Local Events



4/4/19 6:00 pm

The Bend Chamber invites you to The Women of the Year Awards. This event showcases inspirational stories and extraordinary achievement by formally recognizing and celebrating the outstanding contributions and achievements of women and young ladies in our region. These awards honor exceptional women of all ages, of diverse cultures and roles, celebrating the power of individuals to spark change and improve their community and beyond.

Eagle Mountain Event Center, 2221 NE 3rd, Suite #100



4/6/19 9:30 am

The 2019 Youth Lit Fest is a day of workshops and presentations by award winning authors and illustrators. There will also be a publishing representative of books for children and teens. All ages are welcome, whether you love books for children and teens or hope to illustrate or write them. A Caldecott Medal winner and a Newbery Honor winner are two of the nine presenters at this full day of celebrating the art of writing and illustrating books for children and teens. Those who want to get published and those who love books for youth age 5-17 are invited to listen and learn from some of the best in the youth literature field. It’s free! Lunch is on your own.

Deschutes Public Library, 601 NW Wall St



4/7/19 all day

The Salmon Run is one of Bend’s oldest organized races. What makes it so popular? First, it is a true Bend tradition. Second, it is one of the first half marathons of the year in the Northwest, making it central to the local racing scene. Because of its early-season timing, it is also the quintessential race for runners looking to build a base for future races. “Each year, the mighty Salmon make an expedition of a lifetime back to their homes – traversing thousands of miles and overcoming countless obstacles on their river journeys. The Salmon juxtapose the infinite space of their ocean homes against the micro-streams of their birth in one monumental run. Their achievement is awesome in the true sense of the word. This beautiful course starts and finishes at the Bend Athletic Club, following the Deschutes River for much of the way.

Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr



4/9/19 6:30 pm

The 2019 Bend High Desert Speaker Series wraps up on April 9 with a panel of experts discussing how high desert flora and fauna have adapted to survive in wetlands and other habitats in eastern Oregon. Hear from Ron Larson, Dennis Albert and Steve Sheehy as they discuss the unique life of the high desert, and the importance of conserving Oregon’s spectacular wild places so that these species can thrive, now and always.

Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr



4/12/19 – 4/14/19 all day

The BMX Great NW Nationals will be held at the Deschutes County Expo Center the weekend of April 12-14. Come and experience the thrill of BMX racing. From the moment that the starting gate slams, up to seven racers blast at a full sprint toward the first obstacle. BMX racing will give you that rush of adrenaline you’ve been looking for. Big jumps can mean big air. Steep backsides, deep turns, and downhill sections can add up to massive speeds. Fun to watch – even more fun to DO!

Deschutes County Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way



4/14/19 2:00 pm

Central Oregon Symphony brings the Oregon Guitar Quartet to Bend for a members only concert. The OGQ ensemble is comprised of the finest classical guitarists in Oregon. This concert will be held at the Bend High School Auditorium.

Bend High School, 230 NE 6th St



4/18/19 8:00 pm

The all vocal (a cappella) country music sensation Home Free is bringing Nashville country standards and country-dipped pop hits to the Tower Theater. The band comes to town on the heels of their most recent full-length album release, TIMELESS, bringing with them new music and new humor every night. Home Free has become a household name, amassing more than 250-million YouTube views, and entertaining more than 350,000 people live in concert since bursting on the national scene in 2013. The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor.

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall St



4/21/19 8:00 am

After the kids have found all their Easter eggs come over to the lodge for a fabulous Easter Brunch at Carson’s American Kitchen. This brunch buffet will showcase all of the traditional favorites from slow-roasted prime ribeye and eggs benedict to an indulgent dessert station! Be sure to call for reservations.

Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr



4/27/19 – 4/28/19 7:00 pm

The BANFF Mountain Film Festival allows you to journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. This event will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Tower Theatre on April 27th and 28th.

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall St



4/30/19 7:15 pm

My Stroke of Luck is an inspiring, spellbinding and funny look at love, family, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Diane Barnes shares her story of humor, grit and victory as she overcame a catastrophic event. Don’t miss it.

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall St



5/4/19 9:00 am

May the 4th Be With You! Join us while we run along the beautiful Dry Canyon in the heart of Central Oregon for Run 4 Recovery’s 7th annual fundraiser for the Redmond Alano Club. 5K/10K/Kid’s Fun Run. Race starts at 9am. FREE Kid’s Fun Run at 10am. Star Wars toys and costumes welcome! Silent Auction Fundraiser.

American Legion Park, 850 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond



5/4/19 12:00 pm

10 Barrel’s Snow Beach is BACK at Mt Bachelor! Celebrate Spring Break with a little live music and games on the snow! There will be giant jenga, giant cornhole, polish horseshoes, snow croquet, and more. We’ll also have some delicious food and beers being served on the snow outside of West Village Lodge from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Broomsmen will be around to help make this event ‘Zero-Waste’. We will only have items that are recyclable, compostable, or reusable available at this event. Bring your own cup!

Mt Bachelor, West Village



5/10/19 8:00 am

ONDA presents this hiking opportunity – Smith Rock Revealed.  On Friday, May 10th, join former Oregon State Park interpretive ranger, OSU Master Naturalist and ONDA member David Vick for an in-depth look at Smith Rock State Park’s rich cultural and natural history. In addition to viewing nesting raptors, the hike will emphasize native plants and their traditional uses as well as the dramatic geological events that shaped the park as we know it today. Difficulty: Moderate – about 2.5 miles up the Wolf Tree Trail (5 miles round trip). The hike is steep and rocky in places, with moderate elevation gain coming back out of the canyon. Some hikers find the use of poles or walking sticks useful for balancing on steeper sections of the trail. Space is limited so register online. Lunch is included, thanks to Jackson’s Corner!

ONDA, 50 SW Bond St.



5/11/19 5:30 pm

Deschutes River Conservancy invites you for a delightful evening of irresistible food, spirits and music. Bid on exclusive adventures and experiences, custom art and other wonderful packages. Give back to our beautiful rivers while exploring the stunning event space at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon off Skyliner Road in Bend. This event takes place the second Saturday in May. Coyote Willow’s exciting combination of cello, guitar and rich vocals beg in the evening at 5:30. All proceeds from the event support the DRC’s mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. Proxy bids are allowed.

Deschutes River Conservancy, Unitarian Universal Fellowship, Skyliner Rd



5/18/19 all day

The SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle is a signature Bend event and a long standing tradition! This multi-sport event includes Alpine and Cross Country skiing, cycling, running and kayaking. From the slopes of Mt Bachelor to Riverbend Park in Downtown Bend, athletes from all over compete individually or as teams. Check out race info on the SELCO PPP website. The race is produced and a benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic, and personal goals.

Various locations throughout Bend



5/18/19 9:30 pm

ONDA invites you to celebrate the 10th year of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness by exploring the surrounding area on a family adventure with author Wendy Gorton of 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington (a National Outdoor Book Award prizewinner)! We’ll explore one of the hiking routes and scavenger hunts from her book — kids will receive their own nature journal, learn how to stop and try to identify species, do nature photography with camera phones, and “power up” by stopping at switchbacks and playing nature games. Difficulty: Moderate. At 2.8 miles round trip with 566 feet elevation gain, this is considered a challenging hike for little ones but very do-able with plenty of stops and water! Bring layers, water, a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit and any other items your child needs to have a good time outdoors. Plenty of mid-day snacks will be provided by Newport Avenue Market. Attendees are welcome to pack additional lunches. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. If the trip is filled when you go to register, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist as spaces do open up on these hikes.

Oregon Badlands, Prineville



5/24/19 10:00 am

Imagine floating on a kayak or canoe through a completely undeveloped, pristine and aqua-blue section of river in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. Paddling among lava flows stretching to Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater National Monument, Aspen groves, tranquil lagoons and side channels. Tumalo Creek’s Half-Day Deschutes River Tour is the perfect mini-adventure for visitors who want to fit in another activity in the afternoon. The Half-Day Deschutes River Kayak Tour is suggested as a relaxing outing for visitors and locals of all ages and skill levels. Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 24 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407. Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, Bend and Sunriver



5/25/19 all day

“Do What Makes You Happy!” is the slogan for the Happy Girls Run, so you know you’re in for a treat. Happy Girls Run brings together women of all levels of fitness and achievement for races that are nothing short of life-changing for many runners. Featuring various distances (Half Marathon, 10k & 5k), there’s a perfect length for everyone. Bring the little ones to our Happy Girls Bend event to run in the Happy Little Kids Run, a part of the Kids Rock the Races Series! One of the most beautiful courses you’ll ever experience! Grab your bestie and take in the beauty of the Deschutes River as you embark on a tour of Bend that winds through the heart of the Old Mill District, through downtown, along the northern river canyon and finishes in River Bend Park. A mix of trails with some road sections, the course is well-marked with inspiring signs for optimal woman power.

Old Mill District & Riverbend Park



5/25/19 – 5/26/19 all day

Mt Bachelor invites you to celebrate a fantastic 2018-19 winter season with their Sunchaser Spring Finale Weekend. This event takes place the last weekend in May. A MOST favorite event will take place on Sunday – The Pond Skim Championships…you can’t miss this !!! All kinds of things happen when you mix skis, snowboards, costumes, crazies and water…Check out Mt. Bachelor’s website for more details.

Mt Bachelor



5/30/19 7:30 pm

Treat yourself to a “feel good” night of uplifting humor with JP Sears. JP has accumulated over 300 million video views and brilliantly adapts that material to the stage for his LIVE stand up comedy show! Heavy on the satire, JP slices through the nuances of the new age community, self-help movement, health practices, and his own life that’ll have you laughing at yourself while feeling inspired to live your best life. PG-13

Tower Theater, 835 NW Wall St.