Oregon's second-largest city, Eugene (population 156,000), has an esteemed reputation for progressive politics and acceptance of gays and lesbians, it being the home to the University of Oregon and a hotbed of counterculture, eco-consciousness, outdoors enthusiasm, and education. Along with its considerably more conservative twin city of Springfield, the metro region has more than 350,000 residents, which accounts in part for the popularity and relatively high turn out of the region's Pride celebration each year, the Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival, which takes place each August. The date this year is August 10, 2013, several weeks after the state's largest such celebration, Pride Northwest, which takes place in the lovely city of Portland, about a two-hour drive north.
Eugene's Gay Pride celebration takes place in leafy Alton Baker Park, a 400-acre swath of greenery on the north bank of the Willamette River, which bisects the city. It comprises a festival on Saturday, August 10, lasting from noon until 7 pm. Features include live entertainment by a variety of local and national artists, a grouping of community vendors (businesses and organizations), a beer garden, a kids space, and food.
Eugene also holds a Winter Pride Celebration in mid-February.
Additionally, plenty of gay-popular bars and restaurants around tend draw bigger crowds at this time. Check regional gay media, such as PQ Monthly, Portland's GLBT newspaper, as well as the left-leaning alternative newsweekly, Eugene Weekly and the University of Oregon LGBT resource site, for more on the region's gay scene. Also take a look at the excellent gay travel section of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Tourism Office website for helpful information on visiting the region.