July 31st: Strength in Unity Festival, Year of the Ox
Oregon Asian Celebration joins with the Obon and Taiko Drumming Festival for a Strength in Unity Festival
- Saturday July 31st
- 10am - 10pm
- Alton Baker Park, Eugene
This is the Year of the Ox, which signifies strength in unity.
This partnering will create an exciting atmosphere celebrating Asian cultural heritage in the arts, music, dance, folk art, and more. A marketplace, demonstrations of martial arts and crafts, and a variety of Asian food carts will also be included.
August 14th: 2021 PRIDE in the Park
Come out and be YOU!
- Saturday, August 14th
- 11am - 6 pm
- Alton Baker Park
- Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/226533275917410/
Join us for music, food, local vendors, and more as we celebrate the richness and diversity of our community!
(Event is subject to change as more information regarding Covid protocols is developed.)
Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Trainings ***new LBGTQIA+ anti-harassment training added
Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are.
We believe we all have a role to play in disrupting harassment and building a culture where it is no longer seen as “just the price you have to pay” for being a woman, LGBTQ+, a person of color, or any other marginalized identity. We teach people to take action, and to reach across their own identities to ally with others and establish a united front against harassment each time we witness it.
Hollaback! operates as a perpetual affront to harassment — in all its forms. We started in 2005 working to end gender-based harassment in public space, also known as street harassment. In 2015, we expanded our mission to work on harassment across all spaces — including online, the workplace, transportation, protests, the polling booth, and all identities — including women, LGBTQ+ folks, Black folks, Indigenous folks, people of color, religious minorities, people with disabilities, immigrants, and all others who are treated as “less than” just for being who they are. We seek to uproot hate and harassment whether is perpetuated by individuals, institutions, and the messy areas in between in issues like voter suppression, police brutality, and ICE raids.
Eugene Rec: BIPOC Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The City of Eugene is offering BIPOC Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) classes and camps for adults and children. Find out more here.
Strides for Social Justice
Only by looking back can we move forward.
PeaceHealth Oregon, in partnership with Eugene Marathon, recently announced Strides for Social Justice—a free, family-friendly program of self-guided tours designed to educate participants on the contributions, achievements and milestones of Black residents in our community.
Download the free app on to your phone and walk, run, ride or roll the routes to landmarks around town. Sign up for more information here.
Featured Stop: Wiley Griffon Monument
A convenient stop for Olympic Trials visitors is the Wiley Griffon Monument at the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, which is about a mile from Hayward Field.
Wiley Griffon (1867-1913) was Eugene’s first Black resident to be identified by name. He also is recognized as the University of Oregon’s first African-American employee.
Griffon settled in Eugene in the 1890s when exclusion laws prevented Black people from owning property or even living within the city limits. He owned a home near 4th Avenue and Mill Street, overlooking the Millrace, near what is now the Eugene Water and Electric (EWEB) building.
Throughout his life Griffon held various jobs, including driver of the town’s first mule-powered streetcar service and janitor of a men’s dormitory at the UO.
Griffon’s image and story are becoming better known today because of the efforts of Eugene residents Cheri Turpin and Mark Harris. Turpin first saw the photo of Griffon while researching newspaper archives in 1997, the same year she founded I Too Am Eugene, a local multicultural history project.
Turpin, Harris, Lane Community College’s Black Student Union, and other local organizations and residents raised funds to place the historical marker honoring Griffon in the Eugene Masonic Cemetery in 2013.
Throughout the year, we recognize and celebrate the cultures, traditions and contributions of our community.
Events & National Awareness Months
- January 1: Refugee Birthday
- January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr Day
- January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day
- February 12: Lunar New Year
- February: Black History Month
- March: Women’s History Month
- April: Autism Acceptance Month
- April 22-25: Stand Against Racism
- April: Arab American Heritage Month
- April: Ramadan begins
- May: Asian & Pacific Heritage Month
- May: Jewish American Heritage Month
- May: Ramadan continues
- June: PRIDE Month
- June: Juneteenth, celebration of the end of slavery
- June: Immigrant Heritage Month
- August: Eugene PRIDE
- September: Welcoming Week
- September–October: Latinx Heritage Month
- October: Disability Awareness Month
- October: Indigenous' Peoples Day
- November: Native American Heritage Month
- November: Diwali
- December: Hanukkah
- December: Christmas
- December: Kwanzaa