Located at the southern end of central Oregon’s Willamette River Valley, Eugene is just 50 miles from the stunning Pacific Ocean coastland. The University of Oregon and a widely diverse population make Eugene a magnet for musical and cultural events throughout the year.
Eugene music festivals kick off with February’s Winter Music Festival, highlighting local bands. The Oregon Bach Festival in June and early July is one of the most popular of the Eugene events, featuring global talent and attracting audiences from around the world. The Oregon Festival of American Music in August weaves a rich tapestry of popular music genres, from jazz and boogie-woogie to bebop and Broadway. Festivals in Eugene celebrate the area’s rich natural beauty and the contributions made by diverse cultures as well. The Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Wildflower and Mushroom Festivals are a spring event not to be missed, while the Eugene Asian, Irish, and Scottish Festivals highlight contributions made by settlers in Oregon. The Lane County Fair takes place in August.