Don’t miss the ultimate feel good show – Mamma Mia! This live production by TMP will be playing eight performances at the Tower Theater. 65 million people around the world have fallen in love with the music and story that make Mamma Mia. Get your tickets early – they will sell out fast.
Join us on Sept 20 & 21, 2019 for Downtown Bend’s largest fundraiser, Bend Oktoberfest. The event is free to attend, but we suggest you pre-purchase your steins and tokens to skip the line (link below). Bend Oktoberfest is the most engaging festival of the year, and the ONLY festival where 100% of the funds raised go directly back into Downtown Bend! Enjoy numerous feats of strength and silly games, live music, great food and lots of local beer! Bring the entire family to enjoy the wiener dog races, stein hold competition, tricycle races, a bratwurst toss, a yodeling contest, costume contest, and more!
The 2019 Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, presented and managed by Sunriver Resort, is the driving force for championship-caliber amateur golf in the West. This prestigious annual event will celebrate its 23rd year during the final week of September and we hope you will join us. The PacAm is a three-day, 54-hole stroke-play tournament, culminating in playoff competition at Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Golf Course.
Teton Gravity Research kicks off winter with their fantastic film “Winterland” at the Tower Theater Sept. 28th. There will be 3 showings – a matinee at 3:30, early evening at 6:15 and the late show at 9:00pm. Come celebrate the ski and snowboard culture. There will be tons of prizes from TGR’s partners at Atomic, Volkl, The North Face and more. Plus, everyone in attendance will have a shot at the tour grand prizes – including trips to Sierra Nevada’s beer camp in California (21+ only), TGR’s hometown Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and more.
Bettye LaVette is a Motown hero and Legend Winner. Her songs have placed in the R&B Top 20 and she has won numerous music awards throughout the years including Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer and Best Soul Blues Female Artist. Don’t miss this R&B legend at the Tower Theater Oct. 1st.
The legendary Robert Plant will return to the Les Schwab Amphitheater on Oct. 3rd. The former Led Zeppelin singer will be joined by the Sensational Space Shifters and bluegrass singer-songwriter, Lillie Mae. Doors open at 5:30, concert begins at 6:30. This concert allows low-profile chairs. Reusable water bottles/canteens and Take Note Initiative Silipints. Strollers. Personal umbrellas, phones, backpacks, binoculars and personal cameras without detachable lenses.
The Bend Fall Festival is a family-friendly event to remember. This beloved Bend tradition has something for everyone! Pumpkin painting, gourmet food and wine, the Harvest Market, Family Fun Street, live music and more! You can enjoy three days of rock, jam, Americana music. Shop for seasonal local produce and handcrafted food products. Stroll through over 100 vendors offering handmade and artisan creations. “The Souk” is a unique market featuring items from all over the world. Fantastic food carts will be joined by beer, craft cocktail or seasonal cider vendors. Plus, there will be an entire street of Gourmet Food & Wine. Another street will be dedicated to family fun with pumpkin painting, jump houses, Childrens’ Museum and more. Celebrate the Harvest at the Bend Fall Festival.
Jake Shimabukuro is a must see! This humble young man from Hawaii has taken the music world by storm as an instrumental marvel. He has played with world renowned orchestras, the country’s top music festivals and has even performed for the Queen. In addition, he has topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. Don’t miss his live performance at The Tower on Oct. 9th at 7pm.
BendFilm celebrates 16 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. BendFilm Festival has been designated as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World” by leading film trade MovieMaker Magazine.
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe has the ultimate opportunity for you to become a developed whitewater kayaker. The Lower Deschutes Whitewater Camp is a multi-day adventure on the Lower Deschutes. This camp is for the intermediate paddler looking to gain experience. You will paddle up to class III+/IV on this trip (with guides) so it is important to have some experience coming in. In addition to great whitewater, you will be blown away by the Tumalo Creek signature meals. This is one unforgettable camp!
There is no question that fall colors are a force to be reckoned with in Central Oregon, and Bend Photo Tours can show you the best places to find those epic colors! Join them for an awesome day along the McKenzie Pass where we will stop by some waterfalls, trek along the river and take in all the stunning leaf changes!
Don’t miss this incredibly unique entertainment experience!! The classic horror silent film, Nosferatu will be shown as it was in the 1920’s – with a 13 piece orchestra playing the original scores. Nosferatu is considered one of the most foreboding and influential horror films in the history of cinema. Travel back to the roaring 20s and see Nosferatu as it would have been screened originally, with its hauntingly beautiful authentic musical score, in this performance perfect for music and film fans alike! Showing at The Tower Theater on Oct 28th at 7:30.
Celebrate all things slightly spooky at the Old Mill District Halloween Party! This family friendly block party is a full-on Halloween celebration with the annual pet costume party, hot cider samples, arts and crafts and of course, treats handed out by stores and restaurants. This a safe, fun, free of charge event that the entire family can enjoy! Oct. 31 4pm-7pm.
Outdoor City USA, a multi-sport event featuring biking, running, hiking, and climbing activities and competitions for all ages and abilities, is set to descend on Mt. Bachelor Sept. 13-15. This family-friendly event has something in store for all outdoor enthusiasts, supported by a variety of vendors and exhibitors showcasing the newest in outdoor equipment. In addition to cyclocross and mountain bike races, to skills clinics, to group rides, runs, hikes and climbs, Outdoor City USA will feature plenty of music, food, and beverages, and a signature Saturday evening mid-mountain party at Mt. Bachelor’s Pine Marten Lodge.
The most entertaining event of the year has returned! How well do you know Bend? Find out in this citywide scavenger hunt! Participants will have 25 destinations all around the city. The locations will include well known landmarks, local businesses, and the lesser-known eccentricities of the city. The first individual or group (no more than 4) to complete this task with the most points or by finding ALL locations will be this year’s ultimate scavenger champion and win a cash prize!
Stop by each gallery in the Old Mill District during the First Friday Gallery Walk on every first Friday of the month year-round. New exhibitions open each month and are on view for the entire month. Enjoy incredible art and the talented working artists in the varied galleries. Music and libations will be available.
Don’t miss the inaugural year of the Cascadia Adventure Film Festival. Come and celebrate the adventures that push limits and help forge a deeper connection to the natural world. This film festival will showcase influential films that highlight the adventurous spirit. You will be inspired by human-powered exploration and the values that keep the wilderness wild. The mission of the Cascadia Adventure Film Festival is: “To bring you films and experiences from the Cascades and beyond, to enhance your appreciation for outdoor adventures, help you discover new places to explore, and inspire a sense of community for those who love to share and preserve the outdoors.”
Imagine floating on a kayak or canoe through a completely undeveloped, pristine and aqua-blue section of river in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. Paddling among lava flows stretching to Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater National Monument, Aspen groves, tranquil lagoons and side channels. Tumalo Creek’s Half-Day Deschutes River Tour is the perfect mini-adventure for visitors who want to fit in another activity in the afternoon. The Half-Day Deschutes River Kayak Tour is suggested as a relaxing outing for visitors and locals of all ages and skill levels.
Art In the High Desert is Central Oregon’s Premier Juried Fine Art & Craft Show and Sale. Over 120 acclaimed artists selected from across North America will be on the banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. Come stroll through some of the most unique art in the country right here in Bend on the weekend of August 23 through 25. The Show will be open 10-6pm on Friday and Saturday and 10-4pm on Sunday.
Beer lovers rejoice! The Bend Brewfest is back with over 200+ craft beers plus cider and wine. This outdoor festival is held at The Les Schwab Amphitheater August 15-17 Admission is FREE. For tasting, a one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required. Mugs are $20 and come with 5 tokens. Mugs from previous years are not accepted. Additional tokens are sold in packs of five for $5. Each 4 oz pour is one token, full beers are 4 tokens. X-Tap beers are 2 tokens for 4 oz. Tokens are non-refundable. You may not use mugs from previous years. In addition to the best craft beer ever, fabulous food vendors will be available. Check out the Bend Brewfest website for a Guide to all the brews that will be available for tasting.
Haulin Aspen is a “Lot of Good Things At Once”. This race is Central Oregon’s only full trail marathon. It was named in “Runners Goals” as “Best Marathon in Oregon!” This event features a 6.5 mile course (dubbed as “half-as”), a half marathon and full marathon race – all on the beautiful trails of Central Oregon. The course winds through Winoga Snow Park at 5,500 feet through incredible forests with spectacular views. The race is a points qualifier for Trail Runner Magazine’s Trophy Series and boasts a top medical team on site. There will be a post race celebration with scrumptious food and craft beers. All of this and… it benefits the Bend Endurance Academy.
Join High Desert Museum staff on an exciting evening expedition in search of bats. You will walk through the museum grounds using echolocator equipment to help find these elusive creatures. Bring weather appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp for this after hours exploration. Registration and pre-payment are required.
Play Ball! Come out to Vince Genna Stadium and support your local Bend Elks Baseball Team. Nothing says “summer” like a hometown baseball game complete with hot dogs, mascot and other fun activities. August 3, 4 & 5 The Elks will host Kelowna and August 6, 7 & 8 they will host Portland. Established in 2005 and located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the premier summer collegiate baseball circuit west of the Mississippi showcases top collegiate baseball players from across North America in 11 markets throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada. All home games start at 6:35pm, except Sunday games which start at 5:05pm. Gates open 1 hour before the game starts.
Cascade Lakes Relay is Oregon’s most challenging running relay course. It starts in the Cascade Mountains at Diamond Lake Resort, travels through the Oregon Outback and rural agricultural country, and winds back to the Cascade Lakes Highway, around Mt. Bachelor and into the resort community of Bend. You’ll see more cows than semi-trucks and smell pine trees instead of exhaust. If you are seeking an adventure where you can push your limits and rediscover your senses, then this is the event for you and your team.
Every Thursday, July 12th – August 16th in Drake Park. The evening kicks off at 5:30pm with live music. Don’t worry you’ll have time in between the opening and headliner acts to grab some delicious grub from one of the many food trucks and vendors or sip on a Deschutes Brew to quench your summer time thirst while you browse local artisans and craftspeople’s booths. Kids will love the family fun area complete with bouncy houses to wear off a bit of Thursday night energy!
“One Hundred Years of Fun Since Day One” is the theme of the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo. This is one of the best fairs in the entire country. Don’t miss the incredible entertainment lineup. The kids will love “familyville” with thrilling carnival rides. The rodeo is an NPRA sanctioned event with world-class cowboy/cowgirl and livestock talent. Enjoy live stage shows throughout the day and headliner concerts at night.
IN A LANDSCAPE with Hunter Noack will be returning to beautiful outdoor locations in Central Oregon this summer. July 21st this incredible concert takes place on Mt Bachelor. Don’t miss this MOST unique event. Tickets go on sale in April. “IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. We bring a 9-foot Steinway grand piano to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted to the concert-goers via wireless headphones. No longer confined to seats, they can explore the landscape, wander through secret glens, lie in sunny meadows, and roam old growth forests.”
The Deschutes Dash is a multi-sport event that benefits the Deschutes River Conservancy. The unique down river swim in the Deschutes river makes the swim fast and fun. The bike course is a local’s favorite, as it heads up the Cascade Lakes Highway, and the run meanders along the banks of the Deschutes River before heading onto hardpack trail and pavement. The Deschutes Dash is a USAT sanctioned event.
The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is THE Largest Outdoor Quilt Show in the World! Always held on the 2nd Saturday in July, this event transforms the town of Sisters into a rainbow of fiber art. Stroll the streets of beautiful downtown Sisters where over 1400 quilts hang from the establishments. This event is free. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is a non-profit whose “mission is to educate the public about the art, skill, and heritage of traditional and contemporary quilts and fiber arts, while enhancing the cultural vitality of the community of Sisters and Central Oregon.”
The COBA Tour of Homes is approximately 40-60 new construction homes built by some of the most prominent builders in Central Oregon. They are able to display their beautiful craftsmanship, landscaping, design while educating the public on the latest building trends and provides a community forum for the housing industry as a whole. Tours occur on the weekends.
The Bend Summer Festival is a weekend like no other! This event turns the streets of downtown Bend into one big party. The festival features fine food and libations, talented artists, three stages of first-class blues, rock and jazz from Central Oregon and across the nation. There will be over 23 bands performing over the weekend. The Oregrown Mainstage will showcase local and national acts, the Cascade Sotheby’s Jazz Food & Wine Stage will showcase some of the best blues, jazz and rock from across the U.S. and the Locals Only Stage will showcase local Central Oregon musicians. There will also be a kids area with bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon animals and fun educational activities. The Bend Business Showcase will boast more than 50 exhibitors from the areas of outdoor sports and recreation, home and nature, healing and wellness and home energy conservation. Minnesota Street becomes the hub for gourmet artisans from across the Pacific NW. Come sip, graze and absorb the best free live jazz with world-class wines, salts, oils, spices, exotic prepared food and more. The Fine Art Promenade will feature more than 150 booths showcasing carpentry, fine art, creative goods and more. The Souk is a world market bazaar featuring goods from outside Oregon that reflect the values and lifestyles of Central Oregonians at large.
Every Thursday, July 12th – August 16th in Drake Park. The evening kicks off at 5:30pm with live music. Don’t worry you’ll have time in between the opening and headliner acts to grab some delicious grub from one of the many food trucks and vendors or sip on a Deschutes Brew to quench your summer time thirst while you browse local artisans and crafts people’s booths. Kids will love the family fun area complete with bouncy houses to wear off a bit of Thursday night energy!
Join us for a Bend tradition dating back to 1932 – a July 4th filled with old fashioned fun, food and festivities brought to you by Bend Park & Recreation District. The day begins with a pancake breakfast and the ever-popular Pet Parade, where dogs, wagons, bicycles and stuffed animal walk the 1.5-mile parade through downtown Bend, Oregon. After the Pet Parade, residents head over to Drake Park to enjoy live music, local artisans’ crafts, food carts and FREE old-fashioned fun and games for the kiddos and kids at heart. Start out your day’s festivities at 10 am with the Pet Parade through downtown Bend then follow up with the Old-Fashioned July 4th Festival in Drake Park from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Out Central Oregon presents the first ever Pride 5K Run/Walk in Bend celebrating inclusivity and expanding on the Central Oregon Pride Festival. June 22nd events include: 5K festive course, followed by a Drag Dash (a short 100-200 meter ‘dash’ of fun and silliness), Spirit awards for Costumes, and finishes with raffles of awesome prizes donated by many of our super cool local sponsors!
Named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, The Roots are the official house band on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday- Friday. Having previously released 12 projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6:30pm.
La Pine invites you to the one and only Rhubarb Festival in Oregon! This all-day affair features rock and roll, hip hop, bluegrass and country music throughout the day. Food and drinks on site plus a Rhubarb Beer and Wine Garden. Vendors will also be displaying antiques, collectibles, wood and fabric crafts, jewelry, garden art, plants, spices, candies, soaps. You will be amazed and delighted at the homemade rhubarb pies, jellies, salsa’s, BBQ sauce – all things rhubarb!
Foodies Rejoice! Celebrate the local flavor of Central Oregon during the region’s largest food festival. The Bite of Bend is a three-day food party on the streets of downtown Bend! Bringing together chefs, bartenders, brewers, food enthusiasts, home cooks, and local purveyors. Last year, the Bite of Bend showcased over 40 food vendors from around the region. New this year — Mixology Week! There will also be the Beer Run 5k through Drake Park and the kiddos will love the Little Hopper Root Beer Fun Run for 3-10yrs. Add the Top Chef competition, the Mixology Showcase, fabulous live music, the Marketplace, the Conscious Living Showcase and there is something for everyone!