Festivals & Events in Bend
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.
From October to March, The Oxford Hotel and the Bend community welcome and incredible and diverse lineup of world-class artists. The Oxford proudly features unique and innovative talent that rarely showcases their work in Central Oregon.
January 11-12 SOLD OUT
Kat Edmonson’s most recent album, “Old Fashioned Gal”, was released in April 2018, with NPR Music’s Songs We Love premiering the title track. The album follows her critically acclaimed 2014 release, “The Big Picture,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers, No.1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart and No.2 on The Total Jazz Chart. No stranger to the Billboard charts, people are taking notice of her unique sound, “her 2012 release,”Way Down Low,” was described by The New York Times as “fresh as a spring bouquet.”
February 8-9 SOLD OUT
A groundbreaking force among the sax elite, Taylor began an exhilarating upswing with his album “Ladies’ Choice” in 2007, his first No.1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. Following that success, the song Push To Start” from his 2011 album “Prime Time” topped the Smooth Jazz Songs chart and hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Jazz albums chart.
Frank McComb is a divine soul man who speaks with the native tongue of soul, jazz, blues and pop. His virtuoso vocal and piano work has made him not only an indispensable and highly sought-after session musicians, but a favorite on the soul, jazz and R&B scenes. His fans affectionately describe his work as the perfect combination of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
Downtown Bend: Friends of the Bend Libraries Winter Book Sale on January 26.
Author! Author! Literary Series:
The Author! Author! series began in 2012 as a way to expand the literary landscape in Central Oregon while raising funds for the Deschutes Public Library Foundation.
Colum McCann at the Riverhouse Convention Center
Richard Russo at the Riverhouse Convention Center
A Novel Idea, the largest community read program in the state of Oregon is in it’s 16th year.
January Adult Program: 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.
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. Already underway, the 2018-19 season of The Met: Live in HD continues through April 3, 2019.
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:
World War I exhibit: A stirring exhibit complete with uniforms, weapons, news clippings and interpretive panels, the Deschutes Historical Museum’s exhibit helps visitors understand Central Oregon’s role in “The Great War”, as well as that of the United States as a whole. Through March 31.
Fragile Legacy: Rare Views of Early Central Oregon: In partnership with the Central Oregon Community College, the Deschutes Historical Museum is displaying Fragile Legacy, an exhibit of images from the Van Vleet Historic Photograph Collection. Originally curated in 2010 with COCC’s photography professor George Jolokai, the exhibit highlights 59 photos from the 150 glass-plate negative collection. Dating from circa 1908 until the 1930, the collection shows the early boom days of Bend, the mills, and its burgeoning community life. Through April 30.
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm.
Natural History Pub Series at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Seating is limited and RSVP is required to this free event. Registration for each program opens one month prior to the event. Talks begin at 7pm – doors open at 5:30pm. Food and beverage sales in Father Luke’s Room help support this popular lecture series.
Natural History Pub Series: The Spread of Juniper: A long-term, ongoing research study in Central Oregon has provided important information about water availability in landscapes that are dominated by western juniper. Join Dr. Carlos Ochoa, assistant professor of watershed-riparian systems at Oregon State University, for a discussion of this tree, its impacts and potential solutions.
The Human Dimensions of Climate Change: Climate change research indicates that a small window of time exists to mitigate the most severe outcomes of climate change. This talk will discuss some of the dynamics of climate science that are most pressing and the human impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, flooding and disaster policy readiness for high risk events. Dr. Elizabeth Marino, assistant professor of anthropology at OSU-Cascades, will lend insight into how change can come from unlikely corners, as well as how cross-cultural communication and consensus building can help us to build resilience. Join us to also hear about a new laboratory at OSU-Cascades.
High Desert Chamber Music’s aims 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.
January 19 at Willie Hall, COCC Bend
Neave Trio: Making their Central Oregon debut, the Neave Trio has performed at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the La Jolla Chamber Music Society.
February 14 at Tower Theatre
Oregon Guitar Quartet: Celebrate Valentine’s Day as the Oregon Guitar Quartet makes their debut in the HDCM Concert Series. This best-selling evening includes a complimentary rose for convert-goers and a custom treat from Goody’s Chocolates!
March 30 at Tower Theatre
Michelle Kim: High Desert Chamber Music’s 11th season concludes with New York Philharmonic Assistant Concertmaster, Michelle Kim, making her debut in the HDCM Concert Series. She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lang Lang, and Yefim Bronfman. Appearing for the first time in Oregon, you won’t want to miss this exciting season finale!
The Central Oregon Symphony Association sees music as a profoundly participatory art form. They support the professional development and artistic achievement of Central Oregon’s own exceptional musicians. Through their Music In Public Places Program, they enhance audience accessibility to chamber music and promote a local, independent musical economy.
January 26, 2 p.m. at all locations
Music in Public Places Library Series: Come enjoy select quartets, duos and quintets from the symphony at various locations in Central Oregon!
February 23-25 at Bend High
Winter Orchestra Concert Series with Young Artist Competition Winners: Experience a full orchestra performance featuring the winners of the Central Oregon Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.
March 2, 2 p.m. at all locations
Music in Public Places Library Series: It’s the final Music in Public Places Library Series of the 2018-19 season.
Live music festival and overnight camping at the 4 Peaks Music Festival. Happening June 20-23 at the Stevenson Ranch in SW Bend. Lineup for 2019 to be announced soon.
The Bite of Bend takes over the streets of downtown Bend on June 14-16. 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. Make the Bite of Bend Beer Run an annual June tradition and get the kids on the move with the Root Beer Run where they get to celebrate with a root beer float. Last year, the Bite of Bend showcased over 40 food vendors from around the region.
The Subaru of Bend Outside Games is proud to benefit those local non-profit organizations that support our community and make this a wonderful place to live and thrive. Come play with us again in 2019!
In 2018 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.
More info coming soon.
Enjoy free music in Drake Park. Grab some delicious grub from one of the many food trucks and vendors or sip on a Deschutes Brew to quench your summer time thirst while you browse local artisans and craftspeople’s booths.
Bend Summer Festival returns to the streets of downtown Bend July 12-14. Enjoy art booths, food vendors, live music, kids activities and much more.
Stay tuned for details for 2019.
The Newberry Arts & Music Festival in La Pine is on July 26-28 with live music, art, camping, yoga, vendors and more. A benefit for Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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 26-28. 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 Saving Grace July 27th at the Deschutes Historical Museum.
The Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo, held July 31 through August 4 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.
The 2019 Bend Brewfest is tentatively set for August 15, 16, 17th (officially confirmed January 1, 2019) 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.
Join the Sunriver Music Festival for an abundance of concerts over two lively weeks in August! The 42nd 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 10-22 with performances at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall, the Tower Theatre in Bend and the Bend Church of the Nazarene. Online ticket sales open to the public on June 1, 2019.
Shakespeare in the Park returns August 23-24 in Drake Park.
Art in the High Desert proudly presents more than 110 nationally acclaimed visual artists in the Old Mill District on August 23-25, 2019. Now 10th in the nation! 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.
The Sisters Folk Festival is a celebration of American music from blues to bluegrass. The Festival runs September 6-8 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.
Happening on the streets on downtown Bend on September 20 and 21, 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 returns Oct. 4-6 on the streets of downtown Bend. Welcome the coziness of fall with pumpkin carving, gourmet dining and wine options, a harvest market and festive food and music.
On October 10-13, 2019, BendFilm will celebrate 16 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 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, October 17-18, 2019, 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 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 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.