend to run. But everyone knows that Eugene is a place for competitive running. So, we’d like to highlight a lesser-known running event, which also happens to be a wine event. We should note though right out the …

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Noble Estate Winery
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Spring means wildflowers, and it also means the return of outdoor festivals. So why not combine both into a single package? Mount Pisgah is a must-visit for all Eugene nature lovers, as you will know if you’ve read our 7 Reasons to Love Springtime in Eugene post. But it’s also home to several of the area’s most …

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Mount Pisgah Arboretum
7:30 pm
The man, the myth, the legend: William Shatner is coming to Eugene, and you won’t want to miss it. As an appetizer, the evening will begin with a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and then Captain Kirk himself will take to the stage to share behind-the-scenes stories of his time on …

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Hult Center
May 24 – May 27 all-day
12:00 am
The Southern Willammette Valley’s wineries are renowned throughout the world. With the weather around Eugene shifting from “pretty good” to “awesome” at about this time, Memorial Day Weekend is a great opportunity to experience the bounty. Several Eugene-area wineries will be putting out all the stops for a weekend of wine, live music, and gourmet …

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Sweet Cheeks, Noble Estate, and Silvan Ridge Wineries
Jun 1 all-day
12:00 am
No, that’s not a misspelling of “fondue” — our apologies if we had your hopes up. Gran Fondo is Italian for “Big Ride,” and a big ride this will be. Eugene, if you didn’t know, is a place where people ride their bikes. The countryside around Eugene features plenty of great touring terrain, but with …

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7:30 pm
Eugene’s performing arts scene is an especially vibrant one for a city this size. For the past three years, the Eugene Symphony has teamed up with other local performers to host SymFest, showcasing the best of what the area has to offer. Ballet Fantastique, vocalist Halie Loren, jazz trumpeter Tony Glausi, the Dorians Choir and …

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Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am
11:00 am
Spend enough time in and around Eugene, and you’re bound to encounter reminders of the area’s hayday as a countercultural mecca. We help our clients buy and sell homes but know that for a small but visible minority around here, “home” is a converted trailer, van, tiny house on wheels, or schoolbus. On June 8, …

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Jun 15 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
12:30 pm
In and around Eugene, any time of year is a good time for beer, but of course summer is prime time. Kick the season off the right way with Hellshire Day at Oakshire Brewing, one of Eugene’s finest craft breweries and taprooms. The event is first and foremost a coming-out party for Oakshire’s hotly-anticipated Hellshire …

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Jun 28 – Jul 13 all-day
12:00 am
The Oregon Bach festival is one of the longest-standing and most renowned cultural events throughout the entire Pacific Northwest, attracting an international audience, and it’s right here in Eugene.  With more than 50 events spanning traditional orchestral and solo performances to dance, experimental jazz, and a one-of-a-kind synthesis of Radiohead, Coltrane, and Bach. Performances by …

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Hult Center and Beall Concert Hall
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – Jul 5 @ 9:30 pm
11:00 am
The Fourth of July means fireworks of course, but in Eugene it also means the kick-off of three days of art, Oregon wine, food music and entertainment at Alton Baker Park, the city’s largest public park.  This year’s Art and the Vineyard will be Eugene’s 36th, and it’s set to be another festival for the …

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Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm
11:00 am
This is it, folks, the yearly number one must-visit event if you want to catch a glimpse into the heart of what makes Eugene Eugene. This year is a particularly special one, marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair. The Oregon Country Fair has come a long way from it’s roots in the seventies as …

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Oregon Country Fairgrounds, Veneta
Jul 18 – Jul 20 all-day
12:00 am
The town of Cottage Grove, just south of Eugene, has been celebrating Bohemia Mining Days for almost sixty years now. There’s a reason that the festival has withstood the test of time: originally a celebration of Oregon’s Centennial in 1959, the event combines living history with live music, a carnival, and other entertainment. And admission …

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Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
12:00 am
Oregon is a great place for mountain biking, and there are few places greater than Oakridge, southeast from Eugene. Mountain Bike Oregon bills itself as “A Three-Day Mt. Biker’s Dream Vacation” on hundreds of miles of some of the world’s best singletrack. The biking will be intense–for the most part, this is not an event …

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Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm
10:00 am
Before Eugene was the countercultural mecca that it became in the 60s, it was a logging and mill town, forming the backdrop for Ken Kesey’s first novel, “Sometimes a Great Notion.”  The McKenzie River Chainsaw & Art Festival harkens back to those days, but with a twist: here, the chainsaws are being used to carve …

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