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Entertainment Events

The Florence Events Center is the heart and soul of the city’s community life, annually hosting events ranging from ballet to the blues. It is home to the Last Resort Players theater company, as well as Seacoast Entertainment Association’s annual concert series.





  • Sun, Sep 14th 2:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    Eugene-based Cascadia Concert Opera will perform Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, in a Sunday matinee on September 14.

    Fidelio is a dramatic and virtuosic tale of courage, devotion, and desperation in the face of political oppression. Cascadia Concert Opera presents this performance as part of a limited-run tour in Florence, Eugene, Salem, Portland, and Astoria. The performance will be in English with piano accompaniment.  

    Currently in its sixth season, Cascadia Concert Opera is a non-profit performing arts organization. Showcasing some of the finest local and regional talent, Cascadia Concert Opera has a unique identity as a touring ensemble, presenting opera in intimate venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

  • Sat, Sep 20th 10:00am - 9:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The Florence Dance Festival’s theme for 2014 is “Fine Your Groove. It’s happening on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Featured at the event will be the Misty Mountain Cloggers, hula groups from Eugene and Florence, and a ballroom group from Coos Bay, among others.

    Swing to a fancy fox trot, or sway to a sexy hula. There’s definitely something to interest every kind of dancer at this annual event. The festival will feature daytime workshops and an evening performance at 7 p.m. A variety of dance styles will be featured throughout the day including clogging, hula, Zumba, ballroom, swing, and line dance.

    “Dance for your health,” says Festival organizer Pat Wheeler. “The benefits abound. You’ll meet new people, and you don’t need a partner to participate. Come join the fun!”

  • Fri, Sep 26th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The Florence Festival of Books, which opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 27, has added a special event on Friday, September 26. Best-selling author Teresa Rhyne will appear in the theater at 7 p.m. Teresa will have a meet and greet and book signing open to the public at 6 p.m. in the lobby. Tickets for the event are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be divided between the Florence Area Humane Society and Florence Relay for Life.

    Teresa describes herself as a lawyer, writer, dog lover and breast cancer survivor (though definitely not in that order). She loves wine, books, coffee and dogs (still not in order) and loathes exercise, Christmas, and chocolate (probably in that order).

    Teresa travels internationally for keynote speeches and other presentations wherever an inspirational, humorous, cancer-surviving, dog-loving, pessimist-turned-reluctant-optimist, motivational speaker may be needed.

  • Thu, Oct 2nd 4:00pm

    The popular Taste of Home Cooking School returns to Florence with cooking demonstrations, samples, prizes and more.

  • Sat, Oct 4th 8:00am - 8:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    A four-year tradition that began at the Florence Elks Lodge continues this year with the Oktoberfest coming to the Florence Events Center, on Saturday, October 4. 

    Starting with a pancake breakfast served up by the Florence Kiwanis Club, followed by wiener dog races and wrapping up with an afternoon of authentic German food, bier and music, it is sure to hold something for everyone who attends.

    This year, several community non-profit groups will be providing the German-themed food fair, including Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane County, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence Food Share, Friends of the FEC and more. Authentic German music will be played throughout the entire event performed by a variety of local and regional artists. And of course, there’s the German beer!

    For extra entertainment ‘puppy-mutual’ betting is being added to the wiener dog races, as well as other activities to entertain the whole family.

    “So dig out your lederhosen, grab a mug, meet old friends you’ve never seen before and join us!  “Gemutlichkeit!” says Chamber of Commerce Director Cal Applebee.

  • Mon, Oct 6th 7:00pm

    Hear the high school musicians perform in their first concert of the year.

  • Sat, Oct 11th 1:30pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The Emerald City Jazz Kings will open their 2014-15 season at the FEC on Saturday, October 11 with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. The concert features many of the original numbers recorded by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie in the 1960s.

    Frank Sinatra and Count Basie connoisseurs, two albums which cannot pass by without mention came from a few evenings of live recording in January and February of 1966 in the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Sinatra was headlining that week, with the Basie orchestra opening and backing him up. With music conducted and arranged by Quincy Jones, these star-studded evenings led to many definitive versions of songs readily associated with Frank and the Basie Orchestra.

  • Sun, Oct 12th 1:15pm
  • Repeats every day until Sat Nov 08 2014 .
    Fri, Nov 7th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The Last Resort Players are currently preparing for their fall musical, Les Miserables, which will be on the main stage at the FEC during two weekends in November. There are more than 40 roles to be cast, including adult male and female lead singers, chorus members and children.

    Auditions were held March 21 and 22 and lead roles have already been cast, according to Director Leah Goodwin. The role of the show’s hero, Jean Valjean, will be played by John Pohlman. Sheena Moore, who many may remember as Maria from LRP’s fall 2013 production of The Sound of Music, is cast in the leading female role of Fantine.

    Children’s roles include Haylee Cole as Cossette, Nyah Vollmer as Gavroche, and Kayla Rose as Young Eponine. Paula Xochilth Garcia and Taylor Winona will perform in the children’s chorus. Joining the backstage crew will be Grace Hammonds as second assistant director and Maddie Marbas as assistant stage manager.

    Winner of more than 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Miserables sweeps its audience through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution.

    This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

  • Sat, Nov 8th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The Last Resort Players are currently preparing for their fall musical, Les Miserables, which will be on the main stage at the FEC during two weekends in November. There are more than 40 roles to be cast, including adult male and female lead singers, chorus members and children.

    Auditions were held March 21 and 22 and lead roles have already been cast, according to Director Leah Goodwin. The role of the show’s hero, Jean Valjean, will be played by John Pohlman. Sheena Moore, who many may remember as Maria from LRP’s fall 2013 production of The Sound of Music, is cast in the leading female role of Fantine.

    Children’s roles include Haylee Cole as Cossette, Nyah Vollmer as Gavroche, and Kayla Rose as Young Eponine. Paula Xochilth Garcia and Taylor Winona will perform in the children’s chorus. Joining the backstage crew will be Grace Hammonds as second assistant director and Maddie Marbas as assistant stage manager.

    Winner of more than 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Miserables sweeps its audience through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution.

    This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.