Calendar of Events

What's happening in and around Central Oregon

Central Oregon Calendar of Events

Bend, Oregon Events, Festivals, Concerts and More.

Our calendar page provides visitors with a comprehensive list of the myriad events that take place all over Central Oregon. The region includes Bend, Sunriver, Sisters, Redmond, La Pine, Prineville, Madras, and Warm Springs, so no matter where you are in the high desert, there is always something for you to do. You may find yourself watching one of today's hottest bands at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in the Old Mill District one minute, and another you will be walking the streets of Downtown Bend, indulging in samples of Central Oregon's famous craft beer and contemporary brewery food, or attending the annual fair & rodeo or one of the hundreds of other events at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds & EXPO Center. If you are traveling from out of town for some of Central Oregon's yearly events, like the Sisters Quilt Show or the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival, we encourage you to take a look at our many places to stay. Or, if your desired event brings you to town for only a day, check out all of our unique restaurants and brewpubs - there is surely something to please everyone! So whether you are looking for free live music, culinary events, family fun, comedy and theater, races, art exhibitions and workshops, lectures, or festivals, visit our calendar of events page often for the most up to date events in Central Oregon!   To submit an event, use the green Post Event button below or send to:


Oregon High Desert Classic I
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day
Oregon High Desert Classic I @ J Bar J Youth Ranch | Bend | Oregon | United States

Oregon High Desert Classics are hosted on a beautiful 40-acre ranch in sunny Bend, Oregon. These premier AA hunter/jumper competitions attract top riders from all over the Western United States and Canada.

Proceeds of the Oregon High Desert Classics support five youth-serving agencies parented by J Bar J Youth Services. To learn more about J Bar J and their programs, click here.

High Cascades 100
Jul 20 all-day
High Cascades 100 @ Athletic Club of Bend

The High Cascades 100 is the largest single-day endurance mountain bike event on the West Coast.  This race begins at the Athletic Club of Bend and wanders through the fantastic scenery of the High Cascades.

What’s Included

  • Great Course and Aid Support (Race starts at 5:30 from the Athletic Club of Bend)
  • Beautiful Bend Oregon (bring the whole family)
  • Multiple aid stations with mechanical support and lube from Sagebrush Cycles of Bend (We are fast!) and amazing medical and communication support from ARES and Adventure Medics of Bend.
  • Stay at MT Bachelor Village in Bend with special rates while they last and save time and energy as you roll to the start line. Please reserve soon and check out the awesome cancelation policy they have. DONT WAIT
  • Singletrack/75 Miles of it!
  • Custom T-shirt and Socks, Pint Glass, Water Bottle and more including and Beverage Support
  • Special Racing for COTA entry to support this great local mountain bike trail group
  • Finisher Growler for your 10 Barrel Brewing beverages!
  • NUE Series, so only the best competition!
  • Cash purse minimum $3000.00 equal purse top 5 for men and women
Oregon High Desert Classics II
Jul 24 – Jul 28 all-day

The Oregon High Desert Classics is a USEF and USHJA approved Hunter-Jumper horse show taking place the last two weeks of July at the J Bar J Boys Ranch. The Oregon High Desert Classics is the premier fundraiser for J Bar J Youth Services, a nonprofit organization that offers programs specializing in prevention, intervention, treatment and education. usefOur show attracts over 600 horses and 3,000 professionals and amateur competitors from all over the United States and Canada. Competitors enjoy a USA Equestrian AA-Rated show on one of the few grass footing rings left while spectators enjoy viewing the athletic skill of the horses and riders and a variety of food and shopping at the vendor booths. To learn more about the history of the OHDC, click here.

The best time to see the show is 8:00-am-5:00pm Wednesday– Sunday. The Grand Prix is held each Saturday, July 20th and 27th at 5:00pm (approximately) Mini Prix’s are held each Sunday July 21st and July 28th at 2:00pm (approximately) See Special Events below for further information.

The event is free for spectators; no parking fee. We do have several special events that require tickets. See the special events section below for details.

Subaru Outside Games
Jul 25 – Jul 28 all-day
Subaru Outside Games @ Mt Bachelor & Elk Lake

“The Subaru of Bend Outside Games is four days of celebrating the best that Central Oregon has to offer: live music, local brews, and fun and games on the trails, around the town, at Mt Bachelor, at Elk Lake and on the beautiful Deschutes River.

We will sip, bike, splash, paddle, run, dine, laugh and play with you.  Bring the kids & the dogs. You will challenge yourselves, learn from the pros, try a new sport, head out to a concert, and just relax under the summer skies in the best of company, and for the best of causes.

The Subaru of Bend Outside Games is proud to benefit those local non-profit organizations that support our community and make this a wonderful place to live and thrive.  Come play with us in 2019!”

Whitewater Kayak Race
Jul 27 all-day
Whitewater Kayak Race @ Meadow Camp

The Whitewater Kayak Race at Meadow Camp is thrilling for both participants and spectators!!  Kayak racers navigate a two and one half mile stretch of beautiful whitewater on the Deschutes River.  It takes them approximately 5 minutes!!  This race is organized by Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe.

Balloon Blast Kids Race
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am
Balloon Blast Kids Race @ Troy Field

The Kids Balloon Blast is an obstacle course race for kids ages 3-10 with seven to eight fun and exciting obstacles appropriate for all types of children with a wide range of skill levels. We encourage parents and guardians to come and cheer their little athletes on as they enjoy being part of a supportive, healthy and motivational community event.

The Balloon Blast is the 5th race in the Kids Rock the Races Series.  All participants will receive a race bib, finishers ribbons and a stamp on their Kids Rock the Races race bib and be eligible for cool prizes.

Bend Elks Baseball
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm
Bend Elks Baseball @ Vince Genna Stadium

Play Ball !  Come out to Vince Genna Stadium and support your local Bend Elks Baseball Team.  Nothing says “summer” like a hometown baseball game complete with hot dogs, mascot and other fun activities.  July 25, 26 & 27 The Elks will host Corvallis.  Go ELKS!

Established in 2005 and located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the premier summer collegiate baseball circuit west of the Mississippi showcases top collegiate baseball players from across North America in 11 markets throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada.

All home games start at 6:35pm, except Sunday games which start at 5:05pm.  

Gates open 1 hour before the game starts.

BPTA Whitewater Festival
Jul 28 all-day
BPTA Whitewater Festival @ McKay Park

Bend Paddle Trail Alliance invites you to enjoy the Bend Whitewater Festival on June 28th at McKay Park.  The day will kick-off with a recreational release in the Fish Ladder/passageway and open surf until 11am. Then, wave events like fan-favorite a Throwing Buckets challenge and the always entertaining King &Queen of the Wave at noon will spill into action-packed head-to-head racing all afternoon. Finally, the whitewater competition will culminate in the Eddy’s Wave Rafting Rampage and the infamous mass start Whitewater Tubing Race with a $100 cash prize for first place to close. See below for full schedule.

8-11:00am: Special recreational release in passageway channel for the Whitewater Festival.

What does this mean? Expect Class II rapids (perfect for the beginning and intermediate kayaker), a friendlier Jason’s Wave and a foam-free Green Wave experience.

8:00 Registration in McKay Park, registration moves to the Island at 10am

10:00-11:00 Freestyle Expression on the Wave

10:00- Throwing buckets surf competition local surf company Sponsored by Cubicle.

11:30- Freestyle Kayak comp. on the green wave or Jason’s (depending on day-of feature quality )

12:30-12:50 Kayak King of the Wave

12:55-1:15- Kayak Queen of the Wave

1:20-1:50- King of the Wave

1:55-2:10- Queen of the Wave

2:30-3:00- Kayak Downriver Race

3:05-3:25- SUP Downriver Race

3:30-4:00- Eddy’s Raft Freestyle

4:20-ish Mass Start Tube Race (practice races throughout the day) start downstream of booms holding onto raft

*Oregon Rescue on site to manage safety.

Novice to expert, paddlers, surfers and families are encouraged to celebrate and showcase their skills by joining in the 2018 Bend Whitewater Festival, June 24th! This festival is hosted by Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe and the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance and coincides with the nationally supported Subaru Outside Games.

In true hometown throwdown style, judges will be at each water feature, seeking winners in categories including best rider and trick. Spectators will enjoy play-by-play announcement, identifying competitors by bib numbers, and seeing standup paddle boarders, surfers and boogieboarders compete on their respective waves.

“Bend’s third Whitewater Festival will be a reflection of the kayaking and surf culture, a fun and informal expo of the talented water enthusiasts in Central Oregon,” said Geoff Frank, lifelong kayaker and owner of Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. “Celebrating the river, celebrating the transformation of the dangerous Colorado Spillway into a community asset for novices, families and elite paddlers—that’s what this event is all about.”

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo
Jul 31 – Aug 4 all-day
Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo @ Deschutes County Expo Center | Redmond | Oregon | United States

“One Hundred Year’s of Fun Since Day One”  is the theme of the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo.   This is one of the best fairs in the entire country.  Don’t miss the incredible entertainment lineup.  The kids will love “familyville” with thrilling carnival rides.  The rodeo is an NPRA sanctioned event with world-class cowboy/cowgirl and livestock talent.  Enjoy live stage shows throughout the day and headliner concerts at night. 


Police K-9’s
Fire Making
Long Horns
Life in 2840 America
Hawaiian music & dance
50’s Sock Hop
Firehose Water Battle
Joann’s Crafts
Fly Tying & Casting
…..and so much more!

Don’t forget the most amazing fair food ever !!

Cascade Lakes Relay
Aug 2 – Aug 3 all-day
Cascade Lakes Relay @ Riverbend Park

Cascade Lakes Relay is Oregon’s most challenging running relay course.  It starts in the Cascade Mountains at Diamond Lake Resort, travels through the Oregon Outback and rural agricultural country, and winds back to the Cascade Lakes Highway, around Mt. Bachelor and into the resort community of Bend. You’ll see more cows than semi-trucks and smell pine trees instead of exhaust. If you are seeking an adventure where you can push your limits and rediscover your senses, then this is the event for you and your team.