Eugene Celebration on the way

Annual festival includes music, car show, film festival and more

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

As Kool & The Gang says, “Celebrate good times, come on!”

As one of Eugene's biggest events, the Eugene Celebration has a lot to rejoice. Created in 1983, the three-day festival features a diverse musical lineup, a classic car show, a film festival, a parade and food and craft vendors. The event runs Aug. 23-25 in downtown Eugene.

“The Eugene Celebration has always been about bringing the community together to have fun,” said director of operations Brendan Relaford in a news release. This year's theme is “Get.Down.Town,” reflecting on the positive changes and growth of Eugene's downtown area.

Music is a major component of the festivities with more than 45 performers. This year's lineup includes Midnite, Dumpstaphunk, Floydian Slips, Lyrics Born, The Shook Twins, New Monsoon, Tony Furtado, Hillstomp, Marv Ellis and The Quick & Easy Boys.

New this year, the kid's Fun Run will be held Aug. 24 before the popular parade. Proceeds benefit Kidsports, a nonprofit organization that provides youth sports programs for children in Eugene and Springfield.

The celebration runs 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 24 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25.

Tickets for the Eugene Celebration are $15 in advance or $18 at the gates on Aug. 23-24. The tickets give access to the entire weekend. On Aug. 25, tickets drop to $8 at the gate only. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketswest .com or call 800-992-8499. For more information, visit www.eugenecelebration.com or contact 541-681-4108.