Summer 2016 Family Calendar

Bend Events, Central Oregon Events, Bend Event Calendar, Family activities in Bend

May 7

Family Block Party Lego

PLAY – All ages welcome. Read! Build! Play! The sky
is the limit!

Downtown Public Library | Free

May 7

Weekend Workshop: Art Studio

ART – Learn how to paint from professional Base Camp Studio art facilitators! This special weekend workshop brings in experts to highlight the styles and techniques of some of the artistic greats who found success during the Great Depression.

The High Desert Museum | Members $10, non-members $15 |

May 8

Lava Tube Cave Tours

NATURE – These large, cool lava tube caves are fun and fascinating for the whole family.  Outfitted with helmets and headlamps, our guides will help you discover secret rooms, great cave history and what lives and grows in the caves. Tours depart daily at 9:00am and 1:30pm.

Wanderlust Tours |  $75 per adult $55 for children 11 and under |

May 8

Close To You: The Music Of
The Carpenters

MUSIC – Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenters classics.

Tower Theater | Reserved Seating $18, $33, $43

May 11

LEARN – Wear your PJs for stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills. Ages 3-5 years.

Downtown Public Library | Free |

May 11

Downtown Culinary Walking Tours

FOOD – This walking tour of Downtown Bend visits locally and family owned coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, food carts, shops, breweries and more. You get to sip, sample and stroll your way through the tour and meet and talk with some of the owners learning firsthand what makes these gastronomic stars so special.

The Well Traveled Fork | $50/person

May 11 and 12

Plant Prints

LEARN – Green, red, yellow, orange—plant colors span the rainbow. They’re pretty to look at, but also provide us with so much, including food and oxygen.

High Desert Museum | $10 member $15 Non-member

May 12

Recycle in Style with Marianne Prodehl

CREATE – Marianne creates her entire line of jewelry from reworking pieces of found metal objects. Explore the endless possibilities of re-purposing scrap metal by learning techniques of cutting, sculpting and refining metal from silver and brass trays, recycled copper and copper electrical wire, old necklaces and a plethora of other found objects.

The Workhouse | $65 |

May 13

Audubon Society Bird Walk

NATURE – This free two-hour bird walk is guided by an expert from the Audubon Society The walk is appropriate for all ages, from novice to experienced avian expert. Groups will meet at 10am at the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District, where binoculars are available for check out.

Old Mill | Free
541-241-2190 for more info

May 13

Farm and Ranch Tour

FOOD – Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know if the animals have been raised with kindness and compassion? Do you know what it takes to grow sustainable, organic produce that is free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers?  Join in the fun on this informative tour.

The Well Traveled Fork | $65/person

May 13

Moonlight & Starlight Snowshoe Tours

NATURE – Discover the Cascades under the bright moonlight reflecting off the white snow, and look for signs of animals in their nocturnal wonderland! Wanderlust Tours runs monthly moonlight snowshoe trips for the few nights surrounding each full moon from November to May.

Wanderlust Tours | $85 per person

May 18 and 19

Kids Curate

CREATE – If you could create any kind of museum or exhibit, what would it be? Build a model exhibit

showcasing your own artwork. Make walls move and heads turn.

High Desert Museum | Members $10 per child, Non-members $15 per child |

May 20

Mommy Mingle 2016
an Event for Moms!

EVENT – To benefit Family Access Network

Raffle, Shopping, Local Mom Resources, Food and Drinks, Door Prizes, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

babyPHASES  |  Free

May 21

Saturday Shop for a Cause

EVENT – Local Vendor Booths together with babyPHASES will donate 10% of all Sales to Family Access Network, 11:00am – 6:00pm.

babyPHASES  |  Free

May 21

Pole Pedal Paddle

SPORTS – The Pole Pedal Paddle is a relay with six legs including alpine skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biking, running, canoeing/kayaking/stand up paddle boarding, & sprinting to the finish! You can do it all yourself or be part of a team or pair.

MBSEF | See website for registration Information

May 21 & 22

SHARC Season Opener

SWIM – All outdoor pools and waterslides will be open from 10am to 4pm.

SHARC|$5 with donation of three cans of food

May 27

Audubon Society Bird Walk

NATURE – This free two-hour bird walk is guided by an expert from the Audubon Society The walk is appropriate for all ages, from novice to experienced avian expert. Groups will meet at 10am at the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District, where binoculars are available for check out.

Old Mill | Free
541-241-2190 for more info

May 28

Kid’s Mini Pole Pedal Paddle

SPORTS – In this miniature version of the Pole Pedal Paddle, kids raft, run, bike, and complete an obstacle course in a 5-person relay.

MBSEF | See website for registration Information

$10 per child non-members $15

May 25 and 26

You Otter Love It!

LEARN – Otters sleep 12 hours a day, but we love them whether they are awake or asleep. Come see the otters in their new home and learn what makes this animal well adapted to its aquatic habitat.

High Desert Museum  |  $10 member $15 non-member

May 28

Happy Girls Bend Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, and Happy Little Kids Run

SPORTS – Featuring a NEW COURSE for the Half Marathon! The scenic route starting along the Deschutes River is ideal for beginners and competitors. Terrain includes a mix of gentle trails, groomed paths and paved surfaces, the best of all worlds! Bring your daughter, sister, aunt, mom or best friend and make it a fabulous holiday weekend in Bend.

See website for registration Information

May 29

Dog Day in May

FESTIVAL – Start the day with the Bark for Life 5K Poker Dog Walk/Run starting at 10am, then join the canine festivities in the Village, including amateur dog talent contests, Humane Society adoptions and vendors offering a range of canine products and services.

Village at Sunriver | Free |

May 29

Pond Skimming

EVENT – The goal is to make it across the 100-foot long pond without wiping out (and there will be plenty of that!) Winners will be determined based on the combined score of two runs.

Mt Bachelor Ski Resort |  $25 to compete, free to watch! |

June 2

Breastfeeding Support Group

LEARN – Lactation consultants will be on hand from St. Charles and WIC to weigh babies and answer questions.  All are welcome, including partners and siblings.

Central Oregon Locavore | Free

June 3

First Friday Art Walk

ART – Come join us as we celebrate First Friday Art Walk with a wide assortment of local artists. Local beverages, food, and music are always on the agenda;  demos and other fun surprises are always a possibility!

Downtown Bend | Free

June 3

Bend Elks Baseball

SPORTS – The Wooden Bat League is a college summer league that allows star college players a chance to be spotted by big league talent scouts. Tonight’s game is against Corvallis.

Vince Genna Stadium | See website for ticket Information |

June 5

Heaven Can Wait 5k

RUN – Each year on National Cancer Survivors Day, the first Sunday in June, the Heaven Can Wait 5K draws thousands to Bend’s Drake Park with a shared mission to raise funds for Sara’s Project, a fund of St. Charles Foundation, that provides education, early detection and support services to ease the challenges of breast cancer for people in Central and Eastern Oregon.

Near Downtown Bend | See website for registration

June 8 – 11

76th Annual Sisters Rodeo

EVENT – Sisters Rodeo has the highest purse in the nation, drawing top competitors from afar.  World champions return year after year, making the Sisters Rodeo part of their annual schedule.  From a buckaroo breakfast to Xtreme Bulls, this rodeo has it all!

Sisters Rodeo Grounds | See website for ticket Information |

June 14

Paint Your Own Pottery

ART – You don’t have to be Picasso to paint your own pottery! It’s fun, relaxing and easy. Start by picking out a piece of pottery, then choose your colors and decide on a design. We will then fire your masterpiece for a ceramic souvenir.

Sunriver Resort | $10-$40 depending on pottery item selected  |

June 15

The Bear Factory

WORKSHOP – We’re excited to bring you the official Bear Factory stuffed animal collection. Choose from a variety of animals to hand stuff and then choose an outfit to give your animal its own unique style!

Sunriver Resort | $25 per animal | $15 per outfit

June 15 to August 31


CRAFT – Create your own groovy design with colorful dyes on some of our newest Sunriver swag! Choose from Sunriver Resort logoed men’s and women’s t-shirts, kids t-shirts and more. We will provide a cotton t-shirt or you can bring your own 100% cotton dye-able t-shirt.

Sunriver Resort | $20 Sunriver Resort T-shirt, $15 Bring your own T-shirt |

June 17 – 19

Bite of Bend

FESTIVAL – The Bite of Bend is a three-day celebration of food and drink in downtown Bend.  Join in the festivities Friday night through Sunday. It’s a full weekend devoted to Central Oregon’s food scene, celebrating the “Bite” of restaurateurs from all over the region!

Downtown Bend | Admission is Free |

June 18

Dog Gone Run

RUN – The Dog Gone Run is a dog-friendly 5K run/walk in Bend’s Riverbend Park, benefiting BrightSide Animal Center in Redmond. The Dog Gone Run kicks off BrightSide’s Pet Pawlooza, a pet friendly event featuring vendor booths, dog exhibitions, music, a beer garden and an awesome raffle.

Riverbend Park
See website for registration Information

June 18 -September

NorthWest Crossing Saturday
Farmer’s Market

FOOD – A ripe selection of the region’s best organic artisans in produce, meats, baked goods, skincare and other lifestyle products available for you to explore. The participating vendors, musicians and restaurants this season personify our superior quality of life in Bend.

Northwest Crossing | Free

June 20 – 23

Garden Clay

ART – Have fun playing in the “mud” as you create fun things for your garden. Bird feeders, flower pots, toad houses, troll bridges or wind chimes could be decorating your backyard at the end of this camp.

Art Station | $95

June 20 -August

Summer Camp! Kids Camp

CAMP – Join in on the fun at the High Desert Museum with various weekly camps to keep the kids engaged and learning throughout the summer. Creature Collage (K—1st grade), Picture the World! (2nd—3rd grade),Wild Lenses (4th—5th grade), Out of this World (2nd—3rd grade), Wildlife Care (4th—5th grade)

High Desert Museum | Members $170, non-members $195 |

June 20 – August

Campfire Kids Summer Camps

CAMP – SummerKids is for young people, Kindergarten through 6th Grade. From 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, we offer theme-based camps all summer long. Your child will learn valuable communication, teamwork, and leadership skills as they play, create, and have fun with their friends–new and old.

June 24

Angry Birdies

LEARN – Turn off your app and launch into real world projectile motion and impact force. Join us as we investigate the physics of flight and recreate the slingshot scenarios from this popular game. Watch out pigs, here we come!  Grades 1 -2, 9:30 – 3:30

Bend Science Station | $75 |

June 25

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

MUSIC – Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will follow up their triumphant reunion tour last summer with Call It What It Is, their first new studio album in over eight years to be released in April.

Les Schwab Amphitheater | $47.50 plus fees

June 27

Incredible Invertebrates

LEARN – Ever been hugged by a walking stick? Want to hold a jellyfish? Come study cnidarians, annelids, arthropods and echinoderms as we investigate some of
the amazing creatures that make up 97% of all animal species.  Grades 1 -2, 9:30 – 3:30

Bend Science Station | $75 |

June 27 – 30

Fantastical Papier Mache

ART – Let’s take an adventure in 3-D! We’ll get slimy and messy in this class using paper and paste to create a zany character or fantasy creature.  Ages 6 – 8

Art Station | $95

July 1

First Friday Art Walk

ART – Come join us as we celebrate First Friday Art Walk with a wide assortment of local artists. Local beverages, food, and music are always on the agenda;  demos and other fun surprises are always a possibility!

Downtown Bend | Free

July 4

Pet Parade & Old Fashioned Festival

EVENT – As Bend’s largest parade, the Pet Parade has been held since 1932 and kicks off another fun-filled July 4th at 10:00 a.m., downtown. Everyone is welcome to participate and no registration is necessary.

Downtown Bend | Free

July 6

Toddlin’ Tales

LEARN – For children 18-36 months. Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development

Downtown Bend Library | Free |

July 7 – August 11

Munch N Music

EVENT – Enjoying its 26th anniversary in 2016, the Drake Park Munch & Music free concert series continues to be a summertime favorite. The weekly series provides the community of Central Oregon with a great chance to enjoy the arts, outstanding food and free music.

Drake Park | Free

July 8 – 10

Bend Summer Festival

FESTIVAL – In its 25th year, the Bank of Cascades Bend Summer Festival features fine artists and craftspeople, artisans and performers, and three
stages of some of the best regional and national blues, rock and jazz.

Downtown Bend | Free

July 10 – August 21 (Sundays)

Turf Tunes

MUSIC – Come join the fun at these all ages music concerts and variety shows.

SHARC’s John Gray Amphitheater|Free

July 11 – 29
(Mondays and Fridays)

Comics at Dudley’s

DRAW – We’ll cover every stage of comic book

development, crafting story arcs, character development, layouts, etc., 11:30am-1:00pm

Dudley’s Bookshop Café, Downtown  |  Free drop-in
to check out the class, $150 per series

646-763-3091 for more info

July 16

Deschutes Dash Weekend

SPORTS – The Deschutes Dash Sports Festival at the Old Mill District, is recognized as one of the most spectator-friendly, multi-sport venues in the Pacific Northwest! Bring the whole family out to compete or watch the race this summer.

Riverbend Park | see website for registration Information |

July 19-22

Hogwarts Summer Academy

LEARN – Hop on the Hogwarts Express and concoct chemical potions with Snape, care for magical critters
with Hagrid, observe herbological wonders with
Professor Sprout, and experience the physics of
Quidditch.  Grades 3-5

Bend Science Station | $275 |

Jul 18 – 21


ART – The sky is the limit in this wildly fun building camp! Working from your drawings, learn the fundamentals of

form and shape using mixed media, wood, wire, found objects and recycled materials.

Art Station | See online for prices

July 20 – 24

Cascade Cycling Classic

SPORTS – The longest consecutively run elite stage race in the country, the CCC attracts most of North America’s top cyclists and teams to Central Oregon. The quality of the race courses, the beauty of the terrain, and the fun atmosphere of the race has made it a perennial favorite among cyclists and local spectators.

Downtown Bend | Free to watch

Jul 25 -28

Animal Hybrids

ART – Challenge yourself to blend the bizarre, cute and ferocious. Make clay animals using hand-building techniques including slabs, coils, pinch pots and
extruded tubes.

Art Station | $95

August 2 – 5

Slam Dunk Sports Science

LEARN – You don’t need to be LeBron James or Russell Wilson to learn the science behind some of the most popular sports. Determine the best padding for a football helmet, measure your hang time, launch lacrosse balls, and put friction to the test as we climb at Smith Rock.

*Additional cost covers special field trips. Grades 3-5
Bend Science Station | $300 |

August 2-September 4

Twilight Cinema

FILM – Join us for outdoor family movie nights every Tuesday and Saturday nights.

Village at Sunriver and John Gray Amphitheater | Free

Aug 5

First Friday Art Walk

ART – Come join us as we celebrate First Friday Art Walk with a wide assortment of local artists. Local beverages, food, and music are always on the agenda;  demos and other fun surprises are always a possibility!

Downtown Bend | Free

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