Our picks for the weekend include a German-style festival, a musical and grabbing the last of the region’s harvest at a farmers’ market.
September 15-16 | Bend
Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen and grab your stein’s because Bend’s Oktoberfest is back. The German-inspired festival is celebrated locally over one September weekend in downtown Bend. The event is free and family-friendly, with fun activities to watch or take part in all weekend, including tricycle races, live Oompah music and weiner dog races. Local breweries will pour German-style ales and there will be Bavarian-style bites to try.
Rock of Ages
September 15-23 | Bend
Relive the 80s through its most iconic songs. “Rock of Ages” is a rock and roll musical featuring the music of Queen, Journey and more. The musical is produced by the local production company, Thoroughly Modern Productions and is staged at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.
NorthWest Crossing Farmers’
Market September 16 | Bend
This is the last weekend to catch the NorthWest Crossing Farmers’ Market before the farm stands close for the season. Get the last round of harvest from local farms and support the local food producers of the region. The farmers’ market has activities for kids while parents shop at the local vendors.
Grapes and Golf
September 14-16 | Black Butte Ranch
Grapes and Golf is the annual couples golf tournament at Black Butte Ranch. The weekend tees off with a wine reception at the resort, and the tournament play begins Saturday on the Glaze Meadow golf course. The event brings in renowned wineries and chefs that prepare a four-course wine dinner Saturday evening. On Sunday, the tournament continues on the Big Meadow golf course and ends with a barbecue lunch. Winners of the tournament receive a trip to the 2018 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Ride Row Run
September 16-17 | Maupin
Ride Row Run is Maupin’s version of a triathlon. Participants start with a cycling race up and down the hills of Maupin, then row or paddle down a stretch of the Deschutes River and finish a race with a sprint to the finish line. The event can be done individually, in pairs or in teams. End the race with a party on the lawn at the Imperial River Company. The event kicks off with a pre-registration as well as a day of fun, family oriented activities on Saturday, including a SUP race, BBQ and trike races.