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.

48th Annual SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle

The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the 48th Annual SELCO Pole, Pedal, Paddle returns Saturday, May 18, 2024! This year, after participants ski or ride down Mt. Bachelor, don Nordic skis for a loop, cruise down to town on bikes, run along the Deschutes River, then paddle and sprint, they’ll make their way to the new finish line in Riverbend Park.

The SELCO Pole, Pedal, Paddle, or PPP, as the locals affectionately call it, has become a beloved tradition in our community. It’s a day where friends and families come together to celebrate the transition from winter to spring in true Central Oregon style. Combining a few of our favorite sports – skiing, biking, running, paddling – the PPP offers something for everyone in a relay-style race that showcases the incredible recreation opportunities in our backyard.

The PPP is a day where adventure, sports, and community come together in a remarkable way. Registration for this year’s race opens on January 15th  – more details can be found at www.pppbend.com. Hope to see you at the starting line!

Pole Pedal Paddle May 18, 2024 a photo of participants in costumes at the finish line.

4 Peaks Music Festival

One of Bend’s favorite music and art festivals, 4 Peaks, is set to return to June 20-23, 2024. The icing on top – it’s going to be back at the beautiful Stevenson Ranch! This year’s headliners include Neal Francis, ALO, and Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country. Plus, the family-friendly festival offers yoga with Nicole Baumann, a silent disco, kidlandia, and a silent band experience with Call Down Thunder. Previous headliners include the likes of The Wood Brothers, Billy Strings, Sierra Hull, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Greensky Bluegrass, Molly Tuttle, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Infamous Stringdusters and Los Lobos, among many others!

Fans dancing and clapping on a sunny day at 4 Peaks Music Festival

Big Ponderoo Music Festival

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

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

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, Brandi Carlile, 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

Cascade Equinox Festival

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 

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 Brewfest October 4-5, 2024

Central Oregon’s largest craft beer festival is set to return to the Hayden Homes Amphitheater Oct. 4-5, 2024!

“The Bend Brewfest is back home,” said Beau Eastes, the Old Mill District’s Marketing Director. “We’re confident the festival will be better than ever while staying true to what local craft beer enthusiasts have come to expect and enjoy, and we hope this festival gets some delicious, creative juices flowing at breweries all over the Pacific Northwest.”

In years past, the  event has attracted more than 40,000 fans and included more than 70 vendors serving up 200 beers, ciders, wines and other fermented beverages like hard seltzers. The October dates will hopefully make the festival easier for craft beer aficionados to attend with the event moved outside of Bend’s busier summer months. Come October, they’re going to have a huge, thirsty crowd eagerly waiting to see what they’ve come up with. We cannot wait.