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Summer Events

Free Music Everywhere!

Satisfy your craving for free live music at one of these untraditional venues

Ya Slacker!

In honor of the Summer Events issue, here's how to look like you're doing Bend things, without actually doing them

Street Beat

2016 Summer Events Guide

Summer Outside Events

Summer Film & Theater Events

Summer Food & Drink Events

Summer Events Guide

A selection of the season's hottest events

Sudzing Up Summer

Beer events ffiill up the calendar

More Fairs Than You Can Shake a Hot Dog on a Stick At

Regional fairs and arts events keep summer busy

Taking a Bite Out of Summer

A bushel full of food-related events

All the Summer is a Stage

Film and stage events to keep summer cool

Spinning Wheels

Staying active in Central Oregon's summer isn't tough

Happy Hours Are Here Again

Bend's Fermentation Celebration is a locals' night for the masses

There's a New Chef in Town

10 Below's Ingrid Rohrer competes for Top Chef honor

Walking on Water

Stand-up paddle boarding graduates from leisurely to legit

Home is Where the Art Is

Gavin Douglas returns to Bend for Summer Shakespeare

Summer Events Guide

Pack up your picnic, and pack up your calendar

A Nibling of the Area’s Food Events

Awash in Beer Events

Out of the Hammock and onto the Trails

A sampling of outdoor events

Fields of Fabric

Art quilts capture tangible landscapes

Street Fair Stylings

My First: Love of the Game

A dad, a daughter and baseball

My First: Whitewater Kayaking

My First: Concert

Summer Guide!

My First: Camp

My First: Road Trip

Summer First: Getting Started

My First: Summer in Bend

Float On: The Deschutes for Dummies

When the weather gets hotter, the river traffic gets heavier. Float from Riverbend Park down to Drake on a hot day and you might feel like you’re shoulder to shoulder with most of the town. Don’t get us wrong, that can be a blast. But if you’re looking to avoid river rush hour, it might be time to find a new spot. Check out stretches up in Sunriver or down near Tumalo State Park. In Sunriver, you can float from Harpers Bridge to near the Sunriver Marina. Or at Tumalo, put in at the state park and float a stretch with some class I rapids down to near Highway 20.

It's the Party Your Backyard Has Always Wanted

If you live in one of those newer homes with a backyard just big enough to bury a casket (i.e., where your summer get together dreams go to die)… fret not. Bend’s popular camping and music shindig is just around the corner and boasts enough space to entertain you and your friends with two days of fantastic folk and bluegrass.

IPA Taste-Off California vs Oregon, Baby!

It’s time to settle the score. Oregon’s IPAs are better than California’s, we’re pretty sure. But to prove it, you’re going to need to get scientific. You’re going to need a bunch of friends, a bunch of beers and our handy judging guide below to help you seal the deal in Oregon’s favor.

Summer Solstice Mostest

Those of us who have been around know that summer doesn’t officially start until July 4. But if you’re waiting until the fireworks pop to roll out your Tevas and T-shirts, you’re missing out on at least one early summer ritual that’s worth honoring—the summer solstice. Also known as the longest day of the year, summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 20—as in next week. And while it may be hump day, it’s worth marking solstice on your calendar as a day to worship the sun by packing your bike, your golf clubs or even your kayak when heading to work so you can take advantage of the extra light as soon as you bust out the door.

Get Out and Bang the Chains

Live in Bend long enough and someone’s bound to ask you to go disc golfing. But there’s more to it than just getting out and throwing a Frisbee. We recommend going with someone who knows what they’re doing. Avid disc golfers go out with as many discs in their bag as a regular golfer has clubs. Seven to 20 discs would seem to be the standard for the serious disc golfer. There are discs that curve, discs for distance and discs to putt with—just like regular golf.

Music Editor Ethan Maffey's suggestions for your personal summer soundtrack

1. This Head I Hold (2012) Artist: Electric Guest 2.

Heat Up Summer Nights with a Chili Cook-off

Summer evenings call for casual gatherings, and a low-fuss chili cook-off is just the thing for a mid-July Saturday night of friendly competition and good eats. You supply the drinks and chili toppings. Friends and family show off mad culinary skills with their top-secret recipes. Everyone participates in the sampling, judging and smack talking. Chili dishes vary wildly, from fiery Tex-Mex to savory Cincinnati-style, with beans that can be white, black or red. Encourage your guests to get creative. For instance, most chilis are tomato-based, but green chili dishes often feature tomatillos as the star ingredient. Be sure a few chili offerings are meatless, ‘cause there’s a lot of herbivores around here.

Lawn Olympics: Make it Count This Fourth of July

There is something just inherently awesome about the Fourth of July holiday. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s not tied to any particular religious tradition or greeting card campaign. Maybe it’s the fact that it falls right in the heart of summer break for students. Whatever it is, the Fourth of July always stands out as one of the great days of the year. The best way to enjoy it isn’t riding in a car on the way to a national park or standing in line at airport security.

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