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 Hero of our Time on April 9. The Bolshoi Ballet presents Sunday matinees captured the same day from Moscow.

Bend Film

Stage Right Productions, and Creative Heart Productions are proud to offer a preview night of FADE IN: A Twisted Tinseltown Thriller with 100% of proceeds going to benefit BendFilm. The play is an original psychological thriller/black comedy by local playwright, director and actor Patricia West-Del Ruth, set to debut March 31 at 2nd Street Theater. This special event invites patrons to the last dress rehearsal of the play on March 30.

FADE IN proves nothing is what it seems when two estranged sisters—one an LA screenwriter and the other a clinical psychologist— are forced to come to terms with their sibling rivalry, a horrific past, and the love they share over a deranged actor. Playwright West-Del Ruth’s sharp script charts this love triangle’s tenacious efforts to cope with the appalling challenges of their shared history, present, and potential future.

Author! Author!

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.

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.

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

Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz Series

This new series continues with Ravi Coltrane Quintet on April 14-15. Visit Riverhouse Jazz Series for tickets and more information.

Tower Theatre

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.

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

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

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 on 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.

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.

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.

Worthy Brewing

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.

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.

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.

Shakespeare in the Park

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

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.

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.



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.

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.

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 from 5:30-7:30pm happening July 9 -August 20.

Concerts in the Canyon

Free concert series at American Legion Park in Redmond on Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:30pm.

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.

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.

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.