Okay, we could somewhat be biased, but we happen to think there is no better place on Earth to be than Bend, Oregon. And when it comes to summers, there’s something happening every weekend and many weeknights as well. Bend has so many activities and we’re talking for people of all ages.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Bend’s stunning, wide open spaces offer the chance to get out and commune with nature. Biking, hiking, flyfishing, rock climbing, stand-up-paddling, golfing and much, much more.
Bend also offers different festivals throughout the summer season.
Locals and visitors have been enjoying the First Interstate Bank Summer Festival for 25 years. The event, which always kicks off the summer season, typically draws over 35,000 visitors, who all come to enjoy fine arts and crafts, artisans and some of the best blues, rock and jazz performers around.
Get some Christmas shopping done early, or heck, buy yourself something nice at the Art in the High Desert festival. Bringing over 110 nationally recognized and hand-picked visual artists to the banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District, the festival is ranked 12th in the nation for Fine Art Fairs by the Art Fair Sourcebook
When it comes to music, Bend has it going on. And just to prove it, we’ve got some great music festivals lined up.
Can you believe this free concert series has been around for 26 years? Because of its popularity, we’ve no doubt it will continue for another 26 years and more. This summertime favorite was founded by C3 Event’s own Cameron Clark, and brings together the community to enjoy great music, art and food.
Enjoy more awesome free concerts all summer long at the Les Schwab amphitheater. This year’s great musical lineup includes Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, The Decemberists, Portugal-The Man, and many more.
There are those days when it suddenly strikes you how wonderful Bend, Oregon really is, and on those days, you just feeling like raising a glass. Well, if you’d like to raise a glass of ale or lager, you won’t have a problem.
Bend is home to 29, count them, 29 local breweries, putting out some amazing beer. While there are far too many to list here, we’ll share a few of our favorites.
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub, Deschutes Brewery is known for brewing their popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pale Ale. 20 years after opening its doors, the brewery opened a second pub in the Pearl District. Apart from being a local favorite, Deschutes Brewery actually ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and all around the world from its main brewing facility. Locals should be proud of Deschutes, who has become the sixth-largest craft brewery and twelfth-largest overall brewery in the United States.
Celebrating their second anniversary this spring Immersion Brewing is no slouch in the craft brew arena. Located in the Box Factory right between Downtown and The Old Mill District, their selection is broad and menu is plentiful. The Carnitas Tacos and Potato Soup are staples. With beers like the Little Fawn Saison, River Rider IPA and the Box Factory Red, Immersion has put themselves on the map on the Bend Ale Trail.
If you live in Bend, you know that the Cascade Lakes Lodge, the breweries flagship operation, has become a beloved landmark in our community. The 6,000 square foot building on the corner of Century Drive offers patrons mouth-watering burgers and other delicious entrees that can be easily washed down with a cold beer. The company now has several thriving locations around central Oregon, but we will always assume the Lodge will be the best.
The Bend Brewing Company, affectionately called the BBC by locals, is that perfect gathering spot for friends and family. The intimate space is often crowded on weekend as well as weekdays, but with their newly expanded yard there’s plenty of space to enjoy the breeze coming off the river all Summer long.
How about Kids?
Isn’t it great when the kids count down the days until summer vacation, then when it FINALLY arrives all you hear is – “I’m bored!?” Well, there’s no reason for kids to be bored in Bend, as there’s plenty to keep them occupied and educated at the same time.
High Desert Museum allows kids to check out the animals and enjoy unique exhibits. If they still have energy afterwards, take them to the Sun Mountain Fun Center where they can mini-golf, bowl, play arcade games, or try their hand at the batting cages and go-karts. If they love learning & science take them on a Wanderlust Tour, where they can explore lakes, volcanoes and caves. Or, if you’re all up for rising early Balloons Over Bend weekend should not be missed!
This is only a sampling of the amazing activities the city of Bend offers each and every summer. To explore what else is going on we recommend checking out the Central Oregon Visitors Association and Visit Bend websites for more information.