Fall Conferences, Lectures and Events in Bend

Tenth Month

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.



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.


Swivel Digital + Creative Conference


The Swivel Digital + Creative Conference 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.  Be Moved. Get Moving. And Swivel on 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 investments and mentors. Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon, this annual event features the possibility of one million dollars in investments and services awarded to multiple companies, October 13-14 at the Tower Theatre.

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.


Central Oregon Symphony

Fall 2016 Concert Series happening October 22-24 with three performances at Bend High School Auditorium. Music by Borodin, Massenet and Balogh/Von Drehle with special guests 3 Leg Torso. See the full 2016-2017 concert season, tickets and more information at Central Oregon Symphony.


Author! Author! Literary Series

The Deschutes Library Foundation has announced the fifth season of the Author! Author! Literary Series. The 2016-2017 lineup includes Pulitzer Prize winners and finalist and all four have made significant contributions to their communities and areas of interest.

The series kicks off on October 18 with Katherine Boo a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. In 2012 she won National Book Award for Nonfiction for her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: A Mumbai Undercity. An investigative journalist who has documented the lives of people in poverty. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and MacArthur Award.

Visit Deschutes Library Foundation for more information, tickets and the full lineup of author talks running through spring 2017 which includes Dave Eggers on January 19, Anthony Doerr on February 24 and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on April 10.


TEDxBend Women is happening on Saturday, October 29 at the COCC Redmond Tech Center. This year's theme is Time for What Matters. More information available soon at TEDxBendWomen.


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 the pleasures and interests of up-to-the minute, 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, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Willamette University discusses and explores the social and political context of Japanese woodblock print spanning three centuries. On Tuesday, October 11, 7pm at Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center. Visiting Scholar Program, tickets and more information.

This program complements the exhibition on display at A6 Studio & Gallery, Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints.

Bridging Differences in a New Culture: An Immigrant’s Journey  

Join us for an evening with award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. 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. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Friday, November 4, 6pm at Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center. Visiting Scholar Program, tickets and more information.