Eugene's the cultural hub of Oregon, behind Portland. As such, it's got almost every performing art under the sun. Eugene's classic music scene is huge, and all the following companies call the Hult Center for the Performing Arts home: Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Opera Company, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Oregon Festival of American Music, and the Eugene Youth Symphony. The Oregon Festival of American Music also runs at The Shedd Institute and year round, featuring an eclectic variety of performers. Summer music concerts are held at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Alton Baker Park.

The local music scene is also hopping. For touring and local musicians outside the classical scope, check out The McDonald Theater, a historic restored movie house, and the WOW Hall, a favorite, small venue among the country's indie bands. John Henry's Club is also a local venue for contemporary musicians, as is the Hult Center.

The Hult Center also houses the Eugene Ballet, which performs several times during the year. For theater, check out The Actor's Cabaret of Eugene, which has been presenting plays and musicals since 1979. The Very Little Theatre dates back to 1929 and is still a volunteer community theater. The Lord Leebrick Theatre Company presents five plays a year. The Hult Center is also home to the Willamette Repertory Theatre .