Coffin Races

Coffin Races graphic by Travis Pendlebury

Return of the Coffin Races!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

3rd Avenue & Lincoln Street

For the second time in Eugene history, creative community members will race head to head in hand-built coffin-themed race cars down Skinner’s Butte. This Halloween themed soapbox derby heard thousands of excited ghostly screams in 2018, it featured 40 competitive and original teams with roughly 3,000 guests in attendance! 

This year is sure not to disappoint! In addition to the white knuckled thrill of the races, friends and families of all ages can get crafty at the Pumpkins & Power Tools exhibit, boogie down to sweet rhythms on site, enjoy locally brewed cider and beer by Wildcraft Ciderworks and The Wheel Apizza pub and eat like the living with local food and coffee options on site while you cheering on your favorite teams!

We're looking for ghouls, goblins, zombies and mortals to volunteer at this year's event. Sign up and you'll get one of the coveted t-shirts.


Parking is limited but available at the Diamond Parking Lot on Shelton McMurphey Blvd.

CAT Bike Valet will be curating safe, premium bicycle storage at the event.

Need a lift to join the fun?

LTD will be offering a free one-day bus pass! Download and print your pass.

  1. Spectators
  2. Teams
  3. Get Involved

All the Happenings


Event opens at 11:30 a.m.

Opening Ceremony at 12 p.m.

Races begin at 12:10 p.m.

Awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Pit Row:

Check out the creative coffins and racers on pit row. Grab a ballot from the trophy tent to vote for People's Choice.

Pop-up Restaurants include:

  • Venue 252
  • The Wheel Apizza Pub
  • I Scream for Waffles
  • Red 5 Hot dogs
  • Most Wanted Espresso
  • krob Krua 

Children's Activities:

  • Decorating your own custom trick-or-treat pillowcase bag
  • Pumpkin carving with power tools
  • Cookie decorating hosted by Venue 252
  • Craft activities hosted by Mecca 


  • Do you want to purchase a 2019 Coffin Race shirt? PrintWear of Oregon will be selling all coffin race merch at the event. Get 'em while they're hot!
  • Shop over 10 Whitaker Community Market vendors. Peruse and purchase goods from local makers and artisans.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Speed Demons (fastest team): 1st Place
  • Late to the Funeral: 2nd Place
  • The Creepy Coupe: Scariest Team
  • Reaper's Choice: Democratic vote for the people's favorite coffin!
  • The Funny Bone: Funniest Team
  • Fresh to Death: Best Dressed Team
  • Most Creative Casket: Most creative art-car
  • Smells Like Team Spirit: Best Team Spirit

SMJ Comes to Life (or Death?)

Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House (303 Willamette St.) hosts an exhibit from 12-4 p.m. We invite you to immerse yourself in the Victorian Mourning rituals and customs. Clothing, food, periods of mourning, photos of the dead. More info

Brought to you by the City of Eugene with support from these local businesses. Thank you to our sponsors for making Eugene a great place to live, work and play!

Venue 252 logo
The Wheel Apizza Pub logo
Elevation Bouldering Gym logo
Tacovore Logo
MECCA logo
Oregon Social Learning Center logo

Contact Us

  1. Production Coordinators
    For Coffin Race related questions or ideas email us.
    Oliver Neill
    Kerry Weeks
    Chelsea Louie