Bend, Oregon is more than just a Central Oregon city with gorgeous rivers and incredible mountainside. Bend brings together visitors from all over the country for its many festivals and events. Planning ahead can be difficult if you are not from the area. Here is how to experience Bend Oregon visitor attractions below:
Bend Brew Fest
Saying Bend has some of the best craft breweries in the country is an understatement. Make the most of your event journey to Bend with a trip during the Bend Brew Fest. This exciting annual event takes place at the end of summer each year for warm temperatures and cold beer. Not only will you be trying sample pours of the best beer from each brewery, you can also choose from a fine selection of local food vendors. Plan ahead for the next Bend Brew Fest taking place August 15th to 17th 2019.
Balloons Over Bend
You cannot get a better view of Bend than on one of the majestic hot air balloons found during the Balloons Over Bend festival. This annual event is a fun-filled weekend of hot air balloons, fun, games, and so much more. Children’s activities such as bounce houses, face painting, and races will be around for the kids, too. Check out the next Balloons Over Bend happening July 26-28 2019.
Deschutes County Fair
For over 95 years, the Deschutes County Fair has been around for an amazing time under the summer sun. This all-ages event includes all the usual fair activities such as a petting zoo, carnival rides, live music concerts, rodeos, and more. If you are looking for a family-friendly journey with incredible events, the summer season in Bend is your best bet. While the next event’s dates are not yet available, check www.expo.deschutes.org for continuous updates so you and your family can start planning for your event-filled journey to Bend.
Bend Film Festival
The Bend Film Festival, an annual Bend event for over 17 years, brings independent films to various venues around downtown Bend in October. If you are any kind of movie aficionado, this festival is one you won’t want to miss. During this long weekend festival, the entire downtown focuses on film with showings, discussions, juried film awards and The (indie) Women of the Year Award.
Theater in the Park
Theater in the Park (formerly Shakespeare in the Park) is two nights of musical theater in scenic Drake Park (situated on the Deschutes River) in October. Past performances of this fun, annual event have included La Cage Aux Folles and Jesus Christ Superstar.
4 Peaks Music Festival
Looking for a little music for your summer entertainment? Then 4 Peaks Music Festival is for you. Four days of music and art starts the summer off right. Past musical acts have included Poor Man’s Whiskey, Greensky Bluegrass, The Mother Hips and Fruition. The friendly festival atmosphere and beautiful scenery is the perfect backdrop for national, regional, and local talent.
Bend Summer & Fall Festivals
In early July, keep your summers rolling with the Bend Summer Festival. Join over 40,000 music lovers as they congregate in historic Bend. This lively festival is a weekend of fine food, lots of adult beverages, and at least two stages overflowing with great blues, rock and jazz music.
In October, the Bend Fall Festival features live music, a Harvest Market with seasonal produce and handcrafted food products, a family play zone with jump houses, pumpkin painting and more. The Fine Artist Promenade has over 100 vendors with handmade art and The Souk, an open-air market featuring one-of-a-kind items from around the world. And there’ll be plenty of food and drink carts, so you can grab a craft cocktail, beer, or seasonal cider while you peruse the fun.
Bend A Cappella Festival
In Febuary, the Tower Theatre in historic downtown Bend comes alive with the sound of music – specifically A Cappella. Festival participants (groups and individuals) can compete in the Friday and Saturday night Sing-Offs, attend seminars and workshops, group coaching sessions, and more. Past event participants and teachers have included some of the best-known names in A Capella world including Deke Sharon, Nomadic and Ellie Osterman.
Start the year off right with the Winter PrideFest at Mt Bachelor. This four-day long ski weekend has Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and snowboarding. And of course, you won’t want to miss the ever colorful, popular Drag Tubing event. And there are panel discussions on LGBTQ+ topics, ski party, dance party and wind things down with a Sunday brunch.
Bend Oregon Visitor Attractions
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