By Dusty Trails
No one does winter quite like Bend. It’s even better now that our snow dances have finally paid off just in time for us to celebrate the 2014 Bend WinterFest, February 14-16 at the Old Mill. Here’s what is in store:
This year will include more snow sculptures, ice carvings, and artisan fire pits than ever before, lighting up the festival with interactive art! Plus, the Oregon Lottery Marketplace is packed with artisan food, art and clothing.
Whether you’re a participant or an onlooker, there’s something exciting for everyone at WinterFest. First off, don’t miss the US Cellular Rail Jam at 5:30, 6:30 and 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Then catch the Metal Mulisha Motorcycle Jump Show on Sunday at 12, 2, and 4pm. If you’re not into spectating, you can freeze your buns off for a good cause in the Bend Polar Plunge supporting Special Olympics of Oregon. Or you can participate in the OSU Cascades Snow Warriors Extreme Obstacle Race. This race has everything, including flames, barbed wire, ice, mud, big walls, costumes, and prizes for “fastest warrior and warrior princess.” If that doesn’t capture the spirit of Bend, I don’t know what does.
They’ve rounded up a groovin’ line up this year. Check out the Mt. Bachelor Music Mainstage on Friday night for New Orleans Jazz icons the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. They’re a world famous music machine and former featured guests on albums by David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and the Black Crowes. No big deal. Saturday night has even more fun in store with Redwood Son, voted Portland’s “Best New Artist” this year. They are opening for the headliner Menomena, a band with Portland pop vibes.
What would a Bend celebration be without some great craft beer? The Growler Guys Bent Lounge will have that covered on all fronts. Visit the Dutch Bros Wild Tent for gaming, DJ dancing, and more good times. For the more “refined” crowd, be sure to go to the Whole Foods Market Wine Walk on Friday. It costs $22 and will include admission to WinterFest and a commemorative wine glass.
For the kids
WinterFest is fun for all ages. For the snow babies and little ones, go to the Bend Research Children’s Tent with OMSI educational displays, the Hayden Homes interactive snow sculptures, and the kids bouncy houses from Bouncing Off The Walls.
WinterFest is coming at the perfect time. We’ve finally got the fresh snow we’ve been waiting for, not to mention the perfect excuse to have fun with friends, family, or your Valentine. And it’s all just 10 minutes away from Tripleknot. Cheers!