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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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, Children’s Museum and more… Celebrate the Harvest at the Bend Fall Festival.
The First Annual Lark Run Bend – Day Stage Trail Running Event Join us for 3 days of thrilling trail runs, amazing food, music, movies, and guest speakers, surrounded by friends new and old. Stay at the newly renovated LOGE Entrada and enjoy all that Bend has to offer. The overall distance covered will be approximately 50K, spread over 3 days. Course specifics will be released the night before each run – a surprise course format.
Don’t miss this visually stunning and breathtaking performance at The Tower Theater. The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China’s ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today’s generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals such as Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris.
Held at the DD Ranch in Terrebonne, OR, this 3+mile multi-obstacle course will challenge participants in strength, agility and mental fitness. A great opportunity for kids, individuals and teams! The course will be an exciting, challenging and memorable experience for all.
In 2014, exhausted after four years of non-stop touring, the six members of the Head And The Heart pointed their individual compasses to new cities, new relationships and new adventures. After a prolonged layoff, the band regrouped during the summer of 2016 in Stinson Beach, California, to start writing together again. “It almost felt like we were a new band, trying things we hadn’t tried,” bassist Chris Zasche recalls. “We stayed at a bungalow on the beach. We’d wake up, have coffee and go boogie boarding. We were ready and excited to be back together.” That renewed sense of purpose can be felt throughout “Signs Of Light,” the group’s first release for Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), “Signs Of Light” crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the Head And The Heart’s finest work. Throughout, the colors are brighter, the electric guitars are louder and the musical touchstones more universal. The propulsive, smile-inducing ode to Los Angeles “City Of Angels” and the head-nodding “Rhythm & Blues” nod to classic Fleetwood Mac, while the organ-flecked “Dreamer” is a timeless-sounding ballad that could have been beamed straight out of an old jukebox.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Start a team. Join a team. Donate.
Have you always wanted to go to a sunset dinner at Mt. Bachelor during the summer? Or maybe you’ve been and can’t wait to see that view again. Here’s your chance! Tickets are available for the third annual Farm to Fork Dinner and Fundraiser now at My. Bachelor. Join Aperion Management Group and Heart of Oregon Corps at Mt. Bachelor’s iconic Pine Marten Lodge on Sunday, September 9th from early evening through sunset while enjoying farm fresh gourmet food prepared by an incredible local chef, live music, wine, and beautiful views. Your ticket includes: lift ride to and from Pine Marten Lodge, Deschutes Brewery Beer, Humm Kambucha, & Va Piano Wine, Appetizers, Dinner, and Dessert sourced from Local Farms.
Since 1989, the Great Drake Park Duck Race has donated over $1,700,000 to Central Oregon charities. A special presentation will be made to the 2017 Duck Race Beneficiaries: Younity, The Bethlehem Inn, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, The Center Foundation, Grandma’s House, The Community Shower Truck, and DAWNS House The 2018 charities will be announced as well as race and prize details for this summer. This year’s Duck Race is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th starting at 11am at Drake Park with the support of our title sponsors “Credit Unions Working Together”: Mid Oregon Credit Union, First Community Credit Union, OnPoint Community Credit Union, SELCO Community Credit Union, and Oregonians Credit Union. The Kid’s Duck Race will commence at noon presented by Western Title & Escrow, Hutch’s Bicycles, and Bend Parks and Recreation followed by the main race at 1:30pm. Festivities will include live music, food, bounce houses, family activities, prizes and more. Duck Race tickets are on sale now featuring over $29,400 in amazing local prizes – including a $20,000 auto voucher toward the vehicle of the winner’s choice at any Robberson Ford location.
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. Sponsored by the Central Oregon Visitors Association, in partnership with Sunriver Music Festival and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation, Hunter Noack will perform live on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano among the spectacular volcanic cliffs and deep river canyons of Smith Rock State Park. Located in central Oregon’s high desert, Smith Rock State Park offers exceptional rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking experiences.
Redmond’s very own traditional Hawaiian Dancers are back and are always a crowd favorite!
This high energy troop will showcase traditional Hawaiian Island dance and drumming. Lead
by Hawaiian Natives Novelen and Joey Tavita, they bring a true taste of the Islands with
many generations of their family and friends. Come join us as we say Aloha to summer in the
true Hawaiian style.
The Central Oregon Saturday Market is the largest gathering of local artists East of the Cascades since 1974. Open summer Saturdays in Downtown Bend across from the Public Library from 10 AM to 4 PM. We are a free outdoor event with a diverse variety of unique, creative artistry and craftsmanship with food, entertainment and local nonprofit awareness. “Where the Seller is the Maker.”
Back for the fourth straight summer, Mt Bachelor presents the Volcanic Bike & Brew Festival! This year, Race Cascadia will host the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Enduro Race, where athletes will test their biking skills on some of the toughest terrain Mt Bachelor has to offer. This race will serve as a bonus for the Cascadia Dirt Cup and can be used toward CDC series points. Numerous vendors will bring great beer and food, gear to demo, this year’s products for all to enjoy. It’s a great weekend for locals and visiting mountain bike enthusiasts to get away for a weekend! Come out for free bike demos, live music, and vendors, all located in the West Village Base Area. Visit the Beer Garden for brews, your favorite BBQ foods and the best view of the Skills Park all weekend long.
The High Desert Museum brings you another unique Central Oregon experience. Join them on an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on the Museum grounds using echolocator equipment. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp. Members $5, non-members $10. Registration and prepayment required.
Thoroughly Modern Productions presents the enchanting musical “Mary Poppins” which will run for 6 nights at the Tower Theater. Get your tickets early! “One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is now a practically perfect musical! Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft.”
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 16-18. Admission is FREE. For tasting, a one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required. Mugs are $20 and come with 5 tokens. 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.
The Haulin’ Aspen prides itself on being a lot of good things at once. Featuring a 6.5 mile course (dubbed as the “half-as”), a half marathon and full marathon, the race is also a points qualifier in the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series. The cherry on the top is the race is Central Oregon’s only full marathon that’s run on trails — trails that wind through the Wanoga Sno-Park and in and around scenic forestland and beautiful views. There will be a post race celebration with craft beers and scrumptious food.
The Cascade Lakes Relay is a 216.6 mile overnight relay in the style of Hood to Coast. Oregon’s most challenging running relay course 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. If you are looking for the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful course – welcome to the Cascade Lakes Relay! 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!
“Cheers to 99 Years” 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.
Catch the GLOW at Balloons Over Bend NIght Glow. This stunning event takes place at Riverbend Park along the Deschutes River. Sit back and watch as these beautiful balloons are inflated tethered and lit to create a surreal glow in the park.You can get up close and personal without leaving the ground. Food, music and kids activities will be available. Parking is limited so check the website for parking suggestions and arrive 1 to 2 hours early.
Sheryl Crow returns to The Les Schwab Amphitheater on July 25th. This pop star has earned nine Grammys over the span of her career, along with five Platinum albums and more than 35 million album sales. Her single “All I Want To Do” propelled her debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club” to Double Platinum. Gates open at 5:30.
The 5th Annual Sunriver Antique and Classic Car Show presented by the Village Bar & Grill is returning to the Village at Sunriver. If you are a lover of cars or a car owner, this is an event you do not want to miss. Whether you have a 1920’s Model T or a 1970’s Muscle Car, polish up your car and come join the fun. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. This is a FREE event for spectators with FREE Live Music!
The wine event of Central Oregon is back! Cork & Barrel is a three-day fundraising series of events focusing on food, wine, and philanthropy. All revenue generated at Cork & Barrel directly benefits KIDS Center. Each year Cork & Barrel brings a different and unique wine region to Central Oregon. This year we are proud to feature the wines of Sonoma County! There’s something for everyone during these three days of events. From the intimate Winemaker Dinners, to A Sip of Cork & Barrel where you can mingle with winemakers and meet local and regional guest chefs, to the Grand Cru gala fundraising event with a 5-course dinner and Central Oregon’s best live auction…you don’t want to miss it!