Central Oregon Festival and Adventure Guide 2019
Headed to Central Oregon this summer? Here are the 2019 festivals and things to do that run the full gamut from riverside rock concerts to helicopter tours, $99 tent camper rentals for festivals and events, the Bend Brewfest, a rhubarb fest, the Sisters Rodeo and more. Join us this summer and let’s play!
Concerts by the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon
The riverside Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend’s Old Mill District offers concerts all summer long, beginning June 9, with headliners such as Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, The B-52s with OMD and Berlin, Josh Groban, plus a three-day Bend Brewfest Aug. 15-17. Find details and ticket information at www.bendconcerts.com.
Sisters Rodeo Rent a Tent Camper and Go Play!
Rent a $99 tent camper in Bend and go visit the west’s most authentic rodeo. Attractions at the self-styled “biggest little show in the world” June 5-9 include the Sisters Rodeo Parade on June 8, with rodeo queens, a corgi contingent, music and classic cars. The rodeo also features team bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and more. Tickets for the 79th annual rodeo are $14 and up; many events offer free admission for kids under 12; www.sistersrodeo.com.
Bite of Bend, Oregon The Food Event of the Year!
Celebrate the region’s cuisine and culture on the streets of downtown Bend June 14-16 at a festival that includes a “Top Chef” competition, mixology showcase, food booths and live music. There’s a 5K Beer Run ($20-$30) and a kids Root Beer Run ($5), as well; Biteofbend.com.
4 Peaks Music Festival
Rent a $99 tent camper and go visit Bend’s only multi-day music festival from June 20-23, featuring bands such as the Woods Brothers, Los Lobos, Billy Strings and Poor Man’s Whiskey. Also: a silent disco, morning yoga, kids recitals and family fun in Kidlandia. Tickets are $80 and up; www.4peaksmusic.com.
Central Oregon Pride Festival We LOVE Pride!
housands of LGBTQ people will flood Bend’s Drake Park for the 15th annual Central Oregon Pride Festival on June 22. Connect with the community while you enjoy live entertainment, bounce houses and local food trucks; https://centraloregonpride.org.
Bend Summer Festival For Everyone
This festival draws nearly 40,000 locals and visitors each year to enjoy three music stages, gourmet food and wine, a fine artists promenade, family play zone and more July 12-14 in the heart of downtown Bend; http://bendsummerfestival.com.
Hot Air Balloons Over Bend
This grand hot-air balloon festival takes over the city of Bend from July 26-28 with balloon launches, night glows, balloon-filled skies and a children’s festival with activities, carnival games, face painting and bouncy houses. Take a sunset helicopter tour while you are here as well. Ticket prices vary according to activity; funds go to the Saving Grace program; balloonsoverbend.com.
The Newberry Event – Music & Arts Festival
This philanthropic festival runs July 26-28 in La Pine, with live music — rock, blues, jazz, reggae, folk, bluegrass and more — artist vendors, food and craft beer and wine. Tent camping is free with a three day pass. Adults, $120; teens $15 with an adult; under 13 free; www.newberryevent.com.
Sunriver Music Festival Fun For The Family
Rent a $99 tent camper in Bend and go experience Central Oregon’s classical music event running Aug. 10-22 with concerts showcasing solo piano, chamber music and pops, plus masterclasses in Bend and Sunriver. Ticket prices vary; online ticket sales begin June 1; www.sunrivermusic.org.
Bend Brewfest: Beer lovers flock to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater each summer for this big brewfest, Aug. 15-17, which benefits local non-profit organizations. Be sure to check out the festival’s X-Tap, where special and experimental small-production beers are tapped each day. Admission is free; a tasting mug is $20 and includes five tasting tokens; Bendbrewfest.com
The Little Woody A Craft Beer Wonderland
This barrel-aged beer, cider and whiskey festival runs Aug. 30-31 with tastings from 24 breweries, three cideries and 12 whiskey distilleries, plus live music and local food vendors. It’s $15 to get in the door; $20 for a glass and eight tasting tokens; thelittlewoody.com
Sisters Folk Festival Fun for The Family
A three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass performed by nearly 50 acts at 11 venues. Weekend passes to the Sept. 6-8 event are $170 for adults, $55 for 18 and under; https://sistersfolkfestival.org.
Helicopter Tours and Charters in Central Oregon
From wine tasting helicopter tours, to scenic flights over the snow-capped Cascades Bend based Big Mountain Heli Tours covers all of Central Oregon with amazing scenic tours and adventures. Book your flight in Bend this summer and prepare to be amazed!