Downtown Program Fund
2021 Downtown Program Fund Recipients
Congratulations to the outstanding recipients of this year’s Downtown Program Fund! We are looking forward to enjoying their arts and culture experiences in outdoor spaces in Eugene’s downtown core this May through October.
36th Annual Asian Celebration
Stay tuned for news of the Alton Baker park event on July 31 in collaboration with Obon Festival and other forthcoming downtown events this summer. See postponement details on the Asian Celebration website
First Friday ArtWalks
Presented by Lane Arts Council and City of Eugene Cultural Services
August 6 • 5:30-8 p.m. | Visual Arts Week Kick-off
The August First Friday ArtWalk kicks off Visual Arts Week. Explore galleries, venues, installations, the Mayor's Art Show, a unique storytelling project by Wordcrafters in Eugene and Lane Arts Council and more.
September 3 • 5:30-8 p.m. | Fiesta Cultural Kick-off
The September First Friday ArtWalk kicks off Fiesta Cultural, a multi-month series of events celebrating Latino arts and culture in Lane County. Come downtown for music, dance, visual art exhibitions, family activities, a unique storytelling project by Wordcrafters in Eugene and Lane Arts Council and more.
October 1 • 5:30-8 p.m.
The First Friday ArtWalk is a monthly celebration of Eugene’s artists and creativity. Download the map to explore the many participating galleries and venues.
Free Concerts Downtown
June 5 • 6-8 p.m.
Additional concerts are tentatively scheduled for August & October
Downtown Broadway Streatery
Presented by Downtown Eugene Merchants and City of Eugene Cultural Services
Grab a seat outside of a downtown restaurant or bar and enjoy a free concert this summer! The series kicks off Saturday, June 5 with Oregon Children’s Choirs’ Young Men’s Ensemble and Boychoir in the Broadway Streatery. Concerts by Eugene Symphony Quartet and Delgani String Quartet will follow. Everyone is welcome at these celebrations of local art and food! Sponsored by State Farm Agent Sherry Schaefers & City of Eugene Cultural Services.
Chapwititi Presents: The Sounds of Zimbabwean Marimba
June 12 • 2:30-4 p.m.
July 17 • 7-8:30 p.m.
September 11 • 3-4:30 p.m.
Presented by Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center and City of Eugene Cultural Services
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.
Stray Cast Improv
Saturdays, July 10-August 28 • 10-11 a.m.
Presented by Oregon Supported Living Program and City of Eugene Cultural Services
Come enjoy some Improv games, music and laughter. Let’s create a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere to explore performance art. A great way to meet new friends on Saturday mornings. People of all abilities welcome. No talent required! Covid safety precautions will be taken.
Let Down Your Fears: Rapunzel Retold
September 23-25 • 7-8 p.m.
(note date/time is subject to change based on weather and daylight, will be confirmed by early June)
Downtown Park Blocks
Presented by AHFEMME and City of Eugene Cultural Services
“Let Down Your Fears! Rapunzel Retold” (LDYF) is a multidisciplinary performance that utilizes an imprisoned Rapunzel as a metaphor for the challenging experience of quarantine. LDYF is an interactive, live storytelling extravaganza. In our version of this story, the audience sees a Rapunzel who is faced with complex emotions while in isolation. Through their trials and tribulations, Rapunzel cultivates a strong sense of self-worth and self-love.
Tracktown Swing Outdoor Jazz Concert with "The Stealin' Apples"
October 2 • 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Presented by Track Town Swing & City of Eugene Cultural Services
Track Town Swing is a local non-profit dedicated to the preservation and education of jazz dance and music in the state of Oregon.
October 8 • 7-10 p.m.
Downtown Park Blocks
Presented by ArtCity and City of Eugene Cultural Services
BEAM 2021 is a celebration of creative exploration and illuminated ingenuity that marks the fall season in Eugene. This illuminated pop-up multimedia outdoor art gallery expands across both Park Blocks where guests weave in and out of experience after experience like walking in and out of parallel worlds, offering a continuation of diversity and intrigue throughout.
All events will be following event safety guidelines as required by the State of Oregon. Please practice physical distancing and remember to wear your mask!