For one enjoyable weekend in the middle of July, several blocks of downtown Bend are transformed into Central Oregon’s largest art festival. It’s the Bend Summer Festival, a celebration of regional art and community, one of the best events in Bend, Oregon.
The Bend Summer Festival has been going strong for over twenty years, offering a chance for locals and guests to purchase regional arts and crafts while listening to great live music. And, each year the festival proceeds are donated to several area nonprofits.
Art, Crafts, and More
Almost 100 regional and national artists and craftspeople will have booths showing off their artwork and handcrafted wares. You’ll find fine art, pottery, photography, fiber arts, clothing and accessories, sculpture, jewelry, fun souvenirs, and more.
The festival is divided loosely into sections. The Soul Collective features clothing, accessories, and home goods, from vintage to global, all exhibiting that Central Oregon lifestyle vibe. And speaking of the Oregon lifestyle, you won’t want to miss the section called the Oregon Lifestyle marketplace. Filled with specialty foods and local award-winning wines and more, there’s a bit of everything that makes Central Oregon special. There’s a section showcasing Bend businesses too and of course a large family play zone and kids’ area complete with bouncers, races, games, and more.
Enjoy live music throughout the weekend, whether you decide to stop and watch the bands play, or just enjoy it as a backdrop as you browse through the booths. The 2022 lineup includes the Maxwell Friedman Group, Down North, Cascade School of Music, and DRIFT.
And don’t forget the food and beverages! All your favorite Bend establishments will be there with booths overflowing with their wares. Enjoy tasty beverages from the Deschutes Brewery, Avid Cider, 101 North Wines, and Crater Lake just to name a few. While you’re sipping your Twilight Summer Ale, grab a taco or an empanada too. There will be plenty of local restaurants offering plenty of tempting, tasty treats.
A Few More FAQs
Attending the festival is free, so you can enjoy live music and browse beautiful artwork all weekend. You’ll find a map and more information (about parking, pets, etc.) on the Bend Summer Festival website. Or, just give us a call and we’ll answer your questions, and help you find that perfect downtown Bend vacation rental so you can walk to all the events in Bend, Oregon.