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Old Mill District Blog2021-07-20T23:13:07-07:00

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old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

First Friday Art Walk in the Old Mill District

If art is where your heart is, you're going to love First Friday Art Walk in the Old Mill District Festivities return Friday, Sept. 3 from 3-6 p.m. - come sip, savor and stroll! This [...]

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Celebrate Independent Cinema

18th Annual BendFilm Festival Expand your cinematic capacity over the course of 10 days. This year, the BendFilm Festival celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, rugged and brilliant people who make them over 10 [...]

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Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe Partner with Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Popular Central Oregon activity just got cooler. Glance towards the Deschutes River on any given day and you’ll spot folks floating on various devices enjoying the water. In fact, the most high-traffic section of the [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotSHOPPING + SPECIALS

Hey little bear, I love you

Valentine's Day ideas for parents From heart-shaped pancakes and pink Rice Krispies treats to hidden notes in lunchboxes and good-morning flowers, there's more than one way to brighten your kid's day on Valentine's. We've got a couple of ideas, too, if you're not so good with the griddle or food [...]

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Three-Day Weekend in Bend

How your family can get the most out of 72 hours in Central Oregon this winter So you're headed to the Bend area this winter for a long weekend in the snow, congrats! We're guessing you've already scoped out Mt. Bachelor's alpine and nordic offering, so we're here to help [...]

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Tumalo Art Co. January Show

"Where in the World" exhibit held over through January If you didn't get to catch Tumalo Art Co.'s wonderful "Where in the World" group show in December, you're in luck as the exhibit has been extended through January 2021. The show is a celebration of where Tumalo Art Co. artists [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotDINING + DRINKING

Our July Four Top Four

Cheers to celebrating Red, White and Blue with you, Central Oregon! With traditions like the famed Pet Parade, Old Fashioned Festival in Drake Park and expansive Pilot Butte fireworks, it’s safe to say Central Oregonians know how to celebrate the Fourth. Wondering how to [...]

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It’s patio season in the Old Mill District

It's feeling like patio season! Here’s some recommendations for patio dining any time you're looking to enjoy great food and drink in the beautiful outdoors here in Bend. At Anthony’s, take in not one but three [...]

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Welcome Rapa Nui tiki bar!

New cocktail lounge highlights news from the Old Mill District in March Also, visit Anthony’s for its Oyster Festival, take a spin through the Old Mill District via Wheel Fun Rentals, and relax and enjoy [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotEVENTS

Bend Design: Virtual Creative Thinking Conference Oct. 22

Speakers, Films, Creativity & Conversation for Designers, Changemakers and the Curious 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. The conference will continue with its virtual program for 2021. Tune [...]

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Summer youth camps in Bend nurture various passions

It’s good to be a kid in Central Oregon during the summer of 2021 From forest school to acting classes and cycling programs to paddle clinics, the summer months are the perfect time for kids of all ages to find a new passion or fully embrace the awesomeness that is [...]

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Earth Day, Bend Oregon

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The global pandemic rocked the world in 2020. The effects of Covid-19 have been widespread with both positive and negative impacts on the environment including improved air quality in some parts of the world due to the travel restrictions/lockdowns throughout the world. But part of the negative [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotLIVE MUSIC

Upcoming Robert Plant show concludes 2019 concert season at LSA

Bend to host Led Zeppelin vocalist's only Oregon show Rock legend Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters close out the 2019 Les Schwab Amphitheater concert season in Bend on Thursday, Oct. 3, with their [...]

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Arts & Music Roundup in the Old Mill District

 Several art and music events are coming up in the Old Mill District, including the return of the Art in the High Desert festival for the 12th consecutive year. Highlighting the district’s commitment to nurturing [...]

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Jason Isbell + Father John Misty photos

What a fantastic first show! Thanks to everyone that came out to the Jason Isbell + Father John Misty concert on Sunday. Here's some of our favorite pics from Thomas & Velo Photography . Also, here's [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotACTIVITIES

Celebrate Independent Cinema

18th Annual BendFilm Festival Expand your cinematic capacity over the course of 10 days. This year, the BendFilm Festival celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, rugged and brilliant people who make them over 10 [...]

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Bend Design: Virtual Creative Thinking Conference Oct. 22

Speakers, Films, Creativity & Conversation for Designers, Changemakers and the Curious Every October, Bend Design celebrates creative and design thinking by convening creative thinkers from a diverse range of practices and professions for talks, workshops, [...]

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Summer youth camps in Bend nurture various passions

It’s good to be a kid in Central Oregon during the summer of 2021 From forest school to acting classes and cycling programs to paddle clinics, the summer months are the perfect time for kids [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotCONTESTS + COMMUNITIES

From One Star to Another

It's Love Letter Week! Enter to Win Dinner for Two at Hola!, Two Tickets to One of Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe’s Old Mill District Full Moon Paddle Tours, and a $100 Old Mill [...]

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To a Life Uncorked

It's Love Letter Day! Enter to Win a Bottle of Wine from Va Piano Vineyards & Naked Winery. Plus, Two Wine Glasses and a Bottle of Wine from Ginger's Kitchenware We're celebrating the connections [...]

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Don’t Stop Believing

It's Love Letter Day! Enter to Win a $100 OLD MILL DISTRICT GIFT CARD We're celebrating the connections that tie us all together with a series of Love Letters. They’re fun, they’re original, and [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHOLIDAYS

SantaLand in the Old Mill District

SantaLand planning for 2020 is still under way. Check back later for more details. We love the Man in Red in Bend. After flying in on an AirLink helicopter on Friday, Nov. 29, Santa Claus [...]

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Carolers in the Old Mill District

Unfortunately, there will not be any carolers in the Old Mill District in 2020 due to COVID-19. Come experience glorious sounds of local choir groups this holiday season in the Old Mill District. Throughout December [...]

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Bend’s Tree of Joy program

The Tree of Joy project for 2020 is still being planned. Check back later for more info! The Tree of Joy is a special project we're again extremely proud to be a part of. A [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHISTORY

Fall 2019 arts, lectures and events

Cultural happenings in Bend and beyond There’s always something going on in Bend during the fall, from History Pubs and poetry workshops to visiting scholars and art talks. The arts, history, culture - they're all [...]

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Brooks-Scanlon mill remnants now house floral arrangements

Former mill waste burners have been converted into giant flower pots The past is ever present here in Bend. From the iconic powerhouse building and its three smokestacks that’s now home to REI to the [...]

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Upcoming museum exhibits

History, science and art exhibits on display in Central Oregon Our local museum's in the Bend area do a phenomenal job telling the story of this place we call home. Be sure to check out [...]

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