Swing into Spring with some fun festivals, parades and shows in Bend, Oregon. Looking for something to do over the weekend? Here are a few ideas to get you in the spring mood. Enjoy some local fun and get in the mood for better weather. Each event offers family friendly activities, cheap or free admission and a lot of local flair.
Northwest Crossing Spring Festival
April 13th-15th, will be the celebration of Spring at Northwest Crossing. Activities range from live shows to the art and wine hop offering free childcare. Located in the NW Crossing neighborhood, the atmosphere will resonate Spring and there will be food and beverages to kick off the season. Vendors including Parrilla, Dump City Dumplings, Taylor’s Sausage, and many more will be serving yummy treats and local microbrews and regional wines will be offered Saturday and Sunday. Kick your weekend off right by attending the art and wine hop from 6-9p.m. Enjoy fine art, a street chalk competition, live music and a whole area devoted to family fun. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Finish the weekend off with a sunrise yoga session at 10:30 a.m. and finish off with a local beer and some more live music. The event is free, as well as parking. For more information visit www.c3events.com.
Earth Day Fair – Downtown on Kansas Ave.
Come downtown on Saturday the 21st at 11 a.m. to enjoy a parade and fair in honor of Earth Day. Admission is free and the event offers many family friendly activities. Delight in face painting, local music and food, free plantings, green organizations and much more. Visit the site envirocenter.org for more ways to get involved and to see more details of the event.
20th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show – Deschutes County Fairground
In the mood to garden or do some home renovations? Get some great ideas and shop around to compare prices in one easy stop. May 4th through the 6th stop by the fairgrounds to see over 400 exhibitors offering spas, furniture, landscaping tools and much more. Hours are 12-6 on Friday, 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. Admission is only $7 per adult and children under 16 are free. Centraloregonshow.com will provide further information on the show.
Pole Pedal Paddle
It’s a local favorite! Join the fun on May 19th watching the multi-sport race. There is no admission fee as there are many areas to watch the race. The alpine leg starts at Mt. Bachelor on skis, leading to West Village parking lot where the cross country skiing portion takes place. In downtown Bend the bike leg begins leading to the 5 mile run leg. Finish of watching the race by cheering on the canoe/kayak competitors and watch them sprint to the finish line at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. pppbend.com