a href="https://vacationidea.com/destinations/best-things-to-do-in-eugene-or.html" target="_blank">Eugene is one of Oregon's most picturesque cities, located along the banks of the scenic Willamette River just two hours south of Portland's metropolitan district. Beautiful outdoor venues throughout the city provide a stunning backdrop for sunset or summer weddings, including the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, which stretches for 85 acres along the side of its namesake peak. Unique venue space is available at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, including theater spaces that can be configured for outside-the-box ceremony sites. The University of Oregon campus is also home to the Ford Alumni Center, which can be rented by non-alumni for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal and engagement events. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar
© Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar
Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar is a lovely Italian restaurant in Eugene's historic Broadway and Pearl District, known for its casual Old World entree favorites and extensive wine list. The restaurant can accommodate private dining spaces for up to 60 guests, perfect for intimate engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, or smaller cocktail receptions following wedding ceremonies. Multi-course sit-down catering is available with all packages, as well as delicious hors d'oeuvres for cocktail parties. Guests can dine within the restaurant's charming Cellar Room, which offers rustic atmosphere in a private setting, or enjoy cocktails and light bites in smaller spaces such as its second-story Overlook or private Study.
174 E Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-342-4141
2.Campbell Community Center
Campbell Community Center is a lively neighborhood gathering hall in Eugene's Skinner Butte Park, offering courses, activities, and special events for members of the Eugene community. The center, which is located along the banks of the Bascom Riverbank, can be rented for private special events, including wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. Couples can marry within the center's lovely gardens and courtyard area or hold wedding festivities within the venue's main hall, which can seat up to 120 wedding guests. An additional outdoor terrace area can bring accommodations up to space for 200. Staff are onsite throughout all rentals to help with day-of logistics, including setup of audiovisual equipment and tables and chairs. Alcohol is permitted for receptions for an additional rental fee.
155 High St, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-682-5318
3.Clear Lake Gardens
Clear Lake Gardens is one of Eugene's newest special event venues, operated as a family-owned rental facility since 2007. The venue is home to a gorgeous "outdoor ballroom" area that offers space for scenic outdoor wedding ceremonies underneath a lit arbor or across the beautiful Port Orford Cedar Bridge. Adjacent to the ballroom space, a built-in 1,500-square-foot stained concrete dance floor makes for a perfect space for outdoor reception festivities. Catering can be provided by any caterer of couples' choosing, including self-catering services. All-inclusive wedding packages can provide tables, chairs, and other accommodations for ceremonies and receptions, including bar servers.
29360 Clear Lake Rd, Eugene, OR 97402, Phone: 541-607-5864
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4.Country Inn Events Center
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Country Inn Events Center is one of Eugene's premiere special event centers, offering lush outdoor surroundings for couples looking to get married in the Lane County region. The historic country-style venue offers wedding ceremony and reception rental service year-round on its beautifully-landscaped grounds, which are home to manicured lavender and rose gardens, water features, and a scenic gazebo that makes a perfect backdrop for saying vows. Seating is offered for up to 250 guests outside, with an additional 150 guests accommodated on the venue's patio, making total space for 400 wedding guests. Inside, couples can use the venue's historic home for receptions and wedding gatherings, which features a hand-carved 19th-century Scottish bar and a cozy fireplace. In-house catering and bar packages are available, along with event planning services, audiovisual equipment, and table and chair service.
4100 County Farm Rd, Eugene, OR 97408, Phone: 541-345-7344
5.Deep Woods Events
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Deep Woods Events is a gorgeous event space in Elmira, offering perfect indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. The venue is home to a 6,400-square-foot cedar event space that makes for a perfect private setting for couples' special day, set on eight acres of majestic sequoia and fir tree forest. Couples can marry outdoors underneath the venue's towering treetops amidst lovely landscaped gardens, which is home to a patio-side pergola that serves as a popular spot for saying vows. Outdoor receptions can be hosted on the venue's expansive lawn or large covered patio. Inside, the venue showcases high vaulted ceilings and neutral tones that can be customized to any wedding decor. Wedding coordination services are available to meet all event needs, from setup and cleanup to vendor selection.
89980 Territorial Hwy, Elmira, OR 97437, Phone: 541-935-3485
6.Downtown Athletic Club and Conference Center
Downtown Athletic Club and Conference Center is a state-of-the-art conference center in the heart of Eugene's business district, offering six flexible event spaces to accommodate the needs of every couple's wedding vision. All spaces at the venue showcase high ceilings, wood accents, and ample natural lighting, creating a beautiful rustic atmosphere for couples' special days. Up to 300 guests can be accommodated for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, or engagement parties. Onsite catering and bar packages are available as add-ons, along with decor and event coordination services. All areas are wheelchair accessible, making the venue a great choice for guest lists needing mobility services.
999 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-484-4011
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7.Ford Alumni Center
Ford Alumni Center is a 60,000-square-foot facility within walking distance of Eugene's Matthew Knight Arena, located on the lovely University of Oregon college campus. The center serves as a first-class choice for special event rentals of all kinds, including wedding ceremonies and receptions. Modern, eco-friendly settings make the perfect space for saying "I do," ranging from a grand ballroom and conference room to a beautifully-manicured garden lawn and courtyard for outdoor ceremonies. Large and small guest lists alike can be accommodated in flexible event spaces that can be joined for full day wedding festivities. All-inclusive packages offer use of the entire building, including bride and groom prep suites and space for signing marriage certificates.
1720 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
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Graduate Eugene is a charming community gathering space located adjacent to the University of Oregon campus, offering 30,000 square feet of flexible event space for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and engagement and bridal showers. Up to 1,800 guests can be accommodated throughout the facility's various event venues, making it a perfect choice for large, lavish wedding festivities. Couples can decorate all interior spaces at the venue to their unique wedding theme and decor or utilize the services of onsite event coordinators for planning all aspects of weddings, ranging from floral arrangements to audiovisual services. In-house catering options range from cocktail reception hors d'oeuvres to buffet or plated meal options. Bar services include bartenders, a liquor license, and a complimentary champagne toast to the happy couple.
66 E 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-342-2000
© Ogren Gardens
Ogren Gardens is a stunning event venue located within a secluded area of North Eugene, accommodating wedding special events for up to 400 guests, including ceremonies, receptions, and engagement parties. A lovely gazebo sits in the center of the venue's picturesque gardens, surrounded by manicured lawns and rich mature landscaping. Couples can say their vows outside and then retire into the venue's rustic barn for lively reception festivities. A 50-foot covered porch can be used for wedding photography or additional reception space. Inside, two restrooms are available for guests, while outside, ample parking is available for all attendees. Couples can select their own vendors for all festivities, ranging from catering and bar services to DJs, audiovisual services, and wedding photography.
500 Terra Linda Ave, Eugene, OR 97404, Phone: 541-689-1387
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10.Hilyard Community Center
Hilyard Community Center is a fully-accessible community center in Eugene's Amazon Park, offering year-round community recreational and social programs for area children and teens with developmental disabilities. The South Eugene venue is available for year-round special event rentals, including wedding ceremonies and receptions that can be held within its multipurpose room or outdoor patio area. Spectacular views of nearby College Hill make for excellent wedding photography backdrops. Services offered to couples for their big day include a catering prep kitchen, audiovisual services, and unique accessible amenities such as wheelchair-accessible guest restrooms and large-print raised signs. Alcohol may be served for an additional fee.
2580 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR,97405, 97405, Phone: 541-682-5311
11.The Hult Center for the Performing Arts
The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is Eugene's premiere performing arts venue, located in the city's downtown district adjacent to the Hilton Eugene and Conference Center. The venue, which was constructed in 1982 as a civic center for the arts, is owned and operated by the City of Eugene in conjunction with the outdoor Cuthbert Amphitheater, which is located in the city's Alton Baker Park. Couples can use several spaces throughout the venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including the complex's lovely lobby space, which can seat 220 guests for banquet-style seating within its Cafe One and Two areas. Up to 200 guests can be seated theater-style for ceremonies within the venue's studio, which features an adjacent outdoor patio for cocktail receptions. In-house catering and bar services are available for all events.
1 Eugene Center, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-682-5000
12.Irving Grange Number 377
Irving Grange #377 is a community organization in Eugene that was originally founded in 1908, striving to serve as a meeting place to help community members grow into leaders and active citizens. The Grange's public hall is available for private special event rentals for community members, including rentals for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. A large dining and conference room can seat up to 130 guests for banquet-style receptions or host up to 285 standing guests. Up to 400 guests can be hosted within the venue's formal hall, which can be decorated with onsite decor upon request. Couples should note that the venue is an alcohol-free sit, though a prep kitchen is offered for caterers of couples' choosing.
1011 Irvington Dr, Eugene, OR 97404, Phone: 541-688-6542
13.The Mount Pisgah Arboretum
The Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a lovely nonprofit arboretum and botanical garden located within Oregon's Howard Buford Recreation Area, near the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area. The venue extends for 85 acres along the slopes of Mount Pisgah and is home to a number of sites for outdoor weddings, including the popular Tall Tree Ceremony Site, which is set against the backdrop of majestic mountain forested areas. A courtyard terrace ceremony site is also available, along with a 3,000-square-foot White Oak Pavilion, which features sliding glass doors overlooking the arboretum's oak savannah landscapes. All wedding rental fees go directly toward supporting local children's educational programming.
34901 Frank Parrish Rd, Eugene, OR 97405, Phone: 541-747-3817
14.The Campbell House Inn
The Campbell House Inn is an historic bed and breakfast located within walking distance of top Eugene area attractions such as the Fifth Street Public Market. The stately inn is housed within a renovated 1892 Victorian home, restored according to the tradition of classic European-style hotels and landscaped with fine English gardens and estate lawns. Couples can host their wedding ceremonies and receptions outside on the inn's beautiful grounds or use interior spaces at the inn for their vows or wedding photography. All vendors are welcome at the inn, including catering and bar services. After the wedding, the happy couple can stay at their choice of one the inn's 19 elegant guest rooms and suites, which offer romantic amenities such as four-poster beds and claw-foot bathtubs.
252 Pearl St, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-343-1119
15.Valley River Inn
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Valley River Inn is a gorgeous modern hotel located along the banks of the Willamette River, located just minutes from Eugene's downtown district. The hotel offers more than 15,000 square feet of flexible event venue space, perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions of any size and configuration. Event spaces include the Willamette Ballroom, which is home to a built-in bar and over 6,000 square feet of breakout space, or the Columbia Ballroom, which features access to an adjacent outdoor patio and courtyard. Up to 600 guests can be accommodated in total across all event spaces. Award-winning onsite catering and a dedicated wedding planning team are on site to help with all aspects of event coordination. After the wedding, couples can enjoy discounts on the hotel's 257 spacious guest rooms and suites, which offer amenities such as whirlpool tubs and private riverview patios.
1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-743-1000
© Venue 252
Venue 252 is a stunning event venue in Eugene that offers space for over 1,200 guests for wedding festivities, making it a great choice for couples with extensive reception guest lists. The industrial-chic wedding venue is home to an airy grand hall that can accommodate unique stage installations for wedding entertainment, including a balcony that makes for a great spot for wedding photography angles and DJ booths. A spacious gallery area is great for intimate gatherings like cocktail receptions, seating up to 125. Other areas available for rental include a mezzanine lounge and a VIP green room that can serve as a bridal suite, featuring a beverage chiller and 360-degree mirror.
252 Lawrence St, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 877-901-7128
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17.The Veterans Memorial Association
The Veterans Memorial Association offers one of Eugene's most affordable special event rental spaces, located within an historic building in the city's downtown district. The venue offers community space to organizations such as the Military Officers Association of America, as well as special event rental space for events such as wedding ceremonies and receptions. Three rental spaces are available throughout the building, including a gorgeous ballroom that is home to one of only two floating dance floors located within the state of Oregon. Up to 100 guests can be accommodated at the Colonial Inn space, which makes a great venue for seated wedding receptions. Intimate receptions and rehearsal dinners can also be accommodated in a space seating 25. In-house catering and bar services are offered from the venue's McCallums restaurant.
1626 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-338-4074
17 Best Wedding Venues in Eugene, OR
- Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar, Photo: Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar
- Campbell Community Center, Photo: nastasenko/stock.adobe.com
- Clear Lake Gardens, Photo: tommypiconefotografo/stock.adobe.com
- Country Inn Events Center, Photo: Country Inn Events Center
- Deep Woods Events, Photo: Deep Woods Events
- Downtown Athletic Club and Conference Center, Photo: nastasenko/stock.adobe.com
- Ford Alumni Center, Photo: lexuss/stock.adobe.com
- Graduate Eugene, Photo: Graduate Eugene
- Ogren Gardens, Photo: Ogren Gardens
- Hilyard Community Center, Photo: Anastasia/stock.adobe.com
- The Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Photo: mayakova/stock.adobe.com
- Irving Grange Number 377, Photo: ruslan_iefremov/stock.adobe.com
- The Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Photo: alex_shifer/stock.adobe.com
- The Campbell House Inn, Photo: satit/stock.adobe.com
- Valley River Inn, Photo: Valley River Inn
- Venue 252, Photo: Venue 252
- The Veterans Memorial Association, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: Cascades Raptor Center
The Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene is home to one of the largest collections of native raptor species and birds of prey in the Pacific Northwest region. Established in 1950 with the aim of fostering a connection between people and birds of prey, as well as encouraging and preserving an understanding of wildlife conservation, the Cascades Raptor Center is a non-profit nature center and wildlife hospital unrivaled for experiencing birds of prey in their natural habitat.
Specializing in rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing sick, injured and orphaned birds back to the wild when possible, the Cascades Raptor Center has nearly 50 birds of prey housed in impressive outdoor aviaries with vegetation akin to that of their natural habitat in the wild. The Center also provides a long-term habitat for those that cannot be released into the wild because of their injuries or due to imprinting on humans. Birds species include hawks, kites, vultures, owls, falcons, osprey and eagles, many of which have names and have been ‘adopted’ by members of the public who donate funds for their upkeep.
The Cascades Raptor Center's Wildlife Hospital is a haven for sick, injured and orphaned birds. The hospital provides outstanding medical treatment and high-quality rehabilitation to over 250 injured, orphaned and sick birds each year, which are brought in by members of the public, local and state police, and local veterinarians, as well as other wildlife rehabilitators.
The Cascades Raptor Center offers a variety of educational programs and workshops for children, scholars, and students across a range of fields from birds of prey and biology to environmental care, wildlife rehabilitation, and conservation. Guided educational programs cater for small and large groups and include ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side,' ‘Reading with Raptors,’ staff guided private tours and self-guided tours. Classroom presentations also include ‘Bring the Wild to Life’ and ‘Reading with Raptors’ and all guided programs can be tailored to the requirements of the group.
‘Take A Walk on the Wild Side’ is an age-appropriate woodland adventure that visits the 50 birds in the Center and explores their life cycles, form and function, their prey, and an introduction to raptor rehabilitation. The program includes interactive experiences with birds brought out on the glove by staff, looking at eggs, nests and feathers in the display cases, and a presentation of all the birds on-site.
‘Reading with Raptors’ caters for younger Raptor fans and involves a story that is read out aloud to the children while the ‘star’ of the story – one of the raptors – sits nearby.
A Personal Raptor Experience is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that includes a guided two-hour private tour with a professional guide, an in-depth look at the day-to-day operation of the Raptor Center and a chance to watch some training.
The Cascades Raptor Center is located at 32275 Fox Hollow Road in Eugene and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visitors can explore the Center via winding hillside trails and see the birds on exhibit in spacious outdoor aviaries. No dogs are allowed on site, including in parked vehicles.
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32275 Fox Hollow Rd., Eugene, OR 97405, Phone: 541-485-1320
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More Ideas: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is an art museum based at the University of Oregon in Eugene that is dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of historical and contemporary art. Designed by the Dean of Architecture & Allied Arts at the time, Ellis F. Lawrence, the art museum was originally built to exhibit the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art. The collection, which was donated to the University by Gertrude Bass Warner, featured over 3,700 works of art.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) aims to bridge international cultures through art and artistic expression and encourages visitors to explore and understand a deeper appreciation of art. The Museum features a significant collection of historical and contemporary art, a range of engaging exhibitions and displays, and exciting educational programs and community outreach programs that support the university’s academic mission. The JSMA’s collections include selections of American, Chinese, Korean and Japanese art, as well as special exhibitions that represent other cultures of the world, both past, and present.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art features a collection of more than 13,000 works representing a range of cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, European Art, South & Southeast Asia and the Islamic World, Russia and the Americas.
The JSMA is renowned for its vast assemblage of Chinese art, which includes one of the country's most impressive collections of textiles, along with outstanding examples of traditional Chinese paintings, jade, furniture, ceramics, glass, sculpture, lacquer, metalwork, and precious decorative objects. Exceptional displays include a rare nine-foot-tall jade pagoda and vibrant ceramic roof tiles from the Forbidden City.
The Museum has a unique Japanese collection that features including over 3,000 Edo-period (1615-1868) ukiyo-e, as well as traditional paintings in a variety of formats, including screen, scroll and album, ceramics, textiles, Buddhist sculptures, and modern and contemporary Japanese prints.
The JSMA houses a small, but impressive collection of Korean paintings, ceramics, furniture, calligraphy, metalwork, prints, textiles, and photographs, which are featured in successive rotations in the museum’s Jin Joo Gallery and the Wan Koo and Young Ja Huh Wing.
The Museum also has a small South and a Southeast Asian collection featuring works from Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam in a range of media. Works include South Indian Hindu bronzes, Buddhist stone reliefs, architectural fragments from Cambodia’s Khmer Empire, Rajasthani and Mughal paintings, Southeast Asian bronze drums, and a small study collection of Islamic art.
The JSMA’s collection of European art is housed in the John and Ethel MacKinnon gallery with featured works by Artur von Ferraris (Hungarian, 1856–1936), and Max Pechstein (German, 1881–1955) and light-sensitive materials such as photography and prints.
The JSMA’s photography collection has grown significantly in depth and diversity since its first acquisitions of Edward Weston prints in 1965 and now features works by influential American photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006), Minor White (1908-76), and Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976).
The JSMA is home to a broad and diverse collection of American Art from the 20th and 21st centuries, including ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media. Featured artists include Ellsworth Kelly, Leonard Baskin, Arthur Wesley Dow, Louise Nevelson, George de Forest Brush, Helen Frankenthaler, and William Merritt Chase. The Museum also holds the single largest repository of artworks and related archival materials on David Cosh, including nearly 2,000 paintings, drawings, watercolors, and sketches.
The JSMA offers active educational programs for youth, adults, and families, ranging from art classes to elementary and secondary school students, holiday art camps, music and theatrical performance-inspired art projects, and self-guided gallery ArtPacks for families.
The Museum is also an integral resource for both the academic and cultural university community and allows faculty members, and students access to use the museum's collections, exhibitions, facilities and educational programs for learning, teaching, and support.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is located on the University of Oregon Campus at 1430 Johnson Lane in Eugene and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a ‘pay-what-you-wish’ every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and free general admission to everyone the first Friday of each month.
Visitors can enjoy private and public guided tours through the Museum which feature the internationally acclaimed approach of ‘Visual Thinking Strategies,' a method of conducting a tour that helps visitors gain a better understanding of the collection.
The critically acclaimed Marché Museum Café serves an affordable menu of freshly prepared, seasonal and regional cuisine, including salads, soups, sandwiches, fresh pastries, and coffees in a casual, relaxed environment. The Museum also has a store which sells museum and art-related items, books, gifts, and jewelry.
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1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403, Phone: 541-346-3027
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