Bend and Eugene, Oregon Events Calendar

Looking for things to do in Bend or Eugene, Oregon this weekend, next weekend, or a few months from now? You shouldn’t have to look very wide or far: both Bend and Eugene are, after all, quite happening places. But we wouldn’t discourage you from seeking out special events to go along with their normal embarassment of riches. Browse Bend events and Eugene events below. There are, of course, a few common denominators in the events you’ll find in Bend and Eugene: outdoor events and competitions of physical endurance  are, of course, quite popular. In Bend, you’ll find that a lot of events revolve around beer in one form or another.  Eugene has plenty of outre cultural and artistic events going for it. Whatever kind of fun you’re looking for, though, look no further than here for the top things to do in Bend and Eugene.
May 3 – May 5 all-day
12:00 am
Oakridge is a bit of a drive east from Eugene, but the Tree Planting Festival is well worth the journey. What began way back in 1953 as a community gathering for planting trees has since blossomed into a full-blown community-wide festival. The main event takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 when volunteers will …

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Various venues, Oakridge OR
May 3 @ 10:00 am – May 5 @ 4:00 pm
10:00 am
Being a real estate company, of course we’re going to tell you to go to the Central Oregon Home and Garden Show. With nearly 400 exhibitors, there’s sure to be something for everyone who owns a home and has had at least some glimmer of home improvement-related inspiration. Head north of Bend to Redmond to …

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Deschutes County Fairgrounds & Expo Center
May 3 @ 10:00 am – May 5 @ 11:00 am
10:00 am
You read that right: International Roller Derby. Although roller derby occupies something of a fringe in the larger sporting world, it’s certainly taken Eugene by storm, with four local teams vying for supremacy. And Roller Derby is beginning to take over the world too, with 1,250 amateur teams worldwide. Come to the Big O Tournament, …

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Lane Events Center
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – May 5 @ 7:00 pm
2:00 pm
As the summer months draw nearer and nearer, it seems that the pulse of Bend starts to revolve more and more around the Deschutes River. By our reckoning, Bend’s paddling season begins in early May with Spring Paddlefest Weekend. With heavily discounted paddleboard and kayak lessons available courtesy of Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, this …

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Riverbend Park
May 11 @ 9:00 am
9:00 am
The McKenzie River trail is not only one of the most beautiful in the Pacific Northwest, it’s also one of the finest mountain biking and running trails you’ll find anywhere. (If you’re not familiar with it yet, check out our article on the McKenzie River Trail here.) What better way to experience it than an …

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May 19 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:00 am
The Eugene City Marathon happens Sunday, April 28 and is not to be missed whether or not you intend to run. But everyone knows that Eugene is a place for competitive running. So, we’d like to highlight a lesser-known running event, which also happens to be a wine event. We should note though right out the …

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Noble Estate Winery
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Spring means wildflowers, and it also means the return of outdoor festivals. So why not combine both into a single package? Mount Pisgah is a must-visit for all Eugene nature lovers, as you will know if you’ve read our 7 Reasons to Love Springtime in Eugene post. But it’s also home to several of the area’s most …

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Mount Pisgah Arboretum
7:30 pm
The man, the myth, the legend: William Shatner is coming to Eugene, and you won’t want to miss it. As an appetizer, the evening will begin with a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and then Captain Kirk himself will take to the stage to share behind-the-scenes stories of his time on …

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Hult Center
May 24 – May 27 all-day
12:00 am
The Southern Willammette Valley’s wineries are renowned throughout the world. With the weather around Eugene shifting from “pretty good” to “awesome” at about this time, Memorial Day Weekend is a great opportunity to experience the bounty. Several Eugene-area wineries will be putting out all the stops for a weekend of wine, live music, and gourmet …

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Sweet Cheeks, Noble Estate, and Silvan Ridge Wineries
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
10:00 am
Bend and dogs go together like beer and burgers (beer and burgers obviously go with Bend pretty well too). Now-defunct Dog Fancy Magazine even named Bend America’s dog-friendliest city in 2012. So it’s safe to say that area dogs enjoy plenty of prestige already. Nonetheless, it makes sense to devote at least one day of your calendar …

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The Village at Sunriver
Jun 1 all-day
12:00 am
Bend isn’t the only place in the world where there are beer runs. But still, there’s something about the combination of good times and strenuous outdoor activity that is quintessentially Bend. This particular beer run is a relay race, meaning there’s an element of teamwork involved. You and up to five of your friends join …

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Jun 1 all-day
12:00 am
No, that’s not a misspelling of “fondue” — our apologies if we had your hopes up. Gran Fondo is Italian for “Big Ride,” and a big ride this will be. Eugene, if you didn’t know, is a place where people ride their bikes. The countryside around Eugene features plenty of great touring terrain, but with …

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7:30 pm
Eugene’s performing arts scene is an especially vibrant one for a city this size. For the past three years, the Eugene Symphony has teamed up with other local performers to host SymFest, showcasing the best of what the area has to offer. Ballet Fantastique, vocalist Halie Loren, jazz trumpeter Tony Glausi, the Dorians Choir and …

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Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am
11:00 am
Spend enough time in and around Eugene, and you’re bound to encounter reminders of the area’s hayday as a countercultural mecca. We help our clients buy and sell homes but know that for a small but visible minority around here, “home” is a converted trailer, van, tiny house on wheels, or schoolbus. On June 8, …

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6:30 pm
The Les Schwab Amphitheater is Bend’s premiere outdoor concert venue, and its summer concert season is set to start with a bang the evening of Sunday, June 9. Either one of these artists coming to play in Bend would be pretty big news in itself. But having both Jason Isbell and Father John Misty show …

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Les Schwab Ampitheater
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
Whether you join June 16’s 5k Beer Run or not (we recommend that you do), Bite of Bend is a culinary and cultural extravaganza. Perhaps the festival’s centerpiece, the Top Chef Competition, will take place June 15 and 16 when top area chefs will vie for the Top Chef Bend crown downtown. Organizers will offer …

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Downtown Bend
Jun 15 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
12:30 pm
In and around Eugene, any time of year is a good time for beer, but of course summer is prime time. Kick the season off the right way with Hellshire Day at Oakshire Brewing, one of Eugene’s finest craft breweries and taprooms. The event is first and foremost a coming-out party for Oakshire’s hotly-anticipated Hellshire …

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12:00 am
In addition to fun athletic events like beer runs, Bend is also home to plenty of serious world-class athletic competition. Cycling and mountain biking are both huge around here. So, it’s only proper that Bend would be home to the world’s first combined road cycle and mountain bike race. Amateurs and pros alike are welcome …

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Wanoga Snow Park, Mt. Bachelor
Jun 28 – Jul 13 all-day
12:00 am
The Oregon Bach festival is one of the longest-standing and most renowned cultural events throughout the entire Pacific Northwest, attracting an international audience, and it’s right here in Eugene.  With more than 50 events spanning traditional orchestral and solo performances to dance, experimental jazz, and a one-of-a-kind synthesis of Radiohead, Coltrane, and Bach. Performances by …

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Hult Center and Beall Concert Hall
10:00 am
4th of July celebrations are a fixture for any number of towns and cities, but Bend definitely knows how to put its own unique spin on the festivities. To mark our nation’s independence, Downtown literally goes to the dogs for the morning. We’d already suspected that they’re the ones running the show, but this is …

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Downtown Bend
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – Jul 5 @ 9:30 pm
11:00 am
The Fourth of July means fireworks of course, but in Eugene it also means the kick-off of three days of art, Oregon wine, food music and entertainment at Alton Baker Park, the city’s largest public park.  This year’s Art and the Vineyard will be Eugene’s 36th, and it’s set to be another festival for the …

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Jul 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
5:30 pm
Free concerts centrally located in Drake Park next to Downtown with food trucks and beer and wine close by. If that sounds like a winning combo, it’s because it is. Why wait for the weekend to let loose a little bit? The music starts at 5:30pm each Thursday beginning July 11 and continuing through August …

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Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm
11:00 am
This is it, folks, the yearly number one must-visit event if you want to catch a glimpse into the heart of what makes Eugene Eugene. This year is a particularly special one, marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair. The Oregon Country Fair has come a long way from it’s roots in the seventies as …

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Oregon Country Fairgrounds, Veneta
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm
5:00 pm
The title says it all: this is The Bend Event of the Summer. If you’re in Bend the weekend of July 12 – 14, you’re either there or you’re  square. Well, not really, but we think you’ll want to show up to join an estimated 40,000 other people in experiencing the sounds, tastes and sights …

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Downtown Bend
Jul 18 – Jul 20 all-day
12:00 am
The town of Cottage Grove, just south of Eugene, has been celebrating Bohemia Mining Days for almost sixty years now. There’s a reason that the festival has withstood the test of time: originally a celebration of Oregon’s Centennial in 1959, the event combines living history with live music, a carnival, and other entertainment. And admission …

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Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
12:00 am
Oregon is a great place for mountain biking, and there are few places greater than Oakridge, southeast from Eugene. Mountain Bike Oregon bills itself as “A Three-Day Mt. Biker’s Dream Vacation” on hundreds of miles of some of the world’s best singletrack. The biking will be intense–for the most part, this is not an event …

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Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm
10:00 am
Before Eugene was the countercultural mecca that it became in the 60s, it was a logging and mill town, forming the backdrop for Ken Kesey’s first novel, “Sometimes a Great Notion.”  The McKenzie River Chainsaw & Art Festival harkens back to those days, but with a twist: here, the chainsaws are being used to carve …

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Jul 26 – Jul 28 all-day
12:00 am
If you thought that the scenery around Bend couldn’t get any more spectacular, then think again. Imagine a majestic hot air balloon drifting slowly up into the sky as the sun rises above rose-colored mountain peaks. This vision will become reality the weekend of July 26-28. The festivities kick off July 26 with a Children’s …

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Various venues, Bend and Redmond
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – Jul 28 @ 9:00 pm
10:00 am
Located between Sunriver and LaPine just south of Bend, this festival is indeed an Event, with three days of rock, blues, jazz, reggae, folk, bluegrass, art, crafts, beer, wine, camping and good times all around. And all of it is for a good cause: the festival is fully nonprofit, and proceeds support the Oregon chapter …

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DiamondStone, La Pine
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Nothing says summer in the Willamette Valley like blackberry jam, and this eponymous festival is a longstanding family-favorite. The fun takes place in Lowell, a little town to the southeast of Eugene located just off the Dexter Reservoir. It seems safe to say that there will be blackberry jam to be had somewhere on the …

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Rolling Rock Interpretive Park

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