Fall in Bend, Oregon is a time of cool breezes, colorful trees, concerts, fewer crowds and fall events to please every taste. Let’s play!

Discover A Local Pumpkin Patch

Local pumpkin patches open for the season on October 1. Check out Smith Rock Ranch and DD Ranch for old-fashioned fall fun, plus great big pumpkins to haul home.

Go To The Sisters Fresh Hop Festival

Celebrate the hop harvest in beautiful Sisters during the annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival! Taste a variety of beers from the Northwest – 24 breweries will be on hand showcasing their finest fresh hop beers.

Experience The BendFilm Festival

October 6-9

Celebrating the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education, BendFilm is an incredibly entertaining weekend full of film and conversation with independent filmmakers from all over the country. There are four levels of tickets to enjoy the festival, be sure to make your dinner and cocktail plans early as downtown fills with film lovers all weekend long.

Fly In a Private Helicopter

Helicopter tours in Bend allow you to see more and go further. Our Cascades Ring of Fire Helicopter Tour is an unforgettable 80 mile scenic helicopter adventure for Bend visitors who want to experience as much of our magnificent snow-capped Cascade Range as possible. Paired with a complimentary wine tasting and bottle of wine after your flight, we have your entire day of exploring Bend covered. On this spectacular mountain helicopter tour you’ll soon be flying with us above the summits of Bend, with gorgeous views of snow-capped Cascade Mountains stretching from north to south and including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, North Sister, Middle Sister, South Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor. It’s scenic flying that will leave you with lasting memories.

Fly Bend Oregon’s Cascade Range

Year round

Our Cascades helicopter tours showcase the 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 in your own private helicopter 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.

While Broken Top Mt is our local volcanic star on this helicopter tour, two well known stratovolcanoes are Krakatoa, best known for its catastrophic eruption in 1883 and Vesuvius, famous for its destruction of the towns Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE.

You’ll also fly in your own private helicopter over our local lakes and streams that feed into the mighty Columbia River flowing to the Pacific 300 miles away. The Cascade Range is still active to this day. Mt St Helens to our North remains hot after a devastating and well known eruption in 1980.

The Helicopter Tour

Our Ring of Fire Helicopter Tours depart from our private heliport in Bend, Oregon the tour includes aerial views of the City of Bend, The Old Mill and the Deschutes River as well as soaring volcanic peaks. The tour is hosted aboard one of our comfortable and air-conditioned green R44 helicopters with wraparound windows. These aircraft have been designed for sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications.

Get Venture, Bend Venture Conference

October 13-14

The largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest, the Bend Venture Conference is a private investment vehicle established annually to help finance the most promising business startups emerging from the event each year. In 2015, Over 465 attendees, 50 prominent investors, and 65 companies joined at the Tower Theatre for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation with investment, awards, and prizes of close to $1 million.

Ignite Bend, Oregon

October 27

If you had just five minutes on stage, what would you say? What if you only got 20 PowerPoint slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds? Around the world people have been putting together “Ignite” nights to share their answers. Back for its 14thIgnite Bend, this free community event seeks to inspire and teach during the fast and fun presentations.

The Scary Bend Zombie Run

October 29

The Bend Zombie Run pits survivors against zombies during an apocalyptic 5K race through downtown Bend. Participants pick their poison – Zombie or Survivor – and then race to the finish to see who makes it out alive (or undead). It is Halloween weekend, after all!