Spring has arrived in the high desert, and there are events around the region this weekend to take advantage of the new season. Check out the jump competition at Mt. Bachelor or the running event east of Bend. There’s also the kickoff to rodeo season and this year’s TEDxBend conference.
High Desert Stampede
March 30-31 | Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond
Watch top rodeo competitors from around the country compete for cash prizes in events such as bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding and more. The High Desert Stampede is one of the newest rodeos in the region and kicks off rodeo season in Central Oregon.
March 31 | Bend Senior High School, Bend
This year’s lineup of TEDxBend speakers includes thirteen speakers on topics such as ecotourism, life on the Asperger’s spectrum, artificial intelligence, the importance of reading “girl” books to boys and more. The TED spinoff also features local entertainment acts and a chance to network and socialize.
Hella Big Air
March 31 | Mt. Bachelor, Bend
Skiers and riders from across the Pacific Northwest will be at Mt. Bachelor for Hella Big Air. They’ll brave the ninety-foot jump and compete for the $30,000 prize. The event takes place at the West Village Lodge and can be seen from Pine Marten. There will be live music and giveaway for spectators.
No Man’s Land Film Festival
March 31 | Tower Theatre, Bend
The all-woman adventure film festival No Man’s Land comes to Bend this weekend. Based out of Colorado, the film series will feature short documentaries about women in the outdoor industry, from climbers and base jumpers to skiers and surfers.
Horse Butte 10 Miler
March 31 | Horse Butte, Bend
The Horse Butte 10 Miler is a popular running event in Central Oregon. There are only 200 spots in this race that takes place at Horse Butte east of Bend, with scenic views along the dirt trail course. Race packet pick-up noon to 6 p.m. Friday at Foot Zone in Bend. Registration information is here.