Events in Bend, Oregon – 2023 

Events in Bend, Oregon – 2023 

Events in Bend, Oregon – 2023 

4 Jan 2023

There is always something happening in Bend! From family-friendly festivals to beer-fests, outdoor concerts, and a variety of races to choose from, there’s something for everyone in this beloved Central Oregon town.   

Some events are still TBD, so we guarantee checking back throughout the year.  

Family-Friendly Events – Bend is a popular vacation destination offering numerous activities and events the whole family will enjoy. 

Oregon WinterFest

Revel in the magic of winter with live music, art, food, dazzling light displays, amusement rides, and more February 17-19 at the Deschutes County Expo Center. 

Bend Summer Festival

Celebrate a weekend of summertime fun with live music, food and libations, arts and crafts, a kids play zone, and so much more July 7-9. 

Balloons Over Bend

The whole family will enjoy watching the Bend sky come alive with glow-in-the-dark hot air balloons throughout the weekend of July 21-23. Soak up those stunning Bend summer nights listening to live music, eating tasty bites from local food trucks, and strolling through various stalls at the marketplace. 

Brews, Bites, and More – Sample some of the area’s best-tasting adult beverages and food at these festivals throughout the year: 

Bend Brewfest – Credit: Portland Monthly

Bend Brewfest

This event usually takes place in May at The Old Mill District. Check back for details. 

Central Oregon BBQ, Brews & Whiskey Festival

Book your tickets now for this popular event held at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, June 2-3 

Munch and Music

This free concert series is usually in July at Drake Park. Check back for event details.  

Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival

This festive holiday event is scheduled to take place on December 17 at the GoodLife Brewing/Century Center parking lot.  

Bite of Bend – Check back for event details. 

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go – Bend offers plenty of racing events throughout the year: 

For bikers, gear up with Mudslinger events like the High Cascades 100, the Best of Both, or Ring of Fire. Runners can enter the Bend Marathon, Bend Beer Run, or The Dirty Half.  

Try something new and enter the Tour of Meissner – a 17 & 30k classic Nordic Citizen Race & Tour, January 22, or Oregon’s first ever SwimRun race – Sunriver Marina, May 7. 

Art, Live Music & Film – You can find numerous events dedicated to art, music and film in Bend: 

First Friday Art Walk

Starting Friday, February 3, enjoy chatting with artists and makers and sipping on wine samples from Va Piano Vineyards and Evoke Winery as you stroll through the Old Mill District. This community event takes places each first Friday of the month from 3-6 pm 

Hayden Homes Amphitheater

Enjoy great live music and stunning views of the Deschutes River and the Cascade Mountains at Oregon’s largest outdoor music venue. Concerts typically start over Memorial Day Weekend, and wind down in the early fall. Make sure and check out the Summer Concert Series if you are visiting Central Oregon in the summer.  

Art in the High Desert

Considered one of the top art expositions in the country, this acclaimed event is back in 2023 presenting art lovers and collectors with an impeccably juried fine art and craft show and sale.  Deschutes County Fair & Expo, August 2023. 

Bend Film Festival

Celebrate the special 20th anniversary of this independent, Academy-qualifying Oregon film festival as they showcase over 100 films and host over 150 filmmakers this year. The film festival is hosted in a number of local theaters including a historic movie theater downtown, a state-of-the-art cinema, inside a craft brewery, a chic performance venue, and BendFilm’s very own Tin Pan Theater! In-person screenings – October 12-15 / Virtual – October 16-22 

Ready to Discover Everything Bend Has to Offer? 

Book a stay with us! Meredith Lodging has an amazing collection of vacation rentals in Bend and Central Oregon to suit all sizes and budgets. Many of our homes have hot tubs and are pet-friendly, too! Make some new memories with us this year! #staywithmeredith