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Top Things to Do This Weekend: August 7 – 11, 2014

Published: August 07, 2014

This weekend is all about major concerts at the region's best indoor and outdoor venues. Tom Petty, ZZ Top and Bruno Mars will all headline shows. Junction City celebrates the 54th Annual Scandinavian Festival starting Thursday.


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Thursday, Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene) Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers take center stage at Matthew Knight Arena with special guest Steve Winwood. Tickets are still available for the show. Buy tickets before it’s too late.

SLUG Queen Competition and Coronation of 2014 Friday, Downtown Eugene Join the crowd in this long-standing local tradition, the crowning our 32nd SLUG Queen! Come meet the Old Queens, Raining Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus, Emcee Queen Bananita Sluginsky and Celebrity Judges Laura Lee Laroux from Silver Lining Productions and KEZI's Sean Cuellar! Bring your own chair and find the best spot to enjoy this family friendly evening event.

Junction City Scandinavian Festival

Junction City Scandinavian Festival

Junction City Scandinavian Festival Thursday – Sunday, Junction City Downtown Junction City transforms into Scandinavia for this four-day event. Watch folk dancing and demos, shop for Scandinavian handcrafts such as hardanger embroidery, bobbin lace, and rosemaling and try traditional delicacies like aebleskivers and Swedish meatballs. Each day celebrates a different Scandinavian country. Admission and entertainment are free.

Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival Saturday, Alton Baker Park (Eugene) Join in the fun and enjoy live music, vendors, craft beer and lots of activities to engage, enlighten and celebrate local diversity. ART

Christy Wyckoff: Pictures Thursday – Saturday, The Gallery at the Watershed (Eugene) Christy Wyckoff has been a working artist for over 40 years. Wyckoff's images for this exhibit feature themes on the exploration of landscape, focused on the intersection between abstraction and representation. Wyckoff has had solo exhibitions at various galleries in Portland, Oregon; Gravura Brasileira in São Paulo, Brazil and the Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba in Curitiba, Brazil.

Create! Eugene All August, Various locations around Eugene and Springfield  During the month of August, Create! Eugene will feature a variety of artists’ workshops and exhibitions in a variety of locations throughout the City of Eugene. Local residents and visitors are encouraged to attend these informative and exciting arts workshops. Highlighting Eugene’s vibrant and celebrated cultural scene, this month-long festival presents an opportunity to engage and enhance awareness and support for all creative endeavors. CONCERTS

Mohawk Valley Music Festival Friday – Sunday, Springfield The inaugural Mohawk Valley Music Festival will present a multi-media, funky, digital, earthy, family friendly three day music festival in Marcola, twenty-five minutes east of Springfield. Weekend camping passes or single day passes for Saturday or Sunday are available. Featured artists will include Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and Nahko and Medicine for the People.

ZZ Top & Jeff Beck Sunday, Cuthbert Amphitheater (Eugene) Rock legends ZZ Top and Jeff Beck co-headline this amazing concert at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene. ZZ Top hold the undisputed title of being the longest running major rock band with the founding members intact and in 2004 the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jeff Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 as a solo artist and performer.

Bruno Mars - Moonshine Jungle World Tour Monday, Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene) Renowned singer/songwriter/producer/musician Bruno Mars brings his blockbuster "Moonshine Jungle World Tour" to Eugene on Monday. SPORTS Scandia Run 10K, 5K and Scandia Junior 1K Saturday, Junction City The 40th Annual Scandia Run in beautiful Junction City presents a challenging course for adult and junior teams. The 10K starts at 8 a.m. and is run on a USATF certified course. The 5K starts at 8:15 a.m., and the Scandia Junior 1K starts at 7:45 a.m. This competitive race is open to teams only, but all are encouraged to watch and cheer!

For even more events and things to do, visit our event calendar.