The Oregon High Desert Classic, live music and car shows abound this weekend making it one of the most exciting weekends of the summer here in Central Oregon. No matter what you are looking do there is sure to be something for everyone.
Oregon High Desert Classics I
July 17-21 | Bend | Free
The premier northwest equestrian event returns to Bend for two weekends worth of entertainment. With events scheduled all day for weekend one in each of six rings, there is always something to see at the Oregon High Desert Classics. Spectators are welcome at any time to watch the athleticism of the horses, wander through the marketplace booths and have a meal from the food trucks. This is a rare opportunity to see top riders from across the continent as they compete for over $150,000 in prizes.
High Cascades 100
July 20 | Bend | Prices Vary
The famed 100-mile mountain bike race returns to Central Oregon for 2019. Free for spectators, the High Cascades 100 is a true test of grit, bike skills, and hydration strategy. Meandering throughout the local mountain bike trails along the Cascade Lakes Highway, this race is not for the faint of heart and it attracts elite athletes from all over the world.
Sisters Farmers Market
July 21 | Sisters | Free
Head down to the Sisters Farmers Market for some small-town fun! Share the bounty of Sisters in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Micro-local produce will be provided by Seed To Table Farm, a non-profit educational farm that grows delicious organic fruit and vegetables. Artisanal foods, handcrafted goods, & more are also available. The farmers market features lunch, coffee, wellness demos, music, and a splash pad for the kids. It’s fun for the whole family and is a great way to support local businesses.
This is shaping up to be the weekend of car shows in Central Oregon. All the events are free to attend and are sure to impress. Starting with the Pine Hollow Cruise-In running from Friday to Sunday at the Pine Hollow Resort, this is a day of fun with classic cars, motorcycles, raffle prizes, a chili cook-off, trophies, music, food and drink specials, and much more.
On Saturday the Crook County Rodders annual car show at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville kicks off. Coined “Cruise To The Center of Oregon” this car show features a variety of antique and classic cars with everything from bombers, to lowrider and hot rods. There will be great food, art, music and vendors. Also on Saturday, flashback to the past when Village Bar & Grill presents the 6th annual Sunriver Antique & Classic Car Show in the Village at Sunriver. Enjoy a summer day listening to music while wandering through the Village admiring cars from the 1920’s and 30’s, hot rods, and the muscle cars of the 70’s and 80’s.
Sisters is also getting a piece of the car show action at the Glory Daze Car Show which will be held on Saturday. A new feature added to this year’s event will be a Jeep Expo. Smolich Motors of Bend will bring a variety of 2019 Jeeps for display. The Kona Ice Truck will also be present for those who are interested in trying one of their 45 flavors of shave ice like Tiger’s Blood or Island Rush, or one of their 10 Kona Crafted Specialties like Blackberry Mojito or Mai Tai!
Plenty of live music is on tap this week around Central Oregon for those who are looking to jam out. The action starts with Munch and Music on Thursday night in Drake Park with Brett Dennen. On Friday head over to Oregon Spirit Distillers and check out Texas talent Cody Johnson who’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks. He will be playing the music from his previous albums—inspired by ‘90s country foundations, but built for the 21st century. Also on Friday, check out Reno’s own Jelly Bread playing at the Sisters Saloon. Jelly Bread is a rising powerhouse quintet that have taken their high-energy delivery all over the country. On Saturday Wanderlust Tours presents acclaimed pianist Hunter Noack for an incredibly moving experience in the remote wilderness of Eastern Oregon’s Summer Lake.