Local Events

 

NEW CHINESE ACROBATS

10/2/2018 – 10/3/2018 7:30 pm

Don’t miss this visually stunning and breathtaking performance at The Tower Theater.  The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China’s ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today’s generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals such as Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris.

Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

 

BEND FALL FESTIVAL

10/5/2018 – 10/7/2018 all day

The Bend Fall Festival is a family-friendly event to remember.  This beloved Bend tradition has something for everyone! Pumpkin painting, gourmet food and wine, the Harvest Market, Family Fun Street, live music and more!  You can enjoy three days of rock, jam, Americana music. Shop for seasonal local produce and handcrafted food products. Stroll through over 100 vendors offering handmade and artisan creations.  “The Souk” is a unique market featuring items from all over the world. Fantastic food carts will be joined by beer, craft cocktail or seasonal cider vendors. Plus, there will be an entire street of Gourmet Food & Wine.  Another street will be dedicated to family fun with pumpkin painting, jump houses, Children’s Museum and more… Celebrate the Harvest at the Bend Fall Festival.

Downtown Bend

 

LARK RUN BEND

10/5/2018 – 10/7/2018 all day

The First Annual Lark Run Bend – Day Stage Trail Running Event  Join us for 3 days of thrilling trail runs, amazing food, music, movies, and guest speakers, surrounded by friends new and old. Stay at the newly renovated LOGE Entrada and enjoy all that Bend has to offer. The overall distance covered will be approximately 50K, spread over 3 days. Course specifics will be released the night before each run – a surprise course format.

LOGE Entrada, 19221 SW Century Dr.

 

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL

10/5/2018 3:30 pm

Come see where epic adventure and environmental advocacy meet at the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Join us for an evening of short films showcasing our earth’s natural wonders, feats of courage and athleticism, and the amazing stories of activists working to protect our environment. Catch one of two screenings at either 3:30 or 7:00 pm. Come for the films, stay for the raffle with amazing prizes from Patagonia and more! All proceeds benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s efforts to protect, defend, and restore Oregon’s high desert.

Tower Theater, 835 NW Wall St.

 

HARVEST FEST

10/6/2018 11:00 am

Bring the kids to the museum to experience “harvesting”.  The Miller family has been tending to their garden all summer and needs your help to prepare for winter.  Dig and clean potatoes to store in the root cellar, press fresh apples into cider and even pickle some eggs.  Help make sure the Millers are stocked with the necessities for the changing seasons. Harvest Fest is free with museum admission.

High Desert Museum, 59800 North Highway 97

 

BENDFILM FESTIVAL 2018

10/11/2018 – 10/14/2018 all day

BendFilm celebrates 15 years of bringing independent film to Bend.  For 4 days in October, Bend will be transformed into a small town fascinated by film.  Enjoy the work of the most talented independent filmmakers at sites all over Bend. This event takes place in downtown theaters, lecture sites, music rooms and party venues.  Check out the BendFilm website for event information and passes.

Various Venues, 916 NW Wall St.

 

HISTORICAL HAUNTS OF DOWNTOWN BEND TOUR

10/12/2018 – 10/13/2018 4:00 pm

Join this tour if you dare !  Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend is returning October 12th & 13th.  Deschutes Historical Museum will conduct 12 one-hour tours each night between 4pm and 7:30.  This is family fun at its best ! Bring a flashlight, comfortable walking shoes and your nerve as the tour guides lead you through the streets of downtown Bend sharing stories from Bend’s past, with a “pinch of the paranormal” thrown in.  Museum admission is included with your tour price.

Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave.

 

BENDBROADBAND’S JAZZ AT THE OXFORD: LEE RITENOUR

10/19/2018 – 10/20/2018 7:00 pm

BendBroadband’s enormously popular “Jazz at the Oxford” series returns for its 9th year.  This event brings talented musicians to Bend’s first and only luxury boutique hotel – The Oxford, right in the heart of downtown Bend.  The first event in this series will feature Lee Ritenour with three performances October 19-20. “Lee Ritenour’s diverse music became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists including Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Simon & Garfunkel. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and the Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, Lee’s 40 year storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration, Harlequin, with Dave Grusin, 17 Grammy nominations, numerous #1 spots on guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC.”

The Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave.

 

FALL MUSHROOM HUNT WITH WILDCRAFT

10/26/2018 – 10/27/2018 6:30 pm

Join Rachel Zoller for a weekend of mycology and mushroom hunting at Suttle Lodge.  This class will begin on Friday evening, with a lesson, conversation and communal dinner prepared by the chefs at Suttle Lodge.  Saturday will be spent in the forests surrounding the lodge, exploring, harvesting and learning together. The Workshop is open to first-time foragers as well as more experienced mushroom enthusiasts.  Call Suttle Lodge directly for info about the meals and workshop.

The Suttle Lodge, 13300 Hwy 20

 

HAUNTED ILLUSIONS & HALLOWEEN PARTY

10/31/2018 6:00 pm

Families will thrill, laugh and possibly vanish from sight at a magic spectacular like no other. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with an incredible night of magic – at the Halloween spectacular Haunted Illusions! There will be tons of tricks and more than a few treats. You and your entire family will be captivated with dazzling spells, uproarious comedy and audience participation that gets all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins into the act! David Caserta is one of the top touring illusionists in the country. As seen on NBC’s, America’s Got Talent, David invents and performs many original illusions that you will not see anywhere else. Incredible state of the art lighting featuring over 16 moving lights, themed music soundtrack, pyro smoke effects, and only the best and latest in illusion technology, this is a magic spectacular like nothing else on tour today!

Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St

 

PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR

11/1/2018 7:30 pm

The Tower Theater invites you to The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, presenting the original music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen before. Experience all of your favorite hits along with deep tracks accompanied by the iconic psychedelic images and visuals that are the band’s hallmark. Driven by cutting-edge effects, full-color lasers, Hi-Def multi-screen video projection, concert quality sound and lighting effects, audiences are surrounded in an array of visual displays, choreographed to the original Pink Floyd master recordings. The perfect show for classic rock fans young and old, The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular combines the music you’ve loved for years with today’s most advanced entertainment technology to create a rich, lush, sensory experience not to be missed!

Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St

 

WILD DESERT CALENDAR CELEBRATION

11/2/2018 5:00 pm

Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) invites you to celebrate the release of their  2019 Wild Desert Calendar at the Deschutes Brewery Public House. Come meet the photographers featured in the 2019 calendar and enjoy a First Friday filled with food, drink, and photographs from local artists and community members.  Images will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all.

Deschutes Brewpub, 1044 NW Bond St

 

HAPPY GIRLS RUN

11/3/2018 8:00 am

Trail run lovers rejoice!  The Sisters Happy Girl Run is an absolute must!  A shuttle will take you to the top of Peterson Ridge.  The half marathon route will follow the Peterson Ridge trail system which gently rolls downhill among beautiful unspoiled Ponderosa pine forest.  If you are not quite ready for a half, have fun with the 5k which goes through the amazing western themed town of Sisters. The finish line includes a gourmet cocktail, great food and music.  Half marathon finishers receive a cool tee and commemorative belt buckle. 5K finishers receive race socks and cool swag.

Downtown Sisters and Peterson Ridge, Sisters

 

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

11/4/2018 1:00 pm

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!

Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St

 

SLEDFILM 19

11/9/2018 – 11/10/2018 6:00 pm

Polaris invites you to SLEDFILM 19 – two nights of stunning backcountry snowmobile films at the Tower Theater.  This ever popular event features pro riders, industry leaders, an awards show and almost $30,000 worth of giveaways.  Win riding gear, lodge stays, rides, services and more.. Hang out with people who have a passion for this sport. There will be a different show each night.  This event is brought to you by Polaris and hundreds of other partners. This is an all ages show. Seating is limited and SLEDFILM tickets sell out fast. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance.

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall St

 

MINING DAY

11/10/2018 11:00 am

Ah… the thrill of finding gold! It’s Mining Day at the Museum. Stake a claim, pan for gold and have your earnings authenticated in the museum’s indoor placer mine and boomtown.  This event happens between 11am and 3pm at The High Desert Museum. Cost is museum admission plus $2 per “miner.”

High Desert Museum, 59800 North Highway 97

 

FREE MEALS FOR VETERANS

11/11/2018 – 11/12/2018 9:00 am

“The Pine Tavern proudly rolls out the red carpet for veterans on Saturday, November 11 and 12 for Veterans Day with a complimentary meal as a small token of appreciation for their service.  Reservations are recommended. As a vet himself, Bill McCormick has been committed to this tradition for over twenty years. As co-founder of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants he was recognized in 2005 by The Department of Veterans Affairs and presented with the prestigious Secretary’s Award.  “Serving a meal to the vets is an honor and enables us to reach out and give thanks to folks for their service to our country”, says Bill. Bill and Gail McCormick, Pine Tavern Management and staff look forward to opening their doors with a warm welcome to local Veterans on November 11th and 12th.”

Pine Tavern, 967 NW Brooks St

 

RUNNERS RETREAT WITH LINSEY CORBIN

11/17/2018 8:00 am

The Suttle Lodge is proud to have Linsey Corbin lead a Runners Retreat workshop.  Linsey is a professional triathlete from Bend and a six-time Ironman Champion. She also holds the American Ironman record.  This workshop will include a group trail run and ends with a hearty brunch provided by The Suttle Lodge. This event is limited to 20 students so book early.

The Suttle Lodge, 13300 Hwy 20 SE

 

DAVID BENOIT CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE BROWN

11/29/2018 7:30 pm

Get in the Christmas Spirit with this special tribute to Charlie Brown at The Tower Theater.  In 1965, the first-ever Peanuts animated special took place. It was a landmark event and it was the start of a tradition that would continue for years to come.  Now, almost 50 years later, contemporary jazz piano legend, David Benoit, is paying tribute to this incredible piece of entertainment history with his Christmas show, featuring music from the Charlie Brown special. This inspirational concert includes the classic music of Vince Guaraldi along with Charlie Brown Christmas originals from David Benoit, who took over the helm as music composer for the new Charlie Brown Christmas TV Specials more than a decade ago.  The show can include the young voices of a children’s choir, which serves as a wonderful way of getting the local community involved. Also featured is vocalist Sara Gazarek along with David Benoit’s rock-steady band featuring David Hughes on bass and Jamey Tate on drums. The heart-warming show is sure to get the audience in that Charlie Brown Christmas Spirit and bring out the “kid” in all of us this holiday season.

Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St