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Summer outdoor concerts on the Deschutes River

Summer outdoor concerts on the Deschutes River

Concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Big name musicians come to Bend in the summer months. Some concerts sell out, so buy your ticket early. If you miss out, float the river along side the Les Schwab Amphitheater during the concert while dining on your favorite picnic items, or grab a seat at your favorite restaurant at the Old Mill and dine on the river while listening to the concert across the river.

Concerts at Athletic Club of Bend

The series has provided our community the opportunity to experience some of the biggest names in the business. Shows held at The Athletic Club of Bend outside courtyard provide concert-goers with an intimate and up-close-and-personal experience, unlike any other outdoor venue in the area. 

 Snowshoeing & Cross-country Skiing at the Sno-Parks

We love our Sno-Parks! There are seven Sno-Parks on the way up to Mt. Bachelor on Century Drive. All are great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Most have warming huts to ski or snowshoe into. Virginia Meissner Sno-Park is the only one that grooms trails for skate skiing. Each Sno-Park has trail maps and trail markers for either snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Note these are separate trails. Know the trail etiquette for use. You must have a Sno-Park pass to park in the parking lots. Purchase in town at Powder House or Pine Mountain Sports. Restrooms are available at the Sno-Parks and dogs are only permitted at Wanoga Sno-Park and Edison Sno-Park.

Mountain Biking in the Phil’s Trail Complex   IMG_3576

Miles and miles of sweet single track run between Skyliner Road and Cascade Lakes Hwy all the way to Mt. Bachelor! Newer trails were built several years ago on the south side of Cascade Lakes Hwy, too. Favorites there are Tiddlywinks, Tyler’s Traverse and Steve Larsen Trail. Phil’s Trail area has trails suitable for all level riders. Park in the lot off of Skyliner Road (about 2 miles west of the Mt. Washington/Skyliner Road roundabout).

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Bend Ale Trail

The Bend Ale Trail gives visitors and locals a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Central Oregon. Learn about Bend’s eclectic, world-renowned collection of craft breweries and immerse yourself in the Bend beer scene.  Experience the diversity of styles, art and taste that differentiate each of our region’s breweries. Grab a Bend Ale Trail Map at any brewpub, get it stamped at each brewery, and get a FREE Silipint glass!


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Free tours and tastings!  One of the first craft distilleries in the country, and currently America’s most award-winning craft distillery…right here in Bend!  Try the Crater Lake family of Vodkas, Gins, and Whiskey. Pepper Vodka, Hazelnut Espresso Vodka, Rye Whiskey and Sweet Ginger Vodka.  Located just off Hwy 20 going toward Sisters, Oregon at milepost 13.


Hiking Pilot Butte

Get a view of the city and surrounding area after making the one mile hike up the butte. There is a dirt trail or a paved road to get to the top. You can walk on the road (1 mile up), or walk on the dirt path (3/4 mile up). Take Greenwood Ave (Hwy 20 east) out towards Costco. Pilot Butte State Park.

Floating the Deschutes River through the Old Mill     IMG_3755

Grab your favorite floatie and head down to Farewell Bend Park to float the river. Finish your float at Drake Park and ride the river shuttle (small fee) back to Farewell Bend Park.

Walking/Hiking/Running the Deschutes River Trail

There are a few different sections of this trail, which is very popular with the locals. One section is a 3-mile loop that starts in Farewell Bend Park. Another section is a 10-mile stretch that starts at Meadow Camp – just before you come to Widgi Creek Golf Course and runs along the river all the way to Sunriver! Another nice section begins at NW 1st Street near downtown. This stretch runs about 3 miles up towards Awbrey Butte for a 6 mile out and back.


Munch ‘n Music in Drake Park

Head over to Drake Park in the summer months for free live music every Thursday night (mid-July – mid-August). Local craft and food vendors set up shop for the evening. Fun for the whole family, but leave your pooch at home. No dogs allowed at this event.

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Munch ‘n Movies in Compass Park- August/Sept

Watch a movie in the park on a huge inflatable screen! Local vendors are set up to sell food and beverages. Bring a blanket, picnic, and low chairs to these events. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Northwest Crossing neighborhood.

Live music by local performers starts at 6:00pm. Movies start at dusk.

Summer 2018 Movies:

(please check back in May)


First Friday Art & Wine Walk Downtown

Stroll through the downtown streets on the first Friday of each month from 5pm-9pm for art, wine, munchies, and fun. The downtown comes alive with live music on the street, stores open late and serving wine and munchies, and local artists display their artwork in the stores. Free event.

McMenamin’s Theater Pub

Watch a movie in a theater pub where you can order full meals and drinks and relax on couches! Tickets are cheap, too (buy on-line or at the door). Get in line early!

Tin Pan Theater

This is a cute little theater downtown where you can also have munchies and drinks. Wednesdays feature “Spaghetti Westerns” where they play old western movies and you can purchase a spaghetti meal! Tickets are also pretty cheap. Get there early.

Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 and IMAX

Our biggest theater complex in Bend offers 16 movie screens plus an IMAX screen.  Located in the Old Mill District.

Farmer’s Market

Northwest Crossing neighborhood has the biggest and best Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from June-October. Another good one is the Brooks Alley Farmer’s Market in downtown Bend on Wednesday evenings. St. Charles Hospital hosts a nice Farmer’s Market, too.

Downtown Festivals (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall)

Downtown streets are blocked off for the 3-day festivals, which feature craft booths, live music on several stages,

children’s area, food booths, and wine/beer area. Spring Festival is held in the Northwest Crossing neighborhood.

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Hiking South Sister

Best time to take this one-day trek is in August or September. This 12-mile round-trip hike is for those in good physical condition. Breathtaking views await those who summit! Access this trail from either the Devil’s Lake Trailhead or the Green Lakes Trailhead. If you park at Green Lakes Trailhead parking lot, you need a NW Forest Pass. Daily passes are available at the trailhead. You can also camp on top – there are designated campsites. First come-first served…of course you have to carry your gear UP!

If doing a day trip, which most do, plan on beginning your hike up at around 7:00am, which should give you time to hang out on the summit.

Hiking / Snowshoeing Tumalo Mountain

A good warm-up hike for South Sister. Park at Dutchman Flat SnoPark, across the highway from Mt. Bachelor. You need a NW Forest Pass to park. Daily $5.00 pass is available at the SnoPark or annual pass available at local ski/bike shops.

This is a year-round hike. You can snowshoe or skin up in the winter/spring months and hike up in the summer/fall months. It’s a bit strenuous, but short at just under 2 miles UP. Great views!


Hiking Tumalo Falls

This is by far one of the local’s favorite hikes. It is not an easy hike as most of it is “going up”. You are, however, rewarded with waterfall after waterfall. I need to count them next time! I have hiked the trail and mountain biked the trail- uphill only traffic. These waterfalls are not just trickles, they are big waterfalls. This is a summer/fall hike due to the snow.

Paulina Plunge  (Mountain Biking – downhill – easy – and waterfall slides!)

During the length of the trip, you will descend over 2,500 vertical feet on your Fat Tire Mt. Bike. That translates into four 1-1/2 mile biking segments to each waterfall stop. While coasting down the smooth dirt forest trail, you will be close to the shimmering waterfalls of the stream. The group will visit up to 6 pristine waterfalls, ranging in height from 10 to 40 feet, as well as 2 safe natural waterslides, to explore and play in. Two short energetic nature hikes, at a distance of 1/2 mile each, will be required to reach the enchanting waterfalls and slides below. This safe, fun family excursion is attractive for all active age groups, 4 to 70 years young and possibly beyond.

Wine Tasting and Wine Bars

Naked Winery – Old Mill District

Portello Wine Bar – NWX Neighborhood

Sip Wine Bar – Galveston Avenue

Maragas Winery – Hwy 97 North in Terrebonne (30 mins from Bend)

Elixir Winery  – Old Mill District (550 SW Industrial Way)

The Good Shoppe Wine Shop – Downtown Bend

The Wine Shop – Downtown Bend