The Arts thrive in Bend! Roughness and beauty, edginess and sophistication. Bend's art
scene is as diverse as its natural environment. Home to nationally
recognized artists, musicians, filmmakers, painters, writers and much
more. Enjoy such varied venues as 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.
Bend is central Oregon’s art nexus: home to numerous artists and art galleries – an art lovers’ delight, with a diversity and range that will impress even the most discerning viewer.
Every first Friday of the month throughout the year is when Bend celebrates the arts community with gusto! Galleries and other businesses stay open late as patrons fill the streets to enjoy the ever-changing monthly exhibits, many with artists available to discuss their work. Music livens the streets as visitors and residents enjoy Bend’s vibrant and diverse art scene. Information on the monthly event can be found in Cascade A&E available in locations all over town and in area galleries. You can ride the free GETIT Shuttle bus as it makes a continuous loop between Downtown and the Old Mill District galleries.
One of Bend's annual art festivals is Art in the High Desert. Central Oregon’s Premier Juried Art & Fine Craft Festival, showcasing over 100 artists from around the country and Canada - all on the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River, in the Old Mill District. This event features some of the best artists in the country, and is not to be missed! Art in the High Desert ranked in the top 25 events nationwide for sales of fine art in 2012. Catch it every third weekend in August in the beautiful Old Mill District along the Deschutes River.
Looking for live jazz in Bend, Oregon? Several times a year, the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend, turn their luxurious digs into a swanky jazz club bringing world-class musicians to the intimacy of The Oxford Hotel. Jazz at the Oxford's live jazz concerts start in October and continue through March. You can check out their most highly acclaimed lineup to date here.
From visual arts and performing arts, to historical tours and live music, Bend is truly a vibrant oasis for anyone seeking culture in the mountains. Check out the links below to learn more about Bend's rich cultural tourism opportunities.
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.
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