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Things to Do in Eugene

Eugene is a town of action! Run Pre's Trail , stroll through blooming rhododendrons in Hendricks Park or hike to the top of Spencer Butte . Ride your bicycle around town, along the river paths or on the Ridgeline Trail .

Treat yourself to shopping locally-owned stores, galleries and artisan markets. Take a scenic drive through wine country, where you'll visit area vineyards, talk to winemakers and sip some of the world's best Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Immerse yourself in an authentic Northwest experience by enjoying a craft beer beside the river, then head into the vibrant city center for live music at a small bar or in an esteemed performing arts venue.



Eugene Ale Trail

The Eugene Ale Trail spotlights our region's best breweries with a beer trail. Many breweries are clustered together, so it's easy to pub crawl - like in the Whiteaker neighborhood, the Westside Warehouse District or downtown Eugene .

Well-known breweries include Ninkasi, Hop Valley and McMenamins. But we also encourage you to discover some of the smaller outlaying brewers like Jerry's Place Bar & Grill featuring What'cha Brewing (Florence) and Brewers Union Local 180 (Oakridge). They are worth the drive!

Running & TrackTown USA

Eugene, Oregon has a long-standing reputation as the "Running Capital of the World." For anyone who has experienced the electrifying atmosphere at Hayward Field or jogged along running trails where Olympic-caliber athletes train, it's no surprise that Eugene is called a runner's paradise, the epicenter of track and field, and TrackTown USA .

Eugene Arts & Culture

A City For The Arts

Creative expression is the heartbeat of Eugene. Art pulses through the city's neighborhoods and streets. It might be a formal affair like an opera or symphony or it could be the elaborately painted bus heading to the Oregon Country Fair . Sometimes it blossoms in an artist's home studio and sometimes it explodes as a flash mob in Kesey Square - however art and culture manifests, small or large, quiet or loud - in Eugene there is a lot of it!

Go Eugene

Visually, you can see that this town is far from ordinary. From large, whimsically painted ducks to classic bronze sculptures commemorating Rosa Parks, Eugene Skinner (the town's founder) and author Ken Kesey, a diversity of media gives expression to Eugene.

Public art pops up on traffic boxes , sidewalk "parklet" installations or as dramatic murals on the sides of buildings. The 20x21 Mural Project is commissioning 20 world-class murals to be painted prior to the 2021 IAAF World Championships (hosted by Eugene). Every year, the EUGfun program packs the summer with free public events showcasing the community's diverse arts from dance troupes to musicians to film screenings. The city has also been known to display pianos in public spaces, inspiring impromptu concerts by passersby. Why all this love for public art? In 1981, the City of Eugene made a commitment to the arts through the Percent for Art Ordinance which charges local government with the support and development of artists.

Art Hubs

The Hult Center for the Performing Arts houses numerous resident companies including opera, symphony, ballet and concert choir. This performing arts powerhouse also hosts touring headliners, Broadway musicals, radio redux, concerts and comedy. The University of Oregon has strong performing and visual arts programs, as well as being home to the esteemed Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and The Museum of Natural and Cultural History . Fresh ideas flow forth from the colleges and community theaters.

Art Happenings

Eugene attracts a lot of international attention for its many arts and cultural events. The Oregon Bach Festival dives deep into Bach. The Eugene International Film Festival explores independent films and the region's outstanding Oregon Asian Celebration is a vibrant cultural experience that you'll never forget. Each summer, Art and The Vineyard pairs fine art with local wine to benefit the Maude Kerns Art Center . Year-round the Saturday Market showcases hand crafted artistry and the Lane Arts Council sponsors monthly art walks in downtown. Rub shoulders with plein air artists and buskers at markets, craft fairs and celebrations.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon

  • Address: 1430 Johnson Ln
    Eugene OR 97403
  • Phone: 541.346.3027
  • Fax: 541.346.0976

Established in 1933, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is a family-friendly destination that provides innovative exhibits and programs. With four major exhibitions yearly and galleries devoted to art from Asia, America and elsewhere, there is always something new to see.

Oregon Air & Space Museum

Ranked #34 of 175 things to do in Eugene

  • Address: 90377 Boeing Dr
    Eugene OR 97402
  • Phone: 541.461.1101

Displays of full-sized WWI and WWII aircraft and artifacts showing the incredible history of aviation and space technology. Comprehensive scale-model collection, flight suits, space program timeline and a variety of air and space memorabilia and exhibits. The Oregon Air & Space Museum has been open since 1991 and has become a popular educational tool. Gift shop.

McDonald Theatre

  • Address: 1010 Willamette St
    Eugene OR 97401
  • Phone: 541.345.4442

The McDonald Theatre has evolved into a performing arts venue, rich in theatrical history with a desire to capture live artistic movements of the times. The theatre has created a platform for artists of all ambitions, repertoires and ages to be displayed.

Eugene Symphony

  • Phone: 541.687.9487
  • Fax: 541.687.0527

Eugene Symphony's story began in 1965 with a bold notion – that Eugene could and should have its own symphony orchestra. Over the next 50 years, that idea, first dreamt of in a living room and nurtured by visionary volunteers and dedicated musicians, has grown into one of America's preeminent regional orchestras – one that has hosted music's greatest superstars, launched the international careers of talented conductors, and become one of the cornerstones of the performing arts in Oregon.

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