Festivals & Events in Bend
Here’s a list of some of our favorite upcoming Bend events and festivals in 2021 Check out the event calendar for all events and concerts happening at the Old Mill District.
May 12-14, 2022
The Bend Brewfest is a three-day beer festival held in May 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.
May 21, 2022
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.
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.
TBD for May 2022
North America’s longest-running stage race is happening again in 2022 — stay tuned for dates.
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 2022 Cascade Cycling Classic will fill 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.
August 19-22 2021
Limited Capacity, Safety Protocol, But Same 4 Peaks Vibe
Experience the magic of Bend’s boutique, multi-day, music event, as it emerges in a new, scaled-back format. The intimate MINI 4 Peaks is slated August 19-22, 2021 at Southeast Bend’s Stevenson Ranch for music, arts, and fun with your family & friends! This festival for musical lovers, festivarians and the community at large, is poised and ready for another stellar year, in a slightly new format, and will proudly feature two stages of music on Friday and Saturday featuring national, regional and local bands for music enthusiasts of all tastes.
July 8 – August 12, 2021
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.
July 10-11, 2021
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.
Canceled in 2021, but they’ll be back on July 29- August 31, 2022
Voted one of Oregon’s “Hidden Gem Festivals”, you’ll experience over 20 bands — ranging from rock, blues, jazz, reggae, folk and bluegrass — at this outdoor concert festival in Lapine, Oregon. Craft beer, wine, food and artist vendors are always part of the fun, too.
July 23-25, 2021
We are excited to bring back this magical display in the skies all to support the local nonprofit Saving Grace. We are hopeful that we can safely host this event in 2021. 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!
July 30-31, 2021
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.
July 28-August 1
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.
August 13-15, 2021
The Sunriver Art Fair features numerous juried artists, a kids’ crafts area, artist demos and live music in the village at Sunriver.
August 13- 15, 2021
The 2021 Sunriver Art Fair team is looking forward to seeing everyone again in the beautiful Village at Sunriver, one of our proud sponsors. Join us August 13-15, 2021 to shop for art directly from the artists, enjoy live entertainment and family fun in a safe, friendly environment. New in 2021, we have expanded our Fair to include an exciting online shopping event from August 13-September 26, 2021.
August 20-21, 2021
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.
September 25, 2021
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.
Canceled for 2021 – stay tuned for 2022 dates
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.
October 1-3, 2021
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.
September 18-25, 2021
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!
October 1-3, 2021
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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.
October 7-17, 2021
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!
October 21-22, 2021
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.
October 22, 2021
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 will be continuing with our virtual program for 2021. Join us online for a Covid-safe event. 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!
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:
March 6, 2021 through July 18, 2021
What do ancient pieces of cooled magma from the Moon and Mars have in common with samples from an eruption of Oregon’s Lava Butte only 7,000 years ago? Examined under a microscope, lava rocks from Earth, Moon, Mars and asteroids have striking similarities–not to mention exceptional abstract beauty. Discover the hidden art of igneous rocks from Oregon and other planets in our solar system in a new Museum exhibit.
January 30 through October 3, 2021
In the Pleistocene era, a mammal that was up to eight feet long and 220 pounds roamed what is now the High Desert and beyond. One incisor tooth excavated from Oregon’s South Yamhill River in 2017 measured three inches long. This massive creature, Castoroides ohioensis, was the giant beaver, ancestor of the modern North American beaver, Castor canadensis.
The giant beaver went extinct 10,000 years ago, and the modern beaver is now the largest rodent on the continent. Despite being smaller and once driven to the edge of extinction, it today has a mammoth-size impact on the American West.
September 26, 2020 through May 2, 2021
New exhibit celebrates daredevils that brought spectacle to the High Desert landscape.
On a cold December day in 1976, stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil stood poised on the dry lakebed of Southeast Oregon’s Alvord Desert to make history. In a hydrogen peroxide-powered, three-wheeled rocket car, she reached an average speed of 512 miles per hour, setting a new land-speed record for female drivers that held for more than 40 years.
O’Neil was not the first thrill seeker to seek challenge in the High Desert, with its deep canyons and expansive playas.
Daredevils, a new, original High Desert Museum exhibit, explores the meaning risk-taking plays in our lives, why daredevils capture our imaginations and the many reasons they have been drawn to High Desert landscapes to execute their feats.