A locals’ guide of things to do in Eugene

Whether you’re looking to sample beer and wine, learn a little bit about local history and culture, see wildlife and nature or relax on the water, Eugene, Springfield and the surrounding area have you covered.

We asked Register-Guard readers for must-do activities as tens of thousands of people visit Eugene and Oregon during the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

While there are plenty of guides to Portland or the state as a whole, here’s a guide to the heart of Lane County, crafted by locals.

20×21 murals

Local, national and international artists created world-class murals, mostly in and around downtown Eugene, in preparation for the international track and field event.

The city set a goal of 20 murals in 2017 and surpassed that mark in 2019 with 22 art installations.

Ila Rose works on her mural in July 2017 in parking lot, 348 W. Third Ave.

The project aimed to “bring color and life to Eugene’s urban landscape to foster pride and contribute to a sense of identity,” according to the city’s website.

There are free walking tours with Debbie Williamson-Smith, one of the project’s founding members at various times throughout Oregon22:

  • 6 p.m. Friday, July 15
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
  • 10 a.m. Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24.

There are links to sign up for the tours at eugene-or.gov/3492/20×21-Mural-Project.

Mural artist Hyuro works in July 2017 at The Kiva

People also can go on a self-guided tour using a mural map that’s available at bit.ly/oregon22-eugene-mural-map, which goes to a PDF on the city’s website, or bit.ly/20×21-use-google-maps, which allows people to click on and navigate to murals using Google Maps.

Find out more about the project at eugene-or.gov/3492/20×21-Mural-Project.

Mural by Hyuro on the north wall of The Kiva, 125 W. 11th Ave.

Bike with GEARs

Greater Eugene Area Riders coordinates and leads scheduled rides for bike riders of various skill levels.

The organization is offering 11 various rides ranging from 25 to 47 miles during Oregon22 as part of its regularly scheduled rides.

The rides offer various average speed levels and terrain ranging from flat and gently rolling to moderately rolling and steeper, longer climbs.

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