Our picks for the weekend of Nov. 6-10
It may feel a bit like summer but there is plenty of winter on tap this weekend around town. On Friday and Saturday night, things will get loud at the Tower Theater when a backcountry snowmobile festival takes over Bend’s historic downtown screen. There’s more snow on tap at 10 Barrel brewing’s eastside location, which will premier 10 Barrel’s latest film project, the cheekily titled Hold My Beer, following the exploits of two local riders and a merry band of misfits. Other weekend events include the annual chili feed and bake sale at Deschutes County Historical Society and a non-traditional birthday celebration at McMenamins. Pray for Snow or savor the sun, either way you can’t go wrong this weekend.
High Desert Chamber Gala
11- 9 | Bend Golf and Country Club
Get dressed in your best and kick off the holiday season with emcee Bob Shaw from the KTVZ Team. This festive party includes a performance featuring the Spotlight Chamber Players, dinner, and a silent auction with items from more than 100 local businesses. Proceeds to benefit the programs of High Desert Chamber Music’s Concert Series and Educational Outreach programs. Reservations required. $85. 6pm.
11/8-9 | Tower Theater
Come watch the latest backcountry snowmobile films, meet pro riders, mingle with industry reps, witness the awards show and join in on the fun. Brought to you by Polaris and hundreds of other partners and sponsors. SLEDFILM is the biggest film, awards and media event in the winter motorsports industry. Filled to capacity with almost 1,000 attendees over two nights, everyone has a great time hanging out and watching stunning backcountry snowmobile films from some of the best filmmakers in the business. Each night features a different line-up of films. $11-$15. Doors open at 5pm.
Hold My Beer / Pray for Snow
11/9 | 10 Barrel Eastside
Call it a double feature if you must, either way this event serves both a beer release party and film premier. On the ale question, this is the coming out party for 10 Barrel’s winter seasonal Pray for Snow. On the movie side of the equation, Hold My Beer… is the second winter film produced by 10 Barrel Brewing. Hold My Beer… features Curtis Ciszek and Eric Jackson with special guests as they travel around North America in search of deep pow, big air and soft landings. There will also be games, live music and plenty of beer. Free. 5pm.
Jerry Garcia Birthday Band
11/8 | McMenamin’s Old St. Francis
McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School property is turning 83 years old, but it hasn’t lost a step or its groove. Celebrate with a slice of birthday cake, a property tour and live music, courtesy of the Garcia Birthday Band. This group of veteran musicians interprets and celebrates the vast repertoire of the late Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead. Free. All ages. 5pm.
Millie’s Chili Feed
11/8 – 9 | Deschutes County Historical Society
Stop by the Museum for a tasty bowl of “Millie’s Chili”, made with locally-raised Barley Beef from Rastovich Farms. Millie Rastovich Chopp’s chili recipe has been the staple of this annual event for over thirty years, made by Millie herself and now prepared by her daughter, Susie Penhollow. Museum admission is free during the event which includes an old fashioned bake sale and raffle. 11am-3pm.
Rimrock Gallery Grand Opening
11/9 | Rimrock Gallery, Prineville
Celebrate the opening of Prineville’s newest fine art venue, the Rimrock Gallery. Guests will be treated to refreshments and a small works show and sale featuring some of the West’s most inspired artists, with contributors from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah and beyond. Gallery artists and guests present their finest small works, including painting and sculpture pieces that make great gifts and personal pieces to start or augment a collection. The show runs through December. Free. 1-4pm.