“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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For the first time ever in Central Oregon – The Famous VENARDOS CIRCUS is a unique Broadway-style Circus coming to the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond Oregon, June 13th – June 23rd. Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class animal-free circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format dubbed “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” With only one week in town, the shows are expected to completely sell out online. Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, but one that has been reinvented for the next generation. With an amazing assortment of aerialists, acrobats, juggling, balancing, comedy, dare-deviltry, magic, musical production and MUCH more, this amazing (animal free) Circus experience will truly delight adults and kids of all ages.
Art In The Park happens in Sisters, OR on rodeo weekend Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. This event has been going on in Sisters for 15 years, featuring a variety of arts, crafts, food, entertainment and a special fundraiser benefiting The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon.
Cascades Theatrical Company invites you to enjoy the musical “She Loves Me.” This highly entertaining play will run on weekends from June 6th through June 30th. Friday and Sat. evening shows start at 7:30 and Sundays will be a 2pm matinee. Check out a short synopsis of this play online.
Welcome to the 79th Annual Sisters Rodeo. This Central Oregon tradition is rightfully tagged the “Biggest Little Show In The World”. There will be four rodeo performances – Friday night at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm. There will also be a rodeo parade Saturday morning through downtown Sisters, a Buckaroo Breakfast on Sunday and Cowboy Church Service. The ever-popular and entertaining, J.J. Harrison, returns as rodeo clown. The world-renowned One-Armed Bandit will be featured entertainment. John Payne, the One Arm Bandit, has won the national Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Specialty Act of the Year twelve times. There is just nothing else like this performance, an unbelievable display of communication between a man and his animals. Wherever he performs, he steals the show. Check out the schedule of events and buy tickets online.
Treat yourself to a “feel good” night of uplifting humor with JP Sears. JP has accumulated over 300 million video views and brilliantly adapts that material to the stage for his LIVE stand up comedy show! Heavy on the satire, JP slices through the nuances of the new age community, self-help movement, health practices, and his own life that’ll have you laughing at yourself while feeling inspired to live your best life. PG-13
Mt Bachelor invites you to celebrate a fantastic 2018-19 winter season with their Sunchaser Spring Finale Weekend. This event takes place the last weekend in May. A MOST favorite event will take place on Sunday – The Pond Skim Championships…you can’t miss this !!! All kinds of things happen when you mix skis, snowboards, costumes, crazies and water…Check out Mt. Bachelor’s website for more details….
“Do What Makes You Happy!” is the slogan for the Happy Girls Run, so you know you’re in for a treat. Happy Girls Run brings together women of all levels of fitness and achievement for races that are nothing short of life-changing for many runners. Featuring various distances (Half Marathon, 10k & 5k), there’s a perfect length for everyone. Bring the little ones to our Happy Girls Bend event to run in the Happy Little Kids Run, a part of the Kids Rock the Races Series! One of the most beautiful courses you’ll ever experience! Grab your bestie and take in the beauty of the Deschutes River as you embark on a tour of Bend that winds through the heart of the Old Mill District, through downtown, along the northern river canyon and finishes in River Bend Park. A mix of trails with some road sections, the course is well-marked with inspiring signs for optimal woman power.
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. Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 24 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407. Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.
ONDA invites you to celebrate the 10th year of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness by exploring the surrounding area on a family adventure with author Wendy Gorton of 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington (a National Outdoor Book Award prizewinner)! We’ll explore one of the hiking routes and scavenger hunts from her book — kids will receive their own nature journal, learn how to stop and try to identify species, do nature photography with camera phones, and “power up” by stopping at switchbacks and playing nature games. Difficulty: Moderate. At 2.8 miles round trip with 566 feet elevation gain, this is considered a challenging hike for little ones but very do-able with plenty of stops and water! Bring layers, water, a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit and any other items your child needs to have a good time outdoors. Plenty of mid-day snacks will be provided by Newport Avenue Market. Attendees are welcome to pack additional lunches. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. If the trip is filled when you go to register, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist as spaces do open up on these hikes.
The SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle is a signature Bend event and a long standing tradition! This multi-sport event includes Alpine and Cross Country skiing, cycling, running and kayaking. From the slopes of Mt Bachelor to Riverbend Park in Downtown Bend, athletes from all over compete individually or as teams. Check out race info on the SELCO PPP website. The race is produced and a benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic, and personal goals.
Deschutes River Conservancy invites you for a delightful evening of irresistible food, spirits and music. Bid on exclusive adventures and experiences, custom art and other wonderful packages. Give back to our beautiful rivers while exploring the stunning event space at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon off Skyliner Road in Bend. This event takes place the second Saturday in May. Coyote Willow’s exciting combination of cello, guitar and rich vocals beg in the evening at 5:30. All proceeds from the event support the DRC’s mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. Proxy bids are allowed.
ONDA presents this hiking opportunity – Smith Rock Revealed. On Friday, May 10th, join former Oregon State Park interpretive ranger, OSU Master Naturalist and ONDA member David Vick for an in-depth look at Smith Rock State Park’s rich cultural and natural history. In addition to viewing nesting raptors, the hike will emphasize native plants and their traditional uses as well as the dramatic geological events that shaped the park as we know it today. Difficulty: Moderate – about 2.5 miles up the Wolf Tree Trail (5 miles round trip). The hike is steep and rocky in places, with moderate elevation gain coming back out of the canyon. Some hikers find the use of poles or walking sticks useful for balancing on steeper sections of the trail. Space is limited so register online. Lunch is included, thanks to Jackson’s Corner!
10 Barrel’s Snow Beach is BACK at Mt Bachelor! Celebrate Spring Break with a little live music and games on the snow! There will be giant jenga, giant cornhole, polish horseshoes, snow croquet, and more. We’ll also have some delicious food and beers being served on the snow outside of West Village Lodge from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Broomsmen will be around to help make this event ‘Zero-Waste’. We will only have items that are recyclable, compostable, or reusable available at this event. Bring your own cup!
May the 4th Be With You! Join us while we run along the beautiful Dry Canyon in the heart of Central Oregon for Run 4 Recovery’s 7th annual fundraiser for the Redmond Alano Club. 5K/10K/Kid’s Fun Run. Race starts at 9am. FREE Kid’s Fun Run at 10am. Star Wars toys and costumes welcome! Silent Auction Fundraiser.