Scotch & Cigar Dinner
SIP & PUFF—The event's title leaves out the smorgasbord of food—bacon-wrapped scallops, smoked salmon and lamb chops. But six top-shelf aged scotches, coupled with fine cigars, are the drivers of this event. Don't be surprised if the ghost of Hemingway shows up. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. $60 (reservations required).
STRINGS 'N THINGS—Professionally played classical music can be magical. Add Bill Ganz and his Western band to an equation that includes conductor George Hanson and the resulting sum is a glorious medley of High Desert chime and twang. Part of the Sunriver Music Festival. 7:30 pm. Summit High School Auditorium, 2855 NW Clearwater Drive, Bend. $10-42.
Crater Lake Rim Runs
OUTSIDE—It's time for the 38th Annual Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon. If you're not up for the full 26.2-mile marathon, pick the 6.7- or 13-mile run. Deep blues, brilliant greens, snowy-white peaks are a fine way to experience one of America's national treasures. Rest up—most of the course is above 6,000 feet. Register at craterlakerimruns.com. 7:30 am. Crater Lake National Park. $60-95.
High Desert Celtic Fest
FREEDOM!—Central Oregon's 25th annual Celtic Festival showcases traditional dancers, bagpipers, drummers and more. In the accompanying Highland Games, burly Scotsmen in kilts compete in events like hammer throw and caber toss, in which competitors hurl a log end over end. 10 am. Deschutes County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond.
MUSIC—This Portland band retains enough catchy pop appeal to please minivan-driving soccer moms but incorporates enough worldly elements (steel drums and accordions) to draw out the VW camper van festivalgoer. Basically if you drive a van, you'll dig this music. Just wait for the players to desert their intended instruments and form a fully functioning drum line—fun! 11 am. NorthWest Crossing neighborhood, Bend. Free.
MUSIC—Michael Franti has become a summertime staple in Bend—seasonal, like corn and blackberries. His bouncy, feel-good songs, lightly seasoned with political sensibility, make a refreshing tonic for the August heat. Be sure to show up on time: Opening act Amanda Shaw is a red-haired mop-top of fiddling talent. 6:30 pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. $35-$40.
SNAKE OIL MUSIC—Good-natured and slyly humorous, as magnetic (and twangy) as a Southern preacher, Austin-hatched Whiskey Shivers is a banjo-picking, washboard-strumming, crooning Americana delight. 9:30 pm, Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. 21-plus. $5.
SMARTS—What's the square root of 1,000,000? (1,000). Does a mosquito have teeth? (no). Gather up the crew and flex your brain muscle at Astro's increasingly popular trivia night. 8 pm. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St., Bend.
Beer Wars IPA Fest
BEER—Four of the beer capitals of the West—Bend, Portland, San Diego and Seattle—will bring forth their best imperial pales to compete for the title of Best IPA Beer City (note that ours is the smallest city on that list by hundreds of thousands). FOUR CITIES ENTER, ONE CITY LEAVES! 4 pm. 10 Barrel Parking Lot, 1135 Galveston Ave., Bend.
thursday 15 – saturday 17
BEER—Sunshine and tents full of the best beers in the West? Sold. Brewers are rolling out flagship beers alongside X-tap originals. Don't miss Anderson Valley's Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout or Lagunitas' Hairy Eyeball American Strong Ale. 3-11 pm Thursday and Friday, noon-11 pm Saturday. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend. Free entry; $12 for mug; beer tasting tokens are $1 apiece, sold in five-packs.