Maybe it’s the leaves changing colors and inspiring us with a sense of reinvention. Or maybe there’s something about pulling sweaters from the back of the closet that fills us with a sense of profound joy and giddiness. And then there’s the smell of pumpkin everything floating in the Autumn breeze.
Ahhhhh… there’s nothing quite like October in Bend. It’s a month of adventure, inspiration and possibilities. We love it! How about you?
Also known as Tenth Month, October in Bend is a massive celebration of all things creative, expansive and soul-stirring. It’s crammed full of amazing events that you won’t want to miss.
Now in its 13th year, the Bend Film Festival is a celebration of independent cinema and the talented filmmakers throwing their hearts and souls into making art that matters. With venues sprinkled throughout Bend, including Regal Cinemas at the Old Mill District, festival goers mix, mingle and revel in the audacious spirit of indie film.
One of the best things about Bend is its small town vibe infused with big city ingenuity. The Swivel conference is a boutique event bringing thought leaders from around the globe together to share ideas about the latest trends in creativity and digital marketing.
The largest angel conference in the Pacific Northwest, the Bend Venture Conference spotlights the grit and guts of entrepreneurship and innovation. Over a million dollars will be awarded during the conference to Early Stage, Social Impact and Growth Stage businesses looking to make their mark in the world. It’s truly inspiring to have so many dream makers and daring doers visit Bend to take part in this conference.
Design is everywhere. Walk through the Old Mill District and you’ll see creativity around every corner. The Bend Design Conference celebrates design as a way of thinking and being. It’s an avenue for solving problems and making the world work better. The two-day conference is filled to the brim with conversations, tours, interactive workshops and hands-on exhibits.
You can find additional info about each of these events, plus other happenings in the Tenth Month lineup here.
We are thrilled to be a sponsor of the two of the Tenth Month cornerstone events. You can never have too much inspiration and October, with its crisp breezes and breathtaking array of colors, is the perfect time to stoke your creative fire.
While you’re enjoying October in Bend, don’t forget that the Old Mill District is the ideal stay and play experience. Soak up inspiration from the festivals and conferences and then head to the iconic Old Mill smokestacks for dining, drinking, tasting, shopping, browsing, chilling and people watching. Enjoy Pacific Northwest cuisine at Greg’s Grill along the Deschutes River. Sip on Oregon wines at Naked Winery or Va Piano Tasting Room. Peruse our art galleries and local shops. Walk the River Trail with camera in hand. The most spectacular Bend sunsets can often be viewed from the sidewalks of Old Mill District. And when you’re blessedly beat and ready to recharge your batteries? Settle into one of our hotels: Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and My Place.
October is one of the best dang months of the year. It’s definitely a time for inspiration, not hibernation. So slide into your comfy boots, grab your puffy jacket, fill your pockets with candy corn and join us for a month of pure bliss.