The Downtown Bend Business Association invites you to get out of the house this winter and have some fun! They are providing an awesome scavenger hunt in downtown Bend from Jan. 7th thru Feb 7th. This is a very fun event for people of all ages and a great way for local business owners to meet locals. Over 60 downtown stores are participating. This event will be a partnership with Mount Bachelor and their ski groups for the season. Each store will have a passport in their location with a list of all participating stores. You pick up the passport, find the ski figurine in each store with the hashtag, #DowntownBendSkiHunt. If you post the picture with the hashtag you could be highlighted on the Downtown Bend Facebook page and Website. Check out all the participating stores online.
Back by popular demand, Oregon Wild presents Snowshoeing 101 at Broken Top Bottle Shop. Come learn how and where to snowshoe in Central Oregon! They’ll have tips and suggestions regarding everything from safety to gear to picking the most scenic trails. Also included will be some “Snowshoeing 101” for those new to the activity as well as some tips on locations that would be applicable to all ability levels. There will also be an encore presentation on Wednesday, January 23rd. Both events are the same so feel free to attend whichever best fits your schedule.
West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Don’t miss this powerful, poignant production at the Tower Theater. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are regarded as among the best ever written. Get your tickets early. This musical will be playing 6 nights only.
The Great Nordeen is a Bend tradition and fitting tribute to Emil Nordeen. Emil Nordeen, who grew up in Sweden, became a Bend icon after settling here in 1920. He’s best known for twice winning the 42-mile Fort Klamath-Crater Lake ski race (1929, 1931). In 1927, he helped establish the Bend Skyliners Club as a mountain search and rescue and skiing promotion group. This 17th annual Nordeen includes X-Country freestyle race and fat bikes. Races are 30k and 18k. Check out the MBSEF website for more info.
USA Climbing will hold their Bouldering Nationals at the Deschutes County Expo Center on two weekends in February. FEB 1-2 will host the Open National Championship Competition. FEB 8-10 will be the Youth National Championship. “These events will feature the most elite adult and youth athletes in the country competing for a place on the national US Team in the discipline of bouldering.”
The Record Company was described by Rolling Stone as “Caught halfway between the stomp of mid-century rock & roll and the soulful kick of Delta blues, the Record Company kick up a raw, rootsy racket.” This trio has scored nationwide #1 hits and been nominated for a Grammy award. They will bring their “down and dirty sound and megawats of energy” to The Tower Theater on Feb. 4th at 8pm.
The 2019 Bend A Cappella Festival features several of the most talented names in a cappella music. They will be personally advising singers at every level of expertise. This year’s festival features Deke Sharon, Peter Hollens, Naturally 7 – and YOU! Friday 2/8 will be full of classes and performances. Saturday 2/9 will be the ever popular A Capella Sing Off. Check out the Tower website for more information and to buy tickets.
The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Oregon waters. The event is open to the public, and all spectators are welcome free of charge. The best way to plunge is with a team! Get your friends, family members, co-workers and boss to take the plunge with you. Plus, there are some major incentives for those who raise the most money! Every participant must raise a minimum of $50 for the privilege of taking a wintry dip in an icy body of water and will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a bowl of soup, plus bragging rights! Get the thrill without the chill….register for Too Chicken to Plunge!
OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest is Oregon’s biggest party of the season! This three day event has something for everyone! Enjoy tons of live music, family play zone, food, brews, ice sculptures, royal run, wine walk, rail jam and the ever exciting fire pit competition. This event is held in the Old Mill District and benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. Don’t miss this spectacular community event. Tickets can be purchased online.
Here’s your chance to change a life! Meal of the Year black tie affair supports the dreams and aspirations of COCC students by raising funds for scholarships that will open doors once closed and change the students’ lives forever. Guests of this gala evening are treated to a four course meal, skillfully created and presented by Cascade Culinary Institute. (Corporate tables are available. Please contact the Foundation Office at 541.318.3783 or email@example.com for more information).
The annual Muse Women’s Conference brings together local women & teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. Our 7th event is scheduled for February 28 – March 3, 2019 in Bend, Oregon. This one of a kind event offers 4 days of art installations, interactive panel discussions, keynote talks, live performances, and breakout workshops designed to explore individual and collective stories and deepen our sense of belonging to each other and our world… in this moment.The annual Muse Women’s Conference brings together local women & teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. Our 7th event is scheduled for February 28 – March 3, 2019 in Bend, Oregon. This one of a kind event offers 4 days of art installations, interactive panel discussions, keynote talks, live performances, and breakout workshops designed to explore individual and collective stories and deepen our sense of belonging to each other and our world… in this moment.
Mt Bachelor invites you to the third installment of the Apres Ski Bash Concert Series at Crow’s Feet Commons featuring the music of Dirty Revival. This is a FREE & ALL AGES event. About Dirty Revival: Dirty Revival, a seven piece soul/rock band hailing from Portland and is is quickly gaining notoriety for their inspired songwriting and impressive live performances and has been electrifying stages across the US since 2013.
OSU Cascades Science Pub sessions make learning fun! Held at McMenamins, you can relax in Father Luke’s room, have a brew and/or dinner and hear top scientists on diverse subjects. January’s title is “What Will Oregon’s Next Volcanic Eruption Look Like?.” Oregon is one of the most “volcanic” US states – there are thousands of volcanoes in our state. Most are inactive – but Oregon has four major volcanoes on the USGS’s high priority list for volcano monitoring: Mount Hood, Newberry Volcano, Crater Lake and South Sister. Geologist Adam Kent will share how the tools of geology and volcanology can help us understand what eruptions at these locations might look like and the hazards they might produce. Come take a tour of Oregon’s volcanoes — with short excursions to Alaska, Hawaii, Japan and the Caribbean. Registration starts in December. Networking begins at 5:30, talk at 6:30.
Join the Coalition for the Deschutes and Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe for Wild Rivers Night, a collection of presentations about wild rivers. It’s a fun gathering of people who love rivers. Zach Collier is a whitewater paddler, guide, and outfitter based in Hood River, Oregon. His business, Northwest Rafting Company, runs multi-day trips on Wild and Scenic Rivers in Oregon and Idaho, and a few international destinations. When he’s not running his business, he’s out exploring as many rivers as he can. With beer by Boneyard!
10 Barrel invites you to enjoy the mountain like a local. Bendites favorite things will be featured – free live music, 10 Barrel brews and laps on Skyliner lift. Come grab a few beers, play a few games and win some free swag. Beers and music will be flowing in the Skyliner Parking Lot from 11am to 3pm.
The Tower Theater is excited to bring Storm Large back to Bend. Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton. Don’t miss her “Holiday Ordeal” performance.
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Central Oregon without the annual “Swingin’ Tower Christmas Show”. Bring the entire family to this wonderful fun filled celebration of Santa with stories, songs and dances. Plus- there will be a 14 piece big band led by trumpeter, Jim Tenant. There will be 4 performances: 12/21 at 7:00pm, 12/22 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm and 12/23 at 3:00pm
The first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater will take place on Saturday December 15, 2018. What can you expect at the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl? Ugly sweaters. Everywhere. Drinking delicious cocktails at the coolest bars in Bend in your ugly sweater. Competing against other Uglies in the Ugliest Sweater Contest. It all begins with a pre-registry party at Bend Brewing Company at 4:00pm. You can stand by the fire and enjoy music from a local DJ from 4pm-5pm, then from 6pm-8pm the pub crawl begins (use your free drink tickets!!) The pub crawl will end at Silver Moon Brewing with the Ugliest Sweater Contest beginning at 8:00pm and the After party where everyone will get to dance on in your ugly sweater at Silver Moon.
The Bend Radio Group brings you a favorite Christmas film, Elf. In addition to this hilarious movie you can enjoy: Holiday laughs. Seasonal sentiments. Costume contests. Adult beverages. All in collaboration with the Bend Radio Group to benefit selected local charities. This event takes place at the Tower Theater on Dec. 14th at 7pm.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see international award winning guitarist Todd Haaby and his group Sola Via live at the Tower Theater. Todd Haaby has combined all of his musical experiences to write and define a flavor of music indicative of Nuevo Flamenco. His love of Spanish music and the opportunity to travel extensively abroad has enabled him to establish a unique style all his own. With the fire and energy of any rock concert teamed up with the rhythms and melodies of Spain, this international award winning guitarist and his group Sola Via’s Dec 12th show is sure to be a sell out, so get your tickets early.
Have your kiddos decorate cookies to their hearts’ desire at the Foxtail Bakeshop Kids Cookie Class. We will be rolling and baking yummy sugar cookies and then decorating with a wide variety of icings and special decorations. Kids will get to take home at least 24 cookies to enjoy. Parents may stay or leave. Ages 4 and up. Call to save your space. 541-213-2275.
Join Foxtail Bakeshop’s class “Eclairs, Cream Puffs and More!! You’ll learn about the fascinating dough that creates all these magical desserts called “Pate Choux”. We will be making Pate Choux by hand. You will learn how to pipe different shapes and fill these delicious vessels to create different desserts. Take home your creations along with the recipes for everything you have prepared in class. Light snacks, wine and cider will be served. Classes are limited so call to save a space. 541-213-2275.
The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills. The Globetrotters represent nine decades of breaking down barriers, acts of goodwill and a commitment to fans that goes beyond the game. The Globetrotters’ show features even more amazing basketball skills and wizardry, with a continued focus on family entertainment. For their 2017 tour, basketball’s greatest innovators will debut basketball’s first-ever 4-point line, a move that comes six years after the team unveiled the first 4-point shot in the history of the sport.
Kick off the Holiday Season with the ever-popular Bend Christmas Parade! Winding through downtown Bend on Dec. 1st, this event includes marching bands, fun floats and more! Santa, of course, puts in an appearance too. Parade starts at 12pm. This year’s theme is “Sharing Christmas Joy.”
Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver Resort. This annual event has become a holiday tradition for so many. You will be AMAZED at what people can create with candy and cookies. Gingerbread houses will be on display in the Abbot Room of Sunriver Resort Lodge December 1st through January 1st. This is a FREE event.
Get in the Christmas Spirit with this special tribute to Charlie Brown at The Tower Theater. In 1965, the first-ever Peanuts animated special took place. It was a landmark event and it was the start of a tradition that would continue for years to come. Now, almost 50 years later, contemporary jazz piano legend, David Benoit, is paying tribute to this incredible piece of entertainment history with his Christmas show, featuring music from the Charlie Brown special. This inspirational concert includes the classic music of Vince Guaraldi along with Charlie Brown Christmas originals from David Benoit, who took over the helm as music composer for the new Charlie Brown Christmas TV Specials more than a decade ago. The show can include the young voices of a children’s choir, which serves as a wonderful way of getting the local community involved. Also featured is vocalist Sara Gazarek along with David Benoit’s rock-steady band featuring David Hughes on bass and Jamey Tate on drums. The heart-warming show is sure to get the audience in that Charlie Brown Christmas Spirit and bring out the “kid” in all of us this holiday season.
The Suttle Lodge is proud to have Linsey Corbin lead a Runners Retreat workshop. Linsey is a professional triathlete from Bend and a six-time Ironman Champion. She also holds the American Ironman record. This workshop will include a group trail run and ends with a hearty brunch provided by The Suttle Lodge. This event is limited to 20 students so book early.
“The Pine Tavern proudly rolls out the red carpet for veterans on Saturday, November 11 and 12 for Veterans Day with a complimentary meal as a small token of appreciation for their service. Reservations are recommended. As a vet himself, Bill McCormick has been committed to this tradition for over twenty years. As co-founder of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants he was recognized in 2005 by The Department of Veterans Affairs and presented with the prestigious Secretary’s Award. “Serving a meal to the vets is an honor and enables us to reach out and give thanks to folks for their service to our country”, says Bill. Bill and Gail McCormick, Pine Tavern Management and staff look forward to opening their doors with a warm welcome to local Veterans on November 11th and 12th.”
Ah... the thrill of finding gold! It’s Mining Day at the Museum. Stake a claim, pan for gold and have your earnings authenticated in the museum’s indoor placer mine and boomtown. This event happens between 11am and 3pm at The High Desert Museum. Cost is museum admission plus $2 per “miner.”
Polaris invites you to SLEDFILM 19 – two nights of stunning backcountry snowmobile films at the Tower Theater. This ever popular event features pro riders, industry leaders, an awards show and almost $30,000 worth of giveaways. Win riding gear, lodge stays, rides, services and more.. Hang out with people who have a passion for this sport. There will be a different show each night. This event is brought to you by Polaris and hundreds of other partners. This is an all ages show. Seating is limited and SLEDFILM tickets sell out fast. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance.
Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!
Trail run lovers rejoice! The Sisters Happy Girl Run is an absolute must! A shuttle will take you to the top of Peterson Ridge. The half marathon route will follow the Peterson Ridge trail system which gently rolls downhill among beautiful unspoiled Ponderosa pine forest. If you are not quite ready for a half, have fun with the 5k which goes through the amazing western themed town of Sisters. The finish line includes a gourmet cocktail, great food and music. Half marathon finishers receive a cool tee and commemorative belt buckle. 5K finishers receive race socks and cool swag.
Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) invites you to celebrate the release of their 2019 Wild Desert Calendar at the Deschutes Brewery Public House. Come meet the photographers featured in the 2019 calendar and enjoy a First Friday filled with food, drink, and photographs from local artists and community members. Images will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all.
The Tower Theater invites you to The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, presenting the original music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen before. Experience all of your favorite hits along with deep tracks accompanied by the iconic psychedelic images and visuals that are the band’s hallmark. Driven by cutting-edge effects, full-color lasers, Hi-Def multi-screen video projection, concert quality sound and lighting effects, audiences are surrounded in an array of visual displays, choreographed to the original Pink Floyd master recordings. The perfect show for classic rock fans young and old, The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular combines the music you’ve loved for years with today’s most advanced entertainment technology to create a rich, lush, sensory experience not to be missed!
Families will thrill, laugh and possibly vanish from sight at a magic spectacular like no other. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with an incredible night of magic – at the Halloween spectacular Haunted Illusions! There will be tons of tricks and more than a few treats. You and your entire family will be captivated with dazzling spells, uproarious comedy and audience participation that gets all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins into the act!
David Caserta is one of the top touring illusionists in the country. As seen on NBC’s, America’s Got Talent, David invents and performs many original illusions that you will not see anywhere else. Incredible state of the art lighting featuring over 16 moving lights, themed music soundtrack, pyro smoke effects, and only the best and latest in illusion technology, this is a magic spectacular like nothing else on tour today!
Join Rachel Zoller for a weekend of mycology and mushroom hunting at Suttle Lodge. This class will begin on Friday evening, with a lesson, conversation and communal dinner prepared by the chefs at Suttle Lodge. Saturday will be spent in the forests surrounding the lodge, exploring, harvesting and learning together. The Workshop is open to first-time foragers as well as more experienced mushroom enthusiasts. Call Suttle Lodge directly for info about the meals and workshop.
BendBroadband’s enormously popular “Jazz at the Oxford” series returns for its 9th year. This event brings talented musicians to Bend’s first and only luxury boutique hotel – The Oxford, right in the heart of downtown Bend. The first event in this series will feature Lee Ritenour with three performances October 19-20. “Lee Ritenour’s diverse music became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists including Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Simon & Garfunkel. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and the Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, Lee’s 40 year storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration, Harlequin, with Dave Grusin, 17 Grammy nominations, numerous #1 spots on guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC.”
Join this tour if you dare ! Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend is returning October 12th & 13th. Deschutes Historical Museum will conduct 12 one-hour tours each night between 4pm and 7:30. This is family fun at its best ! Bring a flashlight, comfortable walking shoes and your nerve as the tour guides lead you through the streets of downtown Bend sharing stories from Bend’s past, with a “pinch of the paranormal” thrown in. Museum admission is included with your tour price.
BendFilm celebrates 15 years of bringing independent film to Bend. For 4 days in October, Bend will be transformed into a small town fascinated by film. Enjoy the work of the most talented independent filmmakers at sites all over Bend. This event takes place in downtown theaters, lecture sites, music rooms and party venues. Check out the BendFilm website for event information and passes.
Bring the kids to the museum to experience “harvesting”. The Miller family has been tending to their garden all summer and needs your help to prepare for winter. Dig and clean potatoes to store in the root cellar, press fresh apples into cider and even pickle some eggs. Help make sure the Millers are stocked with the necessities for the changing seasons. Harvest Fest is free with museum admission.
Come see where epic adventure and environmental advocacy meet at the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Join us for an evening of short films showcasing our earth’s natural wonders, feats of courage and athleticism, and the amazing stories of activists working to protect our environment. Catch one of two screenings at either 3:30 or 7:00 pm. Come for the films, stay for the raffle with amazing prizes from Patagonia and more! All proceeds benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s efforts to protect, defend, and restore Oregon’s high desert.