Festivals & Events in Bend

Tower Theatre 2019

Portland Cello Project on January 10, John Sebastian on January 12, West Side Story January 25-31, Naturally 7 on February 7, Celtic Nights on February 13, Everly Brothers Experience w/Zmed Brothers on February 15, The Irish Rovers on February 26, World Muse Conference February 28 – March 3, Mindy Harvey on March 6, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, on March 8, An Evening with Ruthie Foster on March 17, many more performances, lectures and more.

Deschutes Library 2019

Downtown Bend: Friends of the Bend Libraries Winter Book Sale on January 26.

A Novel Idea, the largest community read program in the state of Oregon is in it’s 16th year.

January: Know Russia.  Revolutions and nesting dolls, vodka and iconography: we’re going to Russia!  Examine the country’s history of leaders and power, hear Russian fairy tales, and learn about Russian culture.

Pronounce My Name. Last year nearly 7,000 county residents read, discussed and attended free cultural and author events at the Library’s six branches and at partnering organizations.

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.

January 29
About Wallace Stegner:  Wise Man of the American West:  Wallace Stegner (1908-1993) often gained praise as a superlative western author and thinker, as a Wise Man of the American West.  More than once, the New York Times referred to Stegner as the Dean of western writers.   This slide-illustrated presentation given by Richard W. Etulain, will deal with Stegner’s major contributions and will raise probing questions about his career as westerner, public intellectual, and wilderness defender.  

February 26

The Sea Also Rises: History & Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Presented by Dr. Sean Munger, Historian:  Like everything else in the world, climate change has a long history. Far from being something discovered only recently by instruments of modern science, the warming of the Earth’s climate has been known about for a long time, and suspected for an even longer time before that. But who made the discovery that the planet is warming, and under what circumstances? The answers might surprise you.


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 2017-18 season of The Met: Live in HD continues through April 28, while the 2018-19 season launches Oct. 6 .

Deschutes Historical Museum

Deschutes Historical Museum features exhibits that allow you to explore Deschutes County prehistory; area Native American tribal history; early exploration and fur trapping; homesteading the High Desert; logging and Forest Service history; and life throughout Deschutes County over the years.

Current exhibits include works form Western artist Ray Eyerly and a look at Deschutes County’s role in World War I.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm.

High Desert Museum

Wildlife programs — porcupines, otters, reptiles, a bobcat — meet them all up close. Raptors of the High Desert sky — hawks, owls and eagles—soar overhead. And with a Living History ranch, you can step back into 1904 and join the Miller Family tending the garden and working the saw mill.
Current exhibits include:

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx: Enter the world of Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil that has informed our current understanding of birds and flight, through April 4, 2018.

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo: Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants, through April 28, 2018.

Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature: Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking a page out of nature’s book, and create some designs of your own in this family-friendly exhibition, through July 15, 2018.

High Desert Chamber Music Concert Series

High Desert Chamber Music’s mission is to bring world class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon.  Through their concert series and Educational Outreach programs, they aspire to heighten a level of appreciation, awareness, and understanding of this great genre of classical music.

Upcoming concerts:

April 6
Crown City String Quartet: High Desert Chamber Music’s 10th anniversary season continues with Central Oregon favorites the Crown City String Quartet. This Pasadena based group has been the resident and premier group featured in the HDCM Concert Series and they perform regularly at a number of chamber music series in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

May 18
4handsLA: High Desert Chamber Music’s landmark season concludes with L.A.’s dynamic piano duo 4handsLA. Making their debut in the HDCM Concert Series, this critically acclaimed duo of four hands on one piano creates a sensation whenever they perform. They will present a lively program of works that evoke the spirit of the Americas in the 20th century.

Central Oregon Symphony

April 15
Chamber Music Series at Bend High auditorium: The second Chamber Music Concert for Donors features piano-clarinet ensemble, Duo Pegasus. Scott Wright, clarinetist and Linda Halloin, pianist. Their extensive repertoire includes standard and newly-composed classical compositions as well as jazz and popular works have delighted audiences around the world.

May 5
Symphony Spotlight Recital Series at COCC’s Wille Hall

May 19, May 20, May 21
Spring 2018 Concert Series with guest artist, trumpet player Allen Vizzutti

Oregon Senior Games

The 2018 Oregon Senior Games will be a qualifier for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We ​ have ​15 individual events this year so there will be plenty of opportunities to qualify!

4 Peaks Music Festival

Live music festival and overnight camping at the 4 Peaks Music Festival.  Happening June 21-24 at the Stevenson Ranch in SW Bend. Bands for 2018 include Greensky Bluegrass, Nahko & Medicine for the People,  North Mississippi Allstars, The New Mastersounds, Poor Man’s Whiskey, the Brothers Comatose, and more.

Bite of Bend

The Bite of Bend takes over the streets of downtown Bend on June 15-17. Celebrate the region’s unique ingredients, cuisine and culture by coming together with chefs, bartenders, brewers, food enthusiasts, home cooks, and local purveyors for a three-day food party on the streets of downtown Bend. Last year, the Bite of Bend showcased over 40 food vendors from around the region.

Subaru Outside Games

The 2018 Subaru Outside Games run June 20-24 throughout various locations in Central Oregon. Bask in the best that Central Oregon has to offer: live music, local brews, and fun and games on the trails, around the town, at Riverbend Park, and on the beautiful Deschutes River.

In 2017 participants sipped, biked, splashed, paddled, ran, dined, laughed and played all across the High Desert.  Visitors from all over the country brought the kids & the dogs. They  challenged themselves, learned from the pros, tried a new sport, headed out to a concert, and just relaxed under the summer skies in the best of company, and for the best of causes.

Clear Summer Nights concert series

An intimate venue to enjoy live music at the Athletic Club of Bend. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is set for Aug. 12 and Rebelution will take the stage on Aug. 15.

Munch & Music

Enjoy free music in Drake Park with runs Thursday nights in July 12-August 16. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. in Drake Park and includes beer, food and craft vendors.

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.

Cascade Cycling Classic

The 39th annual Cascade Cycling Classic, the longest-running bicycle stage race in the country, runs from May 31 to June 3 this year.

Newberry Arts &  Music Festival

The Newberry Arts & Music Festival in La Pine is on July 27-29 with live music, art, camping, yoga, vendors and more. A benefit for Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Balloons Over Bend

Witness hot air balloons float across the backdrop of a breathtaking Central Oregon sunrise for a larger than life spectacle the whole family will remember, July 27-29. Enjoy awe-inspiring hot air balloons at our Night Glow event and morning launches, as well as fun and games at the Children’s Festival benefiting July 28th at the Deschutes Historical Museum.

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

The Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo, held Aug. 1-5 this year, offers lots of great family-friendly entertainment, including 4-H farm animals, a 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.

Bend Brewfest

The 2018 Bend Brewfest is happening in August 16-18 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

More than 80 breweries and 200+ beers and ciders will take center stage along the Deschutes River at the most scenic brew fest in the entire Pacific Northwest.

Be sure to check out the daily schedule for the X-Tap featuring very special, very low production beers from a variety of brewers.

Sunriver Music Festival

Join the Sunriver Music Festival for an abundance of concerts over two lively weeks in August! The 41st season features world-class musicians from all around the nation while also continually creating and nurturing music education programs for Central Oregon’s youth year-round.

This classical music festival runs August 8-22 with performances at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall, the Tower Theatre in Bend and the Bend Church of the Nazarene. Online ticket sales begin June 1.

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park mixes things up this year with the production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” August 24-25 in Drake Park.

Art in the High Desert

Art in the High Desert proudly presents more than 110 nationally acclaimed visual artists in the Old Mill District on August 24-26, 2018.  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 August 31 and September 1, 2018. Get ready for big, delicious beers that have spent time soaking in whiskey, rum and even gin barrels.

Sisters Folk Festival

The Sisters Folk Festival is a celebration of American music from blues to bluegrass. The Festival runs September 7-9  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.

Bend Oktoberfest

Happening on the streets on downtown Bend on September 21-22, Bend Oktoberfest is a place for great beer, fun games, silly events, and being a part of the Bend community. Join us for the wiener dog race, traditional music, dancing, beer bong, stein holds, and so much more!

Bend Fall Festival

Bend Fall Festival happens on the streets of downtown Bend. Oct. 5-7. Welcome the coziness of fall with pumpkin carving, gourmet dining and wine options, a harvest market and festive food and music.


On October 11-14, 2018, BendFilm will celebrate 15 years of bringing independent film and new ways of thinking. Bend will be transformed from a recreational haven into a small town fascinated by the film industry’s soul. We gather to behold the work of the most talented independent filmmakers. Downtown theaters, lecture sites, music rooms, and party venues spark with the energy excited by the overwhelming presence of cinema. The event runs deeper than the marathon film-watching that fills guests’ schedules from dawn until, well… dawn. Everyone you see on the sidewalks, in the restaurants, and bars makes films, cares about them, or has an opinion about film. It is the serendipitous encounters and ensuing discussions with the filmmakers and fellow passholders that makes the weekend so inspiring and affecting.

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 in late October, 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 25-26 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.


Sisters Folk Festival presents Free Summer Concerts at Fir Street Park

Enjoy the music in downtown Sisters.

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

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.

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