Festivals & Events in Bend
Frank + Liza: A Musical Tribute on April 21, Banff Film Festival on April 23, Bend Follies on April 29, Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz on May 13, Broadway in Concert: Guys and Dolls on June 2-4, Joan Osborne on June 5, Broadway Concert: Guys + Dolls on June 2-4, Beatlemania on Tour on June 29, Rock of Ages September 15-17 and September 22-23 and many more performances, lectures and more.
A Novel Idea… Read Together with Yaa Gyasi author of Homegoing her debut novel. She’s also written for African American Review and Callaloo. A Novel Idea on Sunday, May 7 at Bend High School.
TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a dozen talks, demonstrations and performances happening May 13. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
Natural History Pub Series
Natural History Pub Series at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Seating is limited and RSVP is required to this free event. Registration opens one month prior to the program. Talks begin at 7pm – doors open at 5:30pm. Food and beverage sales in Father Luke’s Room help support this popular lecture series. More information at Natural History Pub.
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 continues through April 2017.
Deschutes Historical Museum
Deschutes Historical Museum open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm.
High Desert Museum
World War II: The High Desert Home Front The exhibition examines the region’s significance of World War II and commemorating the 75th anniversary for the United States. Military artifacts and immersive scenes will showcase wartime experiences of distinct groups of westerners. On view through September 2.
Ray Troll: The Buzzsaw Sharks of Long Ago This dynamic exhibition has something for the whole family, featuring kids’ activities, an array of fossils, Troll’s original artworks and life-sized sculptures by paleo-sculptor Gary Staab. Learn how art and science can intersect to tell stories of the deep past. On view through April 23.
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
Crown City String Quartet on May 19-20.
Central Oregon Symphony
Spring 2017 Concert Series performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Barnes’ Cascades and Marquez’s Danzon No. 2. Guest Artist Linda Wang on violin. Performances May 20 at 7:30pm, May 21 at 2pm and May 22 at 7:30pm.
50th Anniversary Musician’s Gala on Sunday, May 21 at Riverhouse Convention Center. Join the Central Oregon Symphony musicians and alumni for a Sunday evening dinner to celebrate the end of the 50th Anniversary season.
CarGo Bike Rodeo
CARGo Bike Rodeo and Disaster Relief Trials is a free, family friendly, half day event that invites the community to show off their own cargo bikes with a variety of performance and creativity centric competitions and an obstacle course created specifically for cargo bikes. Participate in the DisasterRelief Trials, encouraging self sufficiency and community action through a fun and challenging course throughout the city. Try a cargo bike for the first time through the free demos held during the event. Listen to live music – wonderful energetic, fun bands to be announce soon! Eat great food from Esta Bien, Gotta B Gluten Free Bakery, drink great beer. Win raffle tickets for fun prizes by arriving by bike, wearing a costume, participating in the obstacle course.
Happening on Saturday, June 3, from 12 noon – 4pm at Bend Electric Bikes 223 NW Hill Street. The event is for avid cyclists, cargo-bike adventurers, or anyone who is cycle-curious.
Oregon 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) happening in Bend on June 13-18.
4 Peaks Music Festival
Live music festival and overnight camping at the 4 Peaks Music Festival. Happening June 15-18 at a new location the Stevenson Ranch in SW Bend. bands for 2017 include Moe, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Matt Schofield and more.
Bite of Bend
The Bite of Bend takes over the streets of downtown Bend on June 23-25. 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. Live music includes Shooter Jennings, The New Orleans Suspects and numerous local bands.
Subaru Outside Games
The Outside Games on June 24 has previously included Summer Bouldering, J.D. Platt’s Freestyle Paddleboard, Bouldering Competition, live music 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 details.
Worthy Brewing Wednesday Concert Series with free live music on the patio from 7-9pm happening June 28-August 30. Find out more at Worthy Brewing.
Clear Summer Nights
An intimate venue to enjoy live music at the Athletic Club of Bend. UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey with special guests Raging Fyah on July 11 and John Butler Trio on September 10.
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 from July 1-16.
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 8 in Sisters, Oregon.
Munch & Music
Enjoy free music in Drake Park with runs Thursday nights in July 6-August 10. Event runs 5:30-9:30pm in Drake Park and includes beer, food and craft vendors. Visit C3 Events for more information.
Bend Summer Festival
Bend Summer Festival takes over the streets of downtown Bend each July 7-9. Enjoy art booths, food vendors, live music, kids activities and much more. Visit C3 Events for more information.
Turf Tunes Sunriver Style
Turf Tunes at SHARC is a free concert series on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm happening July 9 -August 20.
Cascade Cycling Classic
The 37th annual Cascade Cycling Classic happenings July 19-23. The spectator friendly Twilight Downtown Criterium is on Saturday.
Newberry Festival in La Pine on July 21-23 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 July 28-30. The hot air balloons launch each morning at 6am. Night Glow is on Friday evening at dusk at Riverbend Park where colorful hot air balloons glow brightly against the night sky.
The Children’s Festival moves to the Deschutes Historical Museum grass area on Saturday, July 29 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 August 2-6. 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.
Bend Brewfest happening in August 10-12 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. (Event is earlier this year due to the solar eclipse on August 21.)
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.
Sunriver Music Festival
This classical music festival runs August 11-23 with performances in Sunriver and Bend. Classical Concert at the Tower Theatre on August 12, Pops Concerts on August 18 in Bend, Piano Recital in the Sunriver Great Hall on August 21 and much more. Visit Sunriver Music Festival for tickets and more information.
NorthWest Crossing Munch & Movies
Munch & Movies runs Friday nights August 18-September 1 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.
Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park presents Titus Andronicus on August 18-19 in Drake Park.
Oregonians will have a front-row seat to this year’s total solar eclipse on August 21. The eclipse will cross the state in approximately 10 minutes and the total eclipse will last approximately two minutes for cities in the center of the path. Madras is considered one of the top ten towns in the United States to see the eclipse. Totality begins at 10:19am for just over two minutes.
In Redmond and Sisters, there will be about 30 seconds of totality. In Bend, there is no totality, but it will be an awesome event, with 99.7% of the Sun covered. You will need special viewing glasses or equipment to see the event. A total solar eclipse is a rare occurrence in which the Earth, Moon and Sun line up directly, casting a shadow on our planet. Being in the dark part of that shadow (the path of totality) ensures that you will see the total eclipse.
Art in the High Desert
Art in the High Desert—over 110 nationally acclaimed visual artists—in the Old Mill District on August 25-27. 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.
Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival
The Little Woody takes place next to the Deschutes Historical Museum in downtown Bend on September 1-2.
Sisters Folk Festival
The Sisters Folk Festival is a celebration of American music from blues to bluegrass. The Festival runs September 8-10 in downtown 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.
Happening on the streets on downtown Bend on September 15-16.
Bend Fall Festival
Bend Fall Festival happening on the streets of downtown Bend happening October 6-8.
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 happening October 9-10. Be Moved. Get Moving. And Swivel.
The annual BendFilm Festival runs October 12-15. 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.
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 19-20, 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 happening October 26-27 for creative thinkers, innovators and disrupters everywhere.
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.
Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz Series
The Riverhouse Jazz Series has just announced their 2017-2018 season at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. The series kicks-off with Kandance Springs, a jazz singer-songwriter, pianist and a Prince protege on October 20-21. The season includes: Donald Harrison and Trell Stafford Quintet (nouveau swing) on November 17-18, Darrell Grant Quartet and David Goldblatt Quartet ( Portland pianists) on December 22-23, Buster Williams, Lenny White and Goerge Colligan (bass-drums-piano) on January 12-13, Regina Carter Quintet (jazz violin) on February 16-17, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan, Eric Garland and Julian Lage (piano-bass-drums-guitar) on March 23-24 and ends with Dan Balmer (Portland guitarist leads three bands) on April 20-21. Visit Riverhouse Jazz Series for tickets and more information.
Sisters Folk Festival presents Free Summer Concerts at Fir Street Park
Enjoy the music in downtown Sisters.
A courtyard venue on the westside of town with select concerts June-September.
Sunriver Summer Concerts
Sunriver Resort is hosting a free summer concert series on Thursday-Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm.
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.
Elk Lake Resort
Concert series the deck by the Elk Lake Resort on Saturday evenings from June-September from 5-8pm.
Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer
Celebrate and support survivorship. Enjoy live music, food and cider in September at Atlas Cider.
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.
Muse Women’s Conference
The annual Muse Women’s Conference (in early March) brings together local women & teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month.
This four-day event will include a Film Series, Salon Series, Art Show, Community Yoga Class, Meetups, Art as Activism workshop and our main conference day program.
Jazz at the Oxford
The annual Jazz at the Oxford series runs October -March. An amazing collection of jazz musicians coming to the Oxford Hotel next season.
Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program
Tickets and more information at Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program. Free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve your seat. Lectures at Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center at COCC.
Caldera Open Studios
Caldera’s Artist Open Studios offers an opportunity to meet professional visual, literary and performing artists selected for month-long residencies from Kentucky, California, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington, New York and Coquitlam, British Colombia.
Many 2017 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.
Fathom Events brings the best in one-night and limited-run events to Regal Cinemas throughout the year. National and international productions this holiday season include several ballet performances. The Bolshoi Ballet presents Sunday matinees captured the same day from Moscow. Bolshio Ballet simulcast returns in Fall 2017.