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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: events@visitcentraloregon.com

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

Jul
25
Thu
2019
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!”

Jul
27
Sat
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.

Jul
28
Sun
2019
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.”

Sep
3
Tue
2019
Half Day Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Canoeing Tour
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Half Day Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Canoeing Tour @ Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

Imagine floating on a kayak or canoe through a completely undeveloped, pristine and aqua-blue section of river in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. Paddling among lava flows stretching to Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater National Monument, Aspen groves, tranquil lagoons and side channels.  Tumalo Creek’s Half-Day Deschutes River Tour is the perfect mini-adventure for visitors who want to fit in another activity in the afternoon. The Half-Day Deschutes River Kayak Tour is suggested as a relaxing outing for visitors and locals of all ages and skill levels.

Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 24 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407.  Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.

Sep
6
Fri
2019
Half Day Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Canoeing Tour
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Half Day Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Canoeing Tour @ Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

Imagine floating on a kayak or canoe through a completely undeveloped, pristine and aqua-blue section of river in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. Paddling among lava flows stretching to Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater National Monument, Aspen groves, tranquil lagoons and side channels.  Tumalo Creek’s Half-Day Deschutes River Tour is the perfect mini-adventure for visitors who want to fit in another activity in the afternoon. The Half-Day Deschutes River Kayak Tour is suggested as a relaxing outing for visitors and locals of all ages and skill levels.

Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 24 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407.  Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Ride-Row-Run
Sep 14 – Sep 15 all-day
Ride-Row-Run @ Imperial River Company

The Maupin Immersion and Ride-Row-Run kicks off Saturday at 4:00pm with an evening of fun and silliness.  There are kids’ games, adult trike races that support the local school district, a BBQ dinner, beer tasting at Maupin Market, kids’ bike decoration and a bike parade.  The evening finishes off with live music at Imperial River Company.  Sunday a.m. begins with the RRR Grand Prix run.   The Ride-Row-Run is a fantastically fun adventure.  Do it as a solo, or get some friends together and enter a relay team.   The day begins with the RRR Grand Prix start where participants will run to their bikes and RIDE a 26-mile loop, then ROW/PADDLE the Deschutes, then RUN along the river bank.  It’s a real Central Oregon adventure with a finish party wrapping up the day! The community has many great activities to keep you entertained for the entire weekend — so come out and play!  Camping is available at next to the start/finish.  Fun for kids too!

Check our webiste for more information www.xdogevents.com

** ALSO be sure and check out the Downriver SUP races the day before!

Event details and schedule

Race number pick-up and late registration will take place in the park, downtown Maupin, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 14th.  If you cannot make packet pick-up on Saturday, late check-in will be available on Sunday morning beginning at 7:00 AM.

The Deschutes Downriver
Sep 14 all-day
The Deschutes Downriver @ Imperial River Company

The Deschutes Downriver Events are one of a kind!   The Double Trouble and Rapid Rush take place in Maupin, OR.  Get your friends to come out and play on the banks of the world famous river!  The community has many great activities to keep you entertained for the entire weekend — so come out and play!  Camping is available next to the start/finish.  Fun for kids too! www.xdogevents.com

Race number pick-up and late registration will take place at the Imperial River Company on Saturday, September 14th.  Check-in/Registration will begin at 8:00 AM.  Watch the website for details as we may have a Friday night check-in option added to the schedule.