Festivals & Events in Bend

Here’s a list of some of our favorite upcoming Bend events and festivals in 2023. Check out the event calendar for all events and concerts happening at the Old Mill District.

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Bend Brewfest 2023 canceled

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Bend Brewfest, the second-largest craft beer festival in the Pacific Northwest, has been postponed until it can return to the Hayden Homes Amphitheater.

While the festival was successful in its new location and raised more than $15,000 for the Latino Community Association, Northwest Youth Discovery, Bend Fire Community Assistance Program, and Out Central Oregon, organizers have opted to pause the event until it can return to Hayden Homes Amphitheater, which is set for a third phase of upgrades this winter and spring. Since its inception in 2002, the Bend Brewfest has given more than $100,000 to local non-profit organizations.

“We loved the turnout last year and are so thankful we could all get back together again,” said Bend Brewfest marketing director Beau Eastes. “But to be able to put on the kind of brew festival guests want, we need to wait until it can return to the amphitheater.”

We will cheers again.

SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle 2023

May 13, 2023

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.

The race is produced and benefits 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.

Bend Marathon 2023

April 16, 2023

Virtual Challenge – April 1 – May 1, 2023

Come run the Bend Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. We’re already gearing up for another exciting race weekend. The April events will be the best mountain town races anywhere. These are spectacularly scenic courses through West Bend emphasizing everything that makes Bend, Oregon great. You’ll cruise around neighborhood parks, through ponderosa pine forests, along the mighty Deschutes River, and finish in a beautiful iconic Bend location. Rounding out this iconic Bend event is a free kids race and youth 5k, a chill afterparty, and plenty of opportunities to shop, recreate, and dine in Bend while you’re in Central Oregon for the weekend. Hang around after your race to enjoy the afterparty where the Cascade Lakes craft beer will be flowing, delicious food is waiting, and you can relax because you just finished your best race ever! Join us for this edition of the Bend Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k.

Munch & Music 2023

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Groove to free concerts in Bend’s Drake Park this summer. Grab some delicious grub from one of the many food trucks and vendors or sip on a Deschutes Brew to quench your summertime thirst while you browse local artisans and craftspeople’s booths.

Bend Summer Festival 2023

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We are so excited to bring back the First Interstate Bank Bend Summer Festival for 2021. We are committed to the safety of our community and festival goers and are altering the focus of this year’s event to celebrate local artists, makers, growers and more. Expect to try delicious eats, browse creative makers and sip spirits all straight from the heart of Central Oregon.

Newberry Arts & Music Festival 2023

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Balloons Over Bend 2023

July 21 -23

Check back here for updates throughout the year. Thank you to our incredible sponsors who help us bring this unique and joyful event to our community. And thank you to our community for your continued support of Bend’s culture, as well as our families and critical nonprofits. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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 2023

June 23 & June 24, 2023

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 the resort community of 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.  Cascade Lakes Relays offers something for everyone with 3 events: CLR 36, CLR 24 and the Walk Relay.

Registration for Cascade Lakes Relay 2023 is now open!

NO REGISTRATION LOTTERY WILL BE HELD FOR CLR 2023.  REGISTRATION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FULL.

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo 2023

August 2-6, 2023

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.

Sunriver Art Fair 2023

August 11, 12, 13, 2023

The Sunriver Art Fair features numerous juried artists, a kids’ crafts area, artist demos and live music in the village at Sunriver. The 2023 Sunriver Art Fair team is looking forward to seeing everyone again in the beautiful Village at Sunriver, one of our proud sponsors. Join us  to shop for art directly from the artists, enjoy live entertainment and family fun in a safe, friendly environment.

Sunriver Music Festival 2023

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Theater in the Park

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Enjoy two magical evenings of musical theater in Drake Park alongside the scenic Deschutes River. Check back for details.

Bend Beer Chase 2023

May 6, 2023

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.

Art in the High Desert

August 2023

Art in the High Desert is returning to 2023!! Art in the High Desert will bring over 150 nationally acclaimed, hand-picked, visual artists to the the beautiful grounds of the Deschutes County Fair & Expo.

Art in the High Desert proudly presents more than 110 nationally acclaimed visual artists. 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 2023 

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2022

Tickets on sale December 14, 2022.

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 2023

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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 2023

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We can’t wait to celebrate autumn in Central Oregon with an amazing community! Thank you music lovers and festival goers, for your continued support of Bend’s culture.

Follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information on the event. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

BendFilm Festival 2022

In-Person October 12-15, 2023 

Virtual October 16 – 22, 2023 

We are ready to embark on another fantastic adventure and celebrate our 18th Festival with the most engaged audiences and most daring of independent filmmakers working today. Meet your heroes, connect with future collaborators and explore all that BendFilm has to offer virtually and in beautiful Bend, Oregon. See you in October!

Bend Venture Conference 2023

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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 2023

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Every October, Bend Design celebrates creative and design thinking by convening creative thinkers from a diverse range of practices and professions for talks, workshops, screenings, and problem-solving sessions.

 We’ll dig into meaningful talks, film screenings, and lively discussions. Tune in from the comfort of your own device and become the change. Stay tuned for pass updates and availability!

High Desert Museum’s

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 sawmill. Current and upcoming exhibits include:

Under the Snow

December 17, 2022 through May 7, 2023

Explore a hidden world in the immersive and bilingual exhibit, Under the Snow.

In the depth of winter, a deep layer of snow quiets the High Desert’s forests. But under the surface, a secret world has come to life. In the subnivium environment, animals create a matrix of tunnels to survive the winter’s frigid temperatures and hide from the predators that lurk above. Using interactive graphics, you and your family will meet the species that depend on the snow, including a resilient mammal named Pika, an observant owl called Great Gray and a fruiting fungus known as Fuzzy Foot.

Under the Snow is offered in both Spanish and English!

Open through May 7, 2023

In the Arena: Photographs from America’s Only Touring Black Rodeo

November 19, 2022 through June 25, 2023

Black cowboys have long been an integral part of the American West. Thousands of Black cowboys, for instance, rode in the Western cattle drives of the 1860s. Their stories are largely untold in popular narratives, but modern-day Black rodeos keep their traditions alive. A new, original High Desert Museum exhibit celebrates this thriving culture.

In the Arena: Photographs from America’s Only Touring Black Rodeo opens at the Museum on Saturday, November 19, 2022. Through the lens of San Francisco Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun, this exhibit documents the exhilarating atmosphere of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo—the only touring Black rodeo in the country—and the showstopping style and skill of the Black cowboys and cowgirls who compete in it year after year.

One of the most enduring symbols of the American West, the cowboy evokes self-reliance, strength and determination—qualities found at the Black rodeos held each year across the United States. Historians estimate that in the latter half of the 19th century, one in four cowboys were Black. They often faced discrimination when passing through towns, barred from restaurants and hotels. But their skills were in high demand.