Every now and then, you’ll find a good enough reason to venture outside the neighborhood.


Local Events

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12/1/2019 7:30 pm

Treat yourself, friends and family to the Gift of Laughter this holiday season by attending “O Christmas Tea” at The Tower Theater.  UK comedy legends James & Jamesy present their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy classic O Christmas Tea; an astonishing show that delights the hearts of thousands every holiday season.  The London Free Press calls this show:  “Outrageously funny, magnificently written, beautifully choreographed.”

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall Street



12/4/2019 7:30 pm

Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas takes you on a wondrous journey through traditional mountain and bluegrass carols.  His family’s fiddle, guitar and mandolin capture the joyous essence of the holidays in a heartfelt celebration of the Christmas spirit.  Enjoy this holiday event at The Tower Theater, Wed., Dec 4th. “All Christmas music should be played so elegantly on violin.” – Boston Globe

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall Street



12/6/2019 4:00 pm

Stop by each gallery in the Old Mill District during the First Friday Gallery Walk on every first Friday of the month year-round. New exhibitions open each month and are on view for the entire month.  Enjoy incredible art and the talented working artists in the varied galleries.  Music and libations will be available. “The galleries in the Old Mill District represent numerous artists and some are working artist studios. Our galleries showcase a variety of mediums from traditional paintings, sculpture, and photography to printmaking, fiber, and mixed media. Stop by anytime and meet these working artists and experience their beautiful works.”

Old Mill District, 970 Southwest Powerhouse Drive



12/6/2019 – 12/8/2019 7:00 pm

The Central Oregon School of Ballet is proud to present the 34th annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet. The longest running Nutcracker show in Bend, the show has become a classic holiday tradition in Central Oregon. The cast is comprised of over 150 dancers including local students and visiting professional ballet dancers.  There will be four performances at Bend Senior High. Friday, 12/6 at 7pm, Sat 12/7 at 3pm & 7pm, Sunday 12/8 at 3pm

Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th Street



12/7/2019 – 1/1/2020 all day

Gingerbread Junction has been a treasured tradition for 24 years!  Presented by Sunriver Resort, you will marvel at the candy and cookie decorations.  This event is FREE to the public and takes place in the main lodge of Sunriver Resort from Dec. 7th to Jan 1st.

Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr, Sunriver



12/7/2019 9:00 am

The Jingle Bell Run is The Arthritis Foundation’s holiday-themed 5K race. It is the nation’s longest-running fundraising fun run. Be there with bells on – and jingle and jangle to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability, affecting 1 in 4 American adults. Put on your reindeer antlers, Santa suit, or elf running shoes – and bring your friends and family for a fun-filled day of holiday cheer. Whether you walk or run, your participation and support helps raise funds for arthritis research and resources, touching the lives of more than 54 million Americans. After the run, stay for the Bend Holiday Parade in downtown Bend.

Crows Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks Street



12/14/2019 5:00 pm

It's that time again to Get Ugly!  Downtown Bend presents the ever popular annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl.  Help keep Downtown Bend vibrant!  100% of the proceeds from our fundraisers go to the DBBA.  What can you expect at the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl?  “Ugly sweaters. Everywhere.  A sea of ugly sweaters.  Friends looking ugly in their ugly sweaters.  Drinking delicious cocktails at the coolest bars in Bend in your ugly sweater. Laughing at other people in their ugly sweaters.  Competing against other Uglies in the Ugliest Sweater Contest.”

Downtown Bend



12/20/2019 – 12/22/2019 7:00 pm

Swingin’ Tower Christmas returns to the Tower Theater for the holidays!  Bend’s family-friendly holiday tradition,  will have more “cool yule” stories and songs backed by Jim Tennant’s 18-piece live big band. Host Mollie Tennant (“Cats,” “Mamma Mia,” “Les Miz”) welcomes special guests Heather Salvesen, Gary Fulkerson, Bob Shaw, Alastair Jaques, plus the return of Olive the Elf and jolly ol’ St. Nick.

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall Street



12/28/2019 8:00 pm

The BEST Beatles Tribute EVER is coming to The Tower Theater  –  The Fab Four The Ultimate Tribute. The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note for note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude”, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever changing career.  This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Tower Theatre, 835 Northwest Wall Street



1/6/2020 7:00 pm

High Desert Museum invites you to Natural History Pub at McMenamins. This month’s topic is “Extraordinary Birds: Up Close and Personal.” Join Elise Wolf, founder of Native Bird Care avian rescue in Sisters, for a unique multimedia presentation. Come see and hear about a few of the exceptional species Wolf has cared for over the past 10 years. Get a peek into the lives of these extraordinary birds as Wolf shares stories, photos and videos of their care and release. Why is rescue and rehabilitation so important, and how can we enjoy and support native birds?

McMenamins - 700 NW Bond St



1/10/2020 - 1/11/2020 7:00 pm

BendBroadband’s Jazz At The Oxford is back with saxophonist Eldon “T” Jones and his band, N Touch. Jones touches the hearts of audiences with his profoundly genuine playing and his own groove jazz style he’s honed with his band, N Touch. Eldon and his band have appeared on the nationally televised BET On Jazz show with saxophonist and host Mike Phillips. The band has also opened for Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. In January, they will be paying tribute to the timeless music of Grover Washington, Jr.

The Oxford Hotel - 10 NW Minnesota Ave



1/11/2020 7:30 pm

Jim O’Neil launches his national tour of the venerable Broadway drama “Darrow.”  His performance reveals the eloquence and humor of the controversial lawyer – best known for the Scopes “Monkey Trial.”  O’Neil is a distant relative of Darrow and portrays the law school dropout who became “a man of ideas and ideals, a persuasive defender of the seemingly indefensible, and a passionate champion of the underdog.” The production of “Clarence Darrow” at the Tower will be supplemented by several educational events, provided by the Tower’s LessonPLAN initiative to benefit regional high school students and teachers. There will also be a post-show panel featuring local and regional lawmakers discussing the play, Darrow’s life and times, and the lasting effect of his cases on the judicial system.

Tower Theatre - 835 Northwest Wall St



1/17/2020 6:30 pm

Apres Ski Bash is back with another season of truly fantastic Free Monthly Friday Concerts. Enjoy camaraderie, beer, wine and great music after a day on the slopes. These concerts are 100% free, all ages are most welcome. On show nights, Season Pass Holders will get $1 beverage discounts at The Commons Cafe until 8:00 p.m.

The Commons - 875 NW Brooks St



1/17/2020 7:30 pm

Martha Redbone is one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. A multi award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress weaves an epic story of four generations of Cherokee women in Harlan County, Kentucky. “Bone With humor, drama and empathy, “Bone Hill” explores Redbone’s childhood, her maternal ancestors’ lives and legacy, and the Appalachian culture and music of Native African and White Americans. This is an original musical work.

Tower Theatre - 835 Northwest Wall St



1/18/2020 1:00 pm

McMenamins invites you to the 7th Annual High Gravity Brewfest.  Hefty, powerful, bold. BIG. However you describe high-gravity beers, these extraordinary brews are intensely flavorful – and we’ll be sampling plenty of them, plus unique ciders from Pacific NW breweries and cideries. And you’ll definitely want to try a series of ten collaboration beers by McMenamins brewers & friends. Linger by the outdoor fire, listen to live music and taste the night away.

McMenamins - 700 NW Bond St



1/23/2020 7:00 pm

Deschutes Public Library presents the ever-popular Author! Author! series which brings to Central Oregon authors who have won Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards and Edgar Awards, among other literary prizes. First presenting author in the 2020 series will be Barry Lopez. Called “the nation’s premier nature writer” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Barry Lopez has written 17 fiction and non-fiction books, as well as an anthology. His 1986 book Arctic Dreams received the National Book Award, and Of Wolves and Men (1978) was also a National Book Award finalist. Lopez’s other works include Field Notes, Resistance, and his most recent, Horizon.

Bend Senior High School - 230 NE 6th St



1/24/2020 – 2/1/2020 7:30 pm

Matilda The Musical will be playing at The Tower Theater for 6 performances starting Jan. 24th.  “Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.” 6 Performances:  Jan 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st and two performances on 2/1.

Tower Theater - 835 NW Wall St.



1/25/2020 10:00 am

Mid Oregon Credit Union would like to treat you to FREE DAY at the High Desert Museum on Saturday, Jan 25th from 10am to 4pm.  Enjoy all the museum has to offer!

High Desert Museum - 59800 North Highway 97



1/31/2020 – 2/1/2020 all day

USA Climbing will hold their Bouldering Nationals at the Deschutes County Expo Center on two weekends – Jan 31-Feb 1 will host the Open National Championship Competition.  FEB 7-9 will be the Youth National Championship. “These events will feature the most elite adult and youth athletes in the country competing for a place on the national US Team in the discipline of bouldering.” For event information and ticket sales, call 303-499-0715.

Deschutes County Expo Center - 3800 SW Airport Way