From art festivals to music festivals to a running event at Wanoga Sno Park, here are our picks for the best events around Central Oregon this weekend.
August 11 | Tumalo
Call us biased, but we think the place to be this weekend is in Tumalo listening to Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and a great lineup of local bands, eating delicious food and drinks, and supporting an organization that helps everyone enjoy the outdoors. Yes, we’re talking about Bigstock Bend, and we want you to be there. Your ticket (and get it now because they’re almost sold out) gives you access to this all-day music event, one free meal voucher for local food trucks onsite, free drinks all night and a great seat to enjoy a classic summer sunset over the Cascades.
August 11 | Wanoga Sno Park
This tongue-in-cheek running event is Central Oregon’s only full marathon that takes place completely on trails. Starting and finishing at Wanoga Sno Park are 6.5 mile, half-marathon, and full marathon races that all wander through the scenic forests nearby. Post-run celebrations include great brews and food. It’s a perfect event for those hoping to stretch their legs this weekend.
Sunriver Art Fair
August 10-12 | Sunriver
The annual fine art fair brings dozens of professional artists to Sunriver for a three-day outdoor gallery. There will also be live music, local vendors, and an arts and crafts area for kids. It’s the ninth year for this juried festival that – for two consecutive years – has been named America’s Best Small Town Arts Fair.
Sunriver Music Festival
August 10-22 | Sunriver
Each year, world-class musicians come to Sunriver for a series of classical music performances in August. There are a variety of concerts to watch, as well as masterclasses and open rehearsals. The first classical music performance of the festival will be held at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Thursday evening.
The rock, folk, and soul singer-songwriter Amos Lee (“Windows Are Rolled Down” ring a bell?) comes to Bend on Thursday on tour with his most recent self-produced album at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Find rock-reggae band Tribal Seeds on Friday night at Oregon Spirit Distillers. On Saturday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will take the stage at the Athletic Club of Bend playing “mostly Grateful Dead songs.”