What’s Happening at the Willamette River Festival in 2020?

In recent times, a lot has changed, but there are still a few things that remain certain…
The Willamette River is still flowing, and the Willamette River Festival is still happening this summer. Please join your community as we connect to the river through a series of interactive virtual activities combined with “in real life” (IRL) experiences throughout the week of August 15-22, 2020.

Indigenous Peoples Day & Festival Opening Ceremony

August 16 (with activities throughout the week)
Join our Native Community for an “Opening Ceremony” acknowledging the local Kalapuya Peoples of our local lands, and learn more about indigenous cultures of the Willamette Valley through a series of short films, ethnobotany, and other educational opportunities planned throughout the week.

2020 Willamette PaddleCross Challenge

July 22-August 22
This year’s race is brought to you by the Willamette Kayak & Canoe Club! Get ready to rumble down your favorite rapids as part of a combination virtual / IRL paddle challenge! Using the Strava app, paddlers of all disciplines will have a month to complete the official Willamette PaddleCross route. Registration opens July 22 and is only $10 per entry! All registered participants who complete the challenge will receive a one-of kind finisher’s patch. Check back for registration and race packet details. More Info

Plein Air PAINT OUT!

August 16-22
Join the Plein Air Painters of Lane County at the Willamette River PAINT OUT! River-centric landscapes to be painted along the Willamette River Greenway in Eugene and Springfield. Community viewings are planned with limited hours in Eugene-Springfield, as well as an online People’s Choice Award gallery. Registration begins August 16. More Info

Taking Stones Walking Tour

August 16-22
This year, the Festival is encouraging residents and visitors alike to explore and experience the history and culture of the Whilamut Natural Area by completing a self-guided tour of the Talking Stones and the Whilamut Transportation Crossover Mural. More Info

Springfield UpStream Art Stormwater Tour

August 16-22
It’s All Connected! Whether you live in Eugene, Springfield, or elsewhere our waterways are connected and we all need clean water. Enjoy either a self-guided walking or bike tour to view up to 21 UpStream Art murals! Find a geocache, and learn about the unique features of the Mill Race, a beautiful clean water restoration project with an excellent multi-use path! More Info

The Great Greenway BioBlitz

August 18-22
Join your local Willamette River regional community for a community science bioblitz with the goal of observing and identifying as many species as possible along the Willamette River Greenway corridor during a four-day window of time. This will be a regional-wide event, with competitions between different areas to document as many species as possible across the entire mainstream using the iNaturilst app. More Info

Paddlesports Education Day

August 18
As part of the 2020 Willamette River Festival, the City of Eugene River House Outdoor Center will present informational videos and challenges that focus on paddlesports safety, skills and education. More Info

River Safety Education Day

August 20
The City of Eugene River House Outdoor Center will present tutorials that focus on ways to experience the Willamette River from the surface and below (including snorkeling!) while keeping safety as the number one priority. More Info