Eugene is located in the Willamette Valley where the climate is mild and provides an extensive growing season with rich soil, making Agriculture a vital industry. Travel one hour any direction and you will be among ancient and national forests, glistening lakes, and waterfalls that are breathtaking. Crystal clear streams, snow-capped mountains, beautiful wilderness areas, striking lava fields, natural hot springs, ocean beaches, and sand dunes are all nearby.
Let us entertain you. Our area is extraordinarily rich in cultural activities and the arts. Each summer Eugene hosts the internationally-acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival, as well as Art and the Vineyard, The Oregon Festival of American Music and the Lane County Fair. Other annual events include include the Asian Celebrations, Scandinavian Festival, the Eugene Celebration, and the Filbert Festival.
In downtown Eugene, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts consists of the Silva Concert Hall which seats 2500 people, as well as its more intimate Soreng Theater seating 500 guests. Annual performances include the Eugene Symphony and the Eugene Youth Symphony, the Eugene Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of Oregon, the Eugene Opera Company, and the Oregon Mozart Players. Top performing artists throughout the United States as well as from around the world enjoy performing at the Hult Center.
Audiences can enjoy superb live theater at more than half a dozen area venues. The city boasts 7 museums and over 30 local theater screens for foreign and first-run films.
Shoppers are just minutes away from the Valley River Center featuring 145 retail, food and specialty businesses. Downtown Eugene is where the Fifth Street Public Market delights its customers with unique foods and specialty shops. Eugene is proud to be the home of the longest running, open-air market in the nation, The Eugene Saturday Market from every April through Christmas offering one of a kind, art, and hand crafted wares.
We are proud that educational excellence thrives within our region. The University of Oregon, Lane Community College, Northwest Christian College, and a satellite of Pacific University have been remarkable influences in the history and culture of our community.
Itís easy to get around. Eugeneís modern, full service airport and its national and regional carriers offer service to many major U.S. destinations, plus convenient connections to the rest of the world.
AMTRAK provides daily passenger rail schedules north and south. The Lane Transit District bus system provides accessible, convenient metropolitan area service to all ages.
Great places to play, Eugeneís 49 parks cover nearly 2,000 acres, offering picnic and play areas, jogging trails, bike paths, natural forests, regional flora and fauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 24 athletic fields (10 lighted), an outdoor amphitheater, 23 tennis courts, rock columns for climbing, bowling alleys and a major lighted softball complex for the community to enjoy.
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