Festivals & Events
Cricket Daniel's Fall Comedy
Cricket Daniel’s next comedy scheduled for select days September 23-October 9. Look for details on the play later this summer at 2nd Street Theater.
Bend Fall Festival
Bend Fall Festival happening on the streets of downtown Bend on September 30-October 2. Check back for more information.
Brian Culbertson on September 27.
A Chorus Line is a complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly drama with performances at the Tower Theatre on select dates September 16-25. Original Broadway costumes designed by Tony Award winner.
Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra on October 4.
Rita Moreno: Pairing an Evening of Story with Song makes her central Oregon debut on October 18. Rita Moreno holds the coveted EGOT title having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award over her full career that includes her early roles in West Side Story, The King and I and Singin’ In The Rain. The evening will feature some of Rita’s favorites from Broadway classics, swing and jazz and selections from her new Spanish album.
A Tsunami of Sound The TaikoProject is an ensemble of premier taiko drummers performing on October 22. Their exhilarating and explosive concerts of percussion power and amazing precision artfully blends music, theater, choreography and costumes.
An Evening with David Sedaris With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. NPR Humorist and master of satire David Sedaris is coming to the Bend on November 10.
Tickets and the full list of events at Tower Theatre.
Jazz at Joe’s
Jazz at Joe's performances at Cascades Theatre presents Bob Sheppard Quartet on October 1. See the full lineup at Jazz at Joe's.
The Met Opera: Live in HD
The Met: Live in HD brings world class opera to movie theaters nationwide. Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience the excitement of opera, captured live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. The 2016-2017 season of The Met: Live in HD kicks off on October 8 with Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde followed by Mozart’s Don Giovanni on October 22.
The annual BendFilm Festival runs October 6-9. A celebration of independent film at numerous locations in Bend including Regal Cinemas, Tower Theatre, McMenamin's Old St. Francis, Oxford Hotel, Volcanic Theatre Pub and Tin Pan Theater.
Deschutes Historical Museum
Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski Heritage Explore the heritage of Oregon’s Nordic ski traditions. From its prehistoric origins in Scandinavia, Nordic ski culture followed immigrants to Oregon, where they built new lives that included blazing new trails, forming ski clubs, hosting competitions and teaching new generations to love skiing.The exhibition includes artifacts from museums and private collections around the state as well as international loans. Artifacts covering 100 years of skiing in both Scandinavia and Oregon, including a pair of hand carved skis from Norway. There will be replica clothing and ski equipment from the 19th century as well gear and clothing of skiers today.
The exhibition will mark the 85th anniversary of Emil Nordeen’s
seminal Ft. Klamath to Crater Lake endurance win in 1931 and includes
Nordeen’s silver trophy on loan from Sweden. On view March 11 -November
2016 at the Deschutes Historical Museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm.
High Desert Museum
Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression The Works Progress Administration (WPA) employed millions of unemployed Americans, including artists, musicians and writers, during the Great Depression. The Hoover Dam, Timberline Lodge and LaGuardia Airport are all iconic WPA projects and over 100,000 works of art were also created.
In the spirit of the WPA, three artists (Marie Watt, David Willis and Allan McCollum) have been commissioned to create original works that will be part of the exhibition. Partnerships on programming includes, Central Oregon Symphony, Tower Theatre and Deschutes Public Library. On view through October 2.
Wildlife programs—porcupines, otters, reptiles, a bobcat—meet them all up close. Raptors of the Desert Sky—hawks, owls and other raptors—soar overhead. Living History Step back into 1904 and join the Miller Family tending the garden and working the saw mill. Visit the High Desert Museum for more information.
High Desert Chamber Music Concert Series
Featuring Frank Almond Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond follow up recording to “A Violin’s Life – the Lipinski Stradivarius” was recently completed. Crafted in 1715, this year marks the 300th anniversary of the instrument. Almond’s performance kicks off High Desert Chmaber Music's ninth season on September 30. Aviara Trio, a piano, violin and cello trio featuring members of the Pacific Symphony and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performing on November 4. The 9th Annual Gala performance on November 19.
Orloff/Walz Duo with cellist John Walz and pianist Edith Orloff on January 13. Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic will perform as Martin Chalifour & Friends as a piano trio with pianist Timothy Durkovic and cellist Antonio Lysy on February 14. Duo Diez, a London based guitar and violin duo with Spanish, Argentine and Latin American music on March 31. Crown City String Quartet on May 19-20.
Central Oregon Symphony
The Central Oregon Symphony 50th Anniversary event on September 25. The Pacific Coast Horns will headline the event with jazz, ragtime, big band and Broadway selections. The Bistro Party event also marks the 20th anniversary of Maestro Michael Gesme, conductor.
In The Next Room
This comedy centers on a doctor and his young and curious wife. His new therapy hysterically affects their entire household. A powerful and hilarious tribute to women utilizing historical experience and perspective. Sarah Ruhl received a Tony nomination for this inspiring play. Select dates October 7-22 at Cascade Theatrical Co.
October is Tenth Month
October is a wall-to-wall series of independently organized events exploring art, culture, film, tech, and business. October is Bend’s best-kept secret. October is not the time to hibernate. Create your own conference agenda at Tenth Month Bend.
Swivel Digital Marketing Conference
The Swivel Digital + Creative Conference is more than a meet-up, a conference, or an event. Attracting some of the country’s most dynamic speakers and innovative thinkers, Swivel invites attendees to explore the world of digital marketing, social media, SEO and creativity every October. Be Moved. Get Moving. And Swivel. Swivel runs October 10-11.
Bend Venture Conference
Bend Venture Conference is the largest angel conference in the Pacific Northwest and is known for connecting early stage companies and entrepreneurs with investment and mentors. Hosted by Economic Development of Central Oregon on October 13-14, this annual event includes attendees, investors and companies with the possibility of one million in investments and services awarded to multiple companies.
Bend Design Conference
Bend Design Conference is a series of conversations, workshops, tours and exhibits by and for creative innovators everywhere. Bend Design Conference by Scalehouse on Thursday-Friday, October 20-21 for creative thinkers, innovators and disrupters everywhere.
In its second year, Bend Design Conference is evolving beyond the lecture format to an interactive dialogue to inspiring and equipping future creative leaders. Attendees can expect to further the ideas they came with, make connections with new mentors and co-conspirators, and emerge ready to design the future. A conference for all of us curious about how design can interpret, connect and shape our world.
Deschutes Public LibraryThe Deschutes Public Library Foundation presents a stellar line-up of authors for the 2016-2017 season. Tickets and more information at Deschutes Public Library Foundation.
Katherine Boo on October 18. Katherine Boo won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. She is also a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for the New York Times.
Dave Eggers on January 19. Dave Eggers is the author of ten books. A Hologram for the King was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001 for his best-selling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
Anthony Doerr on February 24. Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize.
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on April 10. Dr. Mukherjee won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. His latest work is THE GENE: An Intimate History. Dr. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher.
Poe’s Midnight Dreary
An All Aspect Teen Theatre Production happening October 27 -29 at Cascades Theatrical Co. Edgar Allen Poe's life works are hauntingly dramatized in this play. The story is cleverly told through Poe’s master's works and the numerous stories are threaded together with the events of Poe's life as he deliriously remembers them on an anonymous deathbed in a Baltimore Hospital.
The comedy genius Mel Brooks adaptation of his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage production. Select dates October 28-November 12. Stage Right Productions at 2nd Street Theatre.
TEDxBendWomen is happening Saturday, October 29 at the COCC Redmond Tech Center. More information available soon at TEDxBendWomen and TEDxBend. This year's theme is Time for What Matters. TEDxBend Women is a independently organized TED event.
Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program
Ukiyo-e: Japanese Pop Culture and The Floating World During the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan, the rising middle class favored a new art form—woodblock prints. Ukiyo-e, or ‘pictures of the Floating World’, was the pop culture of the day, depicting urban life — including the world of kabuki actors, beautiful courtesans, dramatic and heartbreaking tales, and famous sites popularized by the mania for travel. Dr. Ann Wetherell discusses and explores the social and political context of Japanese woodblock print spanning three centuries on Tuesday, October 11. This program complements the current exhibition on display at A6, Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints.
Bridging Differences in a New Culture: An Immigrant’s Journey An evening with award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Friday, November 4. Divakaruni will speak on how her emigration from India to the United States turned her into a writer as she tried to make sense of the very different world in which she found herself. She will share her immigrant experience through the themes found in her books: loneliness, the desire to conform, the excitement of a new country, acts of racism, loss of family, and new possibilities as a woman.
Tickets and more information at Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program. Both lectures at Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center at COCC.
National Theatre Live Encores
A selection of NTL broadcasts return to cinemas in 2016. Frankenstein with Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch on October 25. Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch on November 15. Tickets to National Theatre Live events through Fathom Events.
Jazz at the Oxford
The 7th annual Jazz at the Oxford series kicks off on October 21-22 with drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. Unique jazz duo Tuck & Patti on November 18–19. The Bad Plus a pop-and rock-influenced jazz trio on January 13–14. Dynamic jazz with the Brubeck Brother Quartet on February 10-11. Sara Gazarek with New West Guitar Group on March 17-18.
An amazing collection of jazz musicians coming to the Oxford Hotel for the 2016-2017 season.
Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz Series
This new series kicks off with the Mel Brown Septet on October 28-29. Benny Green trio on November 18-19. Alan Sextet featuring Nicole Glover on December 23-24. Tierney Sutton Band on January 13-14. Yellowjackets on February 17-18. King Louie's Portland Blues review featuring Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele and Lisa Mann on March 17-18. Ravi Coltrane Quintet on April 14-15. Visit Riverhouse Jazz Series for tickets and more information.
Caldera Open Studios
Caldera’s Artist Open Studio series. Open Studios offers an opportunity to meet professional visual, literary and performing artists selected for month-long residencies from South Carolina, Michigan, Texas, Oregon and Bogota, Colombia.
Many 2016 Artists in Residents will share their work through workshops and presentations to Caldera youth in Bend, Redmond, Warm Springs, Madras, Sisters, Terrebonne and Portland. Caldera is located past Sisters, Saturdays from 1-3pm.
Bend Senior Games
Athletes ages 50 and older can compete in one of the sixteen sports including archery, badminton, bowling, cycling, golf, racquetball, pickelball and more sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) in Bend.
4 Peaks Music Festival
Live music festival and overnight camping at the 4 Peaks Music Festival.
Bite of Bend
The Bite of Bend takes over the streets of downtown Bend. This event includes a Top Chef competition and a Northwest Spirits & Mixology Show with local chefs and bartenders. Great music throughout the day Friday-Sunday. Weekend festivities offer live music, many local food vendors, a kid’s play area and a marketplace with samples of fresh fabulous foods.
Subaru Outside Games
Events happen in late June and include Summer Bouldering, J.D. Platt's Freestyle Paddleboard, Bouldering Competition, Smash Mouth Concert at the Century Center, Yoga in the Park, J.D. Platt's K9 Kings Flying Dog Show, Bend Paddleboard Challenge, National Guard Climbing Wall, Kayak Race on the Deschutes, Slackline Demos & Clinics, Mountain Bike Stunt Show and more. Visit Subaru Outside Games for dates and details.
Bend Summer Festival
Bend Summer Festival takes over the streets of downtown Bend each July. Enjoy art booths, food vendors, live music, kids activities and much more. Visit C3 Events for more information.
Quilts in the Old Mill District
Twenty shops and restaurants in the Old Mill District will showcase quilts made by talented Central Oregon quilters. A self guided walking tour of quilts on display. Quilt Walk brochures available at the Ticket Mill and participating businesses in the Old Mill District in July.
Around the Block Quilt Walk includes over 100 quilts on display in Sisters and Black Butte Ranch during the entire month of July. The Old Mill District proudly displays quilts as an extension of the Around the Block Quilt Walk showcasing quilts in Bend. The world famous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is on July in Sisters, Oregon.
Cascade Cycling Classic
The 37th annual Cascade Cycling Classic happenings each July. The spectator friendly Twilight Downtown Criterium is on Saturday.
Newberry Festival in La Pine each July with live music, art, camping, yoga, vendors and more. A benefit for Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Balloons Over Bend, Night Glow and Children’s Festival
Balloons Over Bend will be Friday-Sunday at Jewell Elementary each July. The hot air balloons launch each morning at 6am. Night Glow is on Friday evening at dusk in Riverbend Park where colorful hot air balloons glow brightly against the night sky.
The Children’s Festival happens in Riverbend Park on Saturday, with activities, crafts, educational opportunities, face painting, rock climbing, bouncy houses, water toys and numerous game booths. The festival is free and activities range in price with all proceeds benefiting Saving Grace.
Deschutes County Fair
The Deschutes County Fair in Redmond each August. The Deschutes County Fair offers lots of great family-friendly entertainment including 4-H farm animals, Family-Fun Zone and carnival rides. Rodeo performances are free with admission on a first come first serve basis. Stroll through the barns and see the goats, pigs and bunnies and many more animals raised by local kids.
Visit Deschutes Co. Fair for more information.
Sisters Folk Festival presents Free Summer Concerts at Fir Street Park
Enjoy the music in downtown Sisters.
Sunriver Art Faire
The Sunriver Art Faire takes place in August with numerous juried artists, a kid’s crafts area, artist demos and live music in the village at Sunriver.
Munch & Music
Enjoy free music in Drake Park with runs Thursday nights in July-August. Event runs 5:30-9:30pm in Drake Park and includes beer, food and craft vendors. Visit C3 Events for more information.
Sunriver Music Festival
This classical music festival runs each August with performances in Sunriver and Bend. Visit Sunriver Music Festival for tickets and more information.
Bend Brewfest happening in late August at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.
Be sure to check out the daily schedule for the X-Tap featuring very special, very low production beers from a variety of brewers. Visit Bend Brewfest for more information.
Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park presents a play each August in Drake Park.
Century CenterA courtyard venue on the westside of town with select concerts June-September.
Turf Tunes Sunriver Style
Turf Tunes at SHARC is a free concert series on Sunday evenings in July and August.
Art in the High Desert
Art in the High Desert—over 110 nationally acclaimed visual artists—in the Old Mill District in late August. Art in the High Desert is a signature annual event in Central Oregon's thriving art scene. Mingle with fellow art lovers among booths of original arts and crafts.Get to know the artists showcasing mixed media, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, wood, fiber art, drawing and more.
Concerts in the Canyon
Free concert series at American Legion Park in Redmond on Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:30pm.
Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival
The Little Woody takes place next to the Deschutes Historical Museum in downtown Bend in early September.
Sunriver Summer Concerts
Sunriver Resort is hosting a free summer concert series on Thursday-Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm.
Music on the Green
Music on the Green at Sam Johnson Park in Redmond. Free live music from 6-7:30pm.
Twilight Cinema Sunriver Style
An outdoor movie series that runs August- September with festivities starting at 6:30pm and free family friendly movies begin at dusk. Movie location alternates between The Village at Sunriver and SHARC.
NorthWest Crossing Munch & Movies
Munch & Movies runs Friday nights in August and September at Compass Park. Live music by local musicians starts at 6pm and movies will begin at dusk. Enjoy dinner and dessert from nearby restaurants onsite. Free films on the big screen range from classic horror, unsurpassed comedy, moving drama and exciting action. Bring a low back chair and a blanket.
Sisters Folk Festival
The Sisters Folk Festival is a celebration of American music from blues to bluegrass.
The Festival runs each September in Sisters and covers seven stages with performances by internationally recognized artists and the best of up-and-coming talent in folk, blues, bluegrass, and all genres in between. A unique and intimate setting for fantastic music.
Elk Lake Resort
Concert series the deck by the Elk Lake Resort on Saturday evenings from June-September from 5-8pm.
Worthy Brewing and Parallel 44 Presents select concerts. Find out more at Worthy Brewing.
Worthy is putting on the Wednesday Concert Series with free live music on the patio from 7-9pm over the summer months.
Peak Summer Nights
An intimate venue to enjoy live music at the Athletic Club of Bend. Visit C3 Events for more information.
Happening on the streets on downtown Bend in September.
Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer
Celebrate and support survivorship. Enjoy live music, food and cider in September at Atlas Cider.