Fall 2016 Family Calendar


September 1 – October 27 (Thursdays)
Star Gazing
LEARN – Enjoy Star Gazing where you’ll learn about the night sky through a constellation tour. Meet the staff from the Observatory on the footbridge in Center Plaza near Anthony’s in the Old Mill.  Look for the telescopes setting up on Thursday nights from 8-9 pm.

Old Mill District | Free.

September 2
Downtown Bend Preschool Parade|
EVENT – Stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.  10:30am.

Downtown Public Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

September 2
Farm and Ranch Tour
TOUR – 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?  Learn more on this
all ages tour.

Savory Spice Shop | $65 | welltraveledfork.com

September 2
First Friday Art Walk
EVENT – Come celebrate First Friday Art Walk with a wide assortment of local artists. Local beverages, food, and music are always on the agenda, and demos and other fun surprises are always a possibility!

Downtown Bend | Free

September 3
Northwest Crossing
Farmers Market
EVENT – Discover a bounty of fresh produce,
locally-raised meats, fresh eggs and cheese, handmade items and so much more. Saturdays, 10am – 2pm

Northwest Crossing | Free

September 3
Juniper & Gin
MUSIC – As summer comes to a close, head to
Elk Lake Resort for an evening of family-friendly entertainment on the deck.  This Oregon Folkgrass
band is sure to tickle your fancy.  5pm – 8pm.

Elk Lake Resort | Free | elklakeresort.net

September 3
Star Wars The Force Awakens
MOVIE – Head to Sunriver and enjoy a movie outdoors.  Low profile chairs, blankets, and coolers welcome (NO pets or glass). Food and beverages are available. Movies start at dark, fun & games start 90 minutes prior to showtime.

The Village at Sunriver | Free | sunrivervillagefun.com

September 4
The Jungle Book
MOVIE – Head to Sunriver and enjoy a movie outdoors.  Low profile chairs, blankets, and coolers welcome (NO pets or glass). Food and beverages are available.  Movies start at dark, fun & games start 90 minutes prior to showtime.

The Village at Sunriver | Free | sunrivervillagefun.com

September 4
Raptors of the Desert Sky
EVENT – Hawks, owls, falcons and even a vulture fly close enough to raise the hair on your head. The Museum’s biologists narrate the action and help illuminate the agility, hunting strategies and natural behaviors of these spectacular birds of prey. 12:00pm

High Desert Museum | $3 with admission | 4 and under free

September 6
Toddlin’ Tales
STORYTIME – For children 18-36 months. Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development.  10:15am

Downtown Public Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

September 6
Preschool Parade Rockie Tales
STORYTIME – 3 – 5 years old. Rockie Tales Puppet Show. 1:30pm

Downtown Public Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

September 7
Music on the Green
MUSIC – Come check out this family-friendly
summer concert series, featuring live music and
vendors.  Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors while
being entertained by the Hokulea Dancers, traditional Hawaiian dancers and drummers. Food and
kids activities offered.  Bring your lawn chair or
blanket!  6:00pm

Sam Johnson Park, Redmond | Free

September 9

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Come see where epic adventure and environmental advocacy meet at the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s ninth annual festival.  Join us for an afternoon or evening of short films showcasing our earth’s natural wonders, feats of courage and athleticism, and the amazing stories of activists working to protect our environment. 4:30pm and 8:00pm

Tower Theatre | $12 adults, $8 students | Towertheatre.org

September 9
Munchin’ Movies
MOVIES – With the waning of summer and the closing days of Munch & Music, Munch & Movies picks up with new family friendly festivities starting Friday nights in August. Come and enjoy free films in a beautiful outdoor setting!  Begins at dusk.

Compass Park | Free | www.c3events.com/upcoming-events/northwest_crossing_munch_movies

September 7 – October 12
(Wednesdays) – Bend Farmers Market
EVENT – Featuring local agricultural goods, produce and more.  Stroll with the whole family, enjoy tasty bites, and discover the best quality foods of Oregon.

Every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm

Downtown Bend, Brooks Alley | Free

September 9 – 11

Sisters Folk Festival
MUSIC – The Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass.  The whole family will enjoy the diverse musicians who share their talents with Central Oregon.  Not to be missed!

Downtown Sisters | $65 | sistersfolkfestival.org

September 10
Saturday Stories
STORYTIME – A fun early literacy storytime for the whole family.  9:30am.

East Bend Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

September 10

Mark Ransom and the Mostest
MUSIC – There’s nothing quite like the fresh air of the Cascades.  Add in some live music by the lake and you’re in heaven!  Bring the whole family to Elk Lake Resort to wind down with some local tunes by this talented group.  5pm – 8pm

Elk Lake Resort | Free | elklakeresort.net

September 11

27th Annual Great Drake Park Duck Race
EVENT – Kids purchase a rubber duck for $5 and race their duck against one another in the Deschutes River.  All proceeds go to local charities. The fun starts at 11am.

Drake Park | $5 | theduckrace.com

September 14
Pajama Party

EVENT – Wear PJs for stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.  6:45pm.

Downtown Public Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

September 16
Family Full Moon Hike
OUTDOORS – Take advantage of early release Wednesdays and venture to your Land Trust Preserves for a seasonal nature hike just for kids ages 6-11. Kids will enjoy hands-on activities along with their essential dose of nature. Registration is not required for Wednesday Nature Kids, however it helps us prepare snacks accordingly. 3pm-4:30pm


September 14 – October 26(Wednesdays)
Deschutes Land Trust: Nature Kids
OUTDOORS – Explore the night with the Sunriver Nature Center. Join us for an hour-long full moon hike through various habitats and homes to native wildlife. We never know what we’ll see; from bats to beavers, owls to porcupines.  Ages: 5 – 10.  8:30 – 9:30 pm.

Sunriver Nature Center Observatory | $10

Register online at bendparksandrec.org

September 16 – 17
Bend Oktoberfest
EVENT – Oktoberfest is a family friendly event with lots to check out, like traditional German foods, bouncy houses from bouncing off the walls, contests, and other Oktober-themed events.  Don’t miss the Wienger Dog Races!

Oregon Avenue, Downtown Bend | Free


September 17
Fill the Tractor with Fresh Food for Food Banks

The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA), Superior Tractor, NeighborImpact and the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market are all teaming up to offer community members an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of hungry Central Oregonians. On the last day of the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, in celebration of a bountiful season, HDFFA will be filling the bucket of a tractor with fresh, local produce to be donated to NeighborImpact and area food banks. Community members are encouraged to bring fresh produce from their home gardens or purchase extra fresh vegetables or fruits at the market in order to help fill and overflow the tractor with Central Oregon abundance.

Anyone who joins in the effort by making a fresh food donation of any size will be rewarded with a pass for free yoga at Sunny Yoga Kitchen. All food donors can also enter in a drawing to win a local food gift basket filled with delicious market goods. The drawing will take place at 1:30pm.

This summer HDFFA’s Grow and Give Program has collected over 4,000 pounds of fresh food from five regional farmers markets and donated the food to area food banks.  Let’s help the HDFFA reach their goal of 8.000 pounds of local food donations!

NorthWest Crossing, NW Crossing Drive Bend



September 17
Muffins & Sweet Breads
COOKING –Ready! Set! Bake! Banana bread, blueberry muffins, coffee cake! Learn how to make delicious breakfast treats.  Ages: 8 – 12.  9:00 – 11:30am.

Cascade Middle School | $30

Register online at bendparksandrec.org

September 21
Baby Steps
EVENT – 0-18 months. 15 minutes of gentle stories, rhymes, and rhythms.  11:30am.

Downtown Public Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

September 24
Discover Nature Festival
EVENT – Calling all kids!  Come to Riverbend Park to connect with nature, try new outdoor activities, learn new challenges, and spend time together outdoors.

Riverbend Park | Free


September 25 – DECEMBER 18 (Sundays)
Family Swim
SWIM – A perfect time for families to use the indoor pools for recreating and swimming. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  Noon – 1:00pm.

Juniper Swim & Fitness | $5


September 28
Family Block Party Lego Universe
PLAY – Read! Build! Play! Start with a little inspiration and then build away. The sky is the limit! Most suitable for ages 6-11, but all ages welcome. LEGO donations are gratefully accepted.  2:30pm.

East Bend Library | Free


September 30
Bend Fall Festival
EVENT – As fall gracefully eases its way onto the scene and provides a time to harvest and give thanks, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a community gathering.  Enjoy contests, music, art and a wide selection of eats and treats.

Downtown Bend | Free

October 1
Redmond Quilt and Craft Event
EVENT – Come browse the many fabulous booths while getting in a little early Christmas shopping.  Enjoy some outdoor fun while the weather is still nice.  10am – 4pm

Centennial Park, Redmond | Free
Contact Ann Havelock for more info:  541-480-1958

October 1 & NOVEMBER 5
1st Saturday:  Middle School Night
SWIM – Take over JSFC with fun activities in the entire facility.  Enjoy dance, fitness and an awesome place to hang out with friends.  Grades: 6 – 8.  6:30 – 9:30 pm.

Juniper Swim & Fitness | $5 | bendparksandrec.org

October 6 – 9
Bend Film Festival
EVENT – BendFilm celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education.  Enjoy the diversity of films offered  – there’s something for the whole family.

Bend | Prices online | bendfilm.org

October 7
Anabelle’s Angel Glow 5k Run/2k Walk
RUN – Ready…set….GLOW!!!!    Wear your brightest neon, glow necklaces, and flashing lights and join at the Old Mill District in the West Lot across the foot bridge from Anthony’s.  Start gun fires at sunset.  Stay after the race for contests, raffles and runners awards.

Old Mill District | $10


October 7 & NOVEMBER 4
First Friday Splash & Fun
SWIM – Drop the kids off and head to First Friday in downtown Bend! In the care of our trained, fun-loving staff, children can participate in a variety of exciting activities such as science experiments, crafts and games, create their own healthy snack and, of course, swimming! Snacks provided. Save money by registering early.

Note: Kids 10 and older are welcome at Open Recreation Swim that is held during the same time.  Ages: 6 – 9 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Juniper Swim and Fitness | $11(pre-reg) or $14
Register online at bendparksandrec.org

October 15
Pizza & Calzones
COOKING – Make your own pizza dough and top it or fill it with your favorite ingredients.  Ages: 8 – 12.  11:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Cascade Middle School | $30
Register online at bendparksandrec.org

October 12
High Desert Animal Adventure
STORYTIME – Live animals, stories, crafts with High Desert Museum

Ages 3 and up. Space is limited.  1:00pm.

Downtown Public Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

October 18
An Evening with Rita Moreno
MUSIC – This singer performs Broadway classics, jazz and other exciting collections.  Don’t miss this family-friendly evening and expose the kids to some classics.

Tower Theatre | $45 | Towertheatre.org

October 20
Hand-Painted Cookie Plate for Santa
ART – Get the kiddos involved in creating a unique plate for Santa’s cookies. Spend some quality one-on-one time with your child or grandchild as you decorate a ceramic plate for firing. This plate will become a family treasure as it is durable, washable and can be reused for the holidays year after year. Supplies and firing included.  Ages: 6 & up.  5:00 – 7:00pm.

Bend Senior Center | $35
Register online at bendparksandrec.org

October 22
COOKING – Bake a batch of cupcakes from scratch and top them off with wonderful homemade frosting. We’ll focus on basic piping skills, frosting flowers, unique techniques and reading recipes. Learn the tools to create your own cupcake art and take home beautiful tasty treats to impress your family. Ages 10 -15.  9:00 – 12:00pm.

Cascade Middle School | $35
Register online at bendparksandrec.org

October 29
Bend Zombie Run
RUN – Pitting survivors against zombies during this apocalyptic 5K race starting in downtown Bend, with a post-apocalyptic party after the race!

Downtown Bend | $20 – $35 | bendzombierun.com

October 31
Kid’s Halloween Party
HALLOWEEN – Bring your little ones in costume to the Old Mill District for crafts and trick-or-treating in each of the Old Mill District stores and restaurants.

Old Mill District | Free

November 4
Fizz, Boom, Read, Science Storytime
STORYTIME – Explore science and stories at an age appropriate level. Assuage your curiosity and dig into new ideas! Ages 3+.  10:15am.

Downtown Public Library | Free | deschuteslibrary.org

November 10
Mic Crenshaw
MUSIC – based in Portland, Mic Crenshaw is a top-selling MC and hip-hop artist, Portland Poetry Slam winner, OFN Master Artist, and social activist.  Come to the High Desert Museum to find out what he’s all about. 6:30pm – 8pm.

High Desert Museum | Free

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