BEND, OREGON – Beerfest season isn’t over yet, there’s still IPA’s and Winter Ales to try out. This weekend, head to NorthWest Crossing for the Bend Ale Festival. There’s also events for runners, literary enthusiasts and lots of live music to choose from, plus the weather is clearing for an epic weekend of scenic helicopter flights in the Cascades!

BEND ALE FESTIVAL AND BEND ALE RUN
NOVEMBER 11

Join the half-marathon or 10k races in the Bend Ale Run, which will start and end in NorthWest Crossing. A free beer awaits runners as they cross the finish line, in addition to a free ticket to the Bend Ale Festival. Find twenty craft breweries and tasters of more than forty beers at the festival. There will also be live music and local food vendors at this all ages festival.

LIVE MUSIC
NOVEMBER 9, 10, 11

There’s plenty of live music shows to fill up your social calendar this weekend. The Resolectrics, a classic rhythm and blues band, will be at McMenamins on Thursday. Also that night, catch Sam Bush, a mandolin icon, at the Tower. R&B favorite Curtis Selgado will also be at the Tower on Friday. The New Mastersounds and Kung Fu will be at the Domino Room on Friday night. At Volcanic this weekend, check out Polyrythmics and The Cutmen on Friday night, and Foxy Lemon, North by North and Tango Alpha Tango on Saturday night.

SCENIC HELICOPTER TOURS CASCADES
NOVEMBER 11 AND 12 | BEND

Saturday and Sunday are looking perfect for fresh powder turns in the high Cascades with Big Mountain Heli Tours on their  “Winter Wonderland Helicopter Snow Tour“. This amazing winter helicopter tour is perfect for Bend visitors and locals who want to experience and explore as much of our magnificent snow-capped Cascade range as possible. The Cascades are a unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. In fact, all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. You’ll be front and center to see the after effects of our last “big one” at Broken Top Mountain 100,000 years ago, revealing the colorful insides of our very own complex stratovolcano and high altitude glacial lake at 10,000 feet.

SNOWBALL
NOVEMBER 10 | GREAT HALL, SUNRIVER

Support Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation at its annual Snowball, now in its thirty-first year. The annual ball will include a gourmet dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions.

VETERAN’S DAY PARADE
NOVEMBER 11 | BEND

More than 120 organizations will participate in Bend’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m. in downtown Bend and winds through the streets of Bend’s west side. This is the eighteenth year of the parade, which is one of the largest Veteran’s Day parades in Oregon.