Festivals & Events in Bend

Fathom Events

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. Bolshoi Ballet— A Contemporary Evening on March 19 and A Hero of our Time on April 9. The Bolshoi Ballet presents Sunday matinees captured the same day from Moscow.

Author! Author!

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. Doerr will be in Bend on February 24 at Bend High School auditorium.

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. Dr. Mukherjee will be in Bend on April 10 at Bend High School auditorium.

Natural History Pub Series

Restoring the Range on February 14. Jay Kerby, Southeast Oregon Project Manager with The Nature Conservancy, will explain how a non-native grass is dramatically transforming the sagebrush ecosystem to the detriment of wildlife, ranching and human health. He will explore how good science and pioneering thinking are imagining a new approach to landscape restoration.

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 www.highdesertmuseum.org/natural-history-pub-series.

Jazz at the Oxford

The 7th annual Jazz at the Oxford series finishes up the season with Sara Gazarek and the 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 continues with 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.

Tower Theatre

Spring Awakening on February 17-18, Irish Rovers on February 28, David Lanz on March 5, Mariachi Divas on March 7, Quebe Sisters on March 18, Indigo Girls on March 20, Banff Film Festival on March 22-23, Frank + Liza: A Musical Tribute on April 21 and April 28-29, Broadway Concert: Guys + Dolls on June 2-4, Rock of Ages September 15-17 and September 22-23 and many more performances, lectures and more.

Muse Women’s Conference

The annual Muse Women’s Conference (March 2-5) 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. More details coming soon.

Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon Padilla smiling resize a Conversation with Manuel Padilla

Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the impacts of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities on Wednesday, March 8 from 6:30 – 8pm.

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.

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.

Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky Explore the evolution and role of smokejumping over the last 70 years and the development of technology that has made aerial firefighting what it is today. The exhibition also tells the broader story of wildland firefighting in the Pacific Northwest and examines some of the major fires in the region over the last 100 years. On view through February 12.

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

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.

Deschutes Public Library

The 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.

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.

Central Oregon Symphony

Symphony Spotlight Recital Bend Cello Project on Sunday, March 5 at 2pm Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC.

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.

Caldera Open Studios

Caldera’s Artist Open Studio series happening February 25 and March 25 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.


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.

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.

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.

Subaru Outside Games

The Outside Games on June 24 has previously included 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 details.

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.

Cascade Cycling Classic

The 37th annual Cascade Cycling Classic happenings July19-23. The spectator friendly Twilight Downtown Criterium is on Saturday.

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

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. 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.

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.

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.


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 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.

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.

Newberry Festival

Newberry Festival in La Pine each July with live music, art, camping, yoga, vendors and more. A benefit for Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sisters Folk Festival presents Free Summer Concerts at Fir Street Park

Enjoy the music in downtown Sisters.

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park presents a play each August in Drake Park.

Century Center

A 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.

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.

Elk Lake Resort

Concert series the deck by the Elk Lake Resort on Saturday evenings from June-September from 5-8pm.

Worthy Brewing

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.

Bend Oktoberfest

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.

Bend Fall Festival

Bend Fall Festival happening on the streets of downtown Bend in late September-early October.

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.

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.

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.