There are a lot of great events to choose from this weekend, including Oregon WinterFest, plays and opera, films and more.
February 14 | Aspen Hall, Bend | $75 all inclusive
Central Oregon has a thriving opera community thanks to OperaBend. The annual gala Operaganza is an evening to support the organization, including its 2019 performance of “Don Giovanni,” an opera by Mozart. The evening includes dinner and drinks and entertainment from the upcoming opera season by local opera performers.
February 15-17 | Old Mill District | $22 advance, $25 at gate
Celebrate the season at Oregon WinterFest. Held at the Old Mill District, this three-day festival includes a marketplace of local businesses, the popular rail jam, firepit and ice sculpting contests, art installations, activities for kids and live music capping off each night. It’s a one-of-a-kind party that everyone can enjoy.
Cascades Theatre presents “The Matchmaker”
Through March 3 | Cascades Theatre | $16-$20
A classic Thornton Wilder play opens this weekend at local company Cascades Theatre. On Thursday, February 14, there will be a special preview screening of “The Matchmaker.” The play follows a wealthy 19th century merchant in New York who decides he wants to get married and employs a matchmaker. It’s a slapstick comedy that will add some fun to your date night.
Backcountry Film Festival
February 17 | Sisters Movie House | $15
Switch up your Sunday night and get tickets for the Backcountry Film Festival. Presented by Discover Your Forest, the films will feature winter adventures and current conservation issues in the area. All the proceeds benefit outdoor education for kids in Central Oregon.
On Thursday night, get to McMenamins to see Kendl Winter play banjo based roots music with Joey Cappocia from The Pine Hearts at Father Luke’s Room. If you want to dance, head to Sisters Friday night to for local favorite Dry Canyon Stampede. On Sunday night, Motet with John Medeski’s Mad Skillet takes the stage at Midtown Ballroom.