If it’s a heaping helping of culture you crave, open wide! Bend’s art scene is as diverse as its natural environment, with everything from galleries and art walks to vast museums and exhibits. We’ve also got world-class live music and theater, plus street fairs and film fests to fill your heart with art.
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 Districtkick 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. When you’re downtown, take a walk through one of downtown Bend’s many alleys, which contains a world-class collection of local art work as part of the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection.
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 #10 in the nation for fine art fairs in 2016, according to Art Fair Sourcebook.
Ever find yourself saying, “this art would be awesome, if only there were otters nearby?” The High Desert Museum has you covered! While folks know them best as a place to check out wildlife and natural history, they’re also home to a vast collection of Native American art, along with rotating cultural exhibits and sculptures scattered around the campus.
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