Check out the Bend event calendar to find out what’s happening during your vacation and mark your calendar for the annual events that you’ll want to come back for later. Here are just a few of Bend’s most popular events:
Every February, the Oregon WinterFest hosts a two-day celebration of all the wonders of winter. That means ice sculptures, bonfires, craft markets, high-flying motorcycle stunts, and delicious food and drinks. They even crown and Ice King and Queen.
During the Bend Summer Festival, visitors can catch a free concert, take a stroll down the Artist Promenade to purchase hand-made arts and crafts, and grub out on gourmet food and drink vendors selling kombucha, wine, cider, exotic delicacies, and other locally sourced goods.
Bend is proud to host the longest consecutively run elite road cycling race in the United States. Every July, top cyclists and teams from all across the country come to Bend to participate in this 5-day race across Central Oregon. Operating since 1979, the Cascade Cycling Classic is a veritable Central Oregon tradition.
is especially dedicated to showcasing local and regional flavors and supporting Central Oregon’s unique culinary culture. You can watch local chefs compete in the Top Chef Competition, participate in the 5K Beer Run, or simply explore over 40 vendors selling more than enough food to satisfy your appetite for the weekend.
is a beloved Central Oregon summer tradition. Awaken at sunrise to watch the balloons launch or stop by after dark to see special propane-illuminated balloons drift across the night’s sky. During the day, Balloons Over Bend hosts the Children’s Festival, complete with a bouncy house, bike rodeo, marble tournament, arts, crafts, and so much more.
Of course Bend has its very own festival dedicated entirely to craft beer. For three days every summer, the Les Schwab Amphitheater hosts a lively celebration featuring over 170 microbrews, ciders, and wines. Although Bend has more than enough breweries to keep any beer-lover satisfied year-round, the Bend Brewfest is the ultimate craft beer extravaganza.
Art in the High Desert is Central Oregon’s premiere Art & Craft show. Every summer, over 100 jury-selected artists from across the United States and Canada come to Bend to display their creations along the banks of the Deschutes River. It is a great place to buy hand-made jewelry, paintings, metal work, ceramics, and beautiful glassware while also showing your support for artists from all corners of North America.
Multi-sport athletes from across the Pacific Northwest flock to Bend every May for the annual Pole Pedal Paddle competition. Pole Pedal Paddle, or PPP for short, is a six-leg relay race that combines skiing, biking, running, and kayaking for a thrilling, high-energy day of spirited athletic showmanship. The Pine Ridge Inn is located in such a convenient spot that many locals even call us home base during PPP.
The Les Schwab Amphitheater is an independently owned outdoor amphitheater located on the banks of Deschutes River. Since it opened in 2001, The Les Schwab Amphitheater has hosted such acclaimed and diverse artists as Ringo Starr, Heart, Merle Haggard, The Decemberists, Beck, The National, and Norah Jones. There is nothing quite like watching one of your favorite musicians performing to the backdrop of a Central Oregon sunset. Check it out for yourself this summer.
The Bend Marathon boasts a gorgeous course that takes its runners through the city and its beautiful natural surroundings. If you aren’t quite ready for the full marathon, you can also participate in the half-marathon or the 5K. Bite of Bend: If you consider yourself a foodie, Central Oregon’s largest food festival should be at the top of your list. For three days every summer, the streets of Downtown Bend are filled to the brim with chefs, bartenders, brewers, home cooks, and gourmands from throughout the region.