Oregon’s winter wonderland extravaganza returns to Bend February 16-18.
The 2024 Bend WinterFest, proudly presented by Boss Mortgage, makes its return to its former home in the Old Mill District. Mark your calendars for this premier winter festival happening on President’s Day Weekend!
For over two decades, the Bend WinterFest has been a highlight of the Pacific Northwest’s winter season, and it’s returning with a bang. Under the sparkling lights, the 2024 Bend WinterFest will create an enchanting atmosphere filled with live music, art, delectable cuisine, live music and entertainment suitable for all ages. This year’s musical lineup includes the likes of locals MOsley WOtta, Precious Byrd, Tony Smiley and Leadbetter Band, as well as national acts Hell’s Belles and Saturday’s hip-hop headliner Chingy!
Get lost in the enchanting Central Oregon Fire Pit exposition, guiding your way through the festival with stunning metalwork and sculptures. Warm up beside vibrant fire pits and admire exquisite fire sculptures, or watch in awe as ice carvers transform blocks of ice into intricate masterpieces. Over two dozen artists will create unique sculptures throughout the weekend.
The Wonderland Marketplace also beckons with an array of businesses and service organizations displaying apparel, food, and various products. This spacious shopping area will be brimming with regional and local artisans, showcasing their unique handmade creations, from exquisite woodwork to handcrafted jewelry and paintings.
You’ll also want to prepare for your winter adventures at the Cascades Market, where you can find the latest snow sports clothing and outdoor accessories, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts.
For the little ones, the Family Play Zone offers endless fun, complete with bounce houses and kid-focused activities. Children can also take on the OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) brainteaser challenges or participate in the Mini Marshmallow Run.
Adding a touch of excitement to the 2024 festival is the return of the Hot Cocoa Run, exclusively for adults, happening on Sunday, Feb. 18. Don your favorite costumes and participate in this entertaining 5K, concluding with a hot cocoa bar adorned with all your favorite toppings, and the option to add a splash of Crater Lake Spirits.
The 2024 Oregon WinterFest continues its tradition of giving back, with a portion of proceeds each year benefiting a local nonprofit. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon will be the beneficiary for this year. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides crucial mentoring to children in need of supportive role models, and the organization is contributing over 100 volunteers to make the event a success.
For more information, including vendor and volunteer applications and ticket purchases, visit OregonWinterFest.com.