Arts, Entertainment and Culture in Bend, Oregon
Bend's art scene is as diverse as its natural environment. It's home to nationally recognized artists, musicians, filmmakers, painters, writers, and much more. Enjoy movie theaters, museums, art galleries, and dinner theater. Learn about the area's history and natural wonders. Celebrate life year-round while attending a long list of Bend's events and festivals.
Revel in Bend's art scene the first Friday of each month during First Friday Art Walk. Live music fills the streets as shops and art galleries stay open late to showcase artists and their work. Festivities in downtown Bend get underway at 5 p.m., but if you want an earlier start, the galleries in the Old Mill District kick things off at 4 p.m. That means you can browse Old Mill hotspots like A6 before heading downtown to nab dinner and enjoy some more art hopping.
If you're visiting Bend in August, don't miss Art in the High Desert on the banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. Central Oregon’s premier juried art & fine craft festival showcases over 100 artists from around the country and Canada. Art in the High Desert ranked #12 out of 600 shows reviewed nationwide for sales of fine art in 2014.
If performing arts are your passion, Bend has plenty to offer. Take in a show at the historic Tower Theatre, or groove to live music from groups ranging from Dave Matthews Band to Norah Jones at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Depending on your tastes, check out OperaBend or High Desert Chamber Music for music that makes your heart sing. Looking for live jazz in Bend, Oregon? From fall through spring, the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend, becomes a swanky jazz club, bringing world-class musicians to an intimate setting through their Jazz at the Oxford program.
Check out the links below to learn more about Bend's rich cultural tourism opportunities. You can also find out more about the various arts organizations in and around Bend, including the Arts, Beautification and Culture Commission of Bend, Art in Public Places, and Arts Central. The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund (BCTF) is a grant program dedicated to enhancing the local economy through the promotion and cultivation of Bend’s cultural tourism programs. To read more about this program, click here.
Old Mill District Galleries | Lubbesmeyer Studio & Tumalo Art Co.450 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery features award winning collaborative art of twins, Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer. Showing works that include contemporary depictions of Central Oregon and the Northwest landscape, the Lubbesmeyer’s distinguished and unique art is a favorite among collectors worldwide. Located upstairs from Tumalo Art Co. Visit the Website
Tumalo Art Co., an artist run fine art gallery in the Old Mill District, showcases the best of Northwest art—classic to contemporary with a twist. You will find a diverse array of mediums, from oil and acrylic to digital media, ceramics, glass, sculpture, photography, original prints, jewelry, and more.
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Via Lactea | An Opera in Two ActsPhone: Visit the WebsiteBuy tickets now for the world premiere of "Vía Láctea: An Opera in Two Acts," on the stage of Bend’s Tower Theatre June 10-12, 2016. This exciting new work addresses a variety of contemporary yet timeless themes, against the backdrop of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Based on Ellen Waterston's verse novel, Vía Láctea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, inspired by her own pilgrimage. A production of OperaBend. Info: www.operabend.org.
High Desert Chamber Music | Come Hear the music!961 NW Brooks St. Bend OR 97703Phone: 541.306.3988 Visit the WebsiteHigh Desert Chamber Music presents an acclaimed concert series from September through June. Now in our eighth season, our mission is to bring world class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon. Through our concert series and Educational Outreach programs, we aspire to heighten a level of appreciation, awareness, and understanding of this great genre of classical music. We are proud to be a local organization presenting a national level of excellence. Come hear the music! Website: www.HighDesertChamberMusic.com