Festivals & Events in Bend
Here’s a list of some of our favorite upcoming Bend events and festivals. Check out the event calendar for all events and concerts happening at the Old Mill District.
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:
Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature. From raptors completing long migrations to bees finding food, animals can navigate over short and long distances without the tools available to humans. Explore how different species find their way in the High Desert, how scientists are unraveling these mysteries and how we, too, can navigate by taking a closer look at our surroundings. Through July 14.
Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West. This exhibit weaves together science, history, art and contemporary issues to explore the role of water in the region’s past, present and future. The exhibit connects visitors to water and its management through the lens of three different basins in the region — the Mid-Columbia River Basin, Great Salt Lake Basin and Klamath Basin. It will illuminate how water has shaped the High Desert’s natural, cultural and geological history. It also explores how it features prominently in contemporary issues such as resource consumption, Indigenous sovereignty and climate change. Through September 29.
Moon Country: Oregon and the Space Race. More than 50 years ago, as the space race between the United States and Soviet Union reached a fever pitch, Central Oregon played an important yet little-known role in preparing U.S. astronauts for lunar landscapes. Moon Country: Oregon and the Space Race, an original exhibit celebrating this region’s involvement in the first lunar landing. Through November 10.
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 every July in Bend.
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.
The Clear Summer Nights concert series season begins in June with a handful of shows at this intimate live music outdoor venue on the Athletic Club of Bend’s back lawn.
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.
The Cascade Cycling Classic returns to Bend for its 39th year. The Cascade Cycling Classic, North American’s longest-running bike stage race, features completely new courses – hello gravel! – and twists on some old favorites. Pros and amateurs will both have opportunities to compete and the new Sul Fiume Cycling Festival is expected to anchor the day of criterium racing on Saturday, June 1 near McKay Park. This change will feature more engaging terrain to mix up the most exciting, close quarters racing action of the weekend, plus an all-new Strider Adventure Zone for the kiddos and a separate group ride start for all on some of our favorite gravel roads outside of Bend.
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.
The Sunriver Art Fair takes place August 9-11 with numerous juried artists, a kids’ crafts area, artist demos and live music in the village at Sunriver.
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 available.
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.
The Swivel Creative & Digital Marketing Conference brings engaging speakers and experts to Bend, Oregon for talks and workshops covering web, social media, creative and marketing strategies. Passes are on sale now.
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.