May 2014 – August 2015

May
23
Fri
Central Oregon Beer Week @ Various Breweries
3:00 pm – May 31, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

Central Oregon Beer Week

Raise your glass! Central Oregon Beer Week is May 23rd to 31st, 2014.

Central Oregon’s craft beer industry continues to thrive. Together with the region’s 26 (and counting) breweries – plus dozens of other businesses and events tailored for craft beer aficionados – COBW celebrates it all.

Kickoff Party and SMaSH Beer Fest @ O’Kanes at McMenamins Old St. Francis School 
You’re invited to the release party for Central Oregon Beer Week’s signature beer style … SMaSH! Seventeen Central Oregon breweries will be pouring SMaSH (Single Malt Single Hop) craft beers made just for this event!
Admission is $20 and includes a punch card for 12 4oz tasters, and a commemorative 2014 COBW glass. Additional punch cards will be available for purchase. Food & non-alcoholic beverages will be served up by McMenamins and available for purchase. Visit our SMaSH Fest page!

Visit their website for a schedule of events!

Jun
25
Wed
Pickin’ & Paddlin’ @ Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Pickin’ & Paddlin’ featuring The Blackberry Bushes

What began as a cou­ple of kayak­ers pickin’ tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into a huge com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion in to raise funds for the Bend Pad­dle Trail Alliance and their efforts to trans­form the Col­orado Bridge Dam into Oregon’s first white­wa­ter play­park. High­lights include kayak, canoe and stand up pad­dle board demos through­out the late after­noon, local and regional acoustic, blue­grass and Amer­i­cana acts in the evening, micro­brews from Bend’s best brew­eries, food carts, non-profit infor­ma­tion tables and more.

With the pas­sage of Bond Mea­sure 9–86 in Novem­ber of 2012, the major­ity of fund­ing was secured for Bend Parks & Rec to con­struct a safe pas­sage for tubers and a white­wa­ter play park in place of the mill-era dam below the Col­orado Bridge. The BPTA has promised to raise $900K through grants, fundrais­ing and pri­vate dona­tions to fund the white­wa­ter fea­tures of the project. Cur­rently they have $300K more to go and they need your help. All funds raised at Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’ go towards this cause.

Admis­sion: $5 and chil­dren 12 and under are free. Pint glasses are $10 and come with two drink tick­ets for those 21 and older

The June 25th event fea­tures The Black­berry Bushes from Port Townsend, WA as well as Quincy Street and solo opener Fran­chot Tone.

Times:
Demos from 4 – 7 p.m.
The opener begins play­ing at 5 p.m. and the head­liner is done by 9 p.m.

This event is part of the Sub­aru of Bend Out­side Games.

Dur­ing this month’s Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’, we’ll also be host­ing the 5th Annual Deschutes Wooden Boat Gath­er­ing on the back­lawn from 4 – 6 p.m. Builders will have the oppor­tu­nity to meet other builders, talk shop, and swap tips and tech­niques. If you own a wooden kayak, canoe or SUP bring it down and show off your craft. This is also a great even for those think­ing of build­ing a float­ing wooden object.

Spe­cial thanks to Deschutes Brew­ery and Cas­cade Lakes Brew­ing for donat­ing the kegs for this event.

Jun
28
Sat
Bite of Bend @ Downtown Bend
11:00 am – June 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Bite of Bend

2014 BITE OF BEND
CENTRAL OREGON’S LARGEST FOOD FESTIVAL!

Celebrate the local flavor of Central Oregon during the region’s largest food festival. The Bite of Bend is a two-day food party on the streets of downtown Bend!

2014 Bite of Bend Highlights:

  • THE BITE. Bring your appetite and feast on small plates ($1-$2 each) and libations from the best restaurants in the region.
  • TOP CHEF COMPETITION. Watch eight rock-star chefs knock each other out in a live kitchen battle.
  • BEER RUN. Run a 5k the Central Oregon way, with craft beer breaks!
  • BITE WEEK. Explore your culinary side with experiential classes, demos and chefs’ dinners all week, June 22-29

The Bite of Bend also brings Locavore Alley full of local artisans and purveyors sure to inspire your home kitchen with fresh ingredients and new tools. Live music and kids’ activities, too!

Music Stage

The weekend entertainment at the Bite of Bend includes local and national musical acts performing on the Main Stage on Oregon Avenue in downtown Bend. The music at the Bite of Bend has long been one of the biggest free music events of the summer, and this year’s lineup promises to be one of the most exciting yet. Get ready to get down with a mix of bluegrass, country, indie, and American roots bands from around the country.

The 2014 Bite of Bend Music Stage Schedule:

Saturday, June 28th:
11am: Notables Swing Band
12:30pm: Chiringa!
2pm: Second Son
3:30pm: The Hill Dogs
5pm: Wilderness
6:30pm: Blackstrap Bluegrass
8:30pm: Soul Vaccination

Sunday, June 29th:
11am: Bill Keale
12:30pm Necktie Killer (immediately following the Beer Run!)
2pm: The Rum and The Sea
3:30pm: Avery James and the Hillandales
5pm: Elektrapod

Jul
30
Wed
Pickin’ & Paddlin’ @ Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Pickin’ & Paddlin’ featuring Polecat

What began as a cou­ple of kayak­ers pickin’ tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into a huge com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion in to raise funds for the Bend Pad­dle Trail Alliance and their efforts to trans­form the Col­orado Bridge Dam into Oregon’s first white­wa­ter play­park. High­lights include kayak, canoe and stand up pad­dle board demos through­out the late after­noon, local and regional acoustic, blue­grass and Amer­i­cana acts in the evening, micro­brews from Bend’s best brew­eries, food carts, non-profit infor­ma­tion tables and more.

With the pas­sage of Bond Mea­sure 9–86 in Novem­ber of 2012, the major­ity of fund­ing was secured for Bend Parks & Rec to con­struct a safe pas­sage for tubers and a white­wa­ter play park in place of the mill-era dam below the Col­orado Bridge. The BPTA has promised to raise $900K through grants, fundrais­ing and pri­vate dona­tions to fund the white­wa­ter fea­tures of the project. Cur­rently they have $300K more to go and they need your help. All funds raised at Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’ go towards this cause.

Admis­sion: $5 and chil­dren 12 and under are free. Pint glasses are $10 and come with two drink tick­ets for those 21 and older

The July 30th event fea­tures Pole­cat from Belling­ham WA, Grit & Griz­zle and Stephen Junkins.

Times:
Demos from 4 – 7 p.m.
The opener begins play­ing at 5 p.m. and the head­liner is done by 9 p.m.

Spe­cial thanks to Deschutes Brew­ery and Cas­cade Lakes Brew­ing for donat­ing the kegs for this event.

Aug
27
Wed
Pickin’ & Paddlin’ @ Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Pickin’ & Paddlin’ August 2014

What began as a cou­ple of kayak­ers pickin’ tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into a huge com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion in to raise funds for the Bend Pad­dle Trail Alliance and their efforts to trans­form the Col­orado Bridge Dam into Oregon’s first white­wa­ter play­park. High­lights include kayak, canoe and stand up pad­dle board demos through­out the late after­noon, local and regional acoustic, blue­grass and Amer­i­cana acts in the evening, micro­brews from Bend’s best brew­eries, food carts, non-profit infor­ma­tion tables and more.

With the pas­sage of Bond Mea­sure 9–86 in Novem­ber of 2012, the major­ity of fund­ing was secured for Bend Parks & Rec to con­struct a safe pas­sage for tubers and a white­wa­ter play park in place of the mill-era dam below the Col­orado Bridge. The BPTA has promised to raise $900K through grants, fundrais­ing and pri­vate dona­tions to fund the white­wa­ter fea­tures of the project. Cur­rently they have $300K more to go and they need your help. All funds raised at Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’ go towards this cause.

Admis­sion: $5 and chil­dren 12 and under are free. Pint glasses are $10 and come with two drink tick­ets for those 21 and older

The August 27th event fea­tures Stu­dent Loan from Port­land, Ore­gon, and from here in Bend openers Sec­ond Son and Burn­ing Moonlight.

Times:
Demos from 4 – 7 p.m.
The opener begins play­ing at 5 p.m. and the head­liner is done by 9 p.m.

Spe­cial thanks to Deschutes Brew­ery and Cas­cade Lakes Brew­ing for donat­ing the kegs for this event.

Sep
20
Sat
WilderFest Block Party @ ONDA's Parking Lot | Near Strictly Organic
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WilderFest

Let’s get wild! Join wilderness advocates, desert lovers and community members for the grand finale of Wilderness Weekend! Enjoy live entertainment, conservation and art vendors, delicious food and local beer.

MUSIC: Truck Stop Gravy, Pitchfork Revolution and Wilderness
BEER: Worthy Brewing Company
WHERE: ONDA’s Parking Lot | Near Strictly Organic | 50 SW Bond St. | Bend
WHEN: 4-9 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free | Open to public | All ages welcome

Sep
24
Wed
Pickin’ & Paddlin’ @ Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Pickin’ & Paddlin’ September 2014

What began as a cou­ple of kayak­ers pickin’ tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into a huge com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion in to raise funds for the Bend Pad­dle Trail Alliance and their efforts to trans­form the Col­orado Bridge Dam into Oregon’s first white­wa­ter play­park. High­lights include kayak, canoe and stand up pad­dle board demos through­out the late after­noon, local and regional acoustic, blue­grass and Amer­i­cana acts in the evening, micro­brews from Bend’s best brew­eries, food carts, non-profit infor­ma­tion tables and more.

With the pas­sage of Bond Mea­sure 9–86 in Novem­ber of 2012, the major­ity of fund­ing was secured for Bend Parks & Rec to con­struct a safe pas­sage for tubers and a white­wa­ter play park in place of the mill-era dam below the Col­orado Bridge. The BPTA has promised to raise $900K through grants, fundrais­ing and pri­vate dona­tions to fund the white­wa­ter fea­tures of the project. Cur­rently they have $300K more to go and they need your help. All funds raised at Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’ go towards this cause.

Admis­sion: $5 and chil­dren 12 and under are free. Pint glasses are $10 and come with two drink tick­ets for those 21 and older

The Sep­tem­ber 24th event fea­tures Bend favorites Moon Moun­tain Ram­bers, The Pitch­fork Rev­o­lu­tion, and Lau­rel Brauns.

Times:
Demos from 4 – 7 p.m.
The opener begins play­ing at 5 p.m. and the head­liner is done by 9 p.m.

Spe­cial thanks to Deschutes Brew­ery and Cas­cade Lakes Brew­ing for donat­ing the kegs for this event.

Jun
18
Thu
Fermentation Celebration @ Old Mill District
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fermentation Celebration 2014

The Fermentation Celebration is a nod to our amazing craft beer industry in Central Oregon. Not only do our 30+ local breweries have a tremendous economic impact on the community, but they produce some of the best craft beer in the world.

To enjoy the event, purchase a pint glass and tickets, and meander through all 30 beer stations located throughout Powerhouse Drive in the Old Mill District (immediately across the river from the Les Schwab Amphitheater). At each station you choose to visit, you can purchase a 4 ounce taste (1 taste = 1 ticket). Full pint pours from Deschutes Brewery will be available in Center Plaza.

We will have live music and performances from a variety of local bands/groups througout the event, as well as Central Oregon Beer Angels, the Central Oregon Brewer’s Guild, Central Oregon Homebrewers Association, Visit Bend and more.

The Fermentation Celebration is a family and pet-friendly event, but remember, it is centered around beer.

Thanks to our sponsors: Gopher KegsBend BrewfestVisit Bend, and the Old Mill District.

Aug
13
Thu
Bend Brew Fest @ The Les Schwab Amphitheater at The Old Mill
12:00 pm – August 15, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

Bend Brew Fest 2013

Three days of craft beer bliss on the banks of the Deschutes River!

The 12th Annual Bend Brewfest quenches Bend’s thirst for fine craft brews with over 170 beers and ciders from 60 breweries and 10 cideries. The 2015 festival will be held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater on Thursday, August 13, noon to 11 PM, Friday, August 14, noon – 11 PM, and Saturday, August 15 from noon-11 pm. Ridiculously good craft beer on the banks on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. You should come.