Culture & Heritage

Prefontaine Classic Track & Field Meet

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The Prefontaine Classic, a premiere track and field meet and the only stop in North America on the prestigious World Athletics Tour, will return to Hayward Field in Eugene. Named for the legendary runner Steve Prefontaine, the event showcases some of the greatest athletes in the world, all of whom must be ranked in the Top 50 in the world to be eligible to compete. This will be one of the first events held at the newly renovated Hayward Field, which has been upgraded to be an elite, world-class facility for athletes and fans alike.

Tickets are on sale now at GoDucks.com.

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2021 Scandinavian Festival

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Celebrate local Scandinavian heritage with food, crafts and entertainment at Junction City’s 61th Scandinavian Festival. Three stages of entertainment are filled with choral and instrumental groups, folk dancers and informational presentations. Find unusual handicrafts of Scandinavian culture such as Hardanger Embroidery, bobbin lace and Rosemaling. Vendors sell homemade paintings, woodcrafts, jewelry and more. Get classic fair food such as caramel corn and cotton candy, but be sure not to miss the Danish favorite, aebleskivers!

Also be sure to check out the Scandia Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning.

Junction City historical museums The Dr. Norman L. Lee House Museum and The Mary E. Pitney House Museum will be open daily during the Scandinavian Festival. This event and other cultural events held in Junction City are produced by the Junction City Scandinavian Festival Association.

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Visual Arts Week Kick-off at the First Friday ArtWalk  

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The First Friday ArtWalk kicks off Visual Arts Week. Explore galleries, art venues, installations, and more. Connect with talented local Eugene artists and check out their unique pieces of work on display. Get inspired by the creativty that this city has to offer and enjoy an evening of beautiful art in the lively yet pleasant atmosphere of downtown Eugene. This event is presented by Lane Arts Council and the City of Eugene Cultural Services.

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43rd Annual Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-In

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Hear the roar of the powerful engines, named after designer Lloyd Stearman, that were used to train pilots in World War II. The roar of the big radial engines on these planes is unmistakable and shouldn’t be missed! Guests can watch the aircraft soar in formation overhead, and relish the specific atmosphere induced by these incredible biplanes. Not only will folks have a chance to see these amazing planes up close, they will also have a first-hand opportunity to chat with the pilots/owners about these extraordinary aircrafts. The Oregon Aviation Historical Society brings these vintage aircrafts to Cottage Grove to share with guests of all ages.

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Oregon Culture Nights: A Traditional Arts Series on the Lawn: Jayanthi Raman

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Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for a celebration of Oregon’s living traditions, featuring performances and demonstrations by master artists from around the Willamette Valley. Pack a picnic, bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy this special opportunity to connect across our collective Oregon heritages. Jayanthi Raman is a master practitioner, teacher, and choreographer of Bharatha Natyam, a classical Indian dance form that tells traditional Hindu stories through movements, gestures, and expressions. Each event is included with regular admission and free for MNCH members and UO ID.

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OFAM 2021 Community Sing-Along

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The Festival Community Sing-Alongs are a great way to get into the music! As usual, there are two sessions in the Sheffer Recital Hall, each with its own song list, open to all-comers. Amy Adams and The Shedd’s Singing Road Scholar and Shedd Singing Club lead this Week 1 Sing-Along, which focuses on great songs from movies of the 1930s and 40s. 

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Eugene Symphony Summer Concert

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Eugene Symphony presents their annual outdoor summer orchestral concert for the public at Cuthbert Amphitheater. Entry to this event requires a ticket, which can be secured at no cost online; tickets go very quickly.

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Oregon Culture Nights: A Traditional Arts Series on the Lawn: Francisco Bautista

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Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for a celebration of Oregon’s living traditions, featuring performances and demonstrations by master artists from around the Willamette Valley. Pack a picnic, bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy this special opportunity to connect across our collective Oregon heritages. Fourth-generation traditional weaver Francisco Bautista is known for his stunning contemporary textiles that reflect both his Zapotec heritage and his life in Oregon today. Each event is included with regular admission and free for MNCH members and UO ID Request your reservations online today!

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Chapwititi  presents:  The  Sounds of Zimbabwean  Marimba  

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Chapwititi, with high-energy and style present traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean marimba music.   Chapwititi represents the middle generation of players and students to rise up as professional-level musicians through the  Kutsinhira  Cultural Arts Center,  a Eugene-based non-profit dedicated to studying, teaching and sharing the music of Zimbabwe.  Chapwititi means the spark before the fire in the Shona language of Zimbabwe.  
Presented by Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center and the City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Fun.d 

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Virtual Oregon Country Fair

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For 2021, the OCF event has been replaced with a virtual experience. Wander the 3D “Fair in the Clouds” and enjoy interactive mapping. OCF merchandise is available online. Visit their website for details.

Nestled in the forest along the banks of the Long Tom River, the Oregon Country Fair features vaudeville, circus acts, spoken word, wandering musicians, face painting, parades and other perennial favorites. Fairgoers will enjoy 18 stages of entertainment, more than 80 food booths and nearly 350 craft booths featuring more than 700 vendors. 

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