Festivals & Events in Bend

Here’s a list of some of our favorite upcoming Bend events and festivals in 2020. Check out the event calendar for all events and concerts happening at the Old Mill District. Please note that many events and festivals in 2020 have been postponed or cancelled.

McMenamins’ High Gravity Brewfest, 2020

January 18

January is the perfect time to visit beautiful Bend, Oregon and you’ll have the unique opportunity to dive into Central Oregon’s craft beer scene at the High Gravity Brewfest, where big, bold beers are sipped around the four unique fire pits. The brewfest features ten collaborations between McMenamins and other Northwest breweries who have united to brew brand-new ales that embrace the spirit of the brewfest. While you sample, you can capture the perspective of a professional, as brewers will be on hand to talk shop and to taste the flavorful concoctions produced by their neighboring breweries.

2020 SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle

May 16 – Canceled 

Bend’s iconic Pole Pedal Paddle is a multi-sport event that starts at Mt. Bachelor and ends in the Old Mill District.

Racers – the event can be done individually or as part of a team – start with a 200-foot sprint up Mt. Bachelor to the competitors’ downhill skis. Racers ski down Bachelor before transferring to Nordic gear for an approximate 5-mile loop within the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center. Next up is the bike leg of the race, as competitors blast down Century Drive from the mountain into town. At the Athletic Club of Bend, racers move on to the trail running portion of the event, a 5-mile point-to-point leg that ends at Riverbend Park. Competitors finish the race with a 1 1/2 mile paddle in the Deschutes River before hopping out of their kayak/canoe/paddleboard and sprinting 800 meters into the Old Mill District. New for the 2020 race is a mountain bike option between Bachelor and Bend.

Just as much fun is the Kids’ Mini PPP on May 17.

Both races are produced and benefit the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF), which creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic, and personal goals.

40th annual Cascade Cycling Classic

May 27-31, 2020 – Canceled

North America’s longest-running stage race is turning 40 in 2020.

Some of the top men’s and women’s racers from around the world have competed in this great event. But so have a lot of aspiring amateur racers from across the country. The Cascade Cycling Classic will once again field a full range of categories in 2020 to embrace racing at all ages and ability levels.

The 2020 Cascade Cycling Classic will run from May 27-31,, filling a gap in the USA Cycling professional racing calendar and taking advantage of the “shoulder season,” which allows for safer race routes and more accessible accommodations. Stay tuned for more details on stages and racing format.

Bend Beer Chase

September 26

The Bend Beer Chase is a one-day, six-person running relay of approximately 55 miles, consisting of 12 legs of varying distance (4-8 miles per leg).  The course starts from Bend, travels to Redmond and back to finish in Bend. On a 6-person team, each person runs 2 legs; On a 3-person team, each person runs 4 legs… you get the idea.

4 Peaks Music Festival

June 18-21, 2020  Canceled

This year marks the 13th year celebration of Bend’s premier, multi-day, music event, 4 Peaks Music Festival, once again being held at Southeast Bend’s Stevenson Ranch over the Summer Solstice, June 18-21. Join the party for four days and three nights of music, arts, and fun with your family and friends. This boutique, intimate, and eclectic festival spans many genres of world-class musicians and is a great way to officially kick off the summer.

Munch & Music 2020

Enjoy free music in Drake Park, Thursdays, July 9 through August 13, 2020!  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 2020

July 10-12 – Canceled

The Bend Summer Festival draws nearly 40,000 locals and visitors each year for a weekend like no other.

Featuring fine food and libations, talented artists, two stages of first class blues, rock and jazz from Central Oregon and across the nation, the Bend Summer Festival is more than an event—it’s a destination.

Newberry Arts & Music Festival 2020

July 24-26

Newberry Country will come alive with its Eighth annual Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival, July 24 – 26, 2020! This grassroots boutique event has gained a name for itself and growing each year and features more than 20 bands.

Balloons Over Bend 2020

July 24-26 – Canceled

Join the party for a full weekend of balloon launches, night glows and balloon-filled skies, with family-friendly activities kicking off on Friday, July 24th at the Children’s Festival, benefiting Saving Grace.

Central Oregon businesses will offer an array of children’s activities, such as bounce houses, face painting, the Balloons Blast Kids Race and more at the Children’s Festival held at Riverbend Park on Friday, July 24th from noon to 8 p.m.

Rise and shine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings to witness hot air balloons lift off from R.E. Jewell Elementary School in southeast Bend and float across the backdrop of a breathtaking Central Oregon sunrise for a larger than life spectacle the whole family will remember.

Join us for a Night Glow event in Bend (on Friday in Riverbend Park) and Redmond (on Saturday in Sam Johnson Park) for an opportunity to get up close to hot air balloons, and to sit back and watch them light up the sky. Show up early to secure your viewing spot!

Cascade Lakes Relay

July 31-August 1

Oregon’s most challenging running relay course starts in the Cascade Mountains at Diamond Lake Resort, travels through the Oregon Outback and rural agricultural country, and winds back to the Cascade Lakes Highway, around Mt. Bachelor and into Bend. You’ll see more cows than semi-trucks and smell pine trees instead of exhaust. If you are seeking an adventure where you can push your limits and rediscover your senses, then this is the event for you and your team.

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo 2020

July 29-August 2

The Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo 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.

2020 Bend Brewfest

August 13-15 – Canceled

The Bend Brewfest is a three-day beer festival held each August in Bend, Oregon, which features popular and rare beers from regional breweries. The event is Central Oregon’s largest beer festival and is held in the Old Mill District’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, which has been nationally recognized as a leading outdoor venue.

Each year festival visitors can taste 200+ incredibly rare and popular beers from nano-breweries to some of the most highly recognized craft breweries in the region, in addition to hand-crafted ciders, hard seltzers and wine. The festival benefits local charities each year, such as NeighborImpact, a Central Oregon non-profit organization that helps individuals and families access resources in times of need.

The Bend Brewfest has become a notable part of the burgeoning beer culture in Bend, which features more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the nation and has been referred to as one of the top beer towns in the nation.

Sunriver Art Fair 2020

August 7-9 – Canceled 

The Sunriver Art Fair features numerous juried artists, a kids’ crafts area, artist demos and live music in the village at Sunriver.

Sunriver Music Festival 2020

August 9-22 – Canceled

Join the Sunriver Music Festival for an abundance of concerts over two lively weeks in August!  The 43rd 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 features performances at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall, the Tower Theatre in Bend and the Bend Church of the Nazarene.

Theater in the Park 2020

August 21-22 – Canceled

Enjoy two magical evenings of musical theater in Drake Park alongside the scenic Deschutes River. This year’s production is Into the Woods, based on James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 Broadway musical.

In 2014, Into the Woods was brought to the big screen by Lapine and director Rob Marshall, featuring an all-star cast of Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and more. The film went on to receive three Academy Award nominations.

An optional dinner, catered by Hola!, is included with the purchase of a VIP ticket and grants access to an exclusive VIP dining area and bar.

Beverages and concessions will be made available for purchase for all other ticket holders.

Art in the High Desert 2020

August 28-30 – Canceled

Art in the High Desert proudly presents more than 110 nationally acclaimed visual artists in the Old Mill District. 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.

Sisters Folk Festival 2020

September 11-13, 2020

The Sisters Folk Festival is a celebration of American music from blues to bluegrass.  Held in downtown Sisters, the festival 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 2020

September 18-19

Happening on the streets on downtown Bend this end of summer tradition 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 2020

October 2-4

All the beloved Bend Fall Festival traditions return for a family-friendly event to remember. Pumpkin painting, gourmet food and wine, the Harvest Market, Family Play Zone, live music and more! Prepare to have your appetite whetted by the crispness of the season and an outstanding collection of vendors.

Swivel Conference 2020

September, TBA

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.

BendFilm Festival 2020

October 8-11

The BendFilm Festival celebrates 17 years of bringing independent film and new ways of thinking in 2020. 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 2020

October 15-16

The 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 (EDCO), 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 2020

October 22-24 – ONLINE

The Bend Design Conference is a series of conversations, workshops, tours and exhibits by and for creative innovators everywhere.

A conference for all of us curious about how design can interpret, connect and shape our world, Bend Design is ever evolving beyond the lecture format to a more interactive dialogue that better inspires and equips 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.

High Desert Museum’s 2020 Offerings

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 and upcoming exhibits include:

Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon

Opens Saturday, February 1, 2020

Most of the year, the 1,000 square miles of the Black Rock Desert in northwest Nevada sit isolated, occupied by wildlife that has adapted to thrive in the harsh environment. Then in early August, a temporary city of 80,000 begins to emerge as people arrive to erect colossal works of art. A community gathers dedicated to self-expression and transformation. It is Black Rock City, and this February, the High Desert Museum will give visitors a glimpse into the phenomenon called Burning Man. The new, original exhibit, Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon will explore the history, art, culture and impact of the event.

It will also look at the ways that the High Desert enables and empowers the art and community of Burning Man. Learn more at highdesertmuseum.org/infinite-moment/.

Fueling the Future/Energizando el Futuro

Through March 8, 2020

From the horse and buggy to the internet, the world witnessed vast technological advances through the 19th and 20th centuries, many of them based on fossil fuel consumption. Meeting the world’s growing energy demand is now one of our greatest challenges. Fueling the Future/Energizando el Futuro looks ahead with hope in the face of climate change, exploring renewable energy in the High Desert. The original, interactive exhibit is displayed in both English and Spanish. For more information, go to highdesertmuseum.org/fueling-the-future/.

Nature’s Resilience

Through March 29

On May 23, 2018 after months of careful planning, the U.S. Forest Service and Deschutes National Forest conducted a prescribed burn on the grounds of the High Desert Museum. More than a year later, visitors can see nature rebounding as wild strawberries, rabbitbrush and manzanita grow anew. How did a seemingly devastating event such as fire support new growth and biodiversity? The exhibit, Nature’s Resilience, highlights nature’s beauty and strength following disturbances. Learn more at highdesertmuseum.org/natures-resilience/.