The Eugene Celebration was created in 1983 by the City of Eugene to bring together the Eugene community for three days of music and fun. In 1997, the City offered the management of the Celebration to the public and private sectors. Downtown Eugene, Inc. (DEI), a property owners association, stepped forward to accept the offer. In April 1998, Downtown Events Management, Inc. (DEMI) was launched to manage the Celebration.
DEMI dba Eugene Celebration is registered with the State of Oregon as a domestic non-profit corporation, managed by an all-volunteer board of directors. The Eugene Celebration is produced and funded through business sponsorships, private contributions, admissions fees, in-kind donations and volunteer support.