It’s a great weekend to be out and about in Central Oregon. There’s the High Desert Rodeo in Redmond, Hella Big Air at Mt. Bachelor, TEDxBend, the Deschutes River Rendezvous and a climbing event for women.
High Desert Stampede
March 29-30 | Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond | $20-$75
Dust off your cowboy boots, because Central Oregon’s rodeo season is back. The High Desert Stampede is held at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center and brings the top rodeo competitors to Redmond for a weekend of riding, roping and racing.
She Moves Mountains Opening Weekend
March 29-31 | Central Oregon | Varies
Join a group of women for a weekend of climbing, yoga, beer and stoke for being outside. She Moves Mountains is an organization dedicated to getting more women into climbing. This weekend is part of a larger group of events around Bend Women’s March, a month of events for women in Central Oregon. On Friday night, you can also watch a film presented at Mountain Supply followed by a Q&A with the She Moves Mountains guides.
Riverhouse Rendezvous Deschutes River Kayak Race
March 30-31 | Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe | $10-$25
This whitewater slalom kayaking race is a popular event for paddling enthusiasts in Central Oregon. This is the tenth annual race and will take place on the stretch of water behind Riverhouse on the Deschutes where professionals and amateurs to test their whitewater kayaking skills.
March 30 | Bend Senior High School | $28-$80
Hear from entrepreneurs, leaders, activists and innovators at the 2019 TEDxBend conference. This year’s theme is “The Vastness,”and the talks cover a range of topics, including marketing, feminism, engineering, technology, and conservation from local and national experts in their fields.
March 30 | FootZone, Bend | Free
Celebrate ten years of Oregon’s Badlands Wilderness with the Oregon Natural Desert Association at FootZone in downtown Bend. The Badlands Bash will have a haiku contest, raffle and free beer for anyone that brings a cup.
On the Slopes
Mt. Bachelor is hosting Hella Big Air this Saturday. Watch brave skiers and snowboarders compete for cash prizes by sending a 60-foot jump near the West Village Lodge. Also on Saturday, Hoodoo Ski Area is hosting its Rodeo Day, with a chili cook-off and free rides on a mechanical bull in the lodge.