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Eugene Weekly : 5.31.07

Summer Guide 2007

Miyazaki in the Park

I have a terrible time with summer movies in the parks. Don't get me wrong — they're a wonderful thing, and I think we ought to have more of them. Perhaps it'd be more accurate to say I have a terrible time with actually going to outdoor summer movies. But this year, the city's scheduled something that I just won't miss: On Aug. 3, My Neighbor Totoro will screen at Washington Park.

Does the name not ring a bell? How about the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, or the eco-fable Princess Mononoke? My Neighbor Totoro is an earlier film by the same Japanese master of animation, Hayao Miyazaki. Though he's been called the Walt Disney of Japan, Miyazaki has a much subtler grasp on childhood fears and fancies; his heroes and heroines are often completely ordinary children who experience something amazing and life-changing that has nothing to do with being a princess or marrying a prince.

In Totoro, Satsuki and Mei go with their father to live in the countryside, to be near their gravely ill mother. Everything is new and a little spooky — and maybe magical. It's not long before the girls meet the totoro, magical woodland creatures with big eyes and toothy grins (sort of like the Cheshire Cat meets a soap bubble, really). The creatures, which come in different sizes and colors, become the girls' friends and companions in Miyazaki's gentle, delicate film. Though it hasn't the excitement of Spirited Away or Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Totoro might still be my favorite Miyazaki film; it touches on a timeless feeling of wonder and possibility that understands the relationship fear has with the extraordinary. Beyond that, I don't want to say too much — I just want to look forward to watching it again. My Neighbor Totoro shows at 9 pm (pre-show entertainment begins at 8 pm) at Washington Park, 5th & Washington. Free. — Molly Templeton

 

More Than Just Fish

A wealth of info and a variety of exhibits await at Willamette Fish Hatchery

By Vanessa Salvia

By the time you and your kids have been to every playground in town and fed the ducks for the thousandth time, you'll be looking for a new diversion. Aside from the gas it takes to get there, all you need to enjoy the Willamette Fish Hatchery in Oakridge is a handful of quarters and plenty of time. The hatchery is open to the public every day, with no admission fee and enough attractions to keep kids — and adults — happy.

The perilous 7th hole in "The Lifecycle of a Salmon" mini-golf

Of course, there's the hatchery itself, where your kids can walk alongside holding pools filled with thousands of spring Chinook and summer and winter steelhead smolts. The small fry fish will be reared until they are four to six inches long, then released into our waterways. Here's where the quarters come in — your own small fry can get a handful of fish food pellets and cast them into pools with 50-year-old, 8-foot long sturgeon, or rainbow trout fattened over years of the easy life. Though the sturgeons move like submarines in the water, the lively trout will break the surface in a feeding frenzy. Most of the time, the hatchery opens a viewing platform where healthy (and large!) adult salmon can be observed roiling the waters.

You and your charges will be happily surprised to find much more than fish here. There are large cages of game birds, including several beautiful pheasants and a show-off tom turkey. Just around the corner from the birds is a half-mile, easy, flat interpretive trail that loops through the woods. The hatchery museum is open every day and features a large diorama of mounted animal specimens from Oregon's diverse habitats. Thanks to the wonders of taxidermy, you can marvel at a full-size golden eagle or a black bear. If you really want to make a day of it, bring a lunch and enjoy the tranquil, park-like setting while dining in the covered picnic area.

When you're tired of walking around, here's what the kids really like: a nine-hole covered miniature golf course. Equipped with kid-sized putters, colored balls, score cards and pencils, the course is free, so your whole group can play as many times as you'll let them. Unlike regular mini golf, however, this course depicts the stages of a salmon's life cycle. Hazards at each hole represent the dangers salmon face on their long journey from the hatchery to the ocean and back to our home waters. You'll be lucky to scoot your ball past fishermen's hooks, sea lions, diseases, lack of food or vicious weather. It's educational, but goofy enough to keep the kids happy for quite a while.

For those of you looking to fill the day with even more activity, there are a couple of family-paced hikes just off Highway 58 on the way to Oakridge, like the trail at Goodman Creek Road. One favorite way to round out the day after an afternoon at the hatchery is a stop off at the Oakridge A&W for ice cold root beer and cheese curds. Like the sign says, they're curiously delicious! Heck, why wait until you've exhausted all your other entertainment options on these long summer days? The Willamette Fish Hatchery could end up being your favorite new anytime destination.

GETTING THERE: Take Willamette Highway 58 to Oakridge. Just through town, at DJ's End of the Trail Market, turn left on Fish Hatchery Road. The hatchery is about a mile down the road on the right.

Willamette Fish Hatchery 76389 Fish Hatchery Road, Oakridge 7:30 am to dusk, Monday through Friday Museum open 8 am to 4 pm every day • Free

 

 

Cool Off With Your Brain Off II:

Son of Bad Movies

First, the good news: As of this issue, the three big, behemoth, beast-sized part-threes of the summer are already taking up most of the space in local theaters. No, seriously: Cinemark has 17 screens, Valley River Center's new theater has 15, and neither one (as of May 25) is showing more than eight films. It's all Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

There's no law saying that the last film in a trilogy has to be bad; Return of the King, for one thing, would quickly put that theory to death (and then to death some more … and some more … and then it'd be done). But there's bad news, too: This summer isn't finished getting sequelized. We still have Live Free or Die Hard, Ocean's Thirteen, Rush Hour 3 and — though you won't hear me complaining about either of these — Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and The Bourne Ultimatum.

We also have some stand-alone flicks that look downright terrible, or just plain silly. And like last year, I'm here to helpfully point them out to you. But I missed a key selection last year, and I apologize: You, Me and Dupree really was one of the worst films of 2006.

License to Wed Movies with "license to" in the title just seem like a bad idea, and this Robin Williams groaner exemplifies why. I don't care how many Office cast members you pack into a film; if you have Williams, playing a doofy minister, pretending to bless someone with MC Hammer lyrics, it's just not funny.

Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! Until I looked up this oh-so-cutely titled movie (Oopsy is a bear!) on imdb.com and Rotten Tomatoes, I had no idea that the Care Bear empire was trucking along with so many releases. But I suspect many of those were straight to video. Right? Not so this one, in which Oopsy Bear must come to the rescue. Y'know, I had a Care Bears sleeping bag. I loved 'em just as much as anybody else. In the '80s. But if the Ninja Turtles are back, clearly the Bears should get big too.

Bratz Still, it's not like the younger generations don't have their beloved, annoying-to-adults franchises. Like Bratz dolls. I do hope Rotten Tomatoes is wrong when it claims this movie is live action; those dolls have enormous heads. Imdb.com lists voice stars, though, so no need to worry that Lacey Chabert and the other voice talent are being subjected to bizarre medical procedures.

Surf's Up I know penguins are the new Dalmations are the new … whatever else is cute and cuddly. Maybe those damn Coke bears. But every time I have to suffer through this preview, I want to gag. It's, like, a totally rad "documentary" that's "based on a true story" about the Penguin World Surfing Championships. Listen, Shia LaBeouf. You were really good in Holes, and I adored you in the underrated Constantine. But this summer you're in a Michael Bay movie (which, OK, maybe you're really a big Decepticon fan) and you're voicing an annoying penguin. Just … be careful, willya?

Hostel: Part II Every time I read an interview with director Eli Roth (who was once a resident adviser in an NYU dorm, which is just creepy), I think the dude is laughing all the way to the bank. He's just so gleefully over the top that he must have some deep dark secret, like a room wallpapered in fluffy kitten posters, that would ruin his rep as the nastiest purveyor of horror porn out there. Please note: I use the word porn here in the same sense as the phrase "food porn." There's not any traditional porn in Hostel. At least, not as far as I know. What, you think I've watched that? I'm a sissy. I can't do scary.

Rise: Blood Hunter Rise what now? Sometimes you just can't get any better than the imdb.com summaries: "Supernatural thriller in which a female reporter wakes up in a morgue to find herself a member of the undead." Also, "Lucy Liu bares her boobage in numerous scenes." Apparently, it's another new take on vampires. Thanks, but I'll stick with Day Watch (if/when it comes here). — Molly Templeton

 

Sexy Summer Classes!

It's summer and it's hot and people need something to do with their frisky bodies other than join a swingers group and listen to Barry White. The summer session at the UO is no different. Plenty of departments got sex and sexuality on the mind and will attempt to rub the subject from every angle while students squirm in their chairs. Anthropology offers the sex-across-the-millenia Evolution of Human Sexuality as well as an interesting look at tattoing across cultures, Body Art and Anthropology. Philosophy contemplates Love and Sex, discussing how the West's prudish attidudes towards fucking is holding love hostage, while Russian Studies will pry open the proverbial can o' worms with Sexuality and Feminism in Russia. Sociology mounts the widespread subject of Sex and Society while Physics gets in on the action with its Astronomy offering of Birth and Death of Stars (hey, even the cosmos needs to get it on). And, not entirely unrelated, Music offers Rock History from 1950 to 1970 so we can finally figure out what music our parents shagged to! Of course, there are the always popular "(fill in the blank with a major world region, culture, sexual orientation) in Film" classes, because, you know, sitting in a dark classroom watching movies makes for sexy thoughts! Unfortunately there will be no Sex in Film class … UO won't touch that taboo just yet. Maybe next summer. — Chuck Adams

 

 

Pink Martini Is Trying To Break Our Heart

Judging from reviews of their latest album, Hey Eugene!, there will soon be rumors that Pink Martini included the title track (invariably the most cringe-inducing PM track of all time) on their latest disc just so they could name the album after a medium-sized city in Oregon that adores them like no other — and whose ballet company collaborated with them on a multiple ovation performance last year. But the 12-piece Portland band will have nothing to do with Eugene this summer, treating us like an old flame who dumped them abruptly and later snubbed them at a party. Barring a late-minute addition to the Cuthbert or Secret House series, PM will be leaving us high and dry this summer. Oh sure, they'll still be nearby (playing Corvallis, Bend, Portland and Roseburg). We'll just have to travel to see them. Still, it hurts when PM continue to remind people that their title track — a jazzy throwback to early 1990s pop-funk — references a man in New York City (a man, we might add, who actually snubbed them … or at least lead singer China Forbes). As for their new album: Yes, it rocks. Yes, it seduces. Yes, the songs are like a secret agent stealing your heart in Japan and then mailing it back to you from Portugal. Yes, you'll make the hour roadtrip north or south to see them. Because, like Meg Ryan's character in Sleepless in Seattle, Pink Martini is just waiting for us to meet them halfway. — Chuck Adams

 

Summer guide 2007 Event Listings:

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JUNE

Saturday, 6/2

Sasquatch Brew Fest More than 50 beers, live music, food, homebrewing competition, raffle and silent auction. The 5th annual nonprofit event raises money for the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, which contributes to the Northwest brewing community in a variety of ways. Participating breweries include Rogue, Steelhead, High Street, Ninkasi, Cascade Lakes, Hair of the Dog and Widmer. Featured performers are Spun Honey, Elizabeth Cable, Etouffée and Strange Brew. Noon-11pm, Broadway Plaza. www.sasquatchbrewfest.org$10.

First Saturday Park Walk: Delta Ponds, 9am, meet at parking lot behind the Valley River Center. Free.

Summer Reading for Adults, sign up and get a free notebook, Downtown Library. 682-8316.

Spring Open House Potluck Party, bring a dish to share, take a hay ride, make life-sized scarecrows and more, noon-4pm, Winter Green Farm, Noti. www.wintergreenfarm.comor 935-1920. Free.

We Are Bethel Celebration, music by Son Me'Lao, booths, food, youth carnival and more, noon-6pm, Petersen Barn Community Center. 682-5521. Free.

Wednesday, 6/6

Campfire Cookout, with stories, jokes and fire safety lessons, 4:30pm, Playing with Food, 1973 Pierce St. www.playingwithfood.net$15 per parent/child combo.

Saturday, 6/9

Lorane in Bloom, late-spring festival with local artists and crafters, estate and locally grown plants and flowers, guided tours, demonstrations and more, 11am-6pm today & tomorrow, King Estate MarketPlace. www.kingestate.com

Barrel Tour: Benton-Lane Winery, High Pass Winery, LaVelle Vineyards, Pfeiffer Vineyards, Sweet Cheeks Winery and Noble Estate, 9:30am, meet at parking lot btwn. Valley River Inn and Macy's. 21+ event. www.wineriesoflanecounty.com$60.

Steep Hill Chase, 5k, 9am, Alton Baker Park. www.goodrace.com

Eugene Challenge Mile, 6pm, Oakway Center. www.eugenerunningcompany.com

Sunday, 6/10

Plants of Mount Pisgah guided hike, 10am, Mount Pisgah Arboretum. 747-1504. $5.

Lorane in Bloom continues. See June 9.

Saturday, 6/16

Community Climb Time at the Columns, 9am-11am today, June 30, July 14 & 21, Aug. 11 & 18, The Columns in Skinner Butte Park. Equipment is provided. $5.

Vitality Run, 4 mile/2 mile, 8:30am, Alton Baker Park. www.goodrace.com

Tuesday, 6/19

Summer Reading Gala Kick-Off, juggling, unicycle lessons, ice cream and more, 11am, Springfield Library. Free.

Thursday, 6/21

Drop-in tree climbing session, 4pm-7pm today, July 19 and Aug. 16, meet near community garden at Maurie Jacobs Park. Wear closed toe shoes. All climbing & safety equipment provided. 682-5329. $10.

Friday, 6/22

The Muppet Movie, with subtitles for the hearing impaired, 9pm, Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen. Free.

Black Sheep Gathering, sheep and goat shows, workshops, classes, trade show, fiber arts, spinning circles, demonstrations and more, 9am-6pm today; 9am-5pm tomorrow; 9am-4pm June 24, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.blacksheepgathering.orgFree.

Saturday, 6/23

Summerfest, music, wine, beer, food and kids play zone, with music by Justin King Band, Norma Fraser, The Vipers w/Deb Cleveland, The KoKo Lovetet, The Sugar Beets and more, 2pm-9pm, Secret House Vineyards, Veneta. www.07summerfest.com$10, free under age 15.

Wilderness Week 2007 is an opportunity for people of all ages to explore Oregon's spectacular wildlands. Oregon Wild and conservation partners will offer dozens of events and free guided hikes through unprotected wilderness areas around the state. Visit spectacular waterfalls and wildflower meadows in the proposed Lewis & Clark Mount Hood Wilderness, enjoy a free Rogue River raft trip, explore little-visited gems in the Willamette National Forest or bring the family for a hike close to home. For a complete list of hikes and events visit www.oregonwild.org.For hikes near Eugene, contact Chandra LeGue at 344-0675. June 23-July 1.

Barrel Tour: Saginaw Vineyard, Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards, Iris Hill, King Estate Winery, Chateau Lorane and Secret House Winery, 9:30am, meet at parking lot btwn. Valley River Inn and Macy's. 21+ event. www.wineriesoflanecounty.com$60.

Black Sheep Gathering continues. See June 22.

Sunday, 6/24

KLCC Garden Tour, self-guided tours of nine gardens, with musicians, massage chairs, vendors, art and more, 9am-5pm, in and around College Hill in south Eugene. www.klcc.comor 463-6000. $10 adv., $13 dos.

New Horizons Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Black Sheep Gathering continues. See June 22.

Tuesday, 6/26

Wizard Rock! The Remus Lupins and The Parselmouths perform songs inspired by Harry Potter, 4pm, Downtown Library. FREE.

Wednesday, 6/27

Just for Kids Talent Show for ages 4-18, 11:30am, Meadow Park, Spfd. Register at 736-4544. Free.

Buck & Elizabeth, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

Friday, 6/29

Oregon Bach Festival Eugene's annual and world-renowned "Summer Festival of Music," a celebration of all things Bach and more, hopes to take a few risks this year with its "Outside the Bachs" theme. One of its more off-kilter offerings is "PDQ Bach: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour," in which the bumbling musical progeny PDQ Bach squares off in a showdown with his creator Peter Schickele — a humorous touch to this high and haughty music institution. Also exquisite will be the all-Mendelssohn concert on July 3 featuring violin sensation Midori, making her OBF debut. But perhaps the festival's biggest number is its opening night, in which conductor Helmuth Rilling leads an emotional rollercoaster with Brahms' German Requiem. These are just the highlights, as the OBF dishes up educating lectures, symposiums, organ concerts, late night improv jams and dance theater. Tonight, catch Inside Line: Peter Hopkins previews the evening's concert, 6:30pm, Hult Center, free; Opening Ceremonies with 350 singers from eight choirs of the Pacific International Children's Choir Festival, 6:45pm, Hult Center lobby, free; Choral-orchestral concert: Brahms, German Requiem, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $15-$52. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

The Valley Boys, 6:30pm, 5th and A Street, Spfd. Free.

Saturday, 6/30

Oregon Bach Festival: Dance Theatre Oregon presents The Dancing Composers, 11am, Hult Center, $5; PICCFEST Choir, noon, Hult lobby, free; Choral-orchestral concert: PDQ Bach: The Jekyll & Hyde Tour, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $15-$52. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Oregon Wine & Cheese Tasting with representatives from some of the area's best artisan cheesemakers, 11am-6pm, King Estate MarketPlace. www.kingestate.com

Community Climb Time at the Columns continues. See June 16.

 

JULY

Sunday, 7/1

Oregon Bach Festival: Choral-orchestral concert: Bach & Family: Bach concertos, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante & Jupiter Symphony, Festival Chamber Orchestra, 4pm, Hult Center, $8-$12. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486. $8-$12.

One More Time Marching Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Monday, 7/2

Oregon Bach Festival: Organ Interludes: ElRay Stewart-Cook, noon, Central Lutheran Church, free; Intimate Evenings: Trio Verlaine presents Menuet Antique, 7:30pm, Beall Hall, UO, $29-$38; PICCFEST Gala Concert, 7:30pm, Hult Center, free. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Tuesday, 7/3

Oregon Bach Festival: Hinkle Distinguished Lecture: Martin Marty, noon, Hult Center, free; Discovery Series: Bach Cantata 78, 4:30pm, Hult Center, $14-$20; Choral-orchestral concert: All-Mendelssohn w/Midori, violin, 7:30pm, Hult Center, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $15-$52. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486

Wednesday, 7/4

Grillin' & Chillin' at the MarketPlace, organic veggie and locally grown meat BBQ with a dash of vino, 11am-6pm, King Estate MarketPlace www.kingestate.com

Butte to Butte, 10k, 8am, Spencer Butte. www.buttetobutte.org

Eugene Symphonic Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Springfield Utility Board's Light of Liberty Celebration A family-friendly holiday event featuring food, vendors, kids' activities, a set-to-music fireworks display and more. Event proceeds benefit Project Share, which helps low-income families with winter heating emergencies. 4pm, Island Park, Spfd. $5 adv., $6 door, free under 5, veterans and families of active duty military free.

Florence 4th of July, barbecue, music, decorations, fireworks, fireworks cruise and more, 11:30am-4pm barbecue; noon-2pm Barbershop Chorus; fireworks on the river at dusk, Old Town Florence. www.florencechamber.comor 541-997-3128.

Freedom Festival, presented by Active 20/30 Club and Maude Kerns Art Center, 4pm gates open; 9:30pm fireworks, Alton Baker Park. Free.

Thursday, 7/5

Oregon Bach Festival: Let's Talk: Anton Armstrong & SFYCA Alumni, noon, Hult Center, free; Discovery Series: Haydn Mass for Theresa Part I, 4:30pm, Hult Center, $14-$20; Intimate Evenings: All-Chopin w/Jeffrey Kahane, piano, 7:30pm, Beall Hall, UO, $29-$38. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Dr. Delusions Illusions, 11:30am, Douglas Gardens Park, Spfd. Free.

Friday, 7/6

Art & the Vineyard, music and arts festival with artists' marketplace, kids' arena, international food court, specialty booths, wine samples for purchase, performances from The Sugar Beets, The Dennis Mitchell Band, Steel Magnolias and more, July 6-July 8, Alton Baker Park. www.artandthevineyard.org$15 three-day pass, $6 single day, $1 under age 11.

Oregon Bach Festival: Organ Interludes: Barbara Baird, noon, First Congregational Church, free; Discovery Series: Haydn Mass for Theresa Part II, 4:30pm, Beall Hall, UO, $14-$20; Fest@First: Stangeland Family YCA, 7:30pm, First Baptist Church, $15-$27; Wild Nights: Improv Café, 10:30pm, Collier House, UO, $3-$5. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Willie Nelson, 7pm, Cuthbert Amphitheater. www.thecuthbert.comor 682-5000. $39-$64.

Eugene Skate Park Contest Series, noon, Cal Young Skate Park. Register, 682-5329. $3 for contestants, free for spectators.

Saturday, 7/7

Oregon Bach Festival: Composers Symposium & Cross Currents Concert Series: The Piano Reborn, 10am, and The Gates of Paradise, 2pm, Beall Hall, UO, $8-$12; Dance Theatre Oregon presens Snow White, 11am, Hult Center, $5; On the House: SFYCA soloists, noon, Hult Center lobby, free; Intimate Evenings: Bach à la Jazz, 7:30pm, Beall Hall, UO, $29-$38; Wild Nights: Improv Café, 10:30pm, Collier House, UO, $3-$5. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

First Saturday Park Walk: West Eugene Wetlands, 9am, meet where the bike path crosses Terry St., off Hwy. 126. Free.

Art & the Vineyard continues. See July 6.

Sunday, 7/8

Oregon Bach Festival: Inside Line w/Thomas Somerville, 3pm, Hult Center, free; Choral-orchestral concert: Bach and Mendelssohn motets; Haydn Mass for Theresa, 4pm, Hult Center, $15-$52; Wild Nights: Improv Café, 10:30pm, Collier House, UO, $3-$5. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486. $26-$36.

Highlanders Bagpipe Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Art & the Vineyard continues. See July 6.

Monday, 7/9

Oregon Bach Festival: On the House: Swang, noon, Hult Center lobby, free; Cross Current Concert Series: East Meets West, 7:30pm, Beall Hall, UO, $8-$12; Organ recital: Kimberly Marshall, 7:30pm, Central Lutheran Church, $14-$20. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486. $15-$36.

Tuesday, 7/10

Oregon Bach Festival: On the House: Chungliang Al Huang presents "Tao of Listening," noon, Hult Center lobby, free; Discovery Series: Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3, 4:30pm, Hult Center, $14-$20; Fest@First: Trio Voronezh w/orchestra, 7:30pm, First Baptist Church, $29-$38. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Chalk Art Festival, with Kutsinhira Marimba Youth Ensemble performing, 11am, Fountain Plaza, Springfield Library. Free.

Misty River, 6:30pm, Island Park, Spfd. Free.

Wednesday, 7/11

Oregon Bach Festival: Let's Talk: Vocal soloists, noon, Hult Center, free; Discovery Series: Bach Cantata 140, 4:30pm, Hult Center, $14-$20; Intimate Evenings: Piano Recital, Bernd Glemser, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $29-$38. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Irie Impressions, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

Thursday, 7/12

Oregon Bach Festival: Let's Talk: Helmuth Rilling, noon, Hult Center, free; Inside Line w/Kirk Boyd, 6:30pm, Hult Center, free; Choral-orchestral concert: Honegger's King David, w/Kirk Boyd, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $15-$52. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Los Mex Pistols del Norte, 6:30pm, Amazon Center. Free.

Mother Goose, 11:30am, Meadow Park, Spfd. Free.

Friday, 7/13

Oregon Country Fair We certainly can't predict any drastic changes to the usual run of events — which includes art by more than 700 artisans; food and snacks from more than 50 booths and vendors; the Community Village; music, magic, jesters and more on twelve stages — since this year's lineup is just as compelling as last year's. Find Albino, Obeyjah & the Pearl, Green Lemon, Gamelan X, Wisdom and Los Mex Pistols del Norte on the mainstage, joining OCF perennial favorites the Yard Dogs Road Show, Kan'Nal and The Funginears. According to a press release, attendees are encouraged to come as "all of who you are, costumed accordingly." So whether "who you are" is a medieval friar with a penchant for oratory or a frantic romantic in your Birthday Suit, you are welcome. Don't forget to get your tickets ahead of time, as on-site tickets are not available. 11am-7pm today, tomorrow & July 15, Veneta. www.oregoncountryfair.orgor 343-4298. Friday & Sunday $15 adv., $20 dos.; Saturday $20 adv., $25 dos.; three-day pass $40. Parking $5.

Oregon Bach Festival: Organ Interludes: Julia Brown, noon, Church of the Resurrection, free; Discovery Series: Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4, 4:30pm, Hult Center, $14-$20; Guest Artists: The 5 Browns, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $15-$27. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486. $15-$36.

Social Distortion, The Hangmen, The Heat Attacks, 7pm, Secret House Vineyard, Veneta. www.secrethousewinery.com$25 adv., $30 dos.

Time Bandits, with subtitles for the hearing impaired, 9pm, Amazon Park. Free.

Saturday, 7/14

Oregon Bach Festival: Music in Action: "Bach & Forth," w/Rich Glauber, 11am, Hult Center, $5; Let's Talk: John Evans, noon, Hult Center, free; Intimate Evenings: Triad, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $29-$38. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Children's Celebration Celebrate being a child with a petting zoo, face paintings, train rides, carnival games, craft projects and more. 10am-3pm, Island Park, Spfd. $10 family, $3/person.

Oregon Country Fair continues. See July 13.

Community Climb Time at the Columns continues. See June 16.

Sunday, 7/15

Oregon Bach Festival: Inside Line w/Robert Hurwitz, 3pm, Hult Center, free; Choral-orchestral concert: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, 4pm, Hult Center, $15-$52. www.oregonbachfestival.comor (800) 457-1486.

Run In The Country, half-marathon & 5k, 7am, Coburg. www.goodrace.com

The Fifth Element, wind quintet, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Oregon Country Fair continues. See July 13.

Tuesday, 7/17

Swing Shift, 6:30pm, Island Park, Spfd. Free.

Wednesday, 7/18

Brook Adams & his Swingin' Marmalukeys, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

Thursday, 7/19

Bohemia Mining Days, with youth talent contest, Bloomer Parade, Battle of the Bands, Grand Miners' Parade and more, July 19-22, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. www.bohemiaminingdays.org

Kids' Flea Market, kids sell their stuff to other kids, 11am-1pm, Fountain Plaza, Springfield Library. Free.

Barbara Healy and the New Allnighterz, 6:30pm, Sheldon Center. Free.

Recycleman and the Dumpster Divers, 11:30am, Douglas Gardens Park, Spfd. Free.

Drop-in tree climbing session continues. See June 21.

Friday, 7/20

Whiteaker Neighborhood River Festival, music, storytelling, kayak demos, Oregon's largest slip-n-slide and more, 4pm-7:30pm, River House, 301 N. Adams. 682-5329. Free.

Bohemia Mining Days continue. See July 19.

Saturday, 7/21

Faerieworlds Festival No, that's not a spell-check error: These faeries are a far cry from the fairy princesses of Disney-dom. This annual festival of magical music, art and multimedia presentations is more mossy Irish-gypsy fun than the Hollywood pixies can muster (even with the magic dust and all), and it has all been guided by the guy and gal who helped Jim Henson create The Dark Crystal. Cool! This year's lineup of featured artists, authors and musicians includes Woodland, Scott Huckabay, Kan'Nal, Casey Neill & Friends, Wake the Dead, Gaia Consort, Brenda & Wendy Froud and Tricky Pixie. July 21 & 22, Secret House Winery, Veneta. www.faerieworlds.com$35 wknd., $20 day ($12 wknd., $6.50 day for kids under 12) in advance.

NW Herb Fest Two-day herb conference and festival with healthy food, herbal bazaar, natural surroundings, activities and more than 200 herbs to experience in person. Is it any coincidence that this event coincides with the Faerieworlds Festival? Hmmm. July 21 & 22, Wise Acres Farm, Pleasant Hill. www.herbaltransitions.comor (541) 736-0164.

Run In The Park, 8k/5k, 8am, Harry Holt Park, Creswell.

Riffle, 9:30pm, 6th and B Street, Spfd. Free.

Community Climb Time at the Columns continues. See June 16.

Bohemia Mining Days continue. See July 19.

Sunday, 7/22

MEMA's World Music Festival A fundraiser for Musicians Emergency Medical Association, this inaugural festival presents a day of good food and a host of music acts representing the global music scene, including Samba Ja, Voodoo Mountain Zydeco, Norma Fraser, Los Mex Pistols del Norte and more to be announced. 1pm-6pm, Sweet Cheeks Winery, 26961 Briggs Hill Rd. $15, free under age 10.

Junction City Polka Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Bohemia Mining Days continue. See July 19.

Faerieworlds Festival continues. See July 21.

NW Herb Fest continues. See July 21.

Tuesday, 7/24

Aaron Meyer, 6:30pm, Island Park, Spfd. Free.

Wednesday, 7/25

Accordions Anonymous, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

Thursday, 7/26

MarketPlace Antiques Show with folks from the Coburg Antique Mall, 11am-6pm today, tomorrow and July 28-29, King Estate MarketPlace. www.kingestate.comFree.

Jammin' with Carolynn, cooking demos, berry information and samples; with Shane of Kekau Chocolates crafting his sweet concoctions, 11am-6pm today & tomorrow, King Estate MarketPlace. www.kingestate.comFree.

Blue Skies Big Band, 6:30pm, Campbell Center. Free.

Destination DJ, karaoke for kids, 11:30am, Meadow Park, Spfd. Free.

Friday, 7/27

Eugene Skate Park Contest Series, noon, Meadowview Skate Park. Register, 682-5329. $3 for contestants, free for spectators.

Ghostbusters, with subtitles for the hearing impaired, 9pm, Monroe Park. Free.

Larry DeRieux, Rock-It, Johnny Wilde, 6:30pm, 5th and A Street, Spfd. Free.

MP Antiques Show continues. See July 26.

Saturday, 7/28

Miles of Smiles, 5 mile race and block party, 6:30pm, Crescent Meadows Park. www.goodrace.com

MP Antiques Show continues. See July 26.

Sunday, 7/29

Springfield Community Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Women's Day at the Challenge Course, 10am-4pm, Spencer Butte. www.eugene-or.gov/challengecourseor 682-5329.

MP Antiques Show continues. See July 26.

Monday, 7/30

Oregon Festival of American Music The 2007 festival, "The Sweetest Sounds," pays tribute to Richard Rodgers, one of musical theater's most lionized producers, winning Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys like they were thank-you cards from aunts and uncles. A frequent collaborrator with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, he wrote the music for many of your favorites, including Oklahoma!, The King and I and A Connecticut Yankee. This year's festival features two of his most cherished works: Rodgers & Hart's 1937 comedy Babes in Arms and Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1949 drama South Pacific, both fully staged. In addition, OFAM presents nine days of concerts, recitals, films, talks, youth and senior music camps and more. The whole thing kicks off tonight with "A Wonderful Guy!" a gala dinner celebration of Dick Hyman, 6pm, Shedd Recital Hall, $50 (other festival event prices vary greatly); events continue through Aug. 11. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Tuesday, 7/31

Brian Hanson, 6:30pm, Island Park, Spfd. Free.

 

AUG.

Wednesday, 8/1

Oregon Festival of American Music: Jazz Band 1, 7pm, Hult Center lobby, free; "Where or When," opening gala concert with Dick Hyman and the festival big band, chorus and guests, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $22-$42. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Cwerks, Inc. presents "The Missing Pet," 11:30am, Douglas Gardens Park, Spfd. Free.

Bayou Cadillac, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

Thursday, 8/2

Oregon Festival of American Music: Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!, 10am, Shedd Recital Hall, free; "My Favorite Things: Improvising on Richard Rodgers," concert, 2pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $20-$28; "Out of My Dreams: Classic Rodgers," concert, 7:30pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $24-$38. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Friday, 8/3

Multicultural Festival, cultural activities, crafts, games, swimming, and music by The Essentials, 4:30pm-8:30pm, Sheldon Community Center & Park, 2445 Willakenzie. 682-5312. Free.

Oregon Festival of American Music: Love Me Tonight, 10am, Shedd Recital Hall, free; "On Your Toes: Hart vs. Hammerstein," 2pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $20-$28; Song Fest, 7pm, Hult Center lobby, free; South Pacific, 7:30pm today, Aug. 8 and 10; 2pm Aug. 5, Hult Center, $26-$48. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

My Neighbor Totoro, with subtitles for the hearing impaired, 9pm, Washington Park. Free.

Saturday, 8/4

Dorris Ranch Living History Festival A 19th Century history buff and Civil War re-enactment enthusiast's wet dream, this two-day step back in time allows a glimpse into life as it was lived in the pioneer days. There is no parking at Dorris Ranch; shuttles are available at 220 S. 2nd St., Island Park and 6th & S. A Street, all in Springfield. 10am-5pm today and tomorrow with battles at 11am & 3pm, Dorris Ranch, Spfd. 12 and older: $6 adv., $8 door. Under age 12: $3 adv., $5 door.

Roots and Rhythms Festival This year's fest coincides with the 40th anniversary of 1967, the so-called "Summer of Love," and fittingly has booked that era's leading acts, including Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead's Tom Constanten and more, Aug. 4 & 5, Iris Hill Winery. www.rootsandrhythms.com$35 day, $55 wknd.

Free Shakespeare in the Park presents Romeo and Juliet, 6pm Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 4 through 26, with 5pm children's pre-show, Amazon Community Park. 682-5373. Free.

Oregon Festival of American Music: "Isn't It Romantic?" public jam, 10am, Hult Center, free; "My Funny Valentine: Rodgers Jazz Standards," 2:30pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $20-$28; Babes in Arms, 7:30pm today and Aug. 9; 2pm Aug. 11, Hult Center, $26-$48. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

First Saturday Park Walk: Alton Baker Park, 9am, meet at large picnic shelter. Free.

Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival, 2pm, Secret House Winery. www.secrethousewinery.com$25 adv., $30 dos.

Sunday, 8/5

Oregon Festival of American Music: Song & Dance, 1:30pm, Hult Center lobby, free. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Oregon Tuba Ensemble, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

OFAM: South Pacific continues. See Aug. 3.

Romeo and Juliet continues. See Aug. 4.

Dorris Ranch Living History Festival continues. See Aug. 4.

Roots and Rhythms Festival continues. See Aug. 4.

Tuesday, 8/7

The Frankie Hernandez Band, 6:30pm, Island Park, Spfd. Free.

Wednesday, 8/8

Oregon Festival of American Music: The King and I, 10am, Shedd Recital Hall, free; "Hallelujah! I'm A Bum! Rodgers in Hollywood," 2pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $20-$28; Jazz Band 1 recital, 7pm, Hult Center lobby, free. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Diana Krall, Chris Botti, 7pm, Cuthbert Amphitheater. www.thecuthbert.comor 682-5000. $40-$70.

Mad Science, 11:30am, Meadow Park, Spfd. Free.

The Garden Weasels, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

OFAM: South Pacific continues. See Aug. 3.

Thursday, 8/9

Oregon Festival of American Music: Pal Joey, 10am, Shedd Recital Hall, free; "Manhattan: Rodgers' & Hart's New York," 2pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $20-$28; Jazz Band 2 recital, 7pm, Shedd courtyard, free; "Garrick Gaieties & Other Hits of 1925-26," 7:30pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $24-$38. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Scandinavian Festival, crafts, food, Scandia Run, fashion show, dancing, music and more, Aug. 9-12, Junction City. www.scandinavianfestival.com

The Sugar Beets, 6:30pm, Petersen Barn. Free.

OFAM: Babes in Arms continues. See Aug. 4.

Friday, 8/10

G. Love & Special Sauce, Slightly Stoopid, Ozomatli, 6pm, Cuthbert Amphitheater. www.thecuthbert.comor 682-5000. $30 adv., $35 door.

Oregon Festival of American Music: Flower Drum Song, 10am, Shedd Recital Hall, free; "Somewhere For Me: Around the World with Rodgers & Hammerstein," 2pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $20-$28; "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered," the 2007 Song & Dance Academy Concert, 5pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $10. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Eugene Skate Park Contest Series, noon, Willamalane Skate Park. Register, 682-5329. $3 for contestants, free for spectators.

Akeelah and the Bee, with subtitles for the hearing impaired, 9pm, Churchill Skate Park. Free.

Bobby Sims, 6:30pm, 5th and A Street, Spfd. Free.

OFAM: South Pacific continues. See Aug. 3.

Scandinavian Festival continues. See Aug. 9.

Saturday, 8/11

S.L.U.G. Queen Silver Jubilee Competition & Coronation Here in Eugene we don't need no beauty queens … at least, not when our super-talented, colorful personalities outshine the shiniest faces around. This annual pageant, now in its 25th year going strong, will decide who is the most slimy, slithery one of them all. The selected queen then presides over the Eugene Celebration in September. 6pm, Broadway Plaza. 686-8885. Free.

Oregon Festival of American Music: "Getting To Know You," SongFest Concert, 11:30am, Jaqua Concert Hall, $10; "Dancing On The Ceiling," Jazz Academy Concert, 5pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, $10; "Something Wonderful: The Greatest Hits," festival finale with Dick Hyman and his festival band, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $24-$42. www.ofam.orgor 434-7000.

Scandia Run, 10k, 8am, Junction City. www.goodrace.com

Community Climb Time at the Columns continues. See June 16.

OFAM: Babes in Arms continues. See Aug. 4.

Romeo and Juliet continues. See Aug. 4.

Scandinavian Festival continues. See Aug. 9.

Sunday, 8/12

Oregon Brass Society, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Romeo and Juliet continues. See Aug. 4.

Scandinavian Festival continues. See Aug. 9.

Tuesday, 8/14

Lane County Fair, today through Aug. 19, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.atthefair.com$9, $6 under age 17, FREE under age 5.

Los Lonely Boys, Johnny Lang, 7pm, Cuthbert Amphitheater. www.thecuthbert.comor 682-5000. $32-$44.

Satin Love Orchestra, 8pm, Lane County Fair Mainstage. $11.50-$25.50 adv., $14.50-28.50 dos. Ticket price does not include Fair admission.

Wednesday, 8/15

REO Speedwagon, 8pm, Lane County Fair Mainstage. $11.50-$25.50 adv., $14.50-28.50 dos. Ticket price does not include Fair admission.

The Klezmonauts, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

Lane County Fair continues. See Aug. 14.

Thursday, 8/16

The Charlie Daniels Band, 8pm, Lane County Fair Mainstage. $14.50-$31.50 adv., $17.50-$34.50 dos. Ticket price does not include Fair admission.

Deb Cleveland & The Vipers, 6:30pm, Amazon Center. Free.

Drop-in tree climbing session continues. See June 21.

Lane County Fair continues. See Aug. 14.

Friday, 8/17

Clay Walker, 8pm, Lane County Fair Mainstage. $12.50-$26.50 adv., $15.50-$29.50 dos. Ticket price does not include Fair admission.

Lane County Fair continues. See Aug. 14.

Saturday, 8/18

Floydian Slips, 8pm, Cuthbert Amphitheater. www.thecuthbert.comor 682-5000. $14 adv., $17 door.

The Jerry Zybach Band and The Vipers feat. Deb Cleveland, 7:30pm, Lane County Fair Mainstage. Free with Fair admission.

North Eugene Fun Run, 5k, 8am, River Road Park.

Community Climb Time at the Columns continues. See June 16.

Romeo and Juliet continues. See Aug. 4.

Lane County Fair continues. See Aug. 14.

Sunday, 8/19

Accordions Anonymous, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Romeo and Juliet continues. See Aug. 4.

Lane County Fair continues. See Aug. 14.

Wednesday, 8/22

The Valley Boys, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

Friday, 8/24

Gordon Lightfoot, 8pm, Cuthbert Amphitheater. www.thecuthbert.comor 682-5000. $30.

Eugene Skate Park Contest Series, noon, Churchill Skate Park. Register, 682-5329. $3 for contestants, free for spectators.

Hip Hopera, 6pm, Churchill Skate Park. Free.

The Incredibles, in Spanish with subtitles for the hearing impaired, 9pm, Petersen Barn Park. Free.

Saturday, 8/25

Wine & Blues 15th Annual Festival with Linda Hornbuckle, Northwest Harmonica Championship Finals and more, 2pm, Secret House Vineyards, Veneta. www.secrethousewinery.com$16.50 adv., $20 dos.

Riverbend 5k Run/Walk, 9am, Riverbend Annex. www.goodrace.comRomeo and Juliet continues. See Aug. 4.

Sunday, 8/26

Eugene Symphonic Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Romeo and Juliet continues. See Aug. 4.

Wednesday, 8/29

Windy Ridge, 6:30pm, Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. Free.

 

SEPT.

Saturday, 9/1

Bohemia Half Marathon & 10k Run, 6:30am, Cottage Grove. www.goodrace.com

Sunday, 9/2

One More Time Marching Band, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Monday, 9/3

Prefontaine Restoration Trail Run, 7k, 9:30am, Alton Baker Park. www.goodrace.com

Junction City Brass, 6:30pm, Washburne Park, 20th & Agate. 344-0483. Free.

Friday, 9/7

Eugene Celebration Wow, both EW and the EC celebrate their 25th anniversaries this year … making 1982 a great year for great ideas. This annual three-day downtown block party throws a bunch of music, food, booths and street performers at you in a fête perfectly fit for Eugene's robust-but-soon-to-be-mostly-demolished "bar-muda triangle" of classy watering holes in the downtown sector. Musical acts are still being selected but the big news is that, should the rain gods throw their own little pool party in the sky, you will be covered, as the McDonald Theatre stage returns as a musical venue. Sept. 7-9, Downtown Eugene. www.eugenecelebration.com$10 for 3-day wristband.

Sunday, 9/16

Walk To D'Feet ALS, 3 miles, 10am, Alton Baker Park. www.alsa-or.org

Friday, 9/21

Florence Fall Festival: Chowder, Blues & Brews, today through Sept. 23, Florence Events Center. www.florencechamber.com$20 VIP pass; $7 Sept. 21; $10 Sept. 22; $6 Sept. 23.

Saturday, 9/22

Northwest Cross Country Classic, 5k, 10am, LCC. www.goodrace.com

Florence Fall Festival continues. See Sept. 21.

Sunday, 9/23

Florence Fall Festival continues. See Sept. 21.

 

further out

Note: Continuation dates for these events are listed under the first day of the event.

JUNE

Friday, 6/1

Rose Festival Waterfront Village, 11am-11pm daily through June 10, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. www.rosefestival.org$5, kids free, free on weekends 'til 5pm and during lunch M-F.

Rose Festival Fireworks Spectacular, approximately 9:45pm, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. www.rosefestival.orgFree outside the Waterfront Village; $5 in the Village.

Rose Cup Races, June 1-3; Rose Cup Race starts at 1:40pm June 3, Portland International Raceway, Portland. www.rosefestival.orgThree-day admission $16 adv., $20 door; individual days vary.

Saturday, 6/2

Rose Festival Starlight Run, 6:30pm registration, 7:15pm costume judging, Lincoln High School; Starlight Parade, 8:30pm, downtown Portland. Free; race fees $10-$22; registration at www.ontherunevents.com

State Parks Day, special events at State Parks around Oregon. www.oregonstateparks.org

Sunday, 6/3

Young Dubliners, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Wednesday, 6/6

Rose Festival Fleet, ship tours between 12:30pm and 4:30pm today through June 10, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. www.rosefestival.orgFree.

Rose Festival Junior Parade, the U.S.'s largest and oldest children's parade, 1pm, NE Sandy & 52nd, Portland. www.rosefestival.orgFree.

Thursday, 6/7

96th Birthday Bash with face painting, history tours, kids' activities and music from the Bingo's Dream Band, Box of Chocolates and more, all day, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. Free.

Friday, 6/8

Rose Festival Concert at the Park with the One More Time Around Marching Band and others, 7pm, PGE Park, Portland. www.rosefestival.org$10-$12 adv., $13-$15 door.

Michael Franti and Spearhead, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $27-$41.

Sisters Rodeo, June 8-10, Sisters. www.sistersrodeo.comor (541) 549-0121. $10-$15 per day.

Saturday, 6/9

Queen's Coronation, 8:30am, and Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, 10am, Memorial Coliseum to downtown Portland. www.rosefestival.org$30 inside Memorial Coliseum, $25-$30 outside.

Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, 8am-5pm June 9 & 10, south end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. www.rosefestival.orgFree.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing Day, learn to fish and compete for biggest catch, various times throughout the day, locations all over Oregon. www.dfw.state.or.us/free_fishing/events.asp

Summer Sensations, strawberries, workshops and more, June 9-10, Rasmussen Farms, Hood River. www.rasmussenfarms.comor (800) 548-2243. Free.

Sunday, 6/10

2007 Summer Picnic & HOURS Folk Festival, 1pm-5pm, Thompson Shelter, Avery Park, Corvallis. www.hourexchange.orgor (541) 928-4723. Free.

Dusty 45s, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Gregg Allman, Harry Manx, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $41-$65.

Friday, 6/15

Midsummer Scandinavian Festival, dancing, music, food, Troll Stroll, Icelandic horses and more, June 15-17, Clatsop County Fairgrounds, Astoria. www.astoriascanfest.com$6 three-day pass.

Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $29-$42.

Saturday, 6/16

Prineville Resevoir Star Party, all day solar viewing, astronomy presentations, update from NASA, guided stargazing at night, all day, Prineville Resevoir, southeast of Prineville. www.oregonstateparks.orgFree.

Bite of Bend, more than 40 food booths, live music, beer, wine, Iron Chef competition, Oregon Marketplace and more, 11am-10pm June 16 & 11am-3pm June 17, Downtown Bend. www.thebiteofbend.comFree.

Toto, Quarterflash, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $29-$45.

Sunday, 6/17

Father's Day Golf Tournament, 9am, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $25, reservations required.

Barbecue, Blues & Microbrews, 11am-dusk, Wolf Creek Inn, north of Grants Pass. www.oregonstateparks.orgFree; barbecue $16.95.

Mingo Fishtrap, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Monday, 6/18

Herbie Hancock Quartet, Steve Smith & Vital Information, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $32-$52.

Tuesday, 6/19

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival, Scrapomatic, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $31-$45.

Thursday, 6/21

Mother Earth Gathering, workshops, drum circles, concerts, community meetings and more, June 21-24, Silver Falls State Park. motherearthgathering.com

Friday, 6/22

Umpqua Valley Summer Arts Festival, noon-7pm June 22, 10am-7pm June 23 & 10am-5pm June 24, Fir Grove Park, Roseburg. www.uvarts.comor (541) 672-2532. $3 sug. don.

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, juried craft faire with more than 120 booths, vendors, entertainment, family activities and more, 10am-9 pm June 22 & 23 and 10am-6pm June 24, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego. www.lakewood-center.org

Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$21.

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $40.

Saturday, 6/23

Seal Rock Garden Club Flower Show & Plant Sale, 10am-3pm June 23 and 10am-2pm June 24, Seal Rock Garden Club House, Seal Rock.

Madeleine Peyroux, Josh Ritter, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $25-$41.

Sunday, 6/24

Blue Skies Big Band, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Mary Wilson with the Funk Brothers, The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $32-$53.

Tuesday, 6/26

The Wailers, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

Wednesday, 6/27

The Cutters, noon, OSU Bookstore Courtyard, Corvallis. Free.

The Wailers, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Friday, 6/29

Joan Armatrading, Amos Lee, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $32-$46.

Saturday, 6/30

Salem World Beat Festival, international music, Discovery Village for kids, costumed processions, Dragon Boat races, dance, food, crafts and folklore, June 30 & July 1, Riverfront Park, Salem. www.worldbeatfestival.orgor (503) 581-2004. $3 don.

David Bromberg with Angel Band, The Dougie MacLean Acoustic Band, 7pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $29-$42.

JULY

Sunday, 7/1

Great American Taxi, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Robert Earl Keen, The Waybacks, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $23-$38.

Cherry Celebration, samples, recipes and more, July 1-4, Rasmussen Farms, Hood River. www.rasmussenfarms.comor (800) 548-2243. Free.

Monday, 7/2

Chris Isaak, 6:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $35 adv., $55 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Tuesday, 7/3

Village Green Celtic Band, noon, OSU Bookstore Courtyard, Corvallis. Free.

Pacific Crest Wind Symphony, 3 Leg Torso, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

Chris Isaak, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $35 adv.; $65 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, 7pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $35 adv., $58 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Wednesday, 7/4

Sugarland, Blue Country, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $32 adv., $35 door; $55 adv., $60 door Golden Circle Seats.

Waterfront Blues Festival This year, Portland's annual event celebrates 20 years of the blues with performances from an impressive lineup that includes Joan Armatrading, The Neville Brothers, Marcia Ball, Mavis Staples, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more. This festival offers much more than just performances (as grand as those are): there's a Blues Cruise, jam sessions and workshops, Reel Blues Film Festival, fireworks for the 4th and — as it is a fundraiser for Oregon Food Bank — you can buy one of more than 1,000 beautiful Empty Bowls made by Oregon artists. July 4-8, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. www.waterfrontbluesfest.com$8 and two cans of food per day.

Pacific Crest Wind Symphony featuring 3 Leg Torso, 5pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Yachats la de da Parade, Festivites and Fireworks Show, noon (parade) and evening (fireworks), Yachats.

Thursday, 7/5

Pat Green, 7pm, Monteith Riverpark, Albany. www.riverrhythms.orgFree

Alison Krauss and Union Station, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $42 adv., $65 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Lisa Nakamichi, pianist, and Lea Woods Friedman, soprano, 7:30pm, Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Reservations, (503) 228-8131. $30.

The Moody Blues, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $46.

Friday, 7/6

Lisa Nakamichi, pianist, and Lea Woods Friedman, soprano, 7:30pm, Portland Japanese Garden. Reservations, (503) 223-1321. $30.

Portland Historic Races, 8:30am-5:30pm July 6-8, Portland International Raceway. www.portlandhistorics.com$40 all-day ticket, $10 Friday, $25 Saturday or Sunday

Marcia Ball, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 7pm, Riverbend Park, Winston. www.riverbendlive.orgor (541) 679-9732. Free.

Sugarland, Blue Country, 6:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $32 adv., $55 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival, with Misty River, parade, old time melodrama, arts and crafts, vendors and more, July 6-8, Wheeler County Courthouse Lawn, Fossil. www.wheelercountybluegrass.orgFree; Country Dance is $3.

Saturday, 7/7

Tanabata Star Festival, storytelling, children's activities, music and hanging star wishes on trees, 1pm-3pm, Portland Japanese Garden. $8, $5.25 age 6-17, under 6 free.

Willie Nelson & Family, 6:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $39 adv., $69 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

The Neville Brothers, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $32-$48.

Sunday, 7/8

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Ahmad Jamal, Regina Carter Quintet, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $27-$46.

Tuesday, 7/10

Leroy Bell, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

Wednesday, 7/11

Crooked Kate, noon, OSU Bookstore Courtyard, Corvallis. Free.

Asleep at the Wheel, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Thursday, 7/12

The Coats, 7pm, Monteith Riverpark, Albany. www.riverrhythms.orgFree.

Turkey Rama We can't believe we missed this one last year. The three-day event "observes the historical importance of the once thriving turkey business" in the McMinnville area (in the 1960s, turkeys were bringing in $3 million). And their website has the Pirates of the Caribbean logo done up as … yeah, you guessed it. Turkeys of the Caribbean. Local merchants, music, a turkey BBQ, carnival, Turkey Trot 8K race and Biggest Turkey Contest (it's got nothing to do with poultry) make this sound like one of Oregon's quirkier summer events. July 12-14, McMinnville. www.mcminnville.org/turkeyrama/index.htmlor (503) 472-6196.

Friday, 7/13

Asleep at the Wheel, 7pm, Riverbend Park, Winston. www.riverbendlive.orgor (541) 679-9732. Free.

Saturday, 7/14

Troutdale Bite & Bluegrass Festival, performers include Mollybloom, Whiskey Puppy, Ida Viper and more, all proceeds benefit the Sandy River Rescue Program, 11am-9pm, Troutdale. www.troutdalebiteandbluegrass.com

Bend Summer Festival, 11am-10pm July 14 and 11am-6pm July 15, Downtown Bend. www.bendsummerfestival.com

Lavender Daze Festival, music, arts and crafts, barbecue, classes, speakers, massage, u-pick lavender and more, 10am-7pm July 14 & 15, Hood River Lavender, Hood River. www.lavenderfarms.netor (541) 354-9917. Free.

Smith Rock 15K Summer Sunrise Classic, 7am (6:45am Fun Run and Walk athletes), Xtreme Fitness Center, Redmond. www.smithrockrace.org$28 entry fee, $20 for Fun Run and Walk, fees rise after June 30.

Sunday, 7/15

Misty River, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Tuesday, 7/17

Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

Wednesday, 7/18

Lynyrd Skynyrd, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $39 adv., $43 door; $70 adv., $75 door Golden Circle Seats.

Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, k.d. lang, 7pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $51.

Thursday, 7/19

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, k.d. lang, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $45 adv., $85 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Eddie Money, 8:30pm, Linn County Fair Main Stage, Albany. www.linncountyfair.com

The Temptations, The Four Tops, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $41.

Friday, 7/20

Absolute, noon, OSU Bookstore Courtyard, Corvallis. Free.

da Vinci Days The pix on the website for Corvallis's annual summer festival make it look like more fun than anything Eugene's come up with yet, but I may just think that because I'm stuck in a nearly windowless office at the moment. Da Vinci Days mixes science, art and technology in a three-day festival that includes everything from community art bikes to the always-popular Kinetic Sculpture Race. This year, Pink Martini headlines the event's musical lineup, while art highlights include a special exhibit by Portland artist Pete Beeman. Don't miss the da Vinci Film and Video Festival, ENTEK Electrathon, children's parade and teen battle of the bands. July 20-22, various locations, Corvallis. www.davinci-days.org$15 weekend pass; $10 one-day pass.

Salem Art Fair & Festival, art marketplace, performances, kids' court, Living History presentations and much more, July 20-22, Bush's Pasture Park, Salem. www.salemart.org/fairFree with sug. don.

Willamette Valley Relay, a race for walkers only, Champoeg State Park to Alton Baker Park, July 20 & 21. Registration and information at www.wondersofwalking.comRobert Trnka Gathering of Artists, July 20-21, Winston Community Park, Winston. 679-0219. Free.

Patty Griffin, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$19.

Phil Vassar, 8:30pm, Linn County Fair Main Stage, Albany. www.linncountyfair.com

"A Midsummer Camp's Dream," Youth Theater performance, 7pm July 20 & 21, Riverbend Park, Winston. www.riverbendlive.orgor (541) 679-9732. Free.

Sagebrush Classic, golf and culinary event featuring visiting national and international chefs, golf tournament July 20, fest July 21, Broken Top Golf Club, Bend. www.sagebrush.orgor (800) 601-8123. Feast $225; golf fees vary.

Cowboy Junkies, Joan Osborne, 7pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $32-$49.

Saturday, 7/21

Josh Gracin, 8:30pm, Linn County Fair Main Stage, Albany. www.linncountyfair.com

Pink Martini, 6:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $20-$45.

Fort Stevens World War II Battle Reenactment, July 21 & 22, Fort Stevens State Park, west of Astoria. www.oregonstateparks.org

Doobie Brothers, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $41.

Sunday, 7/22

The Decemberists, Menomena, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $26 adv., $30 door.

Grupo Antifaz, 3pm, Linn County Fair Main Stage, Albany. www.linncountyfair.com

Hot Summer Night Cruise-In, wine, cars, prizes, barbecue and music from J.T. and the Tourists, 1:30pm-5:30pm, Willamette Valley Vineyards. www.wvv.comor (800) 344-9463. 21+ event. $5 entry fee per car; $5 admission includes Riedel wine glass.

The Doobie Brothers, 6:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $39 adv., $69 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Hootie and the Blowfish, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $41.

Tuesday, 7/24

Los Lobos, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

Cracked Pots Garden Art Show & Edgefield Gardens Plant Sale, 1pm today and tomorrow, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. Free.

Wednesday, 7/25

The Fray, Meese, 6:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $35 adv.

Los Lobos, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Hood River County Fair, entertainment, rides, livestock, horse shows, food and more, July 25-28, Hood River County Fairgrounds, Odell. www.hoodriverfair.comor (541) 354-2865.

Thursday, 7/26

Curtis Salgado, 7pm, Monteith Riverpark, Albany. www.riverrhythms.orgFree.

The Fray, Meese, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $37.50 adv., $40 door.

Oregon Brewers Festival The craft brew festival hits 20 —almost old enough to drink! —this year. 72 breweries serve handcrafted beer to more than 50,000 beer lovers over the four days of this non-judging (all appreciating) event. Exhibits, seven on-site restaurants, a soda garden and vendors round out the hoppy good times. And getting there is easy and safe, even after you've had a few: The site is just blocks from Portland's lightrail line and offers free bike parking. Noon-9pm July 26-28 and noon-7pm July 29, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. www.oregonbrewfest.comor (503) 778-5917. Free admission; required tasting mugs cost $4 and each taste requires a $1 token (four tokens fill a mug).

The Bellydance Superstars, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $22-$35.

Friday, 7/27

Pink Martini, Sneakin' Out, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$24

Red Steagall, D.W. Groethe, 7pm, Riverbend Park, Winston. www.riverbendlive.orgor (541) 679-9732. Free.

David Sanborn, Tower of Power, 7pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $31-$48.

Saturday, 7/28

Pink Martini, The Buckles, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$24

Riders in the Sky, Don Edwards, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $22-$37.

Sunday, 7/29

Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash, with music, tie-dye golf tourney and more, all day, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. Free.

Cana Son, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Tuesday, 7/31

Pink Martini, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

 

AUG.

Wednesday, 8/1

Talisman, noon, OSU Bookstore Courtyard, Corvallis. Free.

Hugh Masekela, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Thursday, 8/2

Geno Delafose, 7pm, Monteith Riverpark, Albany. www.riverrhythms.orgFree.

Red Bull Illume, international photography competition and exhibit featuring action and adventure sports photography, Aug. 2-12, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland. www.redbullillume.comFree.

Friday, 8/3

Pickathon Roots Music Festival Pickathon, the green-minded festival in unfortunately-named Boring, brings some of the best "indie roots" musicians from a fat handful of genres. This year, the festival's ninth, you can catch The Avett Brothers, Erin McKeown, Po' Girl, Jason Webley, Crooked Jades, Alela Diana, The Gourds and more. For those concerned about the environmental impact big festivals might have, Pickathon offers alternative transportation options, purchases carbon offset credits, books "conscious vendors" and emphasizes recycling — it also offers green beer, which you could read a couple of different ways, really. Bring hiking boots and instruments — Pendarvis Farm is laced with trails, and, the website says, "picking will be everywhere!" Aug. 3-5, Pendarvis Farm, Boring. www.pickathon.com$95, includes camping. Single-day tickets $50-$65. Parking/vehicle passes not included. Kids under 12 free.

Hugh Masekela, 7pm, Riverbend Park, Winston. www.riverbendlive.orgor (541) 679-9732. Free.

Oregon Jamboree Oregon's big ol' country music and camping festival began when its founders traveled to see Wynnona Judd and asked if she'd help them out. Judd then appeared at the 1992 and 1993 festivals, which must have given the whole plan a kick in the pants — the Jamboree is now in its 15th year. Catch Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley and Jo Dee Messina, along with a Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin and plenty more. Aug. 3-5, Sweet Home. www.oregonjamboree.comor (541) 367-8800. $95 three-day admission; $65 one-day admission; camping pass is an additional $70.

Britt Classical Festival Opening Night Champagne Picnic, 6pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $25.

Britt Classical Festival Opening Night Gala: Nicola Bendetti / Britt Orchestra, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $25-$39.

Saturday, 8/4

Norman Krieger / Britt Orchestra, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $25-$39.

Van Gogh Days, celebrate sunflowers with music, desserts, art shows and more, Aug. 4-5, Rasmussen Farms, Hood River. www.rasmussenfarms.comor (800) 548-2243. Free.

Sunday 8/5

Rose City Kings, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Tuesday, 8/7

Diana Krall, Chris Botti, 6:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $42 adv., $75 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Wednesday, 8/8

Skye, noon, OSU Bookstore Courtyard, Corvallis. Free.

Slightly Stoopid, G. Love and Special Sauce, Ozomatli, 5pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $28.50 adv.

Andy Palacio, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Thursday, 8/9

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 7pm, Monteith Riverpark, Albany. www.riverrhythms.orgFree.

Friday, 8/10

Bite of Oregon Are you hungry? You should be: Bite of Oregon brings together the best of Oregon's restaurants, wineries, breweries and chefs to offer a monstrous taste sensation with everything the state has to offer. There's also an Iron Chef competition, an entire pavilion of Oregon wines, and two stages for musical entertainment. But it's really about the bites, right? Maybe you'll find some new favorites you didn't even know existed. 11am-11pm Aug. 10 & 11 and 10am-8pm Aug. 12, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. www.biteoforegon.com$7.

NW World Reggae Festival Three days of world reggae music, organic food, local artists, nonprofit community organizations and more. Featured performers include KRS-One, Abyssinians, Pato Banton, Ky-Mani Marley, local musicians and more. August 10-12, near the Mohawk River, 20 miles north of Eugene. www.nwworldreggae.comor (503) 288-1310. $90, includes camping but not parking.

Jeffrey Kahane / Britt Orchestra, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $27-$42.

Saturday, 8/11

Silver Falls Star Party, 9pm, Silver Falls State Park. www.oregonstateparks.orgFree

Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey / Britt Orchestra, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $32-$54.

Sunday, 8/12

Tower of Power, David Sandborn, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$22.

Jennifer Lynn, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Tuesday, 8/14

Old Crow Medicine Show, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

Wednesday, 8/15

Deadwood Revival, noon, OSU Bookstore Courtyard, Corvallis. Free.

Charlie Hunter Trio, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Thursday, 8/16

Herman's Hermits, 7pm, Monteith Riverpark, Albany. www.riverrhythms.orgFree.

Friday, 8/17

Old Crow Medicine Show, The Be Good Tanyas, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$17.

Celtic Highland Games, music from Molly's Revenge and Golden Bough, heavy athletics competition, children's activities, vendors, food, sheepdogs, gathering of the clans and more, Aug. 17-19, Riverbend Park, Winston. www.whitehorsecoffee.com/HighlandGames.htmor (541) 784-0118.

Bend Brew Fest, 4pm-11pm Aug. 17 and noon-11 pm Aug. 18, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Ignace Jang, Naomi Barron / Britt Orchestra, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $24-$37.

Saturday, 8/18

Family Concert: How the Gimquat Found Her Song / Platypus Theatre / Britt Orchestra with guest conductor John McLaughlin Williams, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $18-$25, kids $8.

Gravenstein Apple Days, music, pie walk, squash bowling and more, Aug. 18-19, Rasmussen Farms, Hood River. www.rasmussenfarms.comor (800) 548-2243. Free.

Sunday, 8/19

Vans Warped Tour with Bad Religion, Coheed and Cambria, Flogging Molly, Hawthorne Heights, New Found Glory and more, noon, Columbia Meadows, Portland. www.warpedtour.com$31.

Upground, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Sarah Chang / Britt Orchestra, 8pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $28-$42.

Tuesday, 8/21

Keb' Mo', Robert Cray, 7pm, Stewart Park, Roseburg. www.halfshell.orgor (541) 677-1708. Free.

Wednesday, 8/22

Richie Furay Band, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

Friday, 8/24

Northwest Art and Air Festival, American Classics & Orphan Car Show, hot air balloon launch each morning, music, artists, children's activities and more, Aug. 24-26, Timber Linn Park, Albany. www.nwartandair.orgFree.

Oregon State Fair, all the good stuff from rides to rockers, competitions to cows, Aug. 23-Sept. 3, Oregon State Fair & Expo Center, Salem. www.oregonstatefair.org

Northwest String Summit The sixth annual NWSS returns to Horning's Hideout, and, like last year, says on its website that venue capacity has been "drastically reduced for maximum comfort." Yeah, we noted that last year, but it's still kind of funny. Yonder Mountain String Band closes out each day's musical performances; "special headliners" won't be announced until June 15, but other performers include Uncle Earl and Flat Mountain Girls (who were co-winners of the festival's 2006 Band Contest). August 24-26, Horning's Hideout, North Plains. www.stringsummit.comor (503) 647-2920

Swan Island Dahlia Festival, 10am-6pm Aug. 24-26 and Sept. 1-3, Swan Island Dahlias, Canby. www.dahlias.comor (800) 410-6540. Free.

Martha Graham Dance Company, 8:30pm tonight and tomorrow, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $28-$48.

Saturday, 8/25

Keb' Mo', Robert Cray, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$22.

"A Fanfare for Humanity," Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra with guest artists, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $15-$38.

Sunday, 8/26

Uncle Earl, 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. Free.

Tiempo Liebre, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $15-$38.

Monday, 8/27

Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra with Lynn Harrell, cello, and Jennifer Hines, mezzo-soprano, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $15-$38.

Tuesday, 8/28

311, Matisyahu, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $38 adv.

Children's Instrument Petting Zoo, 12:45pm, Kenwood School Playground, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. Free.

Children's Concert featuring Les Yeux Noirs, 1:20pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. Free.

Les Yeux Noirs, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $15-$38.

Wednesday, 8/29

The Holmes Brothers, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$9.75.

"A Symphony of Compassion," Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra with Ron Blessinger, violin, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $15-$38.

Chicago, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $48.

Thursday, 8/30

Festival Pops!, Cascade Festival Orchestra with Flash Cadillac, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $25-$49.

Chris Botti, Chiara Civello, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $29-$47.

Friday, 8/31

Rodrigo y Gabriela, 7pm, Oregon Zoo, Portland. www.oregonzoo.org$18.

BodyVox and Third Angle New Music Ensemble, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $15-$38.

Moograss Bluegrass Festival, 6pm-10pm Aug. 31, noon-10pm Sept. 1 and 10am-5pm Sept. 2, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, Tillamook. www.moograss.com

Greg Brown, John Hammond, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $24-$38.

 

SEPT.

Saturday, 9/1

Art in the Pearl, fine arts and crafts festival with more than 100 artists selling their work, World Music Stage, Educational Pavilion, food and more, 10am-6pm Sept. 1 & 2 and 10am-5pm Sept. 3, Northwest Park Blocks, Portland. www.artinthepearl.comor (503) 722-9017. Free.

"A Concerto of the American Ideal," Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra with Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, 7:30pm, Drake Park, Bend. www.cascademusic.orgor (888) 545-7435. $15-$38.

Labor Day Weekend Classic Car Show, vintage and non-vintage vehicles, classic cars and more, 10am-3pm Sept. 1 & 2, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport. www.aquarium.org

Champoeg Pioneer Farmstead Day, living history demonstrations, pioneer games, farmers' market and more, 1pm-4pm, Donald Manson Farmstead, Champoeg State Heritage Area, east of Newberg. www.oregonstateparks.org

Fort Stevens Civil War Reenactment & Encampment, Sept. 1-3, Fort Stevens State Park, west of Astoria. www.oregonstateparks.org

Josh Turner, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $29.

Wednesday, 9/5

Vince Gill, Amy Grant, The Del McCoury Band, 7pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $51.

Thursday, 9/6

Joss Stone, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $37-$57.

Friday, 9/7

Sisters Folk Festival, featured performers include Ollabelle, Willy Porter, Keith Greeninger, The Greencards and many more, Sept. 7-9, Sisters. www.sistersfolkfestival.comor (541) 549-4979. $70, $85 after Aug. 1., single-day tickets also available.

Melon Festival, grand parade, vendors, games, sports, talent show, music and more, Sept. 7-9, Riverbend Park, Winston. www.winstonoregon.netor (541) 679-0118.

Saturday, 9/8

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire Bad pun alert! "Teaching history through Faire play," says the Faire website. Spend two days being "blythe and merry" at the Renaissance Faire, which promises Elizabethan revels, jousting knights, dancers, bards, troubadors and more (fun for the young'uns can be found in Friar Tuck's Forest). Though there are plenty of merchants from which to buy trinkets and favors for your lady or knight, the Faire is an educational "Living History creation" — so learn something while you're there! 10am-6pm Sept. 9 & 10, Kings Valley. www.shrewfaire.comor (541) 929-4897. $9, $5 ages 6-12 and seniors, under 5 free.

Safari River Run motorcycle rally, all motorcycles welcome, prizes, poker run and more, 8 am, Harrison Hardware, Winston. www.winstonprojects.net$25 single, $45 couple, prices rise after Sept. 1.

Los Lonely Boys, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $32.

Sunday, 9/9

The Wreckers, 7:30pm, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. www.brittfest.orgor (800) 882-7488. $27-$40.

Thursday, 9/13

Mount Angel Oktoberfest As if the beer wasn't exciting enough, Mount Angel's annual Oktoberfest has more than 60 Alpine food chalets. Sixty! That's on top of more than 30 musical acts performing continuously throughout the four-day festival, which brings thousands of people to town. Don't miss the weiner dog races and the pet parade. Sports, a car show and kids' activities round out the event. Sept. 13-16, Mount Angel. www.oktoberfest.orgMost events free; small cover charge for the Biergarten, Weingarten and Alpinegarten.

B.B. King, Etta James and the Roots Band, 6:30pm, Edgefield, Troutdale. www.mcmenamins.comor (800) 669-8610. $42 adv., $70 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Friday, 9/22

Corvallis Fall Festival, arts, crafts, music and entertainment, Sept. 22 & 23, Central Park, Corvallis. www.corvallisfallfestival.comor (541) 752-9655.

Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration, 11am-6pm Sept. 22 & 23, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner. www.wvv.comor (503) 588-9463. $5 admission, $5 per team per heat to stomp (call to reserve stomping time).

Pear Party, 18 kinds of pears, recipes, flowers, wine tasting and more, Sept. 22-23, Rasmussen Farms, Hood River. www.rasmussenfarms.comor (800) 548-2243. Free.

Saturday, 9/29

Kenny Rogers, 6pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend. www.bendconcerts.comor (541) 322-9383. $32 adv., $69 adv. Golden Circle Seats.

Apple Express, heirloom and experimental varieties, recipes, cider and more, Sept. 29-30, Rasmussen Farms, Hood River. www.rasmussenfarms.comor (800) 548-2243. Free.

 

way outta town

Note: Continuation dates for these events are listed under the first day of the event.

 

JUNE

Friday, 6/1

John Mayer, 7pm, The Amphitheater at Clark County, Ridgefield, Wash. www.clarkcountyamp.comor (360) 816-7000. $30.50-$53.50.

Saturday, 6/2

John Mayer, 7pm, The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash. www.ticketmaster.com$39.50-$53.50.

Saturday, 6/16

Gwen Stefani, Akon, Lady Sovereign, 8pm, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. www.whiteriverconcerts.comor (360) 825-6200. $19.50-$69.50

Friday, 6/22

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Sierra Nevada delivers what the name promises, with a stellar lineup of world musicians including Toots and the Maytals, Les Nubians and more. Sierra Nevada also offers vendors and a ton of activities for kids. June 22-24, Boonville, Calif. www.snwmf.com$110 adv. $35 additional camping fee for cars.

Sunday, 6/24

Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, 7pm, The Amphitheater at Clark County, Ridgefield, Wash. www.clarkcountyamp.comor (360) 816-7000. $29.50-$49.50.

Saturday, 6/30

Willie Nelson, 8pm, The Amphitheater at Clark County, Ridgefield, Wash. www.clarkcountyamp.comor (360) 816-7000. $33.50-$53.50.

 

JULY

Sunday, 7/1

Vicente Fernandez, 7pm, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. www.whiteriverconcerts.comor (360) 825-6200. $33-$140

Wednesday, 7/4

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic with Drive By Truckers, Son Volt, Old 97 and Amos Lee, 4:30pm, The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash. www.ticketmaster.com$35-$79.

Fort Vancouver 4th of July Celebration, food, vendors, live music, fireworks show and more, all day, Fort Vancouver, Vancouver, WA. Free.

Thursday, 7/5

High Sierra Music Festival This 'ere's one of the bigguns. Venture off to California for four days of music and camping. This year's High Sierra lineup includes jazz, rock, bluegrass, jam, reggae and everything in between, not to mention the yoga and Pilates classes available for stressed-out audience members. Featured performers include Page McConnell, ALBINO!, Future Rock, Markus James and the Wassonrai, Datri Bean and more. July 5-8, Plumas Fairgrounds, Quincy, Calif. www.highsierramusic.comor (510) 595-1115. Four-day pass $167; Three-day pass (F-Su) $156; Sa & Su pass $131. Vehicle fee $75; RV Annex fee $80.

Thursday, 7/12

Ozzfest 2007, noon, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. www.ozzfest.comFree.

Saturday, 7/14

Ozzfest 2007, noon, The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash. www.ozzfest.comFree.

Friday, 7/20

Rush, 8pm, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. www.whiteriverconcerts.comor (360) 825-6200. $28.50-$86

Saturday, 7/21

Rush, 7:30pm, The Amphitheater at Clark County, Ridgefield, Wash. www.clarkcountyamp.comor (360) 816-7000. $35-$79.50.

Friday, 7/27

Capitol Hill Block Party A two-day "explosion of bands and a unique combination of Seattle music community forces," including The Stranger, KEXP, Home Alive and 107.7 The End, the Block Party is indie rock (and more!) overload. Confirmed performers include Silversun Pickups, Viva Voce, The Trucks and Aesop Rock.

More bands and DJs set to be announced very soon. Vendors, political speakers and more round out the event, which gives part of its proceeds to Home Alive and The Vera Project. Um, it's on Capitol Hill, specifically Pike and Broadway, Seattle, Wash. Doors at 3pm today, 1pm tomorrow. www.capitolhillblockparty.com$15.

 

AUG.

Friday, 8/3

Reggae Rising The new reggae festival replaces Reggae on the River for reasons too complex for us to understand, but it looks almost the same ... The lineup includes Horace Andy, Ishi Dube, Morgan Heritage, Queen Omega and so many more. Aug. 3-5, Dimmick Ranch, Piercy, Calif. www.reggaeontheriver.comor (707) 923-4583. $175, camping/parking extra.

Friday, 8/24

Zimfest The Zimbabwean Music Festival (Zimfest for short) is the North American annual gathering of Zimbabwean music students, teachers, performers and fans. The festival moves around the West Coast each year; this year's Zimfest takes place in Olympia at South Puget Sound Community College. The festival includes a special opening ceremony, marketplace, late-night parties, marimba jam, workshops, concerts, community conversations and more. Aug. 24-26. www.zimfest.orgor 607-1008. From $35 for a single day to $165 for the full festival (including camping).

Sunday, 8/26

Charlie's Class Reunion w/ZZ Top, The Pretenders, Stray Cats, Reo Speedwagon, Gin Blossoms, 5pm, The Amphitheater at Clark County, Ridgefield, Wash. www.clarkcountyamp.comor (360) 816-7000. $29-$73.50.

 

SEPT.

Saturday, 9/1

Bumbershoot Seattle's three-day music extravaganza doesn't lie when it claims to have a "diverse, genre-crossing" musical lineup. This year's stars include The Shins, Wu-Tang Clan, Devendra Banhart, Crowded House, Panic! At the Disco and so many more, with more artists added all the time. Literary fans, you can check out indie faves Miranda July and Davey Rothbart, among others. And for Burning Man fans, San Francisco's Vau de Vire will be all over the map … speaking of which: The festival takes place in an array of venues around the Seattle Center, from the spacious Key Arena to outdoor stages around the International Fountain. Summer's winding down; Bumbershoot's one of the best ways to enjoy the end of it. Sept. 1-3, Seattle Center, Seattle. www.bumbershoot.orgor (206) 281-7788.

Wednesday, 9/12

Def Leppard, 8pm, The Amphitheater at Clark County, Ridgefield, Wash. www.clarkcountyamp.comor (360) 816-7000. $29.50-$95.

Friday, 9/14

Earthdance 2007: The United Beats of Peace Festival. Three days of conscious music, speakers, activists and more at the Black Oak Ranch, home to many activists and artists. At the Activist Alley, festival attendees can talk to local and international nonprofit groups in between catching performances by Zap Mama, Heavyweight Dub Champio, Alice DiMicele and more. At 4pm Saturday the 15th, a synchonized link-up with more than 250 other Earthdance locations occurs, and a song called the "prayer for peace" plays at each spot. Sept. 14-16, Laytonville, Calif. www.earthdance.org/sf$130 adv., $180 dos. (includes camping).

Wednesday, 9/26

Def Leppard, Styx, Foreigner, 7pm, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. www.whiteriverconcerts.comor (360) 825-6200. $27.50-$85.