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. The event ranked in the top 25 events nationwide for sales of fine art in 2012.
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. If you're of the opera going type, check out OperaBend. 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 Match, 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.