If you aren’t spending this Mother’s Day weekend with your mom, the Nitro Circus is offering a total daredevil, wild action adventure this Saturday night at Autzen Stadium. The sports-action entertainment company is coming by Eugene for a night of freestyle motocross, BMX and, “Anything you can imagine with wheels!”
Thirty of the world’s best extreme athletes join the Nitro Circus tour for a night of entertainment and daring stunts. The Nitro Circus group tours the world every year, hitting five continents in 2015. The crew has also been featured on MTV and many other network television channels. Nitro Circus will be rolling into Eugene on Saturday after two sold-out shows in Reno.
The event at Autzen is still not sold out. Tickets are $79 for any seat in the stadium, which has been outfitted for the sports-theater event. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 6
Spoonfest — Taylor’s Bar and Grill (894 E. 13th Ave), 2-6 p.m.
Oregon Spoon’s second annual Spoonfest will be held once again at Taylor’s this Friday. This chapter of Spoon University, which is focused on providing recipes and food hacks for college town locals, is celebrating Cinco De Mayo weekend. There will be free drink giveaways, food contests and drinking games, along with a live DJ.
Saturday, May 7
Willamette Valley Music Festival — on campus (1535 E. 13th Ave), noon to midnight, free
As detailed in today’s Emerald cover story, the Willamette Valley Music Festival is returning to campus. With 18 performers, live art, fire dances and aerial gymnastics, it will be the main attraction of the day for students and residents of the entire Willamette Valley. The event is put on by students, for students, as a creative and artistic celebration.
Sunday, May 8
Aaron Carter — WOW Hall (291 W. 8th Ave), 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Most college students know Aaron Carter as the little brother of Backstreet Boys lead singer Nick Carter, and as the boy who rose to childhood stardom with pop/rap songs like “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.” Now, Aaron Carter is trying to make it back onto the charts a decade later with new music, a fresh mix of pop, R&B and progressive house. His performance at the WOW Hall on Sunday night will include new music off his most recent album, LOVE.
Filmed By Bike Film Festival — Hollywood Theater (4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd), $11+
For cycling fans this weekend, the Hollywood Theater is hosting the 13th annual Filmed By Bike film festival. Over the course of the weekend, the festival hosts a street party, filmmaker Q&A sessions, brewery tour bike rides with the filmmakers, workshops and awards ceremonies for the films being presented. Tickets for each screening vary, with the minimum being $11 for a two-hour series of films.
Saturday, May 7
Kentucky Derby Party — North 45 (517 N.W. 21st Ave) 3:30 p.m., $20, 21+
The Kentucky Derby is this weekend for fans of horse racing and Southern culture. In Portland at the North 45, the watch party and celebration of the event will be huge. Guests are encouraged to wear their biggest hats, enjoy a Bulleit Bourbon Mint Julep, place their bets on the winning horse and listen to live music from the Dixieland-style band the Brass Roots Movement. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House charity.
Sunday, May 8
Elliphant — Mississippi Studios (3939 N. Mississippi Ave) 9 p.m., $15
Swedish alternative hip hop and synth-pop artist Ellinor Olovsdotter, known by her stage name Elliphant, is performing at Mississippi Studios this weekend. Elliphant is best known for her collaborations with more high-profile musicians and producers like Skrillex and Diplo. Her song “Too Original” with Major Lazer was a track on their 2015 hit album Peace Is The Mission. Her tour is based on her new album, Living Life Golden, released in March.