Summer Events Guide 2017 | The Source Weekly - Bend

Summer Events Guide 2017

Pace Yourself! This Guide is Jam Packed!

We gave you the complete summer music guide now it’s time for Central Oregon's best summertime events.

June 23-25

Bite of Bend

FOOD—A three-day food party on the streets of downtown Bend. Taste bites from local restaurants and food trucks, listen to live music including headliner Shooter Jennings, watch Central Oregon's Top Chefs compete, run in the Beer Run, taste spirits in the Mixology Showcase and much more! // Downtown Bend.

June 24

Central Oregon Pride

EQUALITY—An annual celebration of LQBTQ equality, diversity, education, social justice, community and family. Featuring Dykes on Bikes, live music from Mosley Wotta and more, a fashion show, aerial silk performances, booths, food and it's family friendly. Head down to Forge Humanity for Pride Happy Hour before hitting the After Party at The Capitol. // Drake Park.

June 24-25

Redmond Street Festival

FAIR—Think street festivals were only limited to downtown Bend? Think again! The Redmond Street Festival, now in its fifth year brings visitors a variety of arts, crafts, food, beer and entertainment from local businesses. // Downtown Redmond.

June 24, July 29, August 26

Last Saturday Art Walk

ART—Head down to The Old Ironworks Art District and rub elbows with other supporters of local artisans. The last Saturday of every month, enjoy art openings, live music, food carts and complimentary beverages from 6-10pm. The District includes creative collectives including The Workhouse. // The Old Ironworks Art District.

June 30 - July 4

Sisters Round Up of Gems

GEMS—Do interesting rocks and gems pique your interest? Head to Sisters to view a variety of gems, minerals, jewelry, beads and fossils to peruse and purchase. Having a hard time finding the perfect dinosaur egg or meteorite for that special someone? Your search stops here. // Sisters Elementary School.

July 1-4

La Pine Frontier Days

FESTIVAL—La Pine's largest event of the year celebrates the heritage and unique character of the town. Something for everyone: lawnmower races, western pit BBQ, fireworks, midway vendors, live music, kids games, a quilt show and more. // La Pine Frontier Days Grounds.

July 4

Old Fashioned July 4th Festival & Pet Parade

FREEDOM—Start your Independence Day by walking in or watching the famous Pet Parade and then head to Drake Park for an Old Fashioned July 4th Festival. Complete with live music, pie eating contests, games such as the three-legged race, kids and family fun area, food and artisan vendors and more. // Downtown Bend and Drake Park.

July 4

Sunriver's 4th of July Festival

FESTIVAL—Spending July 4th in Sunriver? Start your day with a bike parade and then head down to the Village for a fun-filled day for the whole family. Enjoy entertainment, games and food. Test your eating skills in the watermelon eating contest, climb the rock wall and more. // The Village at Sunriver.

July 7 and Aug 4, Sept 1

First Friday Art Walks

ART WALK—Though not specific to the summer, First Friday Art Walk provides free beverages, entertainment and a wide reaching showcase of local artists in Downtown Bend all year long. Businesses stay open later and join up with local and national artists for a staple in the Bend culture scene. Plus, hey, free wine! // Downtown Bend.

July 7-8

Sisters Artist Marketplace

ART—Now in its fifth year, the Sisters Artist Marketplace showcases local arts, crafts, beer, wine garden, food and entertainment. When not perusing quilts at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, enjoy an artists' festival. // Sisters Community.

July 7-9

Bend Summer Festival

FESTIVAL—It wouldn't be summer in Bend without a festival dedicated to the season itself. Bend Summer Festival brings you a wealth of live music, including local favorites Larry and His Flask headlining, as well as artists, vendors, food, family fun, wine and jazz. // Downtown Bend.

July 8

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

QUILTS—With more than 1,300 quilts on display and for sale, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has a reputation of being the largest quilt show and sale in the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all over the globe flock to Sisters to partake in the annual festival. // Sisters.

July 15

Slotozilla Local Arts Fair

ARTS—This weekend-long festival features over 115 visual artists and their artwork. In addition to art, you can look forward to a music festival, a "Culinary Row" serving regional and ethnic food, activities and entertainment, both creative and educational for children and families. // Red Tank Cider.

July 16

Sunriver Music Festival's Festival Faire

The longtime classical music festival in Sunriver is turning 40, and this is the event that helps the organization raise funds to nurture the region's budding artistic talent. The event includes a delicious dinner, and costumes are encouraged! Music provided by the 2017 Young Artists Scholarship winners. // 4:30 pm. Tickets at

July 22

Sunriver Antique & Classic Car Show

CARS—Wander through the Village at Sunriver admiring cars from the 1920s and '30s, as well as the muscle cars of the '70s and '80s. Listen to music as you drool over the antique and classic cars on display. // The Village at Sunriver.

Aug. 11-23

Sunriver Music Festival

CLASSICAL—Classical music lovers, this is your chance to revel in the wealth of talent and entertainment the region has to offer. From classical and pops concerts to featured soloists, there's plenty to choose from during this summer concert series. // Various locations.

July 28-30

Balloons Over Bend

FAMILY—Sure, there are family-friendly festivals in Bend, but Balloons Over Bend takes it to another level. In addition to the hot air balloons flying overhead, you'll be treated to a Children's Festival at the Deschutes Historical Museum that coincides with their Summer Shootout Marble Tournament. The Children's Festival includes a reptile zone, Academie De Ballet Classique performances, face painting, belly dancing lessons, balloon animals, Wushu Oregon Tai Chi performances and much more.

In addition to bouncy houses, a marble shootout tournament and the festivities included in the children's festival, kids can participate in the Balloon Blast Kids Fun Run. All participants receive a race bib, finisher ribbons and a stamp on their Kids Rock the Races race bib. Kids participating in the race are eligible for cool prizes. Races for ages 3-10 years old.

Daily balloon launches occur at Jewell Elementary School at sunrise. Friday night head down to Riverbend Park and Saturday to Sunriver Resort to experience the Night Glow. Tethered hot air balloons are inflated to light up against the darkened sky for a truly unique viewing experience. Enjoy one of Bend's favorite summer traditions with the whole family. // Riverbend Park, Sunriver Resort, Deschutes Historical Museum.

Aug 2-6

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

FAIR—Go hog wild at the annual Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo. Get your adrenaline fix with carnival rides, check out the 4H animals, indulge in fair foods (elephant ear, anyone?), watch local compete in a talent show, attend one of four concerts with nationally touring artists and see how the competitors fair in the rodeo. // Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

Aug 5

Sunriver Quilt Show and Sale

QUILTS—Head down to the Village at Sunriver for a one day outdoor quilt show and sale. Also included: a bazaar featuring handcrafted items for sale. Proceeds benefit local charities and educational programs. // The Village at Sunriver.

Aug 11-13

Sunriver Art Fair

ART—Over 70 artist booths in 11 different mediums, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, gourd art, woodwork, metalwork and mixed media. Enjoy live music on the stage while perusing art from all over the country. // The Village at Sunriver.

Aug 11-13

Flashback Cruz

CARS—Friday starts with a Pre-Show & Shine at 11am with live music starting at 6pm. Browse classic and antique cars in the park and on Saturday join in a street dance on Minnesota Ave. Sunday, cars cruise up to Mt. Bachelor, leaving Drake Park at 9am. // Drake Park.

August 17-22


ECLIPSE—With eclipse totality on everyone's minds this summer, Madras has one of the best views. SOLARFEST includes camping, eclectic live music, global food, beer, local spirits, kids activities with water features and NASA has an informational booth! Experience totality—if you can brave the traffic, that is. // Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Aug 19

Quilt Show in the Park

QUILT— With over 150 quilts on display, enjoy the traditional, modern and art set against the Deschutes River. In addition to quilts, you'll also find a boutique with handmade items, a raffle quilt and a member sales area with quilting-related goods. // Pioneer Park.

Aug 19

Family Fun Fest

FAMILY—For the first year, The Village at Sunriver and Alpine Entertainment bring you a festival designed with families in mind. Participate in a 5k fun run beginning at 9am, play a variety of games including lifesize Foosball. Fun for the whole family that benefits Relay for Life. // The Village at Sunriver.

Aug 19-20

Sisters Wild West Show

WESTERN—The event, now in its fifth year, features a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, food and entertainment. Entertainment includes six western skits with a western town facade and demonstrations. Saturday night attend the country western dance. // Creekside Park.

Aug 25-27

Art in the High Desert

ART—Central Oregon's premier juried arts and crafts show. Featuring over 115 nationally acclaimed, hand-picked visual artists who come together to display their art on the banks of the Deschutes River. // Old Mill District.

Aug 26

For the Love of Pets Benefit Festival

PETS—If there's one thing Bendites love more than beer and the outdoors, it's dogs. Celebrate your favorite canine companions at a dog-friendly community festival that benefits three local shelters in Redmond, Madras and Prineville. Chilli cookoff, IPA tasting, live music, kids activities and adoptable animals galore! // The Bridges at Shadow Glen.

Sept 2-3

Sisters Fall Street Festival

FESTIVAL—Now in its 10th year, the Sisters Fall Street Festival features a variety of arts, crafts, food, beer, wine garden and entertainment. The festival benefits the Sisters High School Visual Arts Department. // Downtown Sisters.

Indoors or out, check out these spots for the happenings in Central Oregon's dramatic and cinematic scene.

June 9-July 1


SEASON OF LOVE—With a rental crisis afoot in Central Oregon, the timing of this production couldn't be better. Set in NYC in the late '80s and early '90s, the play covers money issues, addiction, AIDS and more. As Cascades Theatrical Company's 300th production, it's a musical not to be missed. // 2pm & 7:30pm showings.

June 16-July 1

I Am My Own Wife

DRAMA—A transgender German person, Charlotte, hides from the Nazis in plain sight, appearing as a woman. That's the inspiration for this play at 2nd Street Theater, which features Randy Heise playing more than 30 characters that represent Charlotte's life. The play won the Pulitzer in 2004 and a Tony for Best Play, so it's sure to be a stunner. // 3pm & 7:30pm performances.

June 20-Aug 16

Summer Movie Express

MOVIES—Families, don't let summer boredom get you down! Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX offers $1 movies every Tuesday & Wednesday throughout the summer. Family-oriented movies include "Trolls," "Kubo and the Two Strings," "The Lego Batman Movie" and more. //

June 28

Full Draw Film Tour

FILM—Hunting enthusiast? When you can't make it out to the woods to experience the real thing, this film can by a solid standby. Full Draw offers a hunting film focused on bowhunting, aimed at young and old alike. // 7pm. Tower Theatre.

July 3, 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25

Movies on the Lawn

OUTDOOR FILMS—Ah, summer, when we can munch on popcorn and watch a movie out of doors. Pronghorn Resort's Movies on the Lawn series features "The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night" July 3, "Guardians of the Galaxy" July 14, "The Greatest Game Ever Played" July 28. "The Lego Movie" Aug. 11, and "Silverado" Aug. 25. Free, but RSVP on Pronghorn's event page. // 9-11pm.

July 26

Bend Bicycle Film Festival

BIKES—If you've been around for more than about five minutes, then you're probably aware that Central Oregonians love them some bikey fun. This fest, launched in 2009, is aimed at showcasing the area's cycling culture, and offers a place for bike enthusiasts to get together to talk bike and plan out the season of riding. Featuring a host of short films about cycling. Submissions wanted—due by July 15.// 7pm. Tower Theatre., submissions ot

Aug. 1-Sep. 3

Sunriver Twilight Cinema

OUTDOOR MOVIES—Sunriver steps out with its own lineup of outdoor movies this summer, most Tuesdays and Saturdays from Aug. 1 to Sept. 3. Toggling between some dates at SHARC and some at the Village at Sunriver. Titles include "Secret Life of Pets," "Finding Dory," "Fantastic Beasts" and more. // Activities begin at 6:30pm.

Aug. 18-19

Shakespeare in the Park

TRAGEDY—Oregon has a wealth of amazing Shakespeare, thanks in part to Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival—but this August, you don't have to travel over the mountains to witness some world-class performances, courtesy of The Bard. In fact, all you have to do is head on down to Bend's own Drake Park.

This year's Shakespeare in the Park event features what is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, "Titus Andronicus." As with most of The Bard's tragic works, this one has its fair share of blood and mayhem. Titus Andronicus is a Roman general who comes home after years of war with just four of his 25 sons still alive. He's captured the Queen of the Goths, Tamora, with whom he engages in an ongoing revenge battle that sees both of them losing more children, and eventually, sees Titus baking some of Tamora's sons in a pie. Blood and mayhem, indeed.

This version features a cast from the Northwest Classical Theatre Company of Portland. That includes the world-class talents of Joseph Marcell—who you might recognize from the show, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," but whose chops also include a lifetime working at the Globe Theatre in London. With talent such as that gracing the stage, this is an outdoor theatre experience you won't want to miss. // Fri., Aug. 18 & Sat., Aug 19. 7pm. Drake Park, Bend. $22-$45

Aug. 18-Sep. 8

Munch and Movies

MUNCH—The Munch & Music and Munch & Movies series are two of locals' favorites, and for good reason. Fun movies and yummy dinners, desserts and kettle korn what's not to love! Chill under the stars and check the movies on a 20-foot by 40-foot outdoor movie screen. Come early to get a good spot! Movies include "Trolls" on Aug. 18, "Moana" on Aug. 25, "Hidden Figures" on Sep. 1, and "Beauty and the Beast" on Sep. 8. // Music at 6pm; movies at dusk.

Sep. 1-16

Heathers, the Musical

MEAN GIRLS—A teen girl begins life at a new school and quickly falls in with the meanest girl clique around, The Heathers. If you grew up in the 90s, this movie was probably part of your cultural lexicon. Now you can see it in its musical form at 2nd Street Theater, in all its dark, ruthless glory! // 3pm & 7:30pm performances.

Sep. 15-23

Rock of Ages

BROADWAY—Are you an '80s music fan? Then let this be the event that brings you back to the good ol' days of wailin' guitars and rock anthem goodness. The Broadway hit features a pair of hayseeds looking to get their big break on the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles in 1987. Prepare to sing along—or do your best not to. Either way, it's going to be "Nothin' But a Good Time." // 7:30pm. Tower Theatre.

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June 21-July 19

Wednesday Night Cookouts

GRILL— Enjoy lip smackin' smoked meats while sipping local craft brews overlooking the brilliance of Suttle Lake. Grab your favorite peeps for a good ol' ranch-style cookout with food, drinks, sunsets, lake vibes and lawn games for perfect stay-cation feels. // 5pm onward. Suttle Lodge and Boathouse.

June 23-24

Bite of Bend

FOOD — Calling all foodies and food-enthusiasts — the largest food festival in Central Oregon is ramping things up this year with a three-day food party filled with 40 food vendors from across the region.

Unique ingredients, cuisine and culture fill the stage while a mixology showdown brings the best bartenders into a shaker showdown. You've seen the Bartender's Brawl — well, this is the finale.

Corner Gospel Explosion and New Orleans Suspects keep the party raging while top chefs compete for prime bragging rights. Plus, The Beer Run, a Little Hopper Root Beer Run and cocktail classes means there's something for everyone at this finger-licking event.

// Starts 5pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Downtown Bend.

June 24


FESTIVAL — What better way to enjoy craft beer than with a free, all-day music fest. Featuring live acts like Lance Canales & The Flood, Precious Byrd and the Polyrhythmics, food carts offer up eats while bartenders pour delicious Crux beers. This will be a beer-filled bonanza. // 1-10pm. Crux Fermentation Project.

June 24- September 2

Central Oregon Saturday Market

MARKET — Not just a farmers market, this Bend staple hosts finely crafted jewelry, art, clothing and more with live music on the scene. Support local by buying from these homespun artists, makers and musicians. // 10am. Free. Downtown Library parking lots.

June 26-29

Bite Week

CLASSES — Get those hands dirtay and fill your tummy with a four-day tasting and education extravaganza featuring chef dinners, demos, classes and cocktail experiences throughout Bend in support of the Bite of Bend Festival. From dinners at Deschutes to Pronghorn and beyond, there's something for everyone for this interactive and uniquely foodie experience. // $65-90. Various locations.

July 15

Whole Foods 6th Annual Brewfest

BEER — Now's your chance to see what 25 of Oregon's best breweries are up to with sample brews and delicious eats at this fun fundraiser for the High Desert Museum. Kick back with a BBQ while watching Blondeau and The Bucklys at this family-friendly event. // 2pm. Whole Foods Market.

July 20-22

Cork & Barrel

WINE — Bringing a taste of the PNW wine scene to the High Desert, this three-day fundraising event features nightly wine and dinner pairings while benefiting the KIDS Center. 17 guest wineries grace the stage as local and regional chefs dole out beautifully crafted small bites and meals. // 5pm. Broken Top Club.

August 4-5

Ghost Tree Invitational & Dinner On The Range

GOLF & FOOD — Tee off at a double shotgun golf tournament at the award winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Course with on-course prizes, BBQ, drinks and more. Finish off at Pronghorn Resort with a foodie fest and ample cuisine made onsite from 17 of the finest local and regional chefs, live music with Precious Byrd and a silent auction with killer vacation packages. Proceeds benefit local charities throughout Central Oregon. // All day.

August 9-12

Bend Brewfest

BEER — The be-all-end-all-beer event, the brewfest is a highlight for any hopped-up connoisseur looking to taste some of the best brews out there. A whopping 170 breweries and cideries are on location, offering up samples of their wares plus ample food trucks and a rotating list of live music that keeps the party going late into the night. Kids can enter until 7pm. // Noon to 11pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater.

August 26-28

Volcanic Bike and Brew Festival

BIKE — As the final stop of the Oregon Enduro Series, this jam-packed event will make all gearheads happy. Partake in downhill and ride clinics and then finish up with samples from all the best breweries. // All day. Mt. Bachelor Village.

September 1-2

Little Woody

FEST — Go big or go Gnome and celebrate barrel aged beers and ciders from across the Northwest in this annual end-of-summer fest. There's tastings of small-batch American rye whiskeys and bourbons as well as hand-crafted barrel-aged unique ciders that are not found in stores. Tasty treats are provided by local and regional chefs and live, local music will keep this celebration a gnoming. // 5pm Friday, Noon-10pm Saturday. Deschutes Historical Museum.

September 15-16

Bend Oktoberfest

GERMAN BEER — Grab that lederhosen and get immersed in all things Oktoberfest. From a yodeling contest to Oompah music, the fest brings the finest elements of the annual Munich tradition to the streets of downtown Bend. Breweries far and wide will be serving up steins of frothy brews and they'll be liberal amounts of Bavarian style brats, Knödels, sausage pizzas and other eats to sop up your beer intake. Meanwhile, boisterous revelers partake in absurd games of bendhamershlagen, yodeling, tricycle races, costume contests and of course, who could forget, the now infamous, Wiener dog race. Expect slight debauchery. Prost! // 5pm Friday start, then all day weekend. Downtown Bend.