WinterFest 2013


Enjoy winter sports, music, art, and activities for the whole family!

Join thousands of revelers from across the Northwest as Bend celebrates the best of winter! The OnPoint Community Credit Union Bend WinterFest offers fun for the whole family. Watch as the Old Mill District turns into a winter wonderland, filled with action-packed ski and snowboard competitions, national music acts, a heated marketplace tent filled with food and art and fun and educational kid’s activities. Presented by American Family Insurance, Bend’s biggest festival takes place February 15-17, 2013.

WinterFest’s most popular attraction is the U.S. Cellular Big Air Show, which takes 50 dump trucks of snow from Mt. Bachelor and a team of designers a week to build. Watch as professional and amateur skiers and riders compete on Friday and Saturday night to see who can pull off the best tricks and claim the top prizes. Each evening offers live music on an outdoor stage. Hours: Friday, 5-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.



WinterFest sells commemorative buttons every year in advance of the event. These buttons grant you access to all WinterFest activities and come with a host of discounts at local retailers and restaurants. Attendees may purchase buttons in advance at OnPoint Community Credit Union for $5 or our other button outlets for $6. Family four packs are available for $20 in advance at all outlets.  Tickets are available at the gates for $8, family four packs for $28. Mt. Bachelor Season Pass holders get into the event for free (must show pass at the gate).  Buttons on sale at the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District and other locations around town.

New in 2013

This year’s festival will be packed with even more activities and events, including a new fire pit competition, more ice carvers and snow sculptors from across the Northwest, and even more carnival games and kids activities. The popular US Cellular Rail Jam will become the US Cellular Big Air Show, rocketing snowboarders and skiers to new heights on Friday and Saturday night. The Snow Warrior Dash presented by OSU-Cascades will be bigger, badder, muddier and snowier than ever. Get ready to run through some of the wildest obstacles as you complete Central Oregon’s best – and coldest – warrior dash.


Wine Walk – Friday, 5pm to 9pm

During WinterFest, the Old Mill District is transformed into a mecca for fine wines with the annual Wine Walk. Tickets for the event are $20 per person (which includes a WinterFest button), $15 per person if you already have a WinterFest button. Packages include a commemorative wine glass and 10 wine tasting tickets. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Saxon’s Fine Jewelers. This year wine sampled during the Wine Walk can be purchased in the Marketplace at the event.


Music and Entertainment

Returning for their third WinterFest headlining appearance is Seattle’s Helle’s Belles, the hard-rocking all-female AC/DC cover band! Opening for the Belles is Oregon’s own Stairway Denied, the nation’s premier Led Zeppelin tribute band. And for the first time in Bend, Tony Furtado will be live with his whole band, get your pickin’ on! 


7pm – Brent Alan and His Funky Friends

8:30pm – Tony Furtado Band


7pm – Stairway Denied

8:30pm – Hell’s Belles


U.S. Cellular Day Glow Big Air Show!

This year brings something a little different to our annual off mountain snow rider extravaganza. The Day Glow Big Air Show is an invite only exhibition from teams all around the Northwest. Watch as the best from the Pacific Northwest hit the gap for Big Air glory! Shows on Friday and Saturday at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 8pm.

Fine Food and Art Marketplace

The Marketplace is definitely the hottest place to be. With two wine bars, plenty of heat and an eclectic mix of arts, crafts and specialty food vendors, there is no better place to browse and shop. Whether you’re interested in upcycled fashion from Portland designer Nicole Flood, innovative handwoven rugs using Pendleton remnants from Terrabonne’s own Barbara Peters, original steel sculpture and furniture from Galen Ruud, or unusual olive oils and vinegars there will be something to entice everyone. Marketplace open on Friday, 5-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm.


OMSI Kid’s Area

OMSI will bring their extraordinary scientific and technological games and activities to Central Oregon. Children and adults alike enjoyed their Science Festival kit, containing up to 15 touch tables, with brain teaser type activities meant to entertain and challenge wide age ranges. Kiddies enjoyed Nano technology table top activities, hands-on, interactive exhibits that communicate awareness, engagement, and understanding of nano-scale science, engineering, and technology. Also a hit with parents and children alike was the 3D Dinosaur puzzle. Thanks go to Bend Research for sponsoring the OMSI tent. Kids Area open on Friday 5-8pm, Saturday, 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Snowflake Village Children's Party on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30-1pm (3-6 years old) and 2-3:30pm (for 7-10 years old). Tickets required and available at Bend Ticket. Children will gather around with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy fun interactive story telling. Their imaginations will run wild with interactive crafts as well. Afterward, the children will get a chance to flex their culinary creativity in a doughnut decorating activity and enjoy some tasty snacks.

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Fire Pits, Snow Sculptures and Ice Carving Exhibit

Nothing says “winter” more than ice and snow! Amazing life-size snow sculptures will greet you at every WinterFest entrance. You will also have the opportunity to witness some of the most talented ice carvers in the Northwest while they work their magic on blocks of ice. Come watch the artists carve ice on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The exhibits will be open for viewing during the festival. Live ice carving on Friday 5-10pm and Saturday 11am-2pm. Metal forging on Friday from 6-9pm, Saturday from 12 noon, 2:30pm, 3:30pm 6pm, 7pm and 9pm and Sunday 12noon and 2pm and 3pm and 5pm.


The Bent Lounge

Come in from the cold at WinterFest and into the Bent Lounge, where the Source Weekly’s Bent blog team will be hanging out with drinks, music and general merriment. Bring an Oregon Lottery ticket to the Bent Lounge Lotto booth and receive a prize pack, plus learn about new games and upcoming promotions. The Bent Lounge is 21 + only. Bent Lounge open on Friday, 5-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm.

Friday night get ready to see the JZ Band at 6pm and DJ Harlo at 9pm.

Saturday come see some great local music. Mark Ransom at 11:30am, Mai and Dave at 1pm, Grit and Grissel at 2:30pm and the Moon Mountain Ramblers at 4pm. Bartenders Brawl Finale at 6pm before DJ Harlo takes the stage again at 9pm.

Sunday we open up with iChiringa at 11;15am, followed by the Snow Warrior after party and more music by iChiringa at 2pm. 


Metal Mulisha--Sunday

Appearing again this year will be Metal Mulisha legend Justin “Holyman” Homan. For three years in a row Justin and other local riders have performed death defying tricks in the Old Mill District. With names like cliff hanger, double grab, back flip, no footed knack knack, rock solid, can can flip and turn down whip you will not be disappointed. Shows on Sunday as 11:30am, 3pm and 5pm.

Snow Warriors--Sunday

Snow Warriors is an outrageous, fun and challenging running race. Sprint from the start and traverse the course through crazy obstacles and terrain that includes mud, snow and ice. Prepare yourself to climb over, through and under extreme obstacles along the way to the ultimate finish – a climb up and slide down the Big Air Show structure. Warm clothes and running shoes are the only required “gear,” but extra points will be given to participants in costume! Climbing up cargo nets, swinging from trees over mud, running through ice and snow pits as well as leaping over live flames are just a few of the obstacles Snow Warrior will encounter. Little Snow Warrior Dash on Saturday at 12 noon. Snow Warrior Dash at 12 noon on Sunday.


Over the past eight years, WinterFest has awarded more than $50,000 to local and regional charities. This charitable contribution is raised in part each year by WinterFest button sales, which act as entry into the festival. The buttons are on sale now at BendTicket and BendWinterFest.