Festivals & Events in Bend

Here’s a list of some of our favorite upcoming Bend events and festivals in 2024 and beyond. Check out the Bend Event Calendar for all events and concerts happening at the Old Mill District and around Central Oregon.

Bend Bands & Brewers Bash, June 28-29

The inaugural Bend Bands & Brewers Bash is a two-day live music and beer festival where all 10 bands (5 per day) collaborate with a different local craft brewery to create a beer that tastes like the band sounds! All 10 beers will be available both days.

Friday, June 28

5:00-6:00 pm: One Mad Man + Boss Rambler Beer Club

6:15-7:15 pm: Biscuit Brigade Organ Trio + Kobold Brewing

7:30-8:30 pm: Oregon Fryer + Wild Ride Brewing

8:45-9:45 pm: Billy & the Box Kid + Bevel Beer

10:00-11:30 pm: Company Grand + Ale Apothecary (AlePharm)

Saturday, June 29

5:00-6:00 pm: Alicia Viani + Terranaut Beer

6:15-7:15 pm: Rubbah Tree + GoodLife Brewing

7:30-8:30 pm: Jeshua Marshall & The Flood + Silver Moon Brewing

8:45-9:45 pm: Call Down Thunder + McMenamins Old St. Francis

10:00-11:30 pm: Chiringa + Crux Fermentation Project

Big Ponderoo Music Festival, June 29-30

Looking for a music fest where your own chair, grab a beer in less than 10 minutes, and make friends with the people sitting around you? Where you had enough space to bust a move? Hello Big Ponderoo, set for June 29-30, 2024 in beautiful Sisters, Oregon. 

At Big Ponderoo, Central Oregon’s new early-summer American and bluegrass festival, small-town charm meets world-class live music for an unforgettable, warm, and personal festival experience. The Brothers Comatose, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Hogslop String Band, and Bella White are just a few of the artists that have confirmed for 2024 for this second-year festival brought to you by the folks at Sisters Folk Festival. 

Bend Summer Festival, July 12-14

The Bend Summer Festival, which is set for July 12-14 in 2024, draws more than 75,000 visitors with fine food, libations, artists and two stages of live music. Attendees stroll through more than 150 fine artist booths, food vendors and the Bend Business Showcase.

FairWell Festival, July 19-21

Say hello to a high desert getaway filled with three days, three stages, and 36+ performances highlighting the sounds of folk, blues, rock, country and soul. We’re talking Billy Strings, CAAMP, Kacey Musgraves, Black Pumas, Ryan Bingham, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The War and Treaty, Adeem the Artist, and so many more amazing artists right here at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center!

Aeirial view of Fairwell Festival in Redmond from the 2023 event

Balloons Over Bend, July 26-28

Where else will you find breathtaking views of hot air balloons drifting across the skyline of the Cascade Mountains? Balloon launches begin at sunrise on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Night Glow events in Bend and Redmond showcase the hot air balloons on the ground, inflated and lit up against the night sky.

Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Festival, Aug. 30-31

Nestled on the lush lawn of the Deschutes Historical Museum in vibrant downtown Bend, this enchanting festival goes beyond the barrel to bring you an unforgettable celebration of craft beverages and whimsical fun.

  •  Taste the artistry of local craft beverages: beer, wine, cider, whiskey, tequila, and more!
  •  Transform yourself in our Gnome Costume Contest.
  •  Express your voice at the Gnome Open Mic
  •  Dive into Interactive Art and Games

Tickets are good for both days! Keep your wristband and tasting glass to attend both days.

Cascade Equinox Festival, Sept. 20-22

4 Peaks Music Festival and Gem and Jam’s inaugural Cascade Equinox music and arts festival was such a success in 2023 they are bringing it back! Save to date, and come experience live music, interactive art, community yoga, nourishing food vendors, amusement rides and so much more. This year’s electronic music-leaning headliners include Clozee, STS9, Jungle, Mark Rebillet, Liquid Stranger, John Craigie & Shook Twins, and more!

Cascade Equinox Music Festival Sept. 20-24, 2024

Sisters Folk Festival, Sept. 27-29

Sisters Folk Festival, where “All The Town’s A Stage,” is an immersive experience in music and community. It is an intimate, multi-genre festival that puts great artists on seven stages throughout the charming mountain town of Sisters, Oregon. The 2024 festival is set for Sept. 27-29.

Founded in 1996 and with 26 years of unforgettable festivals behind us, Sisters Folk Festival is where a small town, friendly vibe meets world-class musicians and production in a picturesque setting.  We are proud to bring high profile and lesser-known artists, songwriters, and bands together to perform in intimate settings, including expansive tents, a historic church, and courtyard venues at local restaurants. 

At SFF we have a long-standing history of cultivating a listening atmosphere, combined with an understanding that folks need to have a good time. Attendees can expect a unique and transformative festival experience beyond fantastic live music.

Bend Fall Festival, Oct. 4-6

Get cozy and enjoy the harvest season with friends, good food and a hot cup of cider. Downtown Bend’s Fall Fest brings music, food and art. The streets will be filled with a Harvest Market, Gourmet Food and Wine, Family Fun, Fine Arts Promenade, Bend Business Showcase and more.